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It was 2013 when Samsung announced what would be its first mobile with a curved screen. They called it the Samsung Galaxy Round and it had a kind of tile shape that we hadn’t seen before. Well, not until now. The Galaxy Round was one of a kind.

The announcement came just a couple of weeks before that of the LG G Flex, another mobile with a curved panel and with which we also freak out in its day. However, unlike its direct competitor, the Galaxy Round never reached Spanish stores. Let’s see what it offered.

Technical specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Round

SCREEN

Super Flexible AMOLED
5,7 pulgadas
FullHD 1.920 x 1.080, 386 ppp

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9 mm
154 g

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 800

RAM

3 GB

STORAGE

32 GB + MicroSD

REAR CAMERA

13MP, AF, Flash LED, HD, 4K video

FRONTAL CAMERA

2 MP, FullHD video

OPERATING SYSTEM

Android 4,3 Jelly Bean

CONNECTIVITY

WiFi ac, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, AGPS, GLONASS, NFC, IR, USB 2.0, minijack

DRUMS

2,800 mAh removable

LAUNCH PRICE

Approximately $ 1,000

Its technical sheet may seem somewhat limited today, but in 2013 the Galaxy Round was a full-fledged high-end. Had the Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM and a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen. Which by the way, the size was quite large for the time and today this would be an almost compact mobile and without a doubt very light.

Its technical sheet may seem somewhat limited today, but in 2013 the Galaxy Round was a full-fledged high-end.

Continuing with the specifications, we see a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 3-megapixel front camera. It had 32 GB of expandable capacity with MicroSD, 2,800 mAh battery (removable!) And a fairly complete connectivity profile, all under the controls of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

As we said, the Galaxy Round did not reach Spanish stores (in fact it did not leave Korea), but its approximate price was communicated at the launch and no, it was not cheap since it cost around $ 1,000, more or less like a high-end now.

What was special about the Galaxy Round?

Samsung Galaxy Round

The differential point of the Samsung Galaxy Round is obvious. Unlike the LG G Flex, the curvature is on the vertical axis and that, According to Samsung, it greatly improved ergonomics when holding it or talking on the phone. We could not prove it for the reasons we have stated, but we cannot avoid doubts on this point.

Samsung wanted to justify the shape of the Galaxy Round by providing some extra features such as Round Interaction. With the mobile on the table, tilting or swinging it displayed notifications pending to read. This reminds us a bit of the ‘edge’ functions that were included in the screens of the Galaxy Note or the Galaxy Note Edge, which was the next launch with a curved screen after the Round.

Is there such a thing today?

Samsung Galaxy Round

The answer is clear: no. The Galaxy Round passed as a rarity on the mobile landscape and is preserved as such. Samsung did not launch it internationally and did not bet on renewing it the following year as LG did with the G Flex (although the thing stayed there). However, as we said, the Galaxy Round was the germ of the curved screens that have dominated the Samsung catalog since then.

First it was the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and then they started with the curved screens to both sides or simply ‘edge’. The Galaxy S6 Edge was the first to adopt this surname that would stick with the S7 range. Over time, Samsung has been minimizing the lateral curves until almost its disappearance, although along the way they have become almost a design trend that has been adopted by more brands and that today they continue to maintain, despite the fact that it has become clear that they are not the most comfortable.

Perhaps the Galaxy Round was an anecdote, but in a way it was the first stone of the most risky proposals we see today.

The Samsung Galaxy Round is the most hooligan Samsung, the one that experimented with new formats at a time when smartphones were almost newcomers. Currently they are still betting heavily on new formats, but curved screens have been left behind and they are directly doubled with the Galaxy Fold and Flip. Perhaps the Galaxy Round was an anecdote, but in a way it was the first stone of the most risky proposals we see today.

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