Samsung launch world's first curved smartphone with flexible screen technology
THE world’s first curved smartphone has been launched by Samsung.
The Galaxy Round incorporates the latest in flexible screen technology, along with other unique features.
It looks similar to the Galaxy S3 and S4, but has a slight dip in the middle that causes the phone to curve along a vertical axis.
The phone’s body is rigid, so it does not flex or bend but has a stationary curve that is said to fit the contours of a person's face.
According to the company this curvature lets users controls their apps, music, and photos far more easily.
“As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables user to check information such as date, time, missed call and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device," Samsung wrote in a statement.
"When the Galaxy Round's display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt.”
The Galaxy Round has a 5.7-inch 1080p screen that has an HD Super AMOLED display. The device is 7.9mm thick, weighs 154g, and has a 2800mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3, has 3GB of RAM, and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. The smartphone also has a 13-megapixel camera.
Nokia and Apple have reportedly been working on curved displays for years, and LG recently announced that it plans to launch its first bendable smartphone dubbed the G Flex within a few weeks.
The Galaxy Round will first launch in South Korea in "Luxury Brown". It’s not yet clear when the company plans to launch the smartphone internationally.