Samsung Galaxy Round

What's under the hood on Samsung's latest big, curved phone?

The latest boundary-pushing form factor coming out of Samsung is the Galaxy Round, a phone with a display that is notably curved on the vertical axis. With a curve that is much more pronounced and technologically impressive than previous "curved" phones, Samsung is definitely taking things to a new level.

Under the hood the story is much the same as what we've seen on the recently announced Galaxy Note 3, however, and that's not a bad thing. You'll find the same screen resolution and internal specs that are nearly identical, with the tradeoff for that curved display being a lack of S Pen functionality.

Hit the break for a full list of internal specifications — note that some parts may change when the device comes to other markets outside of the initial launch in Korea.

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Official Samsung Galaxy Round specs

  • Network: LTE 150mbps (Korean market)
  • Connectivity: Wifi a/b/g/n/ac, Wifi Direct, BT 4.0 (BLE), USB 3.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC
  • Processor: MSM 8974 quad-core Krait at 2.3 GHz
  • Display: 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super Flexible ​AMOLED, 386 ppi
  • Memory: 32 GB + microSD (up to 64GB)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Rear Camera: 13MP AF with flash
  • Front Camera: 2MP
  • Camera Features: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect
  • Additional Features: Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Video, Share Document, Play Games; Story Album, S Translator; Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View; Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON; S Voice™ Hands Free, S Health; Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound; Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly); Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring; Safety Assistance, Samsung KNOX
  • Dimensions: 151.1 ⅹ 79.6 ⅹ 7.9mm
  • Weight: 154g
  • Battery: 2800mAh
 

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Samsung Galaxy Round specs

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Doesn't really interest me. Don't see the need for the curved screen. I'll stick with my Note 3...which should be in my hands by Thursday.

The curve adds ergonomics while holding it in one hand and allows for better hand to face placement while talking on the phone. Interesting! It has some other neat features that are NEW but, just like the S4's plethora of features, I don't see them being a hot commodity for many or used often either. Although, I see consumers buying the phone just to say they have a phone with curves. I'm sure Samsung will sell plenty and continue to pull away from the once King of mobile phones, Apple.

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I think the biggest advantages are not the feel on the face as much as the (1) ability to hold the phone more comfortably and (2) the ability to fit a larger screen in a smaller form factor without sacrificing viewing angles.

Go grab a coffee cup and see how little space is used up and how a circle cup increases maximum volume.

Now grab a vertical photo, bend it about 20 degrees and see how little of the photo is lost. Basically they can fit a 6 inch screen in today's traditional 5 inch phone body.

missung the s-pen there. too big for a penless phone. (so my problem with LG Gplus, Sony Z Ultra...both need a pen for this size)

I wish they would add a dedicated shutter button for the camera, and that they would fix that horrendous and annoying setup where if you got multiple Instant messaging apps and voip apps it asks you to choose the app to use whenever you try to text or call someone. Also, from my experience with my S4, they need to make the lower bezel larger to make it easier to tap the buttons. Finally, the battery seems a little small for such a large phone. My S4 sucks crazy amount of juice, I can only imagine this monster with a faster processor and bigger screen.

"and that they would fix that horrendous and annoying setup where if you got multiple Instant messaging apps and voip apps it asks you to choose the app to use whenever you try to text or call someone."

Ummm...what? That's a feature of Android, that applies to ALL events where more than one application can be used to do the same thing. There's a button you can press to make it permanent.

There's no way to use the power button as the shutter button?
Also, the Snapdragon 800 is supposed to be better at power management than the 600.

We'll see what the reviews say, though.

Samsung is weird, this is one of those products that just proves Samsung can do whatever it wants. Its ugly I dont think Id want a phone that looks like someone sat on it.

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It's not that I don't think curved displays aren't special, it's just that I think this use of a curved display isn't special. There's nothing here that makes me want this phone over the Note 3. If Samsung released some of the cool devices they demoed earlier this year, I'd probably feel otherwise. But this phone is being added to the "Do Not Want" list.

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Would rest against my leg better in my pants pocket. Possibly more comfortable to hold and use too.

Looks good.

-Suntan

Still don't get what this curved screen could do for me... I mean, all I can think of is how uncomfortable a curved wedge will be in my pocket, how weird will screen and graphics look on a curved screen and how awkward any on-screen controls will feel like adding that inward curvature to the mix. But apparently it will feel nice to hold with one hand. o_O

Obviously this is a bit of a novelty which is why it is only being launched in their local market.

This is potential for more useful designs in the future, but I think Samsung just wanted a proof of concept out there on the streets to gauge opinion and to also have the kudos of being "first".

samsung is beginning to get a bit greedy now and whoring themselves to get any kind of attention w their phones. theyre trying to become the new trendsetters and see what people will stick with. not cool. what happened to simplicity. i loved my gnex and s4 but all these new phones with cheap gimmicks, come on dude. its as if theyre turning into square enix and think people will buy everything of theirs bc they had a few great hits. galaxy mega??? WTF, kill it with fire.

I understand your point in a way, but I've never had a problem with too many choices. Even if Samsung tries anything and everything they can imagine (and they are), that's the best way to innovate. See what works for consumers and let that dictate where to take your product lines. I like it

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You are not the only customer of samsung...the company will make or not make products just because you want it or dont want it...samsung is a great company because they make products for all types of consumers

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This just smacks of being curved simply for the sake of being 'first' to be curved.
We'll see. Maybe if I got to handle it I'd change my mind.

It's a curved Note 3 with slightly smaller battery and no S-Pen

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While the curved display might not be everyone's cup of teat I in no way endorse bashing innovation, no matter how insignificant it appears to be. A curved display might be a niche right now but imagine what this type of thing could bring to the market in the next 2-3 years or so.

I think all the confusion and (some) outrage over a very slightly curved form factor design is comical.

"What's the point?"
"Why not just design a fully flexible phone?"
"It'll rock back on forth on a table, millimeters at a time! Blasphemy"

This is the process of evolution. Baby steps. You start with a new idea and grow it from there. Design, ergonomics,

Credit the OEM's for trying something new. We didn't get quad-core processing with 5 inch 1080p screens immediately after the G1 launched. The same way we aren't going to get unbreakable, fully flexible form factor devices immediately following the Note 3.

So to answer the majority of these statements, the question is not why. It's "Why not?" Let's all get off our soap boxes and enjoy the ride, see where it takes us.

I for one, personally like the design.

Is have liked it to course on the horizontal axis, more like what the nexus s was trying to achieve

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