Late yesterday evening, leaks of Samsung’s flex-screen smartphone went viral. Samsung responded quite quickly to the, then, rumoured device leak with an official announcement of their own. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Round. The announcement also included a release date of 10th October 2013 in Korea, although no other plans have been made for an international launch.
The device specifications lie somewhere in between the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, with a 5.7” Super Flexible AMOLED screen, Full HD, 1920x1080px display. Back when Samsung launched the Galaxy Nexus, the screen too was curved, but in this case the full panel and glass is curved, not just the glass as it was previously. Other specs include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core Krait 2.3GHz CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear-facing camera, and 2,800mAh battery, all weighing in at 154g.
The smartphone will be pre-installed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with plans to upgrade to 4.4 even before the end of the year. Although included is Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UI, which in this case will feature some functionality for utilising the curved display, such as Bounce UX and Gravity Effect. The device isn’t the fully flexible handset we were all expecting. One can only wonder what LG have up their sleeves having confirmed a flexible, unbreakable screen of their own.
The Samsung Galaxy Round will be available in Luxury Brown when going on sale tomorrow, with more colours to roll out in the next few weeks. Only time will tell if you’ll be able to get your hands on one by Christmas in our local market.