Samsung has once again completely rocked the smartphone market, with the announcement of its latest flagship phone – the Galaxy Note Edge. The Note Edge is, on paper, the same as the Galaxy Note 4, which Samsung also announced today. However, it has one particularly interesting quirk in the form of a display that wraps around the edge of the phone’s right side – giving the device its name.
According to the Verge, Samsung claims that its new curved display is essentially one screen, turned into two. That’s because the South Korean tech giant uses software to separate the two parts of the display, which allows them to provide independent functionality, whilst remaining connected.
Samsung has designed the sloping edge of the screen to primarily be used as a quick launcher for your favourite apps. That being said, it also wants the extra screen real estate to be entirely customisable, providing the ability to add a number of different widgets to the edged display – which allow you to do anything, from flicking through the latest news and tweets to keeping an eye on your activity throughout the day.
Samsung’s recent showing wasn’t entirely about the Note Edge, however. According to Ars Technica, it also announced the Note 4’s specification powerhouse. That’s abundantly clear from the specs that Samsung has packed inside this handset, including the same processor, memory, and software as the standard Note 4. It even has the same 16-megapixel camera that Samsung is making a big deal about with the Note 4. The Note 4 is essentially the same handset as the Note Edge, but without that added screen real estate that the latter introduces.
Aside from its extra real estate, the Galaxy Note Edge has a Quad HD 2560 x 1440 display, much like the standard Note 4. Whilst the display is slightly smaller at 5.6 inches compared to the Note 4’s 5.7, Samsung is keen for consumers to know that they’re not trading in any performance for the aforementioned Edge capabilities.
That said, undeniably the main attraction with the Galaxy Note Edge is its curved display, which Samsung hopes will completely change the way we use our smartphones. And the fact that Samsung is giving users full flexibility when it comes to what the extra screen real-estate is used for, has opened up a wealth of possibilities. However, it’ll ultimately be up to users to decide whether that extra space is best suited as a quick-launcher, notification centre or something else. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is coming to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint later this year.