Samsung’s Galaxy Round: First Phone with a Curved Display

Samsung Electronics' long-rumored curved smartphone was made official Wednesday as the South Korean technology superstar announced its Galaxy Round with curved display. This is Samsung's opportunity to go on record as presenting the world's first curved-display smartphone, which will be released in South Korea on Thursday.

The design includes a concave screen for easy grip despite its supersize.

The 5.7-inch "full HD Super AMOLED screen" touted in the press release refers to a display technology using active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes. OLED describes a type of thin-film-display technology while active matrix refers to the addressing of pixels. The big deal with AMOLED over OLED is that AMOLED displays have faster pixel switching response times. AMOLED pixels turn on and off faster, making these displays ideal for full-motion video.

Obviously, curves are nice but a curved design may hardly suffice as a game-changing smartphone experience. So what has been all this talk about curves and why should we care?

For Foldables, Dream On

Technology optimists see the Galaxy Round arrival as proof that the glass is half full, while pessimists point at the Round as a glass disappointingly half empty. The crux of the matter is in the word "bendable." Display technology is moving toward the rollable, bendable mobile device showcased at tech events but yet to materialize as products on the shelves.

You won't be able to fold the Galaxy Round and stick it in your pocket but the curved display does signify curved-screen progress and takes us closer to that day of truly innovative flexible, rollable devices going mainstream. The curved display is a first step to breakthroughs to come.

Another obvious point is that a new Samsung phone product cannot possibly sell on curved shape alone. Samsung's Galaxy Round has features that mitigate the disappointment of no-bending, replaced with...

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