Alongside today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also showcased the Galaxy Note Edge, which, aside from being quite similar in terms of tech. specs, features a neat, curved display. Allied to this intriguing new addition, Samsung has added a bunch of tailored software to take full advantage of the new feature, and below, we run through all of the details of the Note Edge.
It should be noted that, for the most part, the Galaxy Note Edge is quite similar in terms of specs to the Note 4, and as such, we’re keeping the details mainly specific the differences. If you wish to gather a more in-depth run-down of what’s in store for the Note Edge, please refer to our main coverage of the Note 4.
Specs and Features
As with the Note 4, the side profile of the Galaxy Note Edge is metallic, akin to the Galaxy Alpha, and also offers a removable rear shell for the purpose of swapping out the battery.
Whereas the Galaxy Note 4 offers four colors, though, the Note Edge sticks with the two more basic color options of “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White.”
The Galaxy Note Edge is imperceptibly lighter than its just-announced cousin, clocking in at 174 grams as opposed to 176, while the dimensions, at 151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3mm, mean its slightly wider, but thinner and marginally less tall.
The reason why the Galaxy Note Edge is a tad wider than its counterpart is attributable to the curved display, which is the key difference between these two powerhouses. Whereas the Note 4 offers a 5.7-inch QHD display, the Note Edge packs a 5.6-inch offering, although thankfully, it still boasts the same, super-sharp resolution.
Unlike the curved displays of previous smartphones, though, the Note Edge’s panel is only curved at either of the long sides of the device. The Edge Panel, as Samsung has dubbed it, will offer a series of functions that many stock apps will take advantage of, and although we cannot pass judgment until we’ve had the hands-on, it’s a very eye-opening bit of kit.
Aside from the edges, the Note Edge is basically flat, and so if you’re not using anything specialized, will still allow you to take advantage of ordinary apps without incident.
The Galaxy Note Edge bundles the same 2.7 GHz quad-core processor found in some variants of the Galaxy Note 4, as well as an impressive 3 gigs of RAM.
Connectivity is also the same as the Note 4, with Category 6 LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and infra-red, as well as a decent array of sensors.
Where you only get 32 GB of on-board storage with the Note 4, though, the Galaxy Note Edge offers a further 64GB option, and as you’d expect, either configuration can be bolstered by a microSD.
The rear and front-facing cameras are exactly the same as those of the Galaxy Note 4. The front shooter, ideal for selfies, is a 3.7-megapixel effort with f1.9 and 120-degree wide-angle shooting, while the main snapper is a 16-megapixel job with Smart OIS. For more details, please check the Note 4 article.
The S Pen, as Samsung has stated, feels more like a genuine pen, with a bunch of features including calligraphy and fountain pen modes. As well as Smart Select, allowing users to capture, share and save multiple bits of content in one fell swoop, there are several other features including Screen Write, Air Command, and Image Clip.
As with the Note 4, you get your enhanced TouchWiz interface, S Health 3.5 and Download booster, but the main focus here is the so-called Edge Screen UX. As described in the official press release, Edge Screen UX 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’s battery is larger than that of the Galaxy Note Edge. At 3,000mAh, it’s of a slightly lesser capacity than the 3,220mAh battery bundled into the flagship, but with the trump card of the curved display, it’ll be interesting to see how consumers assess the situation.
The complete set of Note Edge specs are as follows:
Price and Release Date
The official pricing of the Galaxy Note Edge isn’t available at the moment, but it’s said to be coming to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in the US.
So, do either the Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge take your fancy? And more importantly – to those who were planning on picking up the Galaxy Note 4 by default – have you instead been swayed by the allure of the Galaxy Note Edge? Do be sure to share your comments below!
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