Samsung launching A Curved Smartphone

Samsung’s concave phone is very much real, and after being teased in leaks hours earlier, SK Telecom has announced it’ll launch the Galaxy Round on its network as soon as tomorrow. The device’s highlight is obviously the gently curved 1080p 5.7-inch OLED screen, and Samsung is also promising a melee of software tweaks for the smartphone, aimed at making the most of it. For example, tilting the phone to the side will offer up notifications, battery levels and more at a glance. Other specifications revealed so far include a 7.9mm profile and that it weighs less than the Note 3, at 154g.

Curiously, it looks pretty different to the curved-screen prototype smartphone that Samsung displayed at CES earlier this year — if the Galaxy Round is facing down, there’s no way to peek at notifications without flipping it over. The new phone will also pack LTE-A radios and a 2800mAh battery, launching initially in a ‘luxury brown’ color option for just over 1 million won — that’s around $1,000. We’ve got the official press shot and a roll notification demo video after the break.

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