Samsung launches Galaxy Round, features 5.7" curved OLED screen

By Scorpus
Oct 9, 2013
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  1. In case the Galaxy Note 3 didn't tickle your fancy, Samsung has come out with a brand new device that's similar to the Note in many ways, but with one main difference. Rather than the standard, flat 5.7-inch Super AMOLED...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,887   +607

    I'm always surprised at how fast Samsung can roll out new devices. I'll admit, I don't know much about South Korea, do they sleep over there?
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,182   +509

    Now what on earth is the advantage of this display?
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  4. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 412   +109

    Agreed, what the heck is the point? I mean common, is it really worth making a whole new phone just so that it feels more comfortable in your pocket by following the general curvature of your leg?!?! Because that's about the only advantage that I can see here.
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  5. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 191   +24

    I'm thinking if it can bend even a little, does that make it more crack resistant?
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,887   +607

    no one knows... it's why Samsung (at least, I think it was Samsung) created a contest with awards to anyone who could think of a good idea of how to use a flexible screen.

    I think they could make for good decorations... like if they covered support pillars in public buildings with curved screens and displayed something like water with fish in it. That's about it though... I don't think anyone has any plans for a flexi-screen revolution.
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  7. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed Newcomer, in training Posts: 97   +20

    Samsung knows there really a game-changer application for the flexible glass, yet. That is why they released this phone for their own domestic market. They're testing it to see if consumers can provide that practical advantage for it. Japanese companies have been doing this in the past.. I can remember seeing about 60 types of Sony Walkmans with different features, but only for the domestic market.
  8. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TechSpot Member Posts: 81

    I know why they made device like this: because they can ;)
  9. Well I am 6'4" and I'm sure for other people like me with oven mitts for hands, would appreciate this the most. I currently have a Galaxy S3 and really enjoy it (coming from a Torch 9800 bleh) but a curved, larger device that's lighter than the Note3, 2800ma and 3gigRAM on a 2.3g quad /w an ac dipole to finally test out my new router? Sold.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,182   +509

    Pity you'll to have to go to Korea to fetch one and then there's no guarantee it'll work in the States.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,182   +509

    You could be right.
  12. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,088   +723

    You know, people just need their phone to fit PERFECTLY when they hold it ***sarcasm***.
  13. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Booster Posts: 996   +36

    Testing for marketability, looks like...

    Well now, they might indeed have small hands... lol jk... maybe?
     
  14. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid Newcomer, in training Posts: 77

    Think about all the phones you have seen with a cracked screen. Myself I usually ask them what happened and the most common answer is it slipped out of my hand and landed flat on the ground/pavement. If that's the case then the with the curved surface there is less to hit/touch the ground/pavement. Re-enforce the edges and you may have a winner.
  15. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Booster Posts: 996   +36

    Interesting thought to an otherwise simple solution. Buy a cheap phone case... some people are just careless with their money... I never break my devices! Good lord, I spend enough money on them!!! lol
    :)
  16. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    The point is the screen is not breakable and the curve is more comfortable in your hand.
  17. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 182   +6


    Could be due to the North South divide. The south being the very poor full of shanty towns and the north looks like any other wealthy city such as London, Paris etc. Because of this Samsung has a huge mass of labour available who are all willing to work for many hours and in many cases little pay.
  18. Chongler

    Chongler Newcomer, in training

    Anyone remember the race that was to get away from the curved CRTs and into the flat panel display market? That having been said, as a very happy Note 2 owner, I could totally picture the benefit of a larger device having a curve to it. Easier to hold and carry around, and for some people, getting a case for such a big device just isn't a practical or desirable option. I wonder if the future of devices will have a curved version available as well as flat, or if they take one model and start to roll out curved displays across the line.
  19. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Booster Posts: 996   +36

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  20. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 452   +53

    Wouldn't it wobble side to side when using it flat on a desk? Doesn't seem like such a practical application.
  21. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Booster Posts: 996   +36


    lol might be applicable on a sail boat?
  22. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Booster Posts: 990   +82

    from the pictures I kinda see a flat surface on the back of it that curves towards the edges so I don't think it will wobble, but I need to put it on a table to be sure. pictures can lie.


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