Samsung Galaxy Round gets an official launch

Wow, that was quick. After a flurry of speculation, Samsung has done the decent thing and officially unveiled its Samsung Galaxy Round smartphone. Presumably to make sure LG didn't get in first.

We heard it wasn't massively dissimilar to the Galaxy Note 3 and so it proves, although the one big selling here is a big departure - the curved OLED display.

The handset packs a 5.7-inch 1080p display, couple with a leather (or leather-esque) back, with 'Round' technology to take advantage of the screen. So a tilt of the screen on your desk will pop up notifications for texts, missed calls, alerts and so on. No, it doesn't sound compelling on paper, but we suspect this is the kind of phone you really need to get hands on with to understand.

What we do know is that the Round has a 13-megapixel rear-camera, 2-megapixel front-camera, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 2800mAh battery, LTE-A, and Android 4.3 for the operating system.

Whether we get a hands-on perhaps depends on whether this is something of a novelty for the Korean market or a genuine attempt to push screen technology forward. We'll find that out when full launch details are given. Right now, it's just for the Korean market, selling for the equivalent of £622.

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