Samsung’s been working on flexible display technology for a few years — and while it’ll be a while before you can actually roll up a phone and stick it in your pocket, the company has unveiled its first phone with a curved display.

The Samsung Galaxy Round sports a 5.7 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display with a slope so that the edges are higher than the center. It’s expected to launch in South Korea soon, where it iwll be available from SK Telecom.

samsung galaxy round

The rest of the phone is slightly round too, which lets you treat it like a rocking chair while the phone is flat on a table. Samsung has even built in a software feature called the “Roll Effect” that brings up time, weather, and other notifications when you push down on one end of the phone so that the screen rolls up toward you.

Theoretically the curved phone might be a little more comfortable to hold in your hand, since your hand isn’t exactly flat either. It would make at least as much sense to have phone curve length-wise rather than width-wise so that it fits more comfortably along your face when making phone calls… but who uses phones to make calls these days?

The Galaxy Round features a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, and Android 4.3 software with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface.

For the most part, it has the specs of a decent, high-end phone… it’s just rounder than most.

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8 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Round smartphone has a curved display for some reason”

  1. The only useful thing I can see to this is a better fit in jeans pockets, front or back.

  2. I do wonder if it will make reaching the far edge with a thumb a bit easier.

  3. Concave screen?
    Depending on the resulting focal point I may have some ships to set ablaze come the next attack by sea on a sunny day!

  4. The curved phone idea sounds useful to me. Think 5.7″ phone in your pants’ side pocket. Seems to me like it might fit a lot more flush against your thigh. Thus you’d probably get a lot fewer “Is that a huge smartphone in your pocket or are you happy to see me” comments. 🙂

  5. Did we all forget about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus having a curved display? I have mine right here and when you set it face-down on a flat surface you can tell that it is curved.

  6. Well, at least the tech could be used to curve the edges on the phone…

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