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Samsung launches Galaxy Round with curved screen

Seoul, Oct 9 (): Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched a variant of the popular Galaxy Note smartphone with a curved display, moving a step closer to introducing wearable devices with flexible – even unbreakable screens.

Amid fresh competition from Apple’s latest iPhones, Samsung is expanding handsets into new shapes such as the curved design as it works on technology to produce flexible screens.

The handset is called Galaxy Round and its 5.7-inch 1080p (14.4-centimetre) display has a slight horizontal curve and weighs less than the Galaxy Note 3, allowing a more comfortable grip than other flat-screen models on the market. The company says by curving from side to side the device will be more comfortable to hold.

Powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, the Galaxy Round has a 13 megapixel camera and 3GB RAM. It’s 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g.

The new handset will allow users to check the information such as the date, time, battery life and missed calls more easily while the home screen is off. The users can scroll through media files by pressing the screen’s right or left, the company said.

Initially, the new model smartphone would be available only in South Korea and no decision had been made about releasing it in other markets.

Samsung’s new curved-screen phone, available through South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom Co Ltd, costs 1.089 million won ($1,000).

Experts say flexible screens became more advanced and cost-effective to make, it was likely to speed up growth in the sector.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch released last month has a flat screen, but the company is hoping to have the technology to make more attractive and wearable devices in what is shaping as a key battleground for consumer electronics companies.

Earlier this week, LG announced it will start mass production of flexible screens and expects to unveil a curved smartphone early next year.