The whole mobile world was waiting for the Samsung’s UnPacking Event 2014 held today in Berlin. And frankly speaking, the conference has turned out to be worth all the fuss. The Korean manufacturer surprised everyone and unveiled today not the one, as expected, but two new phablets – the long- rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and its brother Samsung Galaxy Note Edge featuring revolutionary curved screen. Let’s take a closer look at the next smartphone taking advantage of the flexible display technology.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge with unique display.
The simultaneous premiere of two such important devices is a great surprise, especially when taking into consideration the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Edge was firstly mentioned almost twenty months ago at CES 2013. Since then we hard almost nothing about the device. And just right now the nameless prototype becomes the Galaxy Note Edge and goes official.
As it comes to tech specs, don’t expect anything new. The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge have the same parameters, at least on paper. So, they have the same superior metallic design (a great improvement in comparison to Samsung’s other plastic made products), the same 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 501 chipset paired with 3GB RAM and expandable up to even 64GB built-in storage. Both phablets features 16-megapixel rear camera accompanied by wide-angle front-facing shooter, run Android 4.4.4 KitKat and house the identical hear rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and many more equally outstanding features.
The only, but very important difference is the Galaxy Note Edge’s display. It doesn’t only have the unprecedented curved form factor (the curve is right around one of the screen edges, and creates something of an additional panel), but is also slightly smaller that the one belonging to the Galaxy Note 4. So, instead of 5.7-inch screen, we get Quad HD 1440×2560 pixel resolution AMOLED 5.6-inch display plus additional 160p reserved for the edge.
But the unique screen design isn’t only eye-catching, but just as well appears to be very useful. Interestingly, the two screens, the main one and the curved panel are two independently working entities. Thanks to Samsung’s special software they can be used together or completely separately. Going further, the additional curved screen has three main advantages. First of all it helps you to save your phone’s battery life, thanks to giving you the opportunity to check notifications without switching on the whole screen.
Secondly, it displays your social network and other apps updates quickly and straight away. Thirdly, since the curved panel is highly contextual, it gives its user an additional control over the device. So for example when the device is on the camera mode, it displays menu and shutter buttons, the same with the Note app, when open, the panel shows editing buttons. Very convenient don’t you think? Unfortunately, we will have to wait a little to check the panel’s performance and usefulness since there aren’t many apps adopted to support the panel.
So far Samsung hasn’t announced the Galaxy Note Edge pricing, but there are some voices suggesting that the phablet will be more expensive than its twin brother Note 4. But, if the phone has the same tech parameters, is the additional panel worth being paid additional money for? Well, aesthetes and tech-geeks will definitely say “yes”.
The Galaxy Note 4 is scheduled to hit the market later this year, and it is also said to be available at all four giant US carriers, like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.