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@evleaks is at it again with a single picture of Samsung's latest smartphone

It looks as though the next bandwagon that Android smartphone makers will jump on will be curved displays (followed closely by 64-bit processors and fingerprint scanners). We’ve previously heard reports of curved display smartphones from both Samsung and LG, but it looks as though @evleaks has scored the first image of the production model from Samsung.

We don’t know anything about the specs of the smartphone and only have this single picture to show you. However, rest assured that given @evleaks’ long track record [1][2][3][4][5], this is what the unnamed smartphone will look like when it launches later this month.

Updated 10/8/2013 @ 10:23pm EST
Samsung has officially pulled the wraps of its Galaxy Round and it appears that @evleaks was once again right on the money with this one.

Specs wise, the Galaxy Round features a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 5.7" 1080p OLED display, 13MP rear shooter, and a 2800 mAH battery. It of course runs Android 4.3, so it’ll be compatible with the $300 Galaxy Gear smartwatch.


Sources: @evleaks, Samsung Tomorrow, Samsung

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Who need this ?
By max_payne on 10/8/2013 5:03:14 PM , Rating: 5
What is exactly the benefit of this ? A curve screen will also distort videos. I can see, it may reduce reflection but so what ?

RE: Who need this ?
By Brandon Hill on 10/8/2013 5:11:27 PM , Rating: 5
The only thing I can think of is that it might fit the contour of your leg better in your pocket. Other than that, I've got nuthin'

RE: Who need this ?
By max_payne on 10/8/2013 5:24:43 PM , Rating: 2
Got one. You want to drink under a water tap when there is no glass available.

RE: Who need this ?
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/2013 7:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
It really doesn't look anything like more than a photoshopped picture of an SGS4.

RE: Who need this ?
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/9/2013 10:40:06 AM , Rating: 2
I see the posting has been updated since my posting above to include some more info and a video. So I guess it isn't a photochop.

RE: Who need this ?
By a5cent on 10/9/2013 9:13:07 AM , Rating: 2
The smaller probability of scratching the screen, when laying the device face down on a flat surface?

I don't know, I'm reaching too. I do however love the convex screens on some of Nokia's high end smartphones. They feel great to the touch and improve legibility in sunlight. I'd want to test this, but I can't imagine this concave curvature being anywhere near as comfortable.

RE: Who need this ?
By Roffles on 10/9/2013 1:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
My same thoughts:

1. Better pocket fit when it contours to your leg
2. Less chance of screen scratch when placed face down on flat surface
3. Front facing speaker less muted when placed faced down on flat surface (but i don't think any galaxy phones use front facing speakers)
4. Possibly better tactile feedback

Part of me thinks this is a gimmick, but another part of me believes added functionality always comes in small steps like this. When you add up the curved screen, the hover touch, and all the other small gimmicky features Samsung offers, you end up with a phone that offers many things the competition doesn't.

RE: Who need this ?
By Wazza1234 on 10/11/2013 3:00:16 AM , Rating: 2
Better pocket fit when it contours to your leg

Only if you have nothing else in your pocket, no case, and you are then forced to place it in your pocket a particular way round.

2. Less chance of screen scratch when placed face down on flat surface

Why would you put your screen face down, and when has that ever scratched a phones screen?

3. Front facing speaker less muted when placed faced down on flat surface (but i don't think any galaxy phones use front facing speakers)

Indeed, no front facing speakers and again, why would you place it screen down.

4. Possibly better tactile feedback

There is no reason to assume this, tactile feedback could be as good or better on a straight screen.

Then add in the fact you get more reflections.

RE: Who need this ?
By Stuka on 10/12/2013 12:11:43 PM , Rating: 3
A. Why would you put a 5.7" phone in your pocket in any orientation other than vertically? Like a pistol in a holster, there's the right way and the only way, and both are the same way.

B. Can't vouch for the Galaxies, but a lot of phones are incorporating face-down features, like ringer silence, or auto speakerphone when on a call.

RE: Who need this ?
By MajstorBata on 10/16/2013 4:06:54 AM , Rating: 2
Also easier/faster to flip between screens with the finger.

RE: Who need this ?
By jimbojimbo on 10/8/2013 5:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
The leg thing like someone said but also it would make it easier to touch the entire screen with one hand so they can make bigger screens with the same level of comfort.
Also, one of the nicest features of the HTC One was holding that curved back but I guess this phone will have it now.

RE: Who need this ?
By geekman1024 on 10/8/2013 10:04:32 PM , Rating: 4
I disagree, imagine (hack I actually did so) if you are gonna touch the area close to your thumb side, it'd be more difficult to do so on a curved surface than a flat surface. At least not without risking the thing falling off you hand.

They are making it curve just because they could, not because the should.

RE: Who need this ?
By Wolfpup on 10/9/2013 9:40:37 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm thinking this is a "look at what we can do" stylistic thing more than anything.

I'm intrigued by doing new form factors with smartphones. I like flip phones, and I'm not super crazy about the tablet form factor for a phone. But...this doesn't seem like it.

RE: Who need this ?
By jimbojimbo on 10/9/2013 10:41:12 AM , Rating: 2
If you hold the closer side all the way up against your thumb maybe it would be harder to touch but slide it out a little. Still, I'd have to try it to tell for sure but I only see the good as far as one hand use. However, I rarely ever use my phone with one hand. My concern would be how awkward typing with two hands would be after we've all grown accustomed to a flat keyboard.

RE: Who need this ?
By superflex on 10/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Who need this ?
By retrospooty on 10/8/2013 9:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, the Galaxy Note 3 is the best they've got.

RE: Who need this ?
By xti on 10/9/2013 10:40:42 AM , Rating: 2
agreed...i played with it at best buy, and while i hate touchwiz, the note3 looked awesome...waiting for my at&t contract to get close to being over and replacing my banged up GS3

RE: Who need this ?
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/9/2013 8:03:47 AM , Rating: 5
Actually, it's slightly less pathetic and worthless than your blatant Apple fanboyism...

RE: Who need this ?
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/2013 7:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not particularly liking it.

And this is coming from one of the biggest sammy fanboys on DT. It just does nothing for me.

RE: Who need this ?
By FaaR on 10/8/2013 7:58:36 PM , Rating: 2
Coming from a person with an iphone4: the design looks real nice and clean, but I don't see the point in curving the screen. It'll just make the darned thing more expensive I would wager, and probably thicker too unless they also invented a curved LiPO battery... Well, less chance of scratching the screen if you put it face down on a table, but I don't know if that reason is worth it, really...

Well, at least it looks good! That always works with apple people... ;)

RE: Who need this ?
By Solandri on 10/9/2013 3:41:10 AM , Rating: 3
I don't see the point either. But then, everyone laughed at Samsung when they first introduced the Note. And now all the flagship phones seem to be closing in on that sixr. So I'll wait to see what the market says before I pass judgment.

RE: Who need this ?
By Wazza1234 on 10/11/2013 3:02:32 AM , Rating: 2
everyone laughed at Samsung when they first introduced the Note

The people who laughed are still laughing, and weren't the people who bought the phone. It was, and is, still too big.

all the flagship phones seem to be closing in on that sixr

No, all the other flagships are closing in on encapsulating a screen as big in a far smaller device, thus making it usable and convenient.

The Note remains neither of those for most people.

RE: Who need this ?
By jimbojimbo on 10/9/2013 10:39:48 AM , Rating: 2
Batteries can be shaped any way the buyer wants it so a curved battery is no obstacle.

RE: Who need this ?
By retrospooty on 10/8/2013 9:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
This guy needs this phone...
other than that I can't imagine anyone wanting it.

RE: Who need this ?
By BillyBatson on 10/9/2013 2:24:11 AM , Rating: 2
Well other than glare it will fit in the hand better, possibly up to the ear better, in your pocket it better wraps around your thigh, reduces the viewing angle while in portrait orientation thus making it harder for those around you to look at your screen even if only slightly, and there is more to this news...

There are a few features Samsung developed based on the fact that the device is curved, and the primary one is the Roll Effect. Basically, you can gently tilt the device to see the date, the time, notifications, and more even when the home screen is off. With the music player running, tilts can be used to control tracks, too.

Which sound neat.

RE: Who need this ?
By Wazza1234 on 10/11/2013 3:06:27 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a gimmick, and your list of completely pointless 'problems' which this solves (such as being able to hold it in your hand and against your face) are issues that nobody has with any other phone (and would be more suited to the Nexus One which was curved vertically - for ear, and/or simply curving the back of the phone - for hand). Sounds like Samsung did this just because it's possible now.

There isn't a reduction in glare either, it'll be increased. Just like the OLED TV's which are out right now, curved screen adds no benefit whatsoever - in that case it was enforced due to manufacturing.

RE: Who need this ?
By BillyBatson on 10/12/2013 4:28:25 AM , Rating: 2
Pointless problems? Holding a phone more comfortably in the hand is not pointless at all, comfort is the point! A better grip also means fewer drops and slips out of the hand.
I don't see this as pointless at all and would like my future phone to have such a screen/design.
And not sure if you know the differences in how flat, concave, and convex surfaces reflect light but this will definitely produce less glare than a flat surface.

RE: Who need this ?
By Schmide on 10/9/2013 2:38:55 AM , Rating: 2
Carlos Danger?

RE: Who need this ?
By Phoque on 10/9/2013 7:16:13 AM , Rating: 2
I don't feel the curve is strong enough to distort video. At least not to the point of being detrimental to the viewing experience.

RE: Who need this ?
By Omega215D on 10/9/2013 12:37:32 PM , Rating: 2
Curved screens could be more resilient to falls and such damage since the curve will help distribute the forces and less chance of it falling flat on its face. There are also some tricks to be done so that a curved display won't distort video.

It would've made more sense to have the curvature go the other way so that it contours the face better, kinda like the Galaxy Nexus.

RE: Who need this ?
By Wazza1234 on 10/11/2013 3:08:47 AM , Rating: 2
the curve will help distribute the forces


less chance of it falling flat on its face

Falling 'flat on its face' is the ideal scenario, since in that instance the pressure exerted on any one area of the screen is minimised and the screen will not break. The danger point is when a specific point of the screen hits the floor, which the curve will do nothing to prevent.

Flexible screen tech
By StormyKnight on 10/9/2013 12:15:07 AM , Rating: 2
This just looks like a way to use their new flexible LED tech. Just a gimmick. Will this get them their R&D money back in sales? I sincerely doubt it.

RE: Flexible screen tech
By flyingpants1 on 10/9/2013 2:10:14 AM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised to see someone ALMOST actually figured it out! :) The purpose is to sell the flexible screens. This is just the most they can do with them right now.

Now let's see what happens if it gets smashed - can you simply replace the glass for $10? If so, that's a boon for flexible screens, AMOLED, and Samsung.

RE: Flexible screen tech
By jimbojimbo on 10/9/2013 10:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
You can replace broken screens on the S4 now for anywhere between $6-$20, depending on which kit you buy.

RE: Flexible screen tech
By flyingpants1 on 10/10/2013 8:02:19 AM , Rating: 2
You missed the point entirely. On most modern smartphones, the touchscreen, display and glass are specially glued together, making repairs much more complicated. Try reading the reviews for the product you linked.

And when the glass breaks badly, destroying your touchscreen digitizer like on my recently killed Nexus 4, you often have no choice but to replace the whole display for ~$200.

On the other hand, a flexible screen makes it possible and convenient to make the glass optional, or easily replaceable.

RE: Flexible screen tech
By jRaskell on 10/9/2013 10:47:55 AM , Rating: 2
IF the glass can be replaced, I seriously doubt they'll only be charging $10 for it.

It isn't about how much it should cost, it's about how much they can charge. Without this capability, if you smash the display on your phone, you have to buy a whole new phone. That costs a hell of a lot more than $10. Thus, they could easily charge anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of a new phone (even subsidized), and it would still be an attractive option to consumers.

RE: Flexible screen tech
By flyingpants1 on 10/10/2013 8:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
Without this capability, if you smash the display on your phone, you have to buy a whole new phone.

Where did you get this idea?

RE: Flexible screen tech
By alanmcm55 on 10/10/2013 4:11:13 AM , Rating: 3
It's just Samsung pre-empting Apple in the Patent wars. The same logic is behind the Galaxy gear. If a watch or a curved phone ever become popular, Apple can't go running to the US Pres asking him to ban Samsung, because Samsung have quite clearly brought them to market prior to Apple.

Granted the curved phone and the smart watch seem a bit useless at the moment but you can't deny they exist, and are for sale before Apple release theirs. So even if Apple come out with a curved screen watch, Samsung are covered.

Not what I was expecting at all
By KPOM1 on 10/8/2013 5:30:05 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it would be curved along the horizontal axis for better acoustics and facial ergonomics, or perhaps have the "peek display" like what they sampled at CES. This seems to be curved just for the sake of being "first." Galary Round "Gear" anyone?

RE: Not what I was expecting at all
By jimbojimbo on 10/8/2013 5:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
But it's not the first curved phone. The Galaxy Nexus had a curve to it although it was along the other axis.
I think this phone may be curved a little too much. The Nexus had a much more gradual curve and along a longer distance. Oh well.

By thesavvymage on 10/8/2013 9:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
The galaxy nexus only had curved glass covering the screen. The screen panel itself was not curved at all

By geekman1024 on 10/8/2013 10:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
If they make the screen fold-able, like the Nintendo DS, which when folded, you can put it in your pocket comfortably, and when unfold, it will have screen size of a 6" phone or even a 7" phablet, then it's a good selling point.

However, curved is not selling, IMHO, at least.

RE: Foldable
By jimbojimbo on 10/9/2013 10:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
That'll never happen. The Nintendo has two separate screen with a hinge. What happens when you take anything plastic and bend it? How about over and over? It'll break. They'll have to either have no bezel edges on two screens or have it curve along a hinge so that side will always be much fatter when folded.

RE: Foldable
By flyingpants1 on 10/10/2013 8:11:05 AM , Rating: 2
Of course it will happen, and the first models will kind of suck.

The fold does not need to be at a 180 degree angle. They could build it tougher in the middle to withstand the excess stress over time.

Maybe.. just maybe..
By flyingpants1 on 10/8/2013 7:01:00 PM , Rating: 5
If they can't say what it's for, and none of us can figure it out, then maybe it's just useless..

2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM
By Phoque on 10/9/2013 7:22:44 AM , Rating: 2
More power than the average desktop user need.

Soon, if not already, people will use their phone as a desktop replacement. Connect to external monitor, bluetooth keyboard and mouse 'et voilà'.

By jimbojimbo on 10/9/2013 10:51:19 AM , Rating: 2
That would be awesome. Carry just your phone to the office and have a docking station there and one at home? No more laptop to carry around? I'd say that's a win and they're headed in the right direction.

You who are so shortsighted
By Intellivista on 10/9/2013 10:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it is different, but it's is a prelude to a major change! It is softening the ground by weeding out the ingrates who detest change. Excitement at the next innovation has me wobbly and faint.

However the current shape is quite good for hiding anally, so that should ensure active sales!

RE: You who are so shortsighted
By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2013 8:32:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah kind of shocking reading these comments. Is this just Samsung bashing, or are people on a "tech" blog this myopic??

As someone who had a smartphone barely fall three feet causing the screen to splinter, I can think of at least ONE awesome reason you might want a curved flexible screen phone...

By chromal on 10/8/2013 8:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
Seems like a scam to sell more expensive screens than normal/commodity flatscreens. Count me out.

By CyCl0n3 on 10/9/2013 5:38:58 AM , Rating: 2
Im not sure about that but could that maybe influence the sturdyness of the phone Display?
I mean most of the phone Displays break when dropped face down. But now sinnce its curved the impact area should be much smaller.
As i said im not sure and i think only a real drop test will reveal this but that could be a benefit?! I mean i really cant see another point except from design reasons.

Doesn't this make it thicker?
By sleepeeg3 on 10/10/2013 11:22:45 AM , Rating: 2
Now I thought developers' goal was to make phones thinner? Doesn't this contradict that pointless goal?

Figured it out!
By sleepeeg3 on 10/10/2013 11:26:32 AM , Rating: 2
This targets the same market that buys phones for their color.

By GotThumbs on 10/12/2013 1:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
While many of the posters fail to see what the curved feature provides, it provides much more than a gold toned phone does IMO.

The video shows that a simple/inconspicuous roll of the phone displays time and any notifications. Just think what steps you have to perform with your current phone to do the same? There could be new capabilities added with this roll action down the road.

I think it IS a neat innovation/twist to the current phone design, more so than Apples rounded corners or circular button.

There are lots of negative opinions, but I think its because many fail to see potential in many things.

It's pretty sad, but It's a clear signal about the general populations lack of vision for future possibilities.

If you don't like it....don't buy it. Simple.

~Best wishes keeping what you earned.

Kitchen Sink Sammy
By Acupuncture on 10/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Kitchen Sink Sammy
By GulWestfale on 10/8/2013 6:42:41 PM , Rating: 3
maybe, but it will outsell the newton.

RE: Kitchen Sink Sammy
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/2013 7:43:14 PM , Rating: 5
And of course when Apple finally gets around to doing the same thing does the same thing we all know the iShills will be coming out of the woodwork shouting how Apple's is just sooooo much better.

RE: Kitchen Sink Sammy
By superstition on 10/8/2013 10:53:23 PM , Rating: 5
The aforementioned shilling brought to you by the Department of Precrime.

RE: Kitchen Sink Sammy
By retrospooty on 10/8/13, Rating: 0
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