Samsung Galaxy Round has Note 3 specs and curvy screen

Samsung Galaxy RoundThere 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?

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars