Samsung Electronics has publicly launched world’s first curved display smartphone, Galaxy Round, on Thursday in South Korea.
Samsung’s 5.7-inch concave Galaxy Round handset has hit the South Korean Market today, but no timeline for the global release has yet been set. The smartphones’ curved screen perfectly fits the user’s palm and is both lighter and slimmer than all other handsets of the same size. The curved display technology is a step forward towards a more flexible display era wherein the panels will be bendable and could even be rolled or folded.
Galaxy Round features a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and will be powered by Google’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. The handset has been priced at a whopping 1.08 million won ($1,000).
Galaxy Round allows users to check information including battery life, missed calls, text messages, date and time easily even when the screen is locked by just tilting the handset on one side. In order to switch between songs on a playlist user just need to place the handset on a flat surface and then just tilt the device by pressing on the left or right side.
The handset’s curved screen is made of plastic instead of glass which makes it lighter than other smart phones. The phone weighs 154 grams (0.33 pounds) only.
Samsung’s rival LG announced last week that the company has started mass production of curved display panels for smartphones and will be launching its own curved smartphone by November at the latest.