Samsung gets curvy with Galaxy Round
Vendor debuts industry’s first arced smartphone
Samsung Electronics has finally unveiled the Galaxy Round, making it the first vendor to field a curved smartphone.
As was widely expected, the Round is a contoured variant of the Galaxy Note 3, but comes without an S Pen.
According to Samsung fan site Sammobile, the handset features a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, LTE-A support, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, a 13MP main camera, a leather and stitched back and "software enhancements" that make full use of the curved chassis.
The site also reported a number of tilt features including the ability to change music, and see date, time and missed calls.
The chassis is also confirmed to be rigid. Some online media outlets assumed that its curved body meant the Galaxy Round would also be flexible, after Samsung's showcasing of a bendable display in January at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, but commercial readiness of that technology may be several months away.
Samsung's domestic rival LG also has a curved handset in the works. Current reports expect this device, known as the G Flex, to debut in November.