Samsung Galaxy Round a prototype for future flexible display smartphones?

Samsung Galaxy RoundIf you’ve been looking to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Round, the world’s first smartphone with a flexible display, be prepared for some heartbreak. According to a SamMobile source, the Galaxy Round is no more than a prototype device that will probably not launch outside of South Korea.

An earlier report already suggested that the Galaxy Round would not make it out of Samsung’s home country. This latest report adds that Samsung will only manufacture limited quantities of the device to test its first flexible displays. Combine that with a high price and it appears clear that Samsung is not looking to move huge numbers of this device.

It’s not the first time that Samsung would essentially launch prototype devices to get a better sense of how new technologies are received. Both the SCH-W850 and the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE (SHV-E120S) were essentially public beta devices.

While it is very unlikely that the Galaxy Round will hit markets outside of South Korea, it’s likely that it will incorporate lessons learned from this device into future devices incorporating a flexible display.

It remains to be seen if the upcoming LG G Flex will have wider distribution or if it will also be used just to test the waters ahead of wider distribution of newer devices in 2014.

Source : SamMobile