With all the recent hoopla (recent as in the past couple of years) surrounding so-called flexible smartphones, one couldn’t help but feel cheated when Samsung’s Galaxy Round became official at last.
For one thing, the “curve” looked like a gimmick and nothing more. Granted, it does help a little with ergonomics and whatnot, but all in all it’s pretty useless. Besides, several reports pegged the Round as an “experimental” device meant to land only in South Korea in limited quantities, so what good does it do us folks living on the other side of the pond?
Well, as it turns out, stocks may not be so cramped after all. No, we’re still not holding our breaths for wide commercial launches on the Western hemisphere, but if you’re lucky you might just find a dozen or two units via a handful of fairly reliable online retailers.
Like Negri Electronics in the US. The seller that specializes in scoring rare gems like this one (don’t ask how) has kicked Galaxy Round pre-orders into gear a week or so ago and, theoretically, the phone should’ve started shipping this week.
No idea if that indeed happened, but if it did the handhelds Negri initially had lying around sold like hotcakes. Thus, for now, the bendy mo-fo is listed as “backordered”, which is not necessarily bad news.
Chances are an extra batch of Galaxy Rounds will be up for grabs sooner or later and all you have to do is keep a close watch on Negri Electronics. That and break your piggy banks open, as the unlocked Round in black costs a whopping $1,129.50.
Clearly not everyone’s cup of tea, but hey, aside from the gimmicky curvaceous display, the 5.7-incher touts Full HD resolution, a 7.9 mm thin profile, quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, microSD support, 13 MP rear-facing camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Talk about dreamy specs.
Meanwhile, though no other retailer stateside has been in a position to guarantee Samsung Galaxy Round availability, over in Australia there’s MobiCity which has applied Negri’s M.O. almost to the letter.
Namely, the Aussies have opened pre-orders a while back and now have the curvy beast listed as “out of stock, backorder or contact us for ETA”. That’s the textbook definition of vague, yet you can still add the phone to cart and basically order it for shipping at some point in the future.
Unfortunately, the price tag down under is even more prohibitive for the regular Joe: $1,199.95, or $1,319.95, including all taxes. Oil barons across the world, unite!