Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note Edge, A Phone With Special Curved Edge Display
Remember the time when smartphones with curved or bent displays were first unveiled and they seemed to be all the rage and a hot topic of discussion among smartphone enthusiasts. The hype those devices created probably rivaled NASA’s first moon landing but ultimately they all went out of the picture.
Well, it seems that Samsung is still very much a fan of those curves since it just announced its first ever bent display smartphone, Galaxy Note Edge. Note Edge was originally teased more than a year ago as a prototype titled Youm. The phone can be considered the final version of Youm as well as a spiritual successor. According to Samsung, the device will be available this year, sometime in Fall.
So is Galaxy Note Edge really worth it or is it just bells and whistles designed to catch the onlooker’s attention at first glance? It certainly does seem so. In almost every aspect, Note Edge is just a glorified Note 4 with all the same hardware and software with just the exception of 5.6 inch Quad HD+ display that curves along the right-hand edge of the device — 0.3 inch extra diagonal screen size and 160 rows of pixels for the bent area.
“We started the large screen smartphone movement, and we will continue to lead in this area,” said Rory O’Neill, Samsung’s director of marketing.
The phone is 3.8mm wider and 2.2mm shorter than Note 4 so it’s definitely not designed for those whose hands feel fatigued with devices like Note 3. One would think that a bigger display screen would come with a bigger battery but Samsung apparently doesn’t seem to think that. Note Edge has a battery of 3,000 mAh compared to Note 4’s 3,220 mAh.
Note Edge isn’t all disappointment though. There is a certain beauty to the curved display which cannot be easily described and the curved display isn’t just for eye candy but instead serves its purpose really well, Samsung made sure of that. To ensure that users get access to as much screen space as possible, Samsung moved the Android’s status/notification bar to the curved portion of the device. The functionality of the side bar of course depends on the application you are using.
Since the device is the first of its kind, it feels like an unfinished product and more of a gimmick than a real upgrade over similar sized devices, especially since the final price tag would be pretty high and sort of absurd. Perhaps with time, the manufacturing cost will decrease and developers will show some more interest in such devices to come up with cool applications.