News has been flying thick and fast this week regarding the advent of curved screens on smartphone devices. First LG announced they have already started mass producing curved displays for future smartphones, but now Samsung have gone ahead and announced the world’s first device to actually use a curved display, the Samsung Galaxy Round.
Unlike previous phones, including the Galaxy Nexus, which were curved on the horizontal axis, the new Galaxy Round curves deeply on the vertical axis. The full benefits of having a curved screen are not clear yet, but Samsung are touting a new feature called “Round Interaction”, that allows the user to see the date, time, battery life and missed calls when they tilt their phone with the screen off whilst it is on a flat surface.
Whether this feature will be of any use, or is just another gimmick, we will have to wait and see. The Galaxy Round, however, comes with an impressive spec sheet should the unconventional screen prove to be pointless. It will come equipped with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 1080p display. Furthermore, the Round weighs in at 154g , and is only 7.9mm thick. The phone will launch tomorrow in South Korea for 1.09 million won (around £632); details of an international launch are to be announced.