Just after Apple has finally launched its brand new line-up of smartphones, the iPhone 5s and 5c, the next big thing and most talked about that has something to do about smartphones is the bendable screen technology. The proponents to this concept are the South Korean tech giants, Samsung and LG. Both of them are vying to have their new-found innovation become the first there is to ever be released on the market. But as it turns out, Samsung has managed to stay ahead of the competition.
The Samsung Galaxy Round will have a 5.7-inch curved display. Essentially, it is about the same thickness as the Galaxy Note 3, but it’s half an ounce lighter, weighing only 5.4 ounces. Besides its breakthrough feature, it is meant to impress all the tech-savvy people out there with its powerful specs. First and foremost, it will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB or RAM. It has a built-in 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera to capture quality images. And like the other recent Galaxy phones, it features the full suite of TouchWiz improvements, Group Play, WatchON remote control software, and the Samsung KNOX security mechanism.
The curved display is mainly for aesthetics and a more comfortable hand grip feeling. But aside from the said attributes, Samsung has developed a slew of new tilt and swipe controls, taking advantage of the curved display. One is the Roll Effect, which wakes your phone to show the time and message alerts when you tilt it towards you. Bounce UX, on the other hand, allows users to control their music while the screen is off by tapping the left side to go to a previous track or the right side to go to the next track. There is also the Side Mirror effect that shows additional information about an image or video when you tilt the device either to the left of the right.
The display of the Galaxy Round may be flexible but not the other parts of the smartphone as a whole. So, what’s really the sense? Why integrate a flexible display on a device that isn’t entirely bendable? Well, according to one analyst, this is just the first step for the company’s flexible screen technology. The relatively thin screen makes it a lot less likely to be damaged. In addition, because it utilizes only minimal space, it makes room for other more components to make the device even more powerful while keeping a sleek design.
Sascha Segan, a mobile analyst at PC Mag, says, “I don’t think this particular model is going to be a big deal on the market.” She adds, “They’re really just using this to jump-start that curved screen production so we start seeing curved screens on other devices early next year.” Hopefully, in the coming months, the tech giants, as we have full faith and confidence in them, will be able to come up with a totally flexible device that is meant to withstand all sorts of physical insults, which will then be tagged as the indestructible smartphone. And going back to reality, as of the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Round will only be available in its mother land, South Korea. If you’re from somewhere else, you might need to wait a little longer till you get your hands on this curvaceous smartphone.
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