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We've been hearing about curved displays for a long while now, and putting lip service into motion, Samsung today introduced the Galaxy Round, the world's first curved display smartphone. The Galaxy Round features a Super AMOLED flexible Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display measuring 5.7 inches, which is in the vicinity of phablet territory. So, what can you do with a curved display?
"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 explains. "For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. 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 phone is 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g. Other hardware and features consists of a Quad Krait 2.3GHz processor (MSM 8974), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 13MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 support, 2,800mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Samsung has chosen to launch the Galaxy Round in Korea in "Luxury Brown," noting that more color options will be available soon. No word yet on when the Galaxy Round will ship to other markets, which carriers will have it, or how much it will cost.