Introducing the Samsung GALAXY Note Edge – Innovation Redefined
The Samsung Unpacked Event Episode 2 was full of surprises to say the least !! The event following the one in February kicked off where its predecessor left off and without wasting much time, we were introduced (to our great surprise) to not only the Samsung GALAXY Note 4 for which the whole world was buzzing about, the South Korean giants had plenty of other surprises in store for us as well. One such major surprise was the announcement of the GALAXY Note Edge which even though shares almost the same tech specs as the Note 4, the GALAXY Note Edge….well does happen to come with a certain edge (no pun intended). The device which is a first of its kind comes with a unique second screen experience that hasn’t been seen or even heard of before. One of the major attractions of the GALAXY Note Edge is the curved QHD screen sporting another multi-purpose screen by the side. The second screen is where the actual fun begins.
The Edge Panel, as Samsung has dubbed it, will offer a series of functions that many stock apps will take advantage of, and although we cannot pass judgment until we’ve had the hands-on, it’s a very eye-opening bit of kit. Aside from the edges, the Note Edge is basically flat, and so if you’re not using anything specialized, will still allow you to take advantage of ordinary apps without incident. The Edge Panel can be customized with different apps for multiple purposes. For instance, you can keep yourself updated with the latest sport news while playing your favorite game, get Whatsapp notifications while watching a movie etc.
The panel also functions as a handy tool for most of your every day multimedia applications. While listening to music or watching a movie the controls could be easily placed on the panel so that you get access to the entire screen without the onscreen buttons being a hindrance. Besides its multimedia capabilities, the panel can also be used to operate the device’s camera. The onscreen camera buttons can now be moved up to the edge panel leaving a large clear display for the user to fully enjoy without any impediment.
As far as the devices hardware specs are concerned, the GALAXY Note Edge comes wrapped in a metallic frame similar to one found in the recently announced GALAXY Alpha that does give the device a premium look and feel. Besides the Edge pane, the Note Edge as mentioned earlier sports the same hardware found in the Note 4 that comprises of a 5.6″ Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 x 160 display, a 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core 805 Snapdragon Processor, 3GB RAM, a 16MP rear camera with Smart OIS catered especially to work under low light conditions, a 3.7MP front cam a 90 degree wide angle support (capable of taking super sharp “wide selfie” panoramic shots) which is sure to make selfie lovers beam with joy especially while taking a group pic or “WE-fies” as its most commonly known as these days, 32GB internal storage with additional support for micro-SD card, a 3200mAh battery with Fast charge support which lets you charge your device in a jiff. Samsung claims that the device can be charged from 0 to 50% under 30 minutes which would certainly prove beneficial for those who are always on a go and need a quick charge over a short coffee break.
The device running on Android 4.4, KitKat also comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX similar to the one found in the GALAXY S5 and the GALAXY Alpha. Unfortunately the GALAXY Note Edge is expected to launch in only two colors: Charcoal Black and Frost White unlike its other twin sibling the Note 4 which is to be launched in four colors. Both the devices would be available this October from all major retail outlets as well as your local network carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in the US.. The price (as always) still remains a mystery so will get to that once the devices are officially launched next month.
As far as innovation is concerned, Samsung have out done themselves yet again. What needs to be seen now is whether the GALAXY Note Edge does indeed have an edge over its competitors in the market. What do you guys think about the new entrant into the Phablet genre? Will love to hear from you all in the comments below. Cheers !!