That was fast. Just mere hours after the first press shot was leaked out to the world, Samsung have officially announced that the Android smartphone with curved display is indeed called Samsung Galaxy Round.
Featuring a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, the new Samsung Galaxy Round has a thickness of 7.9mm and weights around 154g. Within its curved chassis, the Samsung Galaxy Round apparently is packed with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor together with 3GB of RAM, 32GB worth of internal storage, 2800mAh and a 13-megapixels rear camera. At the same time, the device’s back area is covered with leather which is similar to the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
As expected, Samsung have implemented a number of features exclusive to the device. One of them is called Roll Effect which allows user to check certain information such as date, time, missed calls and battery status on the device’s display while it is being inactive by pressing the device against one of its side. Hence, the “roll”. Here’s a demo:
Apparently, the same gesture can also be used to control music – press the left side to play previous track, right to play the next track – through a feature that is dubbed Bounce UX. Additionally, there is also Gravity Effect which is described as “visual interaction with the screen” when users tilt the device. Last but not least, tilting gestures also allows users to navigate through photo and video album – a feature Samsung called Side Mirror.
Priced at around 1.09 million won (around RM 3259), the Galaxy Round will be released in South Korea tomorrow exclusive to SK Telecom. At the time being, no international release date has been announced so far by Samsung.
That being said, would you get one if it is released in Malaysia?
Syefri “Chapree” Zulkefli is an industry mainstay that has made his bones in the eSports, gaming and tech community for almost a decade.