Wednesday, 9 October 2013

SAMSUNG GALAXY ROUND: THE FIRST SMARTPHONE WITH A FLEXIBLE SCREEN!


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SAMSUNG GALAXY ROUND: THE FIRST SMARTPHONE WITH A FLEXIBLE SCREEN!
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Good late evening, Synapse Circuit Readers! Yes, Samsung has done it! Samsung has beaten LG to be the first to release a handset with a flexible screen!

INTRODUCING THE GALAXY ROUND

Galaxy Round Spec:
NETWORK
2G Network   GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network   HSDPA
4G Network   LTE-A

Announced   2013, October

BODY           
Dimensions  151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9 mm (5.95 x 3.13 x 0.31 in)
Weight           154 g (5.43 oz)

DISPLAY      
Type   Super Flexible AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size    1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.7 inches (~386 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch     Yes

SOUND        
Alert types     Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker   Yes
3.5mm jack    Yes

MEMORY     
Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM

DATA
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed            HSPA+, LTE-A

WLAN           

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth       Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
NFC    Yes
Infrared port  Yes

USB

microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB Host

CAMERA      

Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, panorama, HDR
Video  Yes, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps

Secondary Yes, 2 MP, 1080p@30fps

FEATURES 

Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture
Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser: HTML5
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java    Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colours Luxury Brown with more colours to come
- ANT+ support
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Air gestures
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Dropbox (50 GB storage)
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)

BATTERY
              
Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

IS THIS THE RUMOURED GALAXY NOTE 3 WITH A FLEXIBLE SCREEN?
The Galaxy Round is an interesting handset that will be released initially for the Korean market; there is no news as to when it’ll be available internationally.

But is this the much rumoured limited edition Galaxy Note 3 albeit with a flexible screen? It certainly looks that way then why not call it something like ‘Galaxy Note 3 Flex’? Then again it is missing the S Pen which is an integral part of the Galaxy Note concept.

A RUSH?
It looks as though Samsung are rushing product to pulverise Apple, exposing them as tired and unimaginative. Yes, Samsung did that with the Galaxy S2 right up to the Note 3. I would imagine that Samsung had to beat rival, LG into being the first to release a handset with a flexible screen. I am not too sure what I was expecting from Samsung regarding the flexible screen but I can’t say the Galaxy Round is it. This is not to say that I don’t like the Galaxy Round, as with all things new it takes some time to get used to. I guess it will be an entirely different thing in the hand!

Just like the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Galaxy Round is going to work its way into the consciousness of the masses! Well, it has yet to be released internationally and there’s a possibility that it won’t reach the UK or any other market outside Korea. I get the feeling that Samsung are already looking at a flexible screen display handset for the international market. From what I gather, Samsung aren’t yet able to mass produce flexible screens and once they have solved mass production we’re going to see yet another revolution in smartphone technology! I can see a massive wristband handset that features the flexible screen – I’d have one of those in a heartbeat! Then again, I would have all of Samsung’s high end mobile devices in a heartbeat!

I hope you enjoyed this introduction. Stay tuned for more reviews to come.

Watch this space!

Take good care!


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