Samsung Introduces Curved Display Smartphone
Samsung has launched the world’s first smartphone with a curved display, a variant of the Galaxy Note which moves the Asian giant a step closer to achieving wearable devices with flexible – even unbreakable – screens.The Galaxy Round’s 5.7-inch (14.4-centimetre) display has a slight horizontal curve and weighs less than the Galaxy Note 3, allowing a more comfortable grip than other flat-screen models on the market, Samsung said in a statement.Its key features include a tilt function which allows users to check information such as missed calls and battery life, even when the home screen is off. Users can also scroll through media files by pressing the screen’s right or left, the company said.
Samsung’s new curved-screen phone, available through South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom Co Ltd, costs 1.089 million won ($1,000).The smartphone has a 3GB RAM along with 32 GB + microSD (up to 64GB) memory. It has a 2,800mAh battery.The smartphone has a 13 mega-pixel rear camera and a 2 mega-pixel front camera. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, BlueTooth.It boasts of MSM 8974 (Quad Krait 2.3 GHz) processor. It runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean).
The phone initially would be available only in South Korea and no decision had been made about releasing it in other markets.The curved screen uses advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED technology. Samsung said the curve will make it easier to grip.The high-end gizmo has some features that make use of the display’s curve, such as playing the next song in a music playlist by tilting the phone to the left or to the right.The new smartphone is 7.9mm thick and weighs 154 grams. “The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications,” says Samsung.