News by Luke Jones on Thursday November 13, 2014.
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Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge made many people sit up and take notice when it was launched at IFA two months ago. Here was a company blasted regularly for not innovating... innovating, and plenty have been waiting to get their hands on the Note Edge since. Well, the day is at hand as the device landing in the United States on Friday after being available for pre-order recently. On top of that consumers in the UK are also getting the chance to grab the Edge as pre-orders open in the country.In the United Kingdom the handset will be available for pre-order via Samsung's regional online store or through mobile retail giant Carphone Warehouse. Other stores and carriers will be offering the handset but have yet to open their pre-order periods. The Note Edge will actually roll out on November 28th and as you can imagine, it is not going cheaply. The handset will cost £650 ($1030) with MobileFun and MobiCity, but other carrier prices may vary. Other European nations will also be landing the Edge, with Samsung saying a Premium Edition of the handset would be coming to Germany this month. Don't worry though, the Germans are not being treated to anything special or different, aside from the fact that the device comes bundled with a Wallet Flip Cover and a 64GB Samsung EVO microSD card. Not bad, although this pack will cost $1,120.
The Korean version of the handset will get Samsung's own Exynos 5433 chipset, which is split up into a 1.9GHz quad-core processor for bigger activities and a 1.3GHz quad-core for less exhaustive tasks. The worldwide variant of the device gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7GHz, while both versions get 3GB of RAM. Around the back there is a 16MP camera and a heart rate monitor, while a 3.7MP front facing sensor gets aperture of f/1.9 and is joined on the forward panel by a fingerprint reader. There are 32GB and 64GB storage options, while a microSD can add up to another 64GB on top. The screen is a Quad HD+ 5.6-inch display, the + accounting for the extra pixels on the side panel, which is of course touch ready. The handset also gets the S Pen from the Note proper, so in many respects it is a direct rival to the Note 4. I suspect Samsung was unsure about radically changing the core Note experience so opted to make two devices to check consumer opinion. Otherwise, there is simply no reason (cost aside, we'll get to that) why the Note Edge could not have been the Note 4. It looks nice, although the sharp edges where the folding screen meets the rear plate will annoy some, while there is no getting away from the fact that this is wider than just about anything else out there. Of course, the big question is, what can be done with the bar panel? As you can probably imagine, the depth of functionality is not extraordinary as you can only do so much with this little real estate. The bar area is instead reserved for notifications, as an app tray, for a clock, media controls and so on. That said, one look at the handset tells you that this is an area of smartphone technology that has huge potential, with Samsung leading the way to eventually have a bendy smartphone.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.