The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has been a long time coming for us United States customers. The device, which was announced alongside its traditionally-functional sister the Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 has seen its release stateside, and we now have confirmation of the U.S.-bound nature of the sister device. The Galaxy Note 4 is landing by way of the landing and order pages on two of the U.S.’s largest carriers, AT&T and Sprint.
First, let’s deal with AT&T, the number two giant in service providence. The big blue carrier has a track record for having pricey devices, and the Note Edge is no exception. This one is a painful number to see, even for a Samsung device, but especially for the first U.S. carrier to sell the original Galaxy Note back in 2011 in fall after the Galaxy S II’s release. But, with that in mind, let’s give the number: $945.99. That’s completely unlocked, from AT&T, no contract required at all. If you do want or live by a contract-based upgrade idea or plan, then here’s the scoop for you. The Note Edge will cost you, on a Next 24, 18, and 12 payment plan $31.54 for 30 months, $39.42 for 24 months, and $47.30 for 20 months respectively. Those of you that use the two-year agreement system from days of old, or so it seems nowadays, get the phone at the heavily subsidized price of only $399.99 with a new two-year agreement. Dang. But, at least you get the latest innovation from Samsung to use in your hcoice of black or white for a good amount of time, right? Now, on to Sprint
Sprint also has the Note Edge popping up on its site for shoppers to find and want to join the network to be able to buy. Now, this one will cost you much less compared to AT&T. The Sprint variant, without a contract, is only $840. That is such a bargain, at $105 less than AT&T’s pricetag. Now, the pricing plans at Sprint run a little different, so let’s cover those if you’re someone who is looking to switch or someone like me who is currently on Sprint’s network. If you get the phone on Sprint Easy Pay, the big yellow carrier’s monthly installment payment plan, then you only owe a manageable $35 for 24 months. Sadly, the device isn’t so wallet-friendly when you go for a two-year agreement with big yellow. The phone will put you back a hefty $429.99, a whole $30 more than on AT&T. So, what should we take away from this?
First, the newest thing in display technology is available for U.S. customers that don’t want to buy international devices. Second, it means that this latest phone is superbly pricey for its novelty, and that makes sense. And finally, the specifications are what make this phone as expensive as it is. Let’s see those number, before we let you go to ogle at the phone or go pick one up in the online store of either carrier.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge carries the Note moniker, so it features the signature S Pen and its functions. It’s got a 3000 mAh battery to power the 2560 by 1440 pixel it’s got up front, as well as the special curved AMOLED display on its right edge. The Snapdragon 805 running at a quick 2.7 Ghz and Adreno 420 GPU power the phone with 3 full GB of RAM to handle your heaviest multitasking (as well as Samsung’s historically resource-hungry Touchwiz overlay) while gliding along through Android 4.4.4, KitKat, with a 5.0 Lollipop update likely to hit by the end of the year or mid-January, knowing U.S. carriers. It packs a 16 megapixel Optical-Image Stabilised camera, with a 3.7 megapixel user-facing camera to complete the pairing. The Note Edge features the removable back that Samsung is now famous for, as well as the obvious removable battery, so you can just swap dead-for-fresh on the daily commute or at lunch, as well as the 128 GB-compatible MicroSD card slot to expand the on-board 32 GB of storage.
Which carrier do you think will get the most sales of the Galaxy Note Edge, especially given the varying prices and likely interest from pre-existing customers? Which carrier will benefit most from the Galaxy Note Edge being in their device roster, especially going into the winter holiday season? Is the Galaxy Note Edge just one of those over-priced consumer-beta-type devices, like the Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Golden? Let us know down below.