Samsung’s Galaxy Round to Remain a Limited Edition Device – Report

Samsung’s First Smartphone with Curved Display Will Not Become Widely Available

by Anton Shilov
10/15/2013 | 11:30 PM

A lot of market observers have complained about Samsung’s Galaxy Round’s lack of significant selling points apart from curved display. As it turns out, Samsung simply does not want to sell the product in significant quantities even in on its home market and wants to simply test drive curved screens on a commercial device.


Samsung is looking to produce only limited quantities of the Galaxy Round smartphone, even in South Korea, reports SamMobile web-site, who has a good track record in reporting about Samsung’s products and plans. Samsung Galaxy Round will essentially remain a prototype device to test curved OLED displays before incorporating them into other models.

The approach of evaluating new technologies on limited edition products aimed at actual consumers is common in the high-tech industry. For example, Samsung itself made Galaxy S II HD LTE (SHV-E120S) in 2011 to test HD AMOLED display as well as 4G/LTE technology.

Samsung Galaxy Round is equipped with a curved 5.7” full HD (1920*1080) Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g. As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables user to check information such as date, time, missed call and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device.

Samsung Galaxy Round is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 (MSM-8974, four Krait cores at 2.30GHz, Adreno 330 graphics engine at 450MHz, dual-channel LPDDR3 memory controller) application processor. The Galaxy Round features 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and is equipped with 32GB flash storage as well as microSD memory card slot. Samsung equipped its Galaxy Round zoom model with 13MP main camera with LED flash, 2MP front, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), multiple sensors (RGB light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, etc), 2800mAh battery and so on. The S4 comes with Google Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean" operating system and supports all 2.5G, 3G, 3.5G (up to HSPA+ with 21Mb/s) types of networks as well as 4G/LTE where available.


The large screen size of the Galaxy Round provides additional benefits to users. Useful one-hand operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. 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.


Samsung Galaxy Round is available in Korea with Luxury Brown, and more color will be available soon.