The Samsung Unpacked event after all wasn’t only about the greatly anticipated Galaxy Note 4, because Samsung announced another device – the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a smartphone / phablet with a beautiful display curved on one side. Continuing with the Quad HD display that is given on the Galaxy Note 4, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has the extra 160 pixels on the side, curved to provide the content on the right. The best part, is the excellent Super AMOLED display that Samsung has been using.
Update on 23rd Dec 2014: The Galaxy Note Edge is officially launched in India, for the offering price of Rs. 64900 although the MRP is Rs. 68500. The phablet will be available from first week of Jan 2015 in select stores across India.
Asim Warsi, VP, Mobile & IT, Samsung India said:
Samsung continues with its legacy of pioneering extraordinary innovations and setting new benchmarks in the mobile industry. The Galaxy Note Edge is a stunningly beautiful device equipped with a unique curved screen which not only makes the smartphone distinctive but also delivers a unique way to access information and optimizes functionality.
Given the internal specs, one can expect the Note Edge no where outside the US market, because it is powered by the 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805), and 3GB of RAM for the multitasking. There are two variants, i.e. 32GB and 64GB ones with the extra storage expansion by 64GB.
Take the Note 4, except for the display there is nothing really different in the Note Edge. You get to see the same 16-megapixel Auto focus camera with the Smart Optical Image Stabilizer and on the front, there is a 3.7-megapixel shooter with f1.9. Some of the effects for the rear camera include HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More, Dual Camera, while the front camera has Selfie and Wide Selfie effects.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge runs Android 4.4 KitKat OS and there are quite some improvements in the interface, which presents a dynamic lock screen, and apps such as Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 3.5 and Briefing app. The S Pen is hugely improved from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and it features the Air Command function that has features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip, Smart Select, S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input.
There’s the fingerprint scanner with improved functions, and the heart rate sensor for S Health as well for functioning as a camera shutter for capturing pictures. The battery on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has a capacity of 3000 mAh, a little lesser than that in Note 4 (3220 mAh), but the features such as Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0) are included in this device as well.
Much more interesting than the Note 4 because of curving of display on one side, the Note Edge becomes one of the first devices to come up with such a display.