Samsung debuts flex screen smartphone in South Korea

Galaxy Round’s 5.7-in. OLED screen has a vertical concave for easy grip despite size.

Samsung’s flex screen Galaxy Round.
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SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung takes the world of smart gadgets closer to the flexible smartphone with its Galaxy Round, a flexible screen device with a curved display being released in South Korea Oct. 10.

Samsung said the smartphone has a 5.7-inch OLED screen with a vertical concave that makes the device an easy grip despite its size.

Users will apply the Roll Effect to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery when home screen is off, and a Gravity Effect for visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device.

Bounce UX controls music. When the display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device plays the previous track while a short press to the right plays the next track.

For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature accesses a list of an album’s content with a left and right tilt.

The large screen size brings the most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. Multi Window opens more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiples of the same application or to easily share content between applications.

SK Telecom, the country’s largest mobile operator, will release the Galaxy Round $1,003 without a two-year contract.

There was no information provided about a release to North American users.

Samsung is one of the two global display makers along with LG to have manufactured curved TVs using advanced displays called OLED.

Samsung’s latest patent filings showed drawings of smart wristwatches using flexible displays. Curved or unbreakable screens are the initial step before developing flexible smartphones amid absence of flexible batteries and other components.

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