During IFA this year most eyes were firmly fixed on Samsung. It had long been expected that the South Korean tech giant would be launching their newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 4. To cut a long story short they did. However, that was not all. In addition to the Note 4 Samsung surprised everyone by launching it’s strange yet alluring sibling, the Note Edge. The Note Edge caught everyone’s attention. The device comes with a 5.6″ screen with a 2560 x 1600 resolution (524 ppi). Inside the device comes with 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 805 processor (clocked at 2.7GHz). In terms of cameras you get a 16MP rear camera while the front shooter is a respectable 3.7MP. The device is available in 32 and 64GB storage variants and also offers the standard microSD card slot (which supports up to 128GB). Lastly, the device offers a decent 3000mAh battery and comes running on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat). However, the most notable aspect of the Edge is aesthetically. In case you don’t yet the Edge is called the Edge as it has a very novel looking curved edged screen which allows users to see notifications on the side of the device.
Since then we have awaited news on when the device will be released. More recently we have started to here that the Edge is actually going to be far less available compared to the Note 4. Reports suggested there were technical difficulties with mass manufacturing the device due to the design and only a few days ago it was announced by Samsung that the Edge will officially be a ‘limited edition‘ device. This immediately led to suggestions that the device might not be available outside of South Korea.
Well, it seems the UK is definitely going to get the Note Edge. UK retailer Clove has officially starting taking pre-orders on the device. The Edge is currently listed at £541.67 which is £650 including VAT. To put this into perspective this is roughly £75 more than what the Note 4 is selling for in the UK. Now before you all head off to Clove to pre-order it’s worth noting one or two things. Firstly the listing clearly states the “official price and availability to be confirmed”. With this in mind if you do pre-order there is a chance the price will change or there won’t be enough stock to fulfil all pre-orders. So be prepared for this. Secondly, the listing also advises that all Samsung handsets are coming to them region-locked. If you haven’t figured out yet, this will mean they are locked to the EU region. Clove do advsie that if you purchase the device from them they will have to open the device, turn it on and effectively activate it in the UK to register the device. After this the device can be used with international SIM cards. So don’t be surprised if when the device turns up there are signs of it being opened. Clove does note (sorry for the pun) this and you are expected to agree to these terms when ordering. But hey, on the upside you get one of the year’s most controversial and interesting devices. So get ready UK, the Edge is heading your way.