6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Samsung Galaxy Round throws a curve ball

About Video Transcript

First Look: Samsung Galaxy Round throws a curve ball

2:11 /

A curved OLED display on a 5.7-inch smartphone: crazy, gimmicky, or brilliant? We take a first look at Samsung's latest phone design, available only in South Korea.

Hi. I'm Scott Stein with CNET and here's a phone that you won't see in the US right now. It's called the Samsung Galaxy Round. Now, it looks a lot like maybe the Note 3 or other large screens Samsung Android phones but it has a curve screen. You can see for yourself here, it's not tremendously curved but it's like a gentle horizontal curve here. Now the Galaxy Round has been talked about a lot and it's available in South Korea in this limited edition with black- stitched leather like finish on the back. It's a 1080p 5.7-inch OLED display that runs Android 4.3 and comes with Samsung's touch Whiz interface as you'd expect. In curve screen technology is kinda maybe the next big design wave because OLED can be bend but it's a matter of, does the rest of the chassis, where the glass, is it able to be bent in the same way? Well, this display is able to pull it off and have a gentle curved screen effect here and actually from using it a little bit does seem to reflect like a little bit differently and maybe reduce glare. It also potentially cups your cheek better or fits your leg better when you stuff it in your pants. The Galaxy Round has a 13-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front camera and 1080p HD video capture. And as far as processors go, it's got a 2.3 GHZ MSM 8974 Quad Core processor with 32 gigs of internal storage and the configuration currently being sold with 3 gigs of RAM and a 64-gigabyte micro SD card slot that's 64 gigs maximum. So it is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Does the curve glass make a big difference? We'll have to see and when it will be available in the US. We imagine at some point, we haven't heard anything yet. Stay tune. This is just the first look at this lightweight and curve phone that has some competition in the LG G-Flex which curves as well but it curves the other way from back to front. I'm Scott Stein and that's a little look at the Samsung Galaxy Round-- not yet available here. Question is, when you want one?

New releases

An exclusive live chat with Google Lunar XPrize teams!
55:24 January 26, 2015
The Milestone phase of the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize is coming to a close, so we're gathering representatives from the five prize-winning...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 118: Bill Nye's spacecraft, Mozilla's in-browser VR and more
26:20 January 26, 2015
On today's show, we check out Bill Nye and the Planetary Society's new privately funded spacecraft, discuss Mozilla's plans for VR,...
Play video
2015 Subaru Outback 3.6L Limited
6:00 January 26, 2015
Does the new Outback do enough to keep Subaru drivers coming back? Brian Cooley gets behind the wheel and checks the tech.
Play video
Icy adventure in the Land Rover Discovery Sport
1:10 January 26, 2015
Land Rover takes CNET editor Wayne Cunningham for a drive across Iceland, covering snow, ice and a river, in its new Discovery Sport...
Play video
iSmartAlarm's new camera sets out to secure the smart home
2:33 January 26, 2015
For $150, the iCamera Keep looks like a promising addition to one of our favorite security systems.
Play video
The thinnest tablet (so far) houses a stereoscopic camera
2:48 January 26, 2015
The Dell Venue 8 7000 is a skinny tablet with phat photography chops.
Play video
This tough garage fridge chills under extreme conditions
1:27 January 26, 2015
Designed to tame the harsh temperature swings of your garage, the Gladiator Chillerator works to keep its insides cool no matter w...
Play video
Sling TV launches with a new twist on Internet TV
2:54 January 26, 2015
Television service makes an evolutionary leap with Dish's $20 monthly plan, the NFL arrives on YouTube, and Freewheel offers Wi-Fi-only...
Play video