The hot-new Samsung Galaxy Round isn’t exactly on many folks’ shopping lists, MobileWorldLive is reporting. Quite the contrary, the Korean giant managed to move fewer than 10,000 units in its own backyard, with claims it is to end production after an initial batch of 50,000.
According to BusinessKorea, Samsung’s idea was not to create a bestseller that would compete with its flagship phablet, Galaxy Note III. Rather, it wanted to be known as the first OEM to make a curved screen phone, though LG was quick to follow with its G Flex product.
The report also cited an industry observer who noted that because Samsung has not been able to mass-produce curved batteries, the middle part of Galaxy Round is thick, and that the screen is “not perfect, with additional tempered glass, making the product thick and heavy”.
This in turn doesn’t bring many benefits to the users who should pay a hefty premium for the Galaxy Round, without getting much in return. So in a way, Sammy’s curved phone is more of a proof-of-concept, made to show us where the technology is headed, but we’ll have to wait a little longer until some real benefits of curved screens are discovered…