There have been rumours about such a device for a few weeks now, all suggesting we’d see Samsung’s first phone to use a flexible screen this month. Sure enough, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Round, a high-end smartphone with a flexible display, which gives the device its unusual curved look.
The screen curves from side-to-side, supposedly making it more comfortable to hold, which considering the device’s size may be a good thing. Samsung has added in several special software features which take advantage of the curvy display. For example, tilting the phone to the side when it’s sitting on a tablet brings up the Roll Effect, where key information slides onto the lock screen.
Otherwise, we’re looking at a phone which is very similar to the recently announced Galaxy Note 3. The screen measures 5.7-inches and has a 1080p resolution, and inside is a quad-core Snapdragon processor and 3GB of RAM. A 13-megapixel camera sits in the centre of the rear cover – which has the same fake leather look as the Note 3 – plus there’s 32GB of internal storage memory. It also runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Sadly though, if you’re wanting to buy a Galaxy Round, it’s going to cost you not only the price of the phone (another similarity to the Note 3, as it’s at least £650), but a ticket to South Korea too. That’s right, it’s a limited release in Samsung’s home country at the moment, but we’re hoping this will change in the near future. Perhaps for the CES 2014 or MWC 2014 tech shows?