I may be the only one out there that is happy the Samsung Galaxy Round is not being sold internationally, but simply a prototype using their new flexible display technology...maybe it's because I just bought the Galaxy Note 3 and I wanted to know I was using the top technology, at least for a couple of months. Whatever the reason, Samsung is probably doing the right thing in testing the flexible (read that as curved) display before rushing it out to the public. According to a SamMobile insider, it is a low-production prototype to test the curved OLED displays, much like earlier prototypes that Samsung came out with to test their first AMOLED and HD AMOLED displays.
In an article we did a few days ago, we were surprised how fast Samsung was bringing out the curved displayed phone, especially so close to the launch of their new Galaxy Note 3. A launch of a new Galaxy Round would be even more surprising considering the Galaxy Round is basically a curved Galaxy Note 3 without an S-Pen...the Galaxy Round even has the same faux leather backing as the Galaxy Note 3! Samsung would not want to take away from sales of their newest flagship without giving it least a couple of months in the spotlight.
The specs we listed show it matching the Note 3's:
- 5.7-inch Full HD Super Flexible AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB internal storage (judging by the Galaxy Note 3, should be about 26GB free)
- Micro SD card slot, supporting up to an additional 64GB of space
- 13MP camera AF with Flash
- 2MP front-facing camera
- Android 4.3 - Jelly Bean
- WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Bluetooth Low Energy), USB 3.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC
- Dimensions: 151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9mm
- Weight: 154g
- Battery: 2800mAh
- LTE 150/50m bps
The flexible OLED technology is still rather new, so it is a good thing that Samsung tests it out with everyday usage to see how it holds up. With LG hot on Samsung's trails to launch flexible displays, it is evident that one will hit the international market in the very near future. Samsung is testing a high-end device with its newest screen technology and that can mean only one thing...look for it soon, as we know Samsung likes to be first with everything. It should be a very interesting 2014 to see what the smartphone industry will throw at us next.
What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Round - was it a device you were looking forward to purchasing or simply an interest work of technology that needs time to mature?