The Galaxy Note Edge is Going to Be Crazy Expensive
One of the more unique offerings Samsung revealed at IFA 2014 was the Galaxy Note Edge, its first device to come with a wraparound display. The Galaxy Note Edge brought all the benefits of the Galaxy Note series and then some with its unique display which curves around its right side. At the end of its UNPACKED event at IFA, the Korean manufacturer revealed that the phablet would come sometime later this year. However, with all the commotion surrounding the announcement of Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders as the iPhone 6 and 6 plus launch, the Galaxy Note Edge has seemingly faded into the background. Some U.S. carriers confirmed after IFA that they would be offering the device this year, some even hinting that it would be released this fall but no follow up announcement has since been made. That said, Samsung Canada has announced that the Note Edge will not be available in Canada until 2015. If that is the case, it would seem like Malaysia and Singapore may only see the device then as well. The Galaxy Note 4 has already appeared on SIRIM’s database, but there hasn’t been any trace of its cousin.
While we’re talking about the Galaxy Note Edge, there have been some rumour emerging that the device may not be very friendly to your wallet. Retailers in Europe have placed some listings for the Note Edge pre-orders as high as €1000 (RM 4163/ USD$ 1280). The prices seemed to have been echoed over in China with retailers listing the Note Edge for a whopping ¥7000 (RM 3710/ USD$ 1140). This comes as an alarming surprise. However, it would be wise to take into consideration the price of the Note 4 listed in China as well – ¥5399 (RM 2856 / USD$879). This gives us a difference of about 30%. Hence, let’s take the launch price of the Galaxy S5, which was RM2300, so we should see the Galaxy Note Edge retail for about RM 2990 – which is still very expensive.