Although it’s not quite the flexible phone we were expecting, Samsung announced today the Galaxy Round smartphone, the very first mainstream curved screen handset. You can check it out below and also see a new feature in action after the break.
This model strays from the vertical line screen models and adopts a curved display, that looks like a half smile of sorts. This technology may be based on the Youm tech showcased by Samsung at CES 2013. Samsung Galaxy Round packs a 5.7 inch Full HD screen, Android 4.3 with TouchWiz and the famous multi window mode and one handed use mode, like the Galaxy Note 3.
This model measures 0.3 inches in thickness, weighs 5.4 ounces and it includes two brand new features. One of them is the roll effect shown in the video below, with the ability to tilt the unit on its axis to view notifications, missed calls and battery data. Another cool feature is the Gravity effect, that expands the role of gestures by rocking the device with a finger in order to see the music features.
Specs here include a 13 MP camera with autofocus and flash, a 2 MP front shooter, a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm quad core processor, 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM. There’s also a 2800 mAh battery and a microSD card slot. This model is expected to debut in Korea soon, in brown.