Samsung made a double announcement at IFA Berlin last month – not only would they be releasing the Galaxy Note 4, but also a new concept called the Galaxy Note Edge…which will be sold only in certain markets throughout the globe. The Galaxy Note 4 has finally been making its rounds, but we have still been waiting for the Galaxy Note Edge to make its appearance…that wait is over as Samsung has just officially released the Note Edge in its homeland of Korea.
What makes the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge so unique is that it has the same size display – 5.7-inches – as the Galaxy Note 4, but it adds a curve display at the ‘edge’ of the main display. This extra display can be used for many things and programmers will also be able to utilize this area as well for new applications. For instance, if you are in the Camera app, the camera options and snap button will appear on the top side edge, so you can enjoy a full screen picture without any of the usual options blocking your view – they are neatly out of the way at the top.
The Galaxy Note Edge carries the same specifications as the Galaxy Note 4 – it comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD (QHD) Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 160 pixels on the curved edge. The Korean version will use a Samsung Exynos Octa-Core processor with four A15’s clocked at 1.9GHz and four A7’s clocked at 1.3GHz. The U.S. version uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7GHz to play nice with our 4G LTE networks. The Note Edge comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of Internal Storage that can be expanded via a microSD card slot. It is running Android 4.4 KitKat, with hopes that it will receive 5.0 Lollipop by the end of the year (he writes hopefully).
Samsung also upped the camera this year to a 16MP sensor but added the long awaited Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), along with auto-focus, LED Flash and Ultra HD video recording. The front-facing camera was increased to 3.7MP with a f/1.9 aperture and a 120 degree wide-angle lens for great office video chatting or a group selfie. The 3000mAh battery found in the Note Edge is down slightly from the 3220mAh in the Note 4 – I guess the curved side had to take away from the battery. However, with the Snapdragon 805, we get improves battery performance and allows us to use Samsung’s Quick Charge option…and if you really need to stretch the battery, you can always use their Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM).
The Galaxy Note Edge comes in Frost White and Charcoal Black and was priced at US$1,015 list price and will be available on Korea carriers SK Telecom on October 28 and on KT come October 29. Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you will be waiting for the Note Edge to come to your area…as always, we would love to hear from you.