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article imageSamsung Galaxy Round world's first curved smartphone goes on sale

By Milton Este     Oct 9, 2013 in Technology
Samsung is officially the first to produce and market a curved smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Round just went on sale today in South Korea selling for 1 million Korean Won.
Just how much is 1 million Korean Won? Well, it's approximately $1,015 (USD). So what exactly are we getting for this much? The Galaxy Round features a whopping 5.7 inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen. Furthermore, the RAM is kicked up a notch to 3 GB along with a MSM 8974 quad-core 2.3 GHz processor. It features a similar camera to the Galaxy S4 at 13 MP, but at the same time somewhat merging with the Galaxy Note line S Pen integration. Finally, the battery is reduced to 2,800 mAh, most likely due to the complexity of the curved body.
Along with the specifications, Samsung really worked the physical curved feature, known as the 'Roll Effect', to its advantage. Software enhancements now allow for the ability to view information by tilting or rocking the device, controlling music by pressing down on one side while it rests on a table, and track navigation by rocking or tilting the device.
Are these features necessary or even practical? It doesn't really matter, as some such as ComputerWorld question whether Samsung's curved display really is an innovation or just churning out "product after product to prove that it can do so faster and more efficiently than anyone else"?
The Galaxy Round is currently available in Luxury Brown, with more colors available soon. Currently, no information is available on the entry to the European and North American markets.
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