(IFA 2014) Samsung Announces Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung pulled a unique twist at IFA this year by introducing an additional entry into its popular Note series of devices with the Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge is the second device which takes advantage of the curved displays being developed at Samsung.
The device is takes its cues heavily, and I mean HEAVILY from the Galaxy Note 4. When it comes down to specifications, the Galaxy Note Edge shares the same specifications with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 variant of the Note 4, according to Samsung’s official press release, which means that it comes with 3 GB RAM with 32 GB or 64 GB of internal memory with microSD support. The device differs only in its screen size which is a 5.6-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution. The extra 160 pixels comes from the curved display used for the “Edge” of the device.
The device comes with its unique Edge screen User Experience (UX) which takes advantage of the extra real estate in a few unique ways. The first benefit of the Edge screen UX is the ability to place the shortcuts we usually see at the bottom of the display on the edge/curved screen. In addition, Samsung has used the edge screen to enhance its multitasking feature in the Galaxy Note Edge by allowing users to trigger windows and screen via the edge display. The edge screen also allows applications to take advantage of it via a soon to be released Application Programming Interface. One of the demoed uses was a ticker-esque utility which allows you to read your messages and/or twitter feed and news on the edge display. The edge display is also capable of displaying your notifications.
One possible downside and difference between the regular Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge is its slightly smaller battery coming in at only 3200 mAh compared to the 3220 mAh in the Note 4. While this may seem minute, the difference could be an hour or two of battery.
Availability of the device is said to be limited with only select markets getting it. According to a rumour, the device will be making an appearance in Singapore but we don’t have any information on whether the Galaxy Note Edge will be released locally in Malaysia.