Aside from the impressively powerful Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also announced another very interesting device. The new Galaxy Note Edge is the latest member of the Note family, and it is mind-bogglingly innovative. The Galaxy Note Edge, aside from being quite similar in terms of tech specs, features a neat curved display.
The Galaxy Note Edge is quite similar to the Note 4, with the same chamfered metallic side profile, and soft touch leather like back, which is removable. Although a slight change is evident in its design to properly incorporate the curved Super AMOLED QuadHD+ display. The curved display makes it a tad more wider, but its slightly lighter and marginally less tall than the Galaxy Note 4.
The Galaxy Note Edge is a powerhouse, and boasts the same 2.7GHz quad-core SoC found in some variants of the Galaxy Note 4. 3gigs of RAM and 32GB internal storage (expendable via microSD card) takes care of the memory options. The rear and front shooters are exactly the same as the Galaxy Note 4, at 16MP with OIS, and 3.7MP front-facing. It is well stocked in connectivity as well, with Wi-Fi /b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, infra-red and Cat. 6 LTE. Moving on to the display, the Galaxy Note Edge incorporates a 5.6inch QuadHD+ Super AMOLED panel. With the ‘+’ moniker indicating the extra pixels on the curved side. For a more detailed outlook on its specs, check out our Galaxy Note 4 coverage.
Samsung has done its homework, and it seems the Edge panel (as Samsung likes to call it) won’t just be for show and gimmicks. It will provide a decent amount of functionality. For instance, when the phone is locked, the Edge panel will display Quick Glance info (time and notifications). Waking the display, stocks the Edge panel with a various shortcuts including timer and flashlight, and even a ruler. It also displays notifications for various features. Unlocking the display henceforth opens up more options. You can keep shortcuts for easy access, use it as a at-a-glance info for twitter feeds and such, or you can even use it as a enhanced multi-tasking screen by switching between several screens. Much like the virtual desktop feature in Ubuntu.
Individual apps can also be kept on the Edge panel, allowing for a clutter free screen. Samsung will release an API to enable third-party developers to utilize the Edge panel as well. Some devs have knack for making innovative apps, and with the Edge panel combined, it will make for a more immersive experience.
The Galaxy Note Edge will also be bundled with the S-Pen, and you can use all its perks as well. On the software side, it will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box, with Samsung’s proprietary Touchwiz UI on top. The Edge Screen UX is also there, which includes revolving interaction, immersive apps including Camera, Video and S Note, as well as Ticker Board, Quick Tools, Express Me and others.
The Galaxy Note Edge will only be available in two basic colors options of Frost White and Charcoal Black. The smartphone is expected to launch by the end of this year, although the pricing is not yet known.