WHILE SAMSUNG shocked few with the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA on Wednesday, it surprised many with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.
The Galaxy Note Edge has specifications that are nearly identical to those of the Galaxy Note 4, the only notable difference being a slightly smaller 5.6in QHD screen.
However, the Galaxy Note Edge is very different in appearance than Samsung's latest flagship phablet, with the device launching as the first to feature a curved display that wraps around the handset.
This extra screen space that Samsung calls "Edge Screen" can be used to display more information or additional touch controls. For example, it can display media controls while watching a full-screen film on the Galaxy Note Edge, and can be used to display live notifications from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
Taking tips from Nokia, when the Galaxy Edge is locked, the "Edge Screen" can also be used to display Quick Glance information, such as the time and notifications. When the phone is unlocked, it will showcase a number of shortcuts, including a timer, torch and a ruler. Samsung has said that it will release an API to enable third-party developers to use the potential of the curved side as well.
Given specifications identical to those of the Galaxy Note 4, adopters of the Galaxy Note Edge can also expect to find a quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM, Cat 6 LTE support and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, with the capability to expand via microSD card.
The handset also boasts the reworked S Pen found on the Galaxy Note 4, along with Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, a 16MP rear-facing camera, and a 3,000mAh battery, slightly smaller than the Note 4's 3,200mAh battery.
The Galaxy Note Edge is expected to launch before the end of the year, but Samsung has not announced pricing and release date details yet. µ