News by Luke Jones on Wednesday July 01, 2015.
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The Galaxy Note Edge is the device that started Samsung's folding screen output and paved the way for the Galaxy S6 Edge. The phablet with a one edge folded screen (that's much more visible than the GS6 Edge's) is now getting in on the Android Lollipop act. Verizon's version of the handset is now receiving an over the air update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.The upgrade is shipping OTA from today, although as is normally the case the update is arriving in stages so you may have to wait a few days before you see the notification. Big Red says you will need at least 50% of battery left on your handset and a good Wi-Fi connection to pull in the file. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings plenty of new features to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, including Quick Settings, Material Design, Lock Screen Notifications, Project VOLTA, and a whole lot more. With its folded screen and very high price tag (not to mention stiff competition from the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4) the Galaxy Note Edge still feels like a very niche device, but it is a spectacular one.
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.