Samsung’s Galaxy Round has been dubbed a useless gimmick by many in the media but maybe we’re just not looking at the device the right way. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira has written a lengthy analysis describing why the Galaxy Round’s curved display is much more important than many people think and concludes that “curved screens are a major and very important new display technology innovation, particularly for handheld smartphone.” More →
The Galaxy Round is a lemon — even Samsung thinks so. In a new ad showcasing its first-ever curved smartphone, Samsung compares the Galaxy Round’s shape to several other similarly curved objects, including an egg, a whiskey flask and, yes, a lemon. The ad doesn’t really show us why anyone should bother buying the Galaxy Round other than because it has a curved display and it actually gives us a reason not to buy the device: Namely, that the curved display means that the smartphone can never rest stably on its back when placed on a flat surface. The full video of Samsung’s ad follows below. More →
Do you think the Galaxy Round is a pointless gimmick that Samsung released just so it could say that it was the first-ever company to release a curved smartphone? If so then it seems that Samsung agrees with you to an extent. An unnamed “insider” source tells SamMobile that the Round is really just a prototype device that will have limited production and distribution even in its home country of South Korea. The point of the device, such as it is, is to see whether a device with a curved display can hold up under the kind of duress that a typical smartphone goes through over its lifespan. The Galaxy Round, which Samsung announced earlier this month, features a curved 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 32GB of storage, microSDXC support, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The Galaxy Gear smartwatch is the worst product Samsung has made in a long time. The device was rushed to market in an attempt to beat Apple’s non-existent iWatch to consumers wrists — and it shows. It doesn’t innovate or even attempt to bring anything new and useful to the table, and what little functionality it does offer is anything but exciting. So it’s easy to draw parallels between Samsung’s first smartwatch effort and the new Galaxy Round, Samsung’s first smartphone to feature a curved Super AMOLED display. Why does it feature a curved Super AMOLED display? Because it does. More →
Several reports over the past few weeks have made it clear that Samsung and LG are in fierce competition to release a smartphone with a curved display before any other manufacturers. Samsung was already set to reveal its offering this month, but once again @evleaks is one step ahead with a purported leaked press photos of Samsung’s curved display Galaxy smartphone, rumored to be called the Galaxy Round. @evleaks provides no additional details on the device other than the pictures, which show a smartphone that looks strikingly similar to Samsung’s Galaxy line of handsets. We should know a lot more once Samsung officially announces the phone later this month. Check out the leaked photos below. More →
Flexible displays could potentially open the door for a variety of exciting (and not so exciting) new form factors for smartphones and other devices. The emerging wearable computing category is perhaps where the most intriguing possibilities lie, but smartphones will apparently be the first device category to see a mass-market device launch featuring a new flexible display. According to South Korean news organization Asia Economic, Samsung will launch a new handset with a curved display dubbed “Galaxy Round” later this month. The Round could be unveiled as soon as sometime this week according to the report, and it could carry an unsubsidized price of as much as 1 million won, or approximately $933, when it debuts in South Korea. Additional details are scarce but if the report is accurate, we won’t have very long to wait before Samsung makes the Galaxy Round official.