Remember that awkward Samsung device that leaked earlier today? The one shaped like a taco and we thought was the Samsung Galaxy Round? Turns out, it was. Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Round this evening, and it’s essentially a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that’s lost its S Pen stylus, and is….. well, bent.
Under the hood, we’re looking at a very capable device. Notable specs from the Samsung Galaxy Round include:
- 5.7-inch 1080p OLED curved display
- 2.3GHz Exynos quad-core processor
- 3GB RAM
- 13MP camera
- 2,800mAh battery
- 7.9mm thick, 154g
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
So what separates the Galaxy Round from one of Samsung’s other “flat” offerings? Aside from giving the Korean manufacturer the pleasure of claiming “firsts”, Samsung has also tweaked their Touch Wiz/Nautre UX software to feature a UI that is better suited for the Round. This is done in a variety of visual changes to make things appear “rounder” on the device, as well as featuring something Samsung is calling “Round Interactions”.
Tilting the phone while on a flat surface will allow users to quickly peak at the time and notifications on the device, something that sounds neat, but not as intuitive as LG’s knock feature found on the LG G2. Samsung has also added the “Round Interactions” into their other apps like music and photo apps, although it’s unclear how it will be implemented.
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Round is set at $1,013 and is only available for SK Telecom in Korea. Samsung didn’t mention a global release (yet), but for now check out Samsung Tomorrow’s video on how Round Interactions work on the device (above). After that, let us know if this is innovation, or merely experimentation at its finest. We’re having trouble deciding.