Curved HDTVs are darn cool. Curved smartphones? Not so much. Samsung, the world's largest electronics company isn't done cranking out Galaxy-branded devices. Introducing the Galaxy Round. Ignoring its ridiculous name for a sec, the device's only real attraction is its curved screen and curved body — a world's first.
Not only is the curved screen supposed to make one-handed use comfier since it should fit in the palm of your hand better, Samsung's also invented some features to take advantage of the curve.
A "Roll Effect" allows users to check notifications by tilting the smartphone. A "Gravity Effect" lets you tap the left and right side to activate the device's "Bounce UX", which controls music. And you can also apparently tilt the Galaxy Round left and right (presumably in the Gallery app) to view photo and video albums in a feature called "Side Mirror."
South Korea-only for now, the Galaxy Round's specs include a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD card), 13-megapixel rear camera, 2,800mAh battery and Android 4.3 (with Touch Wiz). In other words, the specs are nearly identical to the new Galaxy Note 3, right down to the faux leather back with deep stitches and the inclusion of an S Pen stylus.
Samsung Tomorrow has a bunch of pictures of the Galaxy Round, in case you want to take a better look at it from different angles. (Or maybe you live in South Korea and plan to buy one.) The site's also shared a 17-second video of the Galaxy Round's goofy little "Roll Effect," which you can see in the video below.
We're still not sure what to make of the Galaxy Round. Our first impression is it's a really weird smartphone with more Samsung gimmicks. Well, at least you don't need to worry about putting the Galaxy Round in your back pocket, sitting on it, and accidentally bending its screen — it's already bent.
What do you guys think? Great or bad idea? Would you like Samsung to release the Galaxy Round outside of Korea? Sound off in the comments below.