Samsung announces Galaxy Note Edge, featuring a display that curves over one edge

Samsung managed to surprise us today with the announcement of not only its expected Galaxy Note 4, but also an entirely new device in the range: the Galaxy Note Edge. 

The new handset is virtually identical to the Note 4 in terms of its specs, but it differs in one important aspect - the display. The Galaxy Note Edge features a world-first on a smartphone, a screen that curves around the right side of the handset, adding an extra 160 pixels of width to the main 5.6-inch display area. 

That curved edge acts primarily as a quick-launcher for your favorite apps, but also includes widget support - for example, scrolling a news ticker, or showing data about your health and fitness progress. You can rotate through seven different display options on the 'Edge Screen' area, and with a special Flip Wallet cover accessory, the curved display remains visible even when the cover is closed. 

Samsung is opening up the Edge Screen to developers and is releasing an SDK to see what they can come up with. 

While the handset's key feature is of course that outlandish screen, there's still plenty of other stuff to get excited about too - here are a few highlights from the spec sheet: 

  • 5.6-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display 
  • Quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB onboard storage (plus microSD support up to 64GB)
  • 16MP rear camera 
  • 3.7MP front-facing camera 
  • S Pen Stylus 
  • Fingerprint sensor (like the Galaxy S5)
  • 3000mAh battery 

Details of pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but we'll bring you that info as soon as we have it. 

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Yeah this is pretty dumb and gimmicky plus like many others already said - what about left handed people (or simply when you want to use your phone with your left hand). Dumb...

I find this device very interesting, even exciting. That almost never happens for me with Samsung phones. I am really keen to see if this feature offers any real utility and makes this device stand out from the crowd or does it make it cumbersome and clunky?

I wonder if the edge could discreetly show notifications while the front screen stays black/off?

I wonder what its like to hold something like this that is not symmetrical?

Finally some innovation!
However they should have put the curve on the other side or made it optional for right or left hand users.

I'm not a big fan of Samsung phones due to that horrid touchwiz and the heaps of garbage "S" software they pollute their phones with but at least Samsung is moving forward instead of backwards like some other companies.

Order_66 said,
Finally some innovation!

Yes! Samsung innovated the phone that says screw you to left handed people. Also it has a bent screen. This changes everything!

i am really sorry that you're left handed. that #### is evil.

all jokes aside. i hate samsung. their build quality and user interfaces don't do anything for me.

i'm still very interested by this. did you see it coming? let's "see what happens next."

Interesting. More screen putting the home menu on the edge. Just got an S5 Active but 5.5-6" is where I want to be. The new note looks exciting as well. As much as I don't care for google or having a gmail account, I just don't see a scenario where I'll ever go back to WP. Maybe iOS but doubtful. It's going to be hard for anyone to catch Android in the phone market and Microsoft's apps are superior on the platform as well. I need the extra size for emergency RDP and the Android version of MS RDP supports gateways, MS' own platform's RDP app does not. Good stuff.

Really? That's interesting... I need to look into RDP for Android as well, as I'm starting to see just how useful it can be, but I'll need to get setup for VPN access I think.

Hope you like your S5 Active though, as I do enjoy mine. I can understand the need for more screen room, but I feel the Note Edge may be a bit on the gimmick side. Will have to try it out though.

I'm loving the 802.11ac w MIMO. Getting 866Mbs. MS' RDP app with gateway support is awesome in a pinch. If I go 5.5-6" I don't think I'll need a tablet for much. It's generally fast, has all the apps (particularly financial institutions) I need, and I've gotten used to the OS. The Pedometer is nice as is the HR monitor but I have my own fitness app I use, that's only on Android and iOS. Bluetooth audio is superb. So, I'm comfortable and happy, It's not revolutionary by any means, but it does everything I need to do, fast, and the built-in apps are really nice as are some of the motion gimmicks, I'm finding them quite useful (hover for preview of mail and photos particularly). The mail app has come a long way and delayed send is really nice.

dead.cell said,
Really? That's interesting... I need to look into RDP for Android as well, as I'm starting to see just how useful it can be, but I'll need to get setup for VPN access I think.

Hope you like your S5 Active though, as I do enjoy mine. I can understand the need for more screen room, but I feel the Note Edge may be a bit on the gimmick side. Will have to try it out though.

MS's RDP client is junk on Android. Try Jump or even Splashtop.

MS' RDP client is great on Android. Suggest you try it for yourself before buying into a bunch of features you don't need.

MorganX said,
MS' RDP client is great on Android. Suggest you try it for yourself before buying into a bunch of features you don't need.

Doesnt support zoom and is lacking on other features that make navigating a large resolution PC on a small device like a phone nice.

Jump and Splashtop are both free for single device, personal use.

I don't doubt these other apps have value, and you should use whatever you like. Calling MS' RDP junk though, is a ridiculous comment to make. And I suggest you try it again, it does support Zoom. There is only one level of zoom, it is not granular or is it "pinch & zoom." But it's more than adequate IMO, and for me. If you said, I would like more granular zoom and pinch and zoom, I would agree, that would be a nice addition. But it does support zoom and is far far from junk. Also, depending on your environment, TSGateway support is an absolute must.

MorganX said,
I don't doubt these other apps have value, and you should use whatever you like. Calling MS' RDP junk though, is a ridiculous comment to make.

You're right. I guess I was just expecting more from the company who actually make the software involved on both ends for making this happen.

Jump is super nice.

I definitely agree Microsoft just isn't shooting for excellence in a lot of areas these days and their QA is suspect. Lots of things lack functionality you would expect, particularly on their own hardware mobile platforms. Boggles the mind ...

MorganX said,
I definitely agree Microsoft just isn't shooting for excellence in a lot of areas these days and their QA is suspect. Lots of things lack functionality you would expect, particularly on their own hardware mobile platforms. Boggles the mind ...

I think they're making a BIG mistake racing Android and Chromebook platforms to the bottom of the price column.

Apple commands a certain price that everyone knows is over-inflated but they dont accept less and that works for them.

But Windows and Windows Phone were never positioned to compete at either end of those spectrums and their recent focus on cheaper devices just devalues their whole product line.

I think they need to focus on keeping Windows in mid to upper range categories of devices and demand a premium. Yield the growth in the Asian market per device and overcome that loss by releasing their own software on everything. And creating universal devices that interact with any platform. A Windows smart watch that you can link with your Android OR iOS device makes way more sense to me than tying one to their own ecosystem.

It's an interesting but probably impractical implementation of their R&D work in curved displays.

I'd rather see them work on something like the phone version of the Asus Taichi--a standard keyboard-less smartphone when closed and one with a QWERTY keyboard when it opens.

Ha, that's the one with that awful ad they showed of at CES last year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5vd8X0DZVs

Right where my handsets usually get chips...
"Put a case on it if you don't want chips"
Yeah, and hide the whole feature.

Looks like a better placement of their existing multi-task button that honestly didn't really have a home.

Still, I feel this is gimmicky at best.

I think ti's pretty awesome. Not sure I'll buy it, but I definitely want to try it out in person to see if it can win me over.

personal opinion is that its a gimmick and that i would not be interested in it. also it does not look very good the way it was designed. it just makes the screen feel like its shifted to the left.

WTF?
one sided curved screen, such a gimmick with no practical use.
lets see you hold that phone in your right or left hand without touching one of those icons on the curved screen. I even looked at the pic pic above with the phone in the left hand....who holds a phone like that when using it?
i'll pass, i'll stick to my note 3 until something better comes from someone else.

It will be very interesting to see how people adjust to this in everyday use. I'm left handed but I hold my phone in my right hand, so I think I could use it with little problem. However, I could see how people that hold their phones in the left hand might have trouble adjusting. Granted, I have a 1520 and didn't plan on switching. And props to Samsung for trying something new with the display.

Meh its new but I will pass on this one. Don't no how the grip on this thing will be with a curve edged display. Wonder how the aftermarket cases will look.

Wrong, the post was edited; the original one was something like " nothing interesting, move on".
While we are all entitled to our opinion and I simply expressed my disagreement with such statement: I have not used the device therefore I am withholding a final opinion about it. Nevertheless the idea is intriguing and could be an interesting evolution.