Samung Galaxy Round is here!

Samsung Galaxy Round

Samsung Galaxy Round is here, well almost.

Samsung Electronics made the official announcement just a few hours ago, putting all speculations to end about the curved display.

Samsung Galaxy Round is the world’s first curved display smartphone, to be available on 10th October, 2013  in Korea.

GALAXY ROUND will offer a comfortable hand grip to the user, thanks to it curved display and will be equipped with a 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick and will weigh 154 grams.

Check out the cool roll effect in this YouTube video below:

What are you views? Is Galaxy round just a novelty, share you views and thoughts.

The press release:

Seoul, Korea – October 9, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced GALAXY ROUND, the world’s first curved display smartphone. Samsung has been a mobile display innovator by introducing color TFT-LCD, AMOLED, and Super AMOLED flexible display for its mobile product. With this pioneering curved display technology, GALAXY ROUND blends the latest smartphone screen innovations with unique design features. The sleek and thin Samsung GALAXY ROUND which equipped with a 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to user, and exclusive experiences of curved display.

As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables user to check information such as date, time, missed call and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device. For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. When the GALAXY ROUND’s display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt.

The large screen size of the GALAXY ROUND provides additional benefits to users. Useful One-Hand Operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications.

Samsung GALAXY ROUND is available in Korea with Luxury Brown, and more color will be available soon.

* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visithttp://www.samsung.com.

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Sony Xperia miro – Price, Release Date and Competition

Sony Xperia miro vs Competitors and Rivals

Have you been waiting for the Sony Xperia miro? Rumours surrounding Sony’s Xperia miro may not have reached a fever pitch like the much anticipated iPhone 5 but there is still a small section of the crowd who have been waiting less patiently for it’s arrival in India and it’s official announcement from Sony.

The Sony Xperia miro is a mid-range Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Smartphone featuring a 3.5 inch (320×480) capacitive screen, single-core 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (2.2GB user available), 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing snapper and microSD card slot.

Also worth mentioning about the phone is it’s deep Facebook integration, customisable illuminations, DLNA connectivity and Sony’s xLOUD audio technology.

Sony Xperia miro is expected to be released by the 3rd week of September, 2012 with a price tag of Rs. 12,990/-.

While you eagerly await the arrival of Xperia miro, we thought of comparing Sony’s new mid-range challenger to an existing line-up of smart phones in the same price range (more or less).

The challenger:

  • Sony Xperia miro

The competitors:

  • Motorolo Defy+
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I6802
  • HTC Desire C
  • Huawei Ascend G300
  • LG Optimus L5
Sony Xperia miro Motorola Defy+ Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I6802 HTC Desire C Huawei Ascend G300 LG Optimus L5
Price Rs. 12990* Rs. 13999 Rs. 11900 Rs. 12399 Rs. 12299 Rs. 12499
Touch Screen Capacitive TFT LCD Capacitive TFT LCD Capacitive TFT LCD Capacitive TFT LCD Capacitive TFT LCD Capacitive TFT LCD
OS Android
v4
Android
v2.3
Android
v2.3
Android
v4
Android
v2.3
Android
v4
Processor 800 MHz Cortex-A5 1 GHz 832 MHz ARMv6 600 MHz Scorpion 1 GHz Cortex-A5 800 MHz Cortex-A5
Graphics Adreno
200
PowerVR
SGX530
Adreno
200
Adreno
200
Adreno
200
Adreno
200
Size 3.5 Inches 3.7 Inches 3.5 Inches 3.5 Inches 4 Inches 4 Inches
Corning Gorilla Glass No Yes No No Yes No
Resolution HVGA
480 x 320 Pixels
FWVGA
480 x 854 Pixels
HVGA
480 x 320 Pixels
HVGA
480 x 320 Pixels
WVGA
480 x 800 Pixels
HVGA
480 x 320 Pixels
Colors 16 M 16 M 262 K 16 M 16 M 16 M
Pixels
Per Inch
165 265 165 165 233 144
Memory (RAM) 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB
(2.2 GB user available)
2 GB user available 3 GB (user available not specified) 4 GB (1 GB user available) 4GB (2.65 GB user available) 4 GB (2.6 user available)
Primary Camera 5 MP 5 MP 5 MP 5 MP 5 MP 5 MP
Secondary Camera Yes
(VGA)
No No No No No
Flash LED LED LED No LED LED
Video Recording 30 fps 30 fps 15 fps 30 fps 30 fps 24 fps
Auto Focus Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Weight 110 g 118 g 122 98 g 140 g 125 g
Battery
Type
Li-Ion 1500 mAh Li-Po, 1650 mAh Li-Ion, 1300 mAh Li-Ion, 1230 mAh Li-Ion, 1350 mAh Li-Ion, 1500 mAh
Talktime 5 hrs (2G), 6 hrs (3G) 6 hrs (2G) 16 hrs (2G), 6 hrs (3G) No official data 5 hrs (2G), 5 hrs (3G) No official data
Standby Time 470 hrs (2G), 545 hrs (3G) 237 hrs (2G) 570 hrs (2G), 420 hrs (3G) No official data 320 hrs (2G), 350 hrs (3G) No official data
Bluetooth v2.1 v2.1 v3 Yes v2.1 v3
FM Radio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes

*Rumored. Price not officially announced by Sony.

We have lined up all the important features and highlighted the best value against each feature across all the mobile phones in a comparison chart. So if you were to treat this chart in a scoring system you could treat each highlighted value as 1 point, total up all the points and you end up with the best mid-range Android Smartphone. But it is not that simple.

Motorola Defy+ comes out on the top on an overall basis but then it lacks a front facing camera, has a smaller screen size when compared to the other 4.0 inch phones and is slight more expensive.

Huawei Ascend G300 is a seriously good smart phone at a great price and is upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The only thing it lacks just like the Motorola Defy+ is a front facing camera and is a lesser known brand for some people’s comfort.

HTC Desire C lacks in a lot of departments. A slow 600 Mhz processor, no front facing camera, no LED flash, no autofocus and a smaller screen size are enough reasons to move on.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos (I6802) has a similar story. It comes with a 262K colors display, no LED flash, no front facing camera and no Adobe Flash support.

The challenger Sony Xperia miro is the only phone in this line up that offers a front-facing camera (VGA), so buy this one if you plan to make video calls on Skype or over 3G and don’t mind the slightly low-end processor along with a smaller screen size.  What you will also get is the easy connect option to share your photos and videos from your Android phone to your TV via DLNA, unique illumination alerts that notify you of a new SMS or Facebook update, a crisp and loud sound thanks to xLOUD technology and a solid build quality from Sony. Oh! And if you are a social network junkie this one promises a full Facebook integration.