The Galaxy Note Edge was introduced to the public alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA Berlin in September, and many were amazed by the curved edge display the new phablet uses. Whilst the Galaxy Note 4 will be widely available and has just been put up for sale, the Galaxy Note Edge will be a limited edition unit sold in only 1 million copies.
Even though Samsung had said that the Galaxy Note Edge was going to be a limited edition device, Clove UK has just announced that those interested can pre-order the Galaxy Note Edge for the hefty price of $1050. We had been thinking that the Galaxy Note Edge would only be sold to select markets or given away through various competitions, but it seems that it will be put up for sale on a first come-first serve basis. Clove hasn’t declared anything about when customers will be getting their hands on the Galaxy Note Edge, but previous rumors suggest that January 2015 would be the latest date for a launch.
The hefty $1050 price tag on the Galaxy Note Edge is probably due to the limited numbers the device will be made in, so there is a sense of premium and exclusive product with the device. The curved edge display on the Galaxy Note Edge has the purpose of offering an extra space for notifications and apps specifically designed for it, like a ruler, alarm clock and weather app. Developers will be given access to the curved edge screen on the Galaxy Note Edge so we should expect to see more apps incorporate an “edge-view” into their apps.
The Galaxy Note Edge sports the same specs the Galaxy Note 4 does, with a 2.7 GHz quad-core CPU, 3 GB RAM and either 32 or 64 GB internal storage and will also feature a 16 MP rear camera with smart optical image stabilization and a 3.7 MP front camera. Connectivity-wise, the Galaxy Note Edge will support LTE Cat 6 for 300 Mbps download speeds, Bluetooth 4.1, infrared, NFC and cutting edge Wi-Fi. All of this will be put to use via a 5.6 inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 2560*1440 resolution and 160 extra pixels on its curved edge.
If price would not be of importance, and you would have two devices in front of you, which would you choose: the Galaxy Note 4 or the Galaxy Note Edge? I really enjoy what Samsung did with the Galaxy Note Edge and I’m sure I would find many uses for the screen dropping off the edge of the phablet. On the other hand, I don’t know how I would find a suitable case for this type of phone, but I’m sure a regular case will do just fine since the display could be visible if it were book-type case. So, which would you choose?