Samsung Galaxy Round announced with 5.7-inch curved display, finally confirming all those rumors

by: Joe HindyOctober 8, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Round
It wasn’t even 6 hours ago that we brought you news of an evleaks rumor of a curved Samsung phone. We posited that it would be the Samsung Galaxy Round and that’s exactly what has occurred. Mere hours later, Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Round.

Let’s get right to the reported specs:

  • 5.7-inch 1080p OLED display. Oh yeah, it’s also curved.
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.3
  • 7.9mm thick, 154g
  • 13MP camera
  • 2,800mAh battery
  • 2.3GHz Exynos quad-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • Specialized Touchwiz features.

According to the pictures, it appears the Samsung Galaxy Round will have the same faux leather back of the Note 3 as well as its screen size, camera, and RAM. When compared with the Note 3, notable differences include the lack of an S-Pen, a 400mAh smaller battery , and a speaker on the back instead of being  on the bottom. Otherwise, it’s pretty much a Note 3 that’s been bent.

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So far, details are scarce, but since it is running Android 4.3 with Touchwiz, it’s safe to assume that most of the software features from the S4 and Note 3 (sans S-Pen) will be there. One interesting addition is what is being called the Roll Effect. How this works is simple. If you roll the device toward one of the edges, a dock-style screen will open showing you the time, battery, missed calls, and text messages. You can check out the video below to see the whole demonstration.

According to reports, the device is apparently incredibly comfortable to hold, which is understandable, granted its design and form. Since it’s curved to match the contours of the hand, it’s likely to feel quite balanced. The device is going to sell for $1,013 for one carrier in Korea, SK Telecom. Also, while there is no word yet on a global release, it’s likely that we’ll start to see it appear on independent reseller sites soon.

With a device like this having appeared in the rumor mill for months, it’s finally nice to see it come to fruition. Basically think of it as a Note 3, minus the S-Pen, and a curved display, and now it’s finally here. We’d love to get your opinion on it. Is this going to change the face of smartphones or are we looking at Samsung having some fun being first to the curved screen party? We’ll be sure to get our hands on this as soon as possible so stay tuned and let us know what you think of the Samsung Galaxy Round!

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  • Le Garbage.

  • smallerBattery

    wait I thought one of the best advantage with these screens was to include a bigger battery but it actually got smaller???

    • ajm531

      that was supposed to be one but im what im really hoping for that since it should be a flexible display in there then hopefully it should be less brittle and stiff than regular smartphone screens therefore more durable.

      • JosephHindy

        It’s also a first gen release…there was probably only so much they could do with it in order to get it out on time.

  • Tsakane

    Well… That’s disappointing.

  • mikegonzalez2k

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like this device?

    Horrible battery compared with Note3.
    Do you want your phone to rock back and forth and turn on/off alot?

    There is not really any advantage to this design.
    Had it been more like Youm’s design it might have been actually something worth getting excited about.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Same here. I expected the Youm’s design. This curved Note 3 is just weird to me.
      But we can wait and see how this thing sells. I think it will fail, but who knows.

      • raff_sayn

        ya… the curve at the back similar to the curve at the Xperia S. Shame on Samsung!!

    • Lil bit

      The option “i do not like this device” has 30 votes now, then you are not the only one. I voted that too, and your post has the most upvotes, I dint sees a lot of love for this device around here.

      The rocking feature is pretty lame, I think Forrest Gump may be in the target buyer group.

      • Roberto Tomás

        6% of voters agree with him. He’s not the only one, but he’s far from the general view.

    • DMax

      You’re not the only one. I also think it’s a waste of innovation. Nothing special to it…NOT impressed

    • Roberto Tomás

      the battery is smaller because the screen only uses 70% of the power of an LCD screen. this is also the “advantage to the design” that you are missing — the other being the picture quality, which should very much better than the current Note 3 (Which is considered best-in-class even compared to all the other latest production tech in HTC, Apple, Sony, etc).

      I agree that the whole roll-to-wake thing is kinda gimmicky, but it isnt a reason to dislike the phone.

      what disappoints me is the Android 4.3. This is a 2.3Ghz Exynos, which means it is a new Exynos. I was hoping it would be 64 bit if it was going to be new.

  • Anonymous

    i thought it would be more lighter than the other designs?? -___-


    BWAHHAAHA HA…. so the best feature of the curve phone is so that it would show the time and date when I push it to one side as it wobbles??? BWA HA HA

    • Blowntoaster

      and that is what you made out of the whole article, that it has a new feature…
      tsk tsk…

  • mali

    We all know it’s not 3gb RAM.. probably 2440mb ram.. like how the note 3s are… at least in the US..

  • Bryan Z

    Should have made the gear curved instead of their phone, I dont see the point plus as a guy i wouldnt want to put this in my pocket.

    • Wan

      Why not? Wouldn’t this actually conform to the roundness of your thigh better than a standard flat design? That is if you put it in your pocket with the screen towards your leg, of course, but that’s the way I’ve always done it. :)

      • Bryan Z

        it will depend I thought about it already and I presonlaly would not like it and thats talking about it without a case which I would obviously get regardless and trust me manufacturers will not spend much time on making cases for this model, they are already making money making cases fors s3’s s4’s notes iphones iPads

        • Jay Dubya

          “Presonlaly” you sound dumb

  • T.J.

    It looks like another idea they rushed to get out just so they can say they did it first.
    It’s a Note 3 that’s worse the the actual Note 3 because of the lack of s-pen and smaller battery.
    To me the curved design is a gimmick with a couple accidental advantages;
    – Fits up against your leg better due to the curve. Does it actually fit in your pocket though?
    – Possibly better screen protection when dropped.
    Hooray, Samsung.

    • Bryan Z

      I agree plus imagine how uncomfortable it would be once you buy a case for it. like an otterbox for this model… lol it aint gonna happen

      • Blowntoaster

        Body Glove Rubberized casings will work perfectly.
        and the curve would make perfect sense on a device that size, making it easier to hold, and easier to reach the far corners of the screen.

  • TruluS

    Pretty, innovative (?), but…. what for??

  • Colton Spurlock

    For me I’m more interested in see through phones with like some metal or plastic trim at the top and bottom that would be a nice phone plus cuz of the material you can see you won’t lose it, plus you can hide cameras,speakers and other things of that nature in these areas, another cool thing would be no matter which way you pick it up it works so no real front or back

  • Jaun Lombard

    I thought the phone will come without bezels because of the screens durability….but hay…Rumours said it will be a Note type device with a curved screen…why is everyone shocked?

    It is not that curved plus it looks good…It is also JUST AN EXPERIMENT…WE ALL WANTED THE YOUM, but the tech is not there yet to make a bendable phone..

  • nukem

    Nice, but dat ugly plastic back…

    • MasterMuffin

      it’s lether, trrrrust me

  • john

    Whilst I do like curved displays, at that size, it’s meaningless.
    Curved displays really shine on those larger high pixel density screens, so that you can set the FOV in games really high, put the monitor a bit close, and you get the ultimate immersion-until Oculus Rift comes with FHD.
    With that size, the curve does little more than making the large display look smaller under reasonable distance. I don’t get it. The ergonomics doesn’t seem to be improved either.
    My ideas for uses of fixed curved display on phones:
    -long phone with vertical curve and high pixel density and low bypass ratio. You can bring the phone close to your eyes-like ski goggles- and use aug-reality.
    -similar design as above, but instead of a gradual curve, a stiff angle. When playing games, you can use the curved edges as control pad and leave the rest of screen free of clutter and your fingers. Negative=harder to fit in your pocket.
    -wrap the curved screen on the entire phone. Uses? Have no idea, but I guess it would be the ultimate brag factor. Maybe a live wallpaper that can go around the phone-Android chameleon phone lol.

    Oh and from Jaun Lombard’s comment above:
    -outwardly curved phone with virtually zero bezel.

  • Blowntoaster

    I’d say don’t judge it until you try it. It might turn out to be great, the curve n all…

  • Bomj

    Hm… I actually like it.

  • Harry

    I think I’d like to get my hands on one and see how it feels before I pass judgement. As a desk-phone guy, I’ve always had to deal with scratches on Samsung’s largely popping-out-of-the-back camera, maybr this will fix it.
    Nice spec sheet though.

  • Reed

    Looks nice. Obvious benefits:
    – easier to hold, less prone to slip from your hand

    – screen not scratched if you put it on a flat surface
    – screen is better protected from fall damage if it falls on its face

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      I agree, but I would still like to see some drop tests to make sure it won’t break that easy.

  • Yama

    this is just another marketing gimmick, no fucking need and very unneccessary with this fail rounded/curved displays.

  • Antony

    What? 2800 mAh battery??…. That’s not gonna go. Looks like Samsung failed with Note 3 as well!!!

    • Roberto Tomás

      the display is much more efficient than LCD, so they need less battery.

  • yama

    they told apple made a gimmick by with its fingerprint, honestly i find it more useful than this gimmickie idea with curved display. completely unneccessary.

    • Roberto Tomás

      if the grip is better and it protects the front surface a little, that is enough for me. I agree that it is gimmicky how they have the rock-to-wake feature to show messages and battery, etc. but otherwise it seems like a fine design.

  • kimLJT

    Bravo bravo bravo IMPRESSIVE INDEED……………………… as a prototype :3, or even as a prototype still it’s horribly curvy -_-.

  • Talha Bin Fahim

    Its nice specs wise but i thought you know it could actually be curved…..

  • Valtheus

    Other than possible ergonomic or fashion reasons, i don’t see the need for such a curved shape really. I can’t see how a smartphone would benefit from a curved screen in this size.

    Of course it could be like: i did it cause i can aka, look ma… no hands. ;-)

  • Lukassky

    Err Hello??? Another curve screen? Does anybody in the room remember Galaxy Nexus? It’s also curved!!!

    • jhonybravo

      Nexus was curved on y axis.. while this is curved on x axis.. Nexus was curved glass.. while this is curved flexible display.

      • Lukassky

        Are you sure this is flexible? I don’t think so. And about the axis where the screen has been “fold” , well.. i thinks it more or less the same.

        • jhonybravo

          The display is flexible but mobile is not.. Mean the the Amoled screen on the phone is a flexible screen.. but the other parts of the mobile are not flexible hence you cannot fold. And can you see the difference in the curve in below images.

          • Lukassky

            So, actually the Screen is not-flexible, at least the glass is not! O.o sorry, but i can see no differences between a GNex and this one :(

    • Roberto Tomás

      The galaxy nexus phone was curved, but the display elements in it were not.

      • Lukassky

        True, that’s true. +1 to you!

  • jhonybravo

    Well.. it is not so funky as what all we have expected.. but it might feel great when you hold in your hand. About the battery …. the large part of battery is used by Screen.. who know how much battery this flexible display require. may be it require less battery hence it might last long… its not just curved phone.. it is a phone with flexible display .. complete different zone.

  • Laborin_HK

    You had the golden opportunity to release the YOUM, something with real innovation, real potential and something FRESH.

    Instead, you made a curved screen that more or less only improves ergonomics and (maybe) durability, with no usability benefit.

  • Lloydblaze

    I like that Samsung is innovating it’s product’s in Build Quality. First The Galaxy note 3 with it’s Leather Like Back and Now a Curved Phone, It’s a Markets First… Don’t bash them, This Might Be a Gimmick but Not all Gimmicks are awful.

  • André Capitão

    I’m waiting for foldable phones, this is just a slight bended screen, inside a curved hard shell. Pointless, IMHO!

    • Roberto Tomás

      yea, me too sorta. It is not useless per se, but it isnt what you want if you want flxible. Besides flexibility, the display tech they are using has better display characteristics than modern displays, either LCD, QD-LCD from sony, or even earlier OLED. It also uses less power, is lighter and a good deal thinner, and is significantly cheaper to manufacture. These first gen products they want to charge you an arm and a leg for, and they aren’t quite worth it. Later, they will do the same thing with very flexible devices. But one of the basic allures of this technology is that, underneath it all (the flexibility, etc) it is really just a cheap plastic OLED display.

  • Jay Dubya

    I like the idea of not having to pick it up or push a button if you want
    to see what time it is. I don’t have an alarm clock in my bedroom, and
    when I need to know what time it is, I pick up my current phone and push
    a damn button. To be able to just roll the phone and be able to get the
    same thing. . .I’m happy. I also think it will fit the hand better.
    People are saying they don’t like the curve are acting like the damn
    thing is curved like a toilet tissue roll. It’s not that curved but
    enough to be different. I do like the design very much. The battery life
    is going to be a killer, but as long as it’s removable, I see no
    problem with it. I’m looking forward to seeing this phone.

  • MWB

    Does anyone else love the leather back?? We need that on the S5!!!

    • Roberto Tomás

      Yea I do. You can tell looking at it that this is not the same faux leather backing that the note 3 has as well. It is either a much better trim, or even real leather.

  • Tran Nguyen

    I think that this design will be improved for :
    1/ The drop test if Samsung made around edge very sturdy
    2/ Easy to pick it up on the flat table.

  • someguy

    not exactly earth shattering is it?

  • TheDevilMakesWork

    yawn :O

  • Peter Barnes

    I like this phone, it looks great,
    but Samsung Galaxy Round??? seriously

  • bigla

    ROBERTO Tomas, are you Samsung fan boy?

  • eiden martinez

    Is not big deal because de curve display is cool but they have android 4.3 and 4.4 is coming come on

  • Dipanjan

    This might be an innovation but still I dont think curved glass panels of this type could be of much benefit…

  • ruthvik

    i dont how its useful. instead we can jus buy a gflex and tap on it 2 times it will display everything plus it has a curved surface too..