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Samsung has unveiled the world's first smartphone with a curved screen, the Galaxy Round, in a move that could herald the start of a new era of innovation on mobile phones.
The Korean firm unveiled the Galaxy Round in a blog post, revealing that it has a 5.7in HD 1080p curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen, which Samsung claims makes it "more comfortable to grip" than regular smartphones.
Samsung has also loaded a host of custom software features onto the Round, designed to take advantage of the curved screen. These include Roll Effect, Bounce UX and Side Mirror features.
Roll Effect is a software addition designed to let the user instruct the Round to display information such as the time, missed calls and battery level when the screen is off simply by tilting it.
Bounce UX is a music feature designed to allow users to change what track is playing when the screen is off, using a short press to the left or right of the screen. Side Mirror is another music-focused feature, which enables users to access an album's content list by tilting the Round left or right.
The Round is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, has 3GB of RAM and runs using Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, overlaid with Samsung's Touchwiz interface. It will also come with with dual 13MP and 2MP cameras and a 2,800mAh battery.
The Galaxy Round will launch in Korea this week, priced around £620. At the time of publishing Samsung had not responded to V3's request for comment about whether it plans to release the Round in the UK.
Samsung is one of many tech companies to experiment with new display technologies. The firm's Korean competitor LG also announced plans to release smartphones with curved screen. In August, LG also unveiled the world's first Quad HD (QHD) in-plane switching (IPS) LCD, 2560x1440, 538ppi smartphone display.