Samsung Throws a Curve With Galaxy Note Edge
The smartphone maker unveils its latest Galaxy Note phablet with a display that curves off the side.NEW YORK—Korean mobile electronics giant Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 during a press event in New York City's Meatpacking District, at the very building (837 Washington St.) that will soon house Samsung's Enterprise Customer Briefing Center, the company's new flagship office in Manhattan. Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics America, took to the stage to announce that his company is "expanding into a new universe of elegantly designed devices" and to tease "two incredible big screen phones." Following Lee's brief remarks, Ryan Bidan, senior director of Strategy and Operations at Samsung Telecommunications America, introduced the two new Samsung phablets. Apart from a brief appearance by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, the new Galaxy Note Edge stole the spotlight. The phone, available later this year, features an AMOLED touch display that curves around the right side of the device, providing room for an interactive, touch-enabled "Edge Screen" that displays notifications and information such as the weather. The Galaxy Note Edge "sets a new standard for usability," said Bidan. Users can swipe through Edge panels with a flick of a thumb. While switched off, the Edge doubles as an alarm clock, noted Bidan. Also in the works is the Edge software development kit (SDK), enabling Android developers to code Edge-specific functionality into their apps.
In terms of specs, the Edge is similar to the new Galaxy Note 4, which sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560-by-1,440) Super AMOLED display, "the best screen that you can buy on a phone in the U.S.," said Bidan. A 16-megapixel rear-facing camera features "image stabilization that rivals $1,000 digital SLRs," he added.
The Galaxy Note 4 goes on sale in October. Samsung plans to make the phablet available in white, black, pink and gold.