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Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge

By Sidney Wong - 3 Sep 2014

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: Design & Hardware

The Galaxy Note Edge is the second phone in Samsung's portfolio to sport a curved display.

You can consider the Galaxy Note Edge to be just another variant of the Galaxy Note 4; aside from the slightly curved display, the Galaxy Note Edge has almost similar hardware and software features as the Galaxy Note 4.

Right off the bat, the Galaxy Note Edge has a slightly smaller 5.6-inch display although both devices utilize Quad-HD Super AMOLED displays. Its key differentiating feature lies in the curved edge which Samsung touts to bring convenience to the user. Below are some photos and a video run-through on the Galaxy Note Edge: 

You can access frequently used apps on the curved edge of the display. According to a Samsung spokesperson, you are free to select any apps to be featured along the side.

You can even place folders on the curved edge of the display.

Simply rub the middle section of the curved edge to view the time. This is Night Mode which must be enabled in the settings.

There are also five quick settings to access; they are Ruler, Timer, Stopwatch, Flashlight and Voice Recorder.

This is how you can use the curved edge of the display as a ruler.

Camera modes and settings are situated on the curved edge so that they will not clutter the viewfinder on the Galaxy Note Edge.

Similar to the Galaxy Note 4, you can remove the rear cover and its 3,000mAh battery. Both phablets support micro-SIM cards and microSD memory cards of up to 64GB in capacity. Having said that, it is worth noting that the Galaxy Note Edge is available in both 32GB and 64GB models while the Galaxy Note 4 only has one variant that's equipped with 32GB internal storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has a smaller battery (3,000mAh) compared to the Galaxy Note 4 (3,220mAh).

 

Availability and Pricing

There is no information on the pricing of the Galaxy Note Edge at the time of publication. Samsung said that the device will be available in select markets through its retail channels, e-commerce and telcos later this year. It comes in two colors: charcoal black and frost white.

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