Galaxy Round

Curved smartphones are now officially a thing, and the Samsung Galaxy Round is one of the first devices of this kind to emerge. While there's no word on any Western launch for the device, it's on sale now in Korea, and we've had the chance to get our hands on one for a quick demo.

With a 5.7-inch display the Galaxy Round is one of the larger handsets out there, but the subtle curve to the display makes it slightly narrower and more hand-friendly than that device. Similarly, the curved back makes for a comfortable fit in the palm.

The Note 3 similarities continue under the hood, with a Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM, backed up by 32GB of storage. On the software side, you're looking at a familiar TouchWiz UI with all the apps and features we've come to expect, in addition to some new tricks linked to the curvaceous chassis. Tilt the phone when it's off to view notifications, missed calls and battery levels, tilt in the Gallery app to view albums, and tilt at the lock screen for an animated water effect.

We've got a quick hands-on demo after the break, along with more photos.

 

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Round

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Just because YOU don't use something doesn't mean someone else might, not everything is a ""gimmick"" as you say!

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People like to throw that word around when they don't think something is "innovative" (another overused term.)

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Sooo, based on the first two "comments" there's really only one comment. The one asking when it will be available here. C'mon people, try to be a little constructive! Abd less 3rd grade-ish!

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At least I didn't write "First", and "Second"!

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You did miss it, cause the first 2 comments consisted of "First" and "Second", so there really wasn't what normally would be referred to as a "discussion".

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And what the hell is it you're doing... adding something of substance to the comments, to maybe spark an intriguing, friendly debate? Or complaining like a bitch?

I'm gonna go with the latter...

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Larger handsets out there? At 4.7 is is average nowadays

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Reading fail!

I thought it was 4.7" not 5.7" so the article is right, it is a bigger phone.

Must have me doing 'male' measurements.

Almost sounds like a precursor to the Note 4 at that size. I need to get someone to give me a 6 " phone to play around with to see if that is too big. The Note 3 is kinda perfect once you get used to it. Gets feel and balance

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Can someone explain why the screen needs to be concave in the first place?

If the phone was a self adjusting To bend to what I want like a flex I could possibly see. But LG seems to have concave it the right way long ways, concaving the width seems to minimize the screen size somewhat.

Ergonomics. I am guessing it is supposed to fit better in the hand that way.

Also you are adding more screen, side to side, by adding the curvature.

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Yeah but no pen

Does have everything else though, including USB 3.0, which we do not see enough of
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No what. USB 3? You can see the port.

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Miss the target? Their only THE #1 Android vender!

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To go along with great phones

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Alex mentioned in the video that the Round is available in Korea. What about availability in the US? Any specific carriers planning to carry this phone?

I feel like it's more of the same. I've had the gs2, 3, 4, and note. They need to switch it up a bit. It's boring to me now. comparably the iPhone started with an aluminum body, then went plastic , then went to glass and metal by there 4th phone. Now there unibody anodized aluminum. Why can't they atleast make one high end radically different phone. They make so many phones that are like the last but with varied specs and screen sizes.