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Samsung Launches Phone With A Curved Screen

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In this image released by Samsung Electronics Co., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, its new Galaxy Round, the world?s first curved display smartphone is shown. With high anticipation for mobile devices with a flexible screen, Samsung Electronics says it is releasing a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea. Samsung said Wednesday the Galaxy Round has a 5.7-inch OLED screen with a vertical concave. It said the curve makes the device an easy grip despite its size. (AP Photo/Samsung Electronics Co | AP


SEOUL (Reuters) - 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 screens.

The Galaxy Round's 5.7-inch (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, mobile carrier SK Telecom Co Ltd said in a statement.

Curved displays open up possibilities for bendable designs that could eventually transform the high-end smartphone market by allowing mobile and wearable gadgets to take new forms.

LG Electronics Inc plans to introduce a smartphone with a vertically curved display in November, a source familiar with the matter said this week.

Samsung's new phone, available through South Korea's biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom, costs 1.089 million won ($1,000).

(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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