Samsung unveils three sided screen Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung pulled out a surprise at IFA by launching the Galaxy Note Edge, a phablet smartphone that features a folding three sided screen.
It was widely rumoured that the Note 4 would get this display, but that ship sailed when the new phablet flagship leaked a few weeks back. It was then thought Samsung would hold off on launching the Note Edge, but the company pulled a surprise here at IFA in what was a busy launch event. Just like the project YOUM prototype from earlier in the year, the Galaxy Note Edge gets a folded screen draped over the frame of the device, giving the user the main forward display and two strip panels running along the sides of the handset.
Under the hood the Galaxy Note Edge is exactly the same device as the Galaxy Note 4, with internal specs that read:
Korean Version will have Exynos 5433 chipset by Samsung which is split into 1.9GHz quad-core processor (for bigger activities) and 1.3GHz quad-core processor (for less exhaustive tasks). While the Worldwide variant of the device will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7GHz and both will have the same 3GB of RAM.
16MP camera will be packed with the device with 3.7MP front facing camera with an aperture of f/1.9 (nailed it) and is joined on the forward panel by a fingerprint reader. Storage options are available in 2 versions with 32GB and 64GB, while a microSD can boost up-to another 64GB on top.
The screen is a Quad HD+ 5.6-inch display, the + accounting for the extra pixels on the side panels, which are of course touch ready. The handset also gets the S Pen from the Note proper, so in many respects it is a direct rival to the Note 4. I suspect Samsung was unsure about radically changing the core Note experience so opted to make two devices to check consumer opinion. Otherwise, there is simply no reason (cost aside, we?ll get to that) why the Note Edge could not have been the Note 4.
It looks nice, although the sharp edges where the folding screen meets the rear plate will annoy some, while there is no getting away from the fact that this is wider than just about anything else out there. Of course, the big question is, what can be done with the bar panels?
As you can probably imagine, the depth of functionality is not extraordinary as you can only do so much with this little real estate. The bar areas are instead reserved for notifications, as an app tray, for a clock, media controls and so on. That said, one look at the handset tells you that this is an area of smartphone technology that has huge potential, with Samsung leading the way to eventually have a bendy smartphone.
The overall impression is that this device is very much a first foray into uncharted territory, it feels nascent, but it good as a first effort. However, it is certainly not the complete package that the Galaxy Note 4 is, and that is probably why Samsung did not give the Edge that name. The device is also expected to cost quite a bit more than the already top tier expensive Galaxy Note 4, so this is only for those who simply must have it.(Text via mobileburn.com)