The LG V30 is almost upon us and if there were any doubts about LG’s shift towards an OLED display for their upcoming smartphones, you can erase them now. LG has just confirmed that their upcoming device will feature the company’s first OLED Full Vision display and also that the display will be curved at the edges.
TVs aren’t the most exciting things in the world. They get bigger, crisper and probably a little slimmer but at the end of the day it’s a television and I haven’t seen anything super groundbreaking with TV design in a long time.
Until now. Today, I got to see with my own two eyes what I think is the most stunning television in the world right now. It’s called the LG Signature OLED TV W7, though most of you probably know it as the Wallpaper TV. And let me tell you, it looks more amazing in real life than in any photo or video.
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Do you prefer a large smartphone with a big beautiful display or a small device that’s easy to pocket? That was always the trade-off we had to make when deciding on a device. But what if you could have both?
Well, that’s where the “foldable” smartphone idea comes into play. We saw Samsung patenting their idea of a foldable smartphone early last year, but we had no indication on when this device would see the light of day. If a recent report by The Korean Herald is to be believed that day could be somewhere in Q3 of 2017.
The name Ming Chi Kuo is often affiliated with spot-on foresights of how the Cupertino-based company will set plans well into the future. Building a long list of prophetic calls over his time at KGI Securities, he is a force to be reckoned with – the Nostradamus of Apple, minus the ambiguity. Apparently, when concerning the likeliness of iPhones carrying AMOLED screens, he’s calling it a bluff, at least until 2019 comes around.
Wild murmurous have been spreading that the new generation of iPhones and iPads might sport an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. A big change for Apple, since they’ve maintained LCD panels across all their mobile devices so far. It’s quite surprising who they allegedly reached-out to supply their newer displays.
Want to get your hands on the world’s first curved display smartphone? Now you can.
The Samsung Galaxy Round is available in Malaysia and it can be yours for a smidgen under RM3,400. The Galaxy Round is, at the moment, only sold in Korea but some enterprising grey importers have managed to bring a few units to Malaysia. The price may seem a little steep but if you take into account that the Galaxy Round is actually sold for about 1.09 million Won in its native country, which is about RM3,250 if converted directly, then the price is not that bad after all — relatively speaking of course.
Samsung says the Galaxy Round is the world’s first curved display smartphone. The device features a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED 1080p (1080×1920 pixels 386ppi) display that’s similar to the Galaxy Note 3 except for the fact that its pronouncedly curved. In terms of specs, the Galaxy Round packs a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM and a 2,800mAh battery. There’s a 13MP camera at the back that can shoot both 1080p and 4K videos, and a 2MP front camera with 1080p video capabilities.
Aside from being a more curvy Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Round introduces a new UI called “Round Interaction”. The interface takes advantage of the Galaxy Round’s curvy form factor allowing users to “peek” at notification like text messages received and missed calls by simply rocking the device. You can see this in action in the video after the jump (along with an unboxing video).
So, would fork out RM3,400 for the privilege of owning this oddity? If you’re keen, see here for details.
The Samsung Galaxy Round gets unboxed and it currently retails at more than RM3,000 in South Korea. Overall, it looks rather identical as the Galaxy Note 3 but due to its curved shape, the Galaxy Round uses a rather different battery design which is a long rectangle instead of the usual square shaped battery. From the video, the battery looked rather normal without any fancy curved shape. Interestingly, the Koreans get two batteries in the box and it seems to be a norm for their market.
To recap, the Galaxy Round features a Galaxy Note 3-like specs with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM and comes with a similar sized 5.7″ Full HD AMOLED Display. The major difference is the lack of S-Pen stylus and comes with a smaller 2,800mAh battery. You can read more about the Galaxy Round here.
Watch the unboxing after the break.
Samsung has finally revealed its Galaxy Round dubbed as the world’s first curved display smart phone. It comes with a 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED 1080p display, which is similar as the current flagship Galaxy Note 3 but in a curved shape. The back also features the same faux leather textured surface found on the Note 3.
In terms of specs, it runs on a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (likely to be Snapdragon 800) with 3GB of RAM and is juiced up with a 2,800mAh battery. It also packs a 13MP camera which is similar to the Galaxy S4 & Note 3. Overall it is 7.9mm thick and weights 154 grams. The Galaxy Round will be initially released in South Korea for about 1.09 million Won which is about RM3,250 if converted directly.
Just as the name suggests, the Galaxy Round features “Round Interaction” which lets you peek on notification and missed calls by simply rocking the device. You can see this in action after the break.
UPDATE: 5.7″ Samsung Galaxy Round officially revealed.
Curved or flexible display seems to be the next big thing for Korean makers LG & Samsung with both of them aiming to launch curved smart phone in these couple of months. @evleaks which is well known for revealing official press images of upcoming devices have posted a couple of pictures of Samsung’s upcoming smart phone with curved display. The upcoming device is purportedly called as the Samsung Galaxy Round.
From the looks of it, the upcoming curve device looks like a curled up Galaxy S4. It doesn’t look ergonomically designed for calls as compared to Nokia 8110. At the bottom, there’s a noticeable bigger port which indicates micro USB 3.0 that was first introduced on the Galaxy Note 3.
Announcing a smart phone curve or flexible display is certainly news worthy but in the end it all boils down to usability. Now these makers are merely churning out phones for the sake of showcasing their capabilities, simply to prove a point that they can. It is expected that these new displays are a notch down as the new curved Samsung device is said to be having a 4.7″ screen with 720p resolution as opposed to today’s Full HD display.
We’ve seen new technology that come and go like 3D stereoscopic displays in 2011 with the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D. Is a curved smart phone a game changer? We’ll have to see what benefits it will bring over the standard flat display panels.
Head after the break for another leaked product shot of the curved smart phone