Samsung wanted to do a little experiment with their most recent release at the time, namely Galaxy Note 4. Releasing in November, 2014, just a month after the device it was based on, the Galaxy Note Edge featured a curved display on one side of the phone which, according to Samsung, isn’t only the future but also really helpful in a lot of departments. However, the experiment wasn’t as successful as their designers may have thought.
The phone is identical to the Galaxy Note 4 with the obvious difference in its screen.The screen is a tiny bit smaller than the Note 4 but adds a 160 pixels worth of a curve to one side giving it the overall resolution of 1600 x 2160, being a 2K display. Surprisingly the Note Edge, being released after the Note 4 has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection instead of the Gorilla Glass 4 protection found on the Note 4.
The Note Edge uses the same chipset, processor, graphics and even the cameras as that of the Note 4, boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Krait 450 (Quad-core 2.7GHz) processor, Adreno 420 GPU and 3 Gigs of RAM. The back camera uses a 16 megapixels sensor with an aperture of f/2.2 and optical image stabilization. The front camera takes pictures at 3.7 megapixels of size and records video at 2K resolution.
The Note Edge does drop 220 mAh in the battery department compared to the 3220 mAh of the Note 4 which obviously results in a lesser talktime and music-playback. The phone does make good use of the curve showing notifications and Health-stats pretty conveniently. However, such features are only limited to their own applications and it can take a little time to get going in that department.
The Note Edge is an experimental device that made it to the market, however, failing to impress users as it may have intended to since it gets a bit difficult to hold the phone and takes a bit of getting used to. It was a nice idea and it may start working in a few years to come, but at the moment, with its added price it doesn’t seem to be attracting a lot of customers.