Samsung Galaxy Round launched with 5.7-inch OLED curved screen in South Korea

Curved Phablets, the next best thing?

Yesterday we reported on an image leaked by @evleaks that showed what looked like an S4, but with a prominently curved screen. As it turns out this phone is in fact genuine and has already been announced by Samsung in South Korea.

The phone, dubbed the 'Galaxy Round' sports a 5.7-inch 1080p curved OLED display unlike any existing handset, it also features "Rounded Interaction" which displays different information when on a flat surface and tilted, to show the date, time and missed calls when the home screen is off; you can see the effect in the video below.

Specs below:

  • 2.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5.7-inch 1080p curved OLED display
  • 13-megapixel rear-camera
  • 2-megapixel front facing camera
  • 2800mAh battery.

The back of the phone - which ships with Android 4.3 - has a leather like texture, while the thickness is 7.9mm and weighs 154g, which is slightly less than the Galaxy Note 3.

The Galaxy Round will be available in South Korea from this week in a 'Luxury Brown' colour costing 1.09 million won, which is around £622.

So as it turns out, @evleaks was only slightly ahead of Samsung this time around. Samsung has not announced if and when this device will be available outside of South Korea.

Source: Digital Spy | Image: Samsung

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Wouldn't this make the phone easier to snap/break in the middle if you applied pressure to it as a whole?

e.g. Placed face down, pressure put on the middle. Placed face up, pressure placed across both sides. (Both lengthways).

Neat, but fail. Why would I want my screen curved. Why would I want the body curved so it doesn't sit flat and solid on a surface? Maybe I would want to lay it on a table to use the calculator app for example. Curved body rocking all over the place. Hate that about my Lumia and would hate it about this phone to.

AR556 said,
Neat, but fail. Why would I want my screen curved. Why would I want the body curved so it doesn't sit flat and solid on a surface? Maybe I would want to lay it on a table to use the calculator app for example. Curved body rocking all over the place. Hate that about my Lumia and would hate it about this phone to.

You lay your phone down to use the calculator?

Mr.XXIV said,

You stand your calculator up to use the phone?

Is that a serious question? Majority of people hold their phones.

Dinggus said,

Is that a serious question? Majority of people hold their phones.

That was actually /s

And haven't you noticed the calculator on the iPhone? It's so easy to use laid down OR held up.

Dinggus said,

You lay your phone down to use the calculator?


more like the phone is already on your desk, you unlock with one hand and without picking it up use whatever you need from it. The curved back *forces* you to hold the phone for any interaction other than the gimmicky roll. I mean, doesn't the physical home button already serve its purpose to show if you have notifications and the current time without unlocking the phone?

Northgrove said,
"Luxury Brown"? Haha, what shade of brown is that?

The color of your dump after you've eaten a lot of caviar.

It could feel good in your hand to hold but what about to look at? If they had a screen that could actually fold when you put it away and then become flat when you wanted that'd be something to talk about. This now though? I don't know, honestly it seems more like a gimmick, something Samsung can point to and say they did first but isn't that much in the end.

A big point many people miss is that phones with curved screens are basically phones with distorted screwed up images. You're looking at a deformed curved image. Nothing will look correct.

im sure there is some aspect correction rendering running in the background, which of course can make the whole laggy android/touchwiz ui a bit more slow - who wouldn't want that?

morden said,
im sure there is some aspect correction rendering running in the background

I know you might be joking but that would be impossible, as the angle you view the screen at will change the distortion.

I love the silent introduction of 1 more GB memory, suggesting the software behind it is quite aggressive

Interested in public taking of this!

The curved screens can fit better in our pockets? But now that it's curved, it should have been flexible to fit both ways. It's just like the USB insertion problem.

What about region locking?

i really dont see any use of a fixed curved screen - being the only one doesn't make it interesting or useful, it just makes you the only one idiot