For sure the Galaxy Note 4 is a great new phablet from Samsung, a new flagship 5.7 inch device that ups the ante in terms of several technological innovations. However, when it comes to raw innovation Samsung has something very exciting under its sleeve with the launch of the new Galaxy Note Edge, a 5.7 inch smartphone that has one very special feature; a wrap around scrollable panel along the right side edge that is quite simply like nothing you have seen before.
We were lucky enough to get some early hands-on time with the Note Edge just prior to launch, and the initial impact of the device is pretty impressive. Check out this detailed first hands on video:
The Galaxy Note Edge is in almost all regards the same device as the Galaxy Note 4 – it has the same processor platform inside, it packs a QHD display, a great 16MP camera with OIS and a f/1.9 lens – but in one regard its totally unique, offering a right sided wrap-around panel that truly sets it apart as one of the most exciting devices at IFA 2014 this week.
The curved edge on the Note Edge is seamlessly integrated to the 1440p QHD touchscreen, giving you the illusion that the display and the wrap-around panel are all one piece of display. In truth the panel seems to be a separate display integrated into one piece of Corning Gorilla Glass. The design and build quality of the Note Edge is immediately impressive,
Users stroke or rotate the curved right-side edge to navigate from one panel to the next, then slide up or down to view the relevant data or information. Each panel offers different information including notifications, fitness data from the Gear Fit Manager app, weather information and more. There are icons that allow quick access to the phone dialer and picture gallery, while a simple settings icon on the lower portion of the edge allows you to select which panels you want to appear on the Edge, with plenty of choices including a ‘Quick Tools’ panel which offers a ruler, torch light and more.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will arrive sometime soon after the Galaxy Note 4, and although Samsung has not revealed final pricing, the device will essentially become Samsung’s most expensive offering, so we can expect somewhere North of $800 USD. There is currently little clear information about which regions will the Galaxy Note Edge first although we would guess S.Korea and US markets to be the priority.
The Galaxy Note Edge is based on the same specifications as the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which was also launched today. For the full and in depth run down on the Note 4 click here.