Apparently one new Note wasn’t enough as Samsung launched a second Note at IFA. Meet the Galaxy Note Edge ladies and gents! Again, let’s break er’ down:
5.6″ QHD Super AMOLED Display with Curved Edge
2.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 Processor
32GB/64GB Internal Storage
microSD Card Slot
16MP Camera with OIS
3.7MP Front Facing Camera
3000 mAh Battery
The specs are basically the same as the Note 4 which is awesome to see but the big draw for this phone will undoubtedly be that unique curved edge. While nobody knew for sure that this phone was going to make its debut at IFA, there have been various patents and other leaks that have been hinting at this phones existence.
So what’s the purpose of that curved edge? Well Samsung states that the curved Edge “provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts, and device functionality – even when the cover is closed – all with the swipe of a thumb.” One example that they state is that users could receive notifications through the Edge while watching a video without disturbing the video. Although they didn’t go over everything that the Edge display could do, previous patents have also hinted at things like using the Edge as a Table of Contents of sorts for books or a quick scroll tab for the contacts and gallery app.
While I think this device is really cool, I’m not sure that that extra Edge will really be a game changer (pun intended!). In order for it to be a real useful and sellable feature, it’ll need developer support and I’m not sure that lots of developers are going to want to adapt their app for one phone. It’d be nice if they did, but I just don’t developers spending the time to optimize for one specific phone/form factor….but I digress…
Availability and pricing are a bit more unknown for this guy but it’ll likely be pricier than the plain ol’ flat Note 4 and it’ll likely launch after that phone as well. I’ve also been seeing that this phone may be limitedly launched so no guarantees that we even see it here. Of course, I’ll keep an eye on this and let you guys know what I find!