Samsung, clearly annoyed that BlackBerry got to use the Curve before them, has announced the Galaxy Round, which has an, um, curved screen. It’s the first device to use Samsung’s new flexible screen, and is visually identical to the phone leaked earlier this week.
So, is the curved display all about looks? No, it has some degree of function too, but only due to Samsung‘s own set of applications which make use of the curvy design. As you can see from the pictures, the phone curves from side to side, and therefore will rock about when laid on a tablet. Samsung has used this to its advantage by adding in Roll Effect, where a tip of the phone will see notifications and other information cascade on to the lock screen. With Bounce UX, a tip one way or the other will advance or backtrack your music.
Samsung also promises the phone will be more comfortable to hold, as it’ll fit in the palm of your hand more naturally. This is a good thing, as the Galaxy Round is as big as the Galaxy Note 3. That means it has a 5.7-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM, plus a 13-megapixel camera. The Round is just 7.9mm thick and weighs 154 grams.
Sadly though, you can’t buy it just yet, as the Galaxy Round is exclusive to South Korea at the moment, where it will launch with LTE-Advanced connectivity on the SK Telecom network. It’s inevitable Samsung will bring the phone to the UK sometime in the future, but it hasn’t confirmed availability yet.