During its Unpacked 2 Event in Berlin, Samsung surprised everyone with the announcement of another Note version, the Galaxy Note Edge – a smartphone that has a curved screen on the side.
It can be remembered that Samsung has introduced this flexible display technology last year to much fanfare. But no one expected it to be released and utilized it its galaxy line this quick. The unique screen not only differentiates the Edge from its rivals but also can be used for practical functions like notifications viewer, camera shutter, and video playback options. It can also be used as a display for weather and time when laid on a table or in a stand. More functions can be expected to arrive through third party application support.
Aside from the curved screen and screen size, the Note Edge has the exact same specifications with the Galaxy Note 4. It has 5.6-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440) screen versus the Note 4’s 5.7-inch screen. The processor is 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset with LTE Cat 6 support. It has 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal memory. The main camera has a 16 Megapixel Auto Focus with Smart OIS while the front camera has 3.7 Megapixel with f1.9, a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle for selfies and group shots. Its battery is 3000 mAh with fast charging. It also inherited the new features of Note 4’s S-Pen like the more user-friendly Air Command functionality and the Snap Note feature that lets you convert texts on images and convert it to digital for editing. It includes the Fingerprint scanner, and Heart rate monitor. It has Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box.
There were no price announcement yet but it will likely be similar to the Note 4’s price in October. The availability will also be limited probably to focus more on the Note 4.