Samsung Galaxy Note Edge on Sale Nov. 14
Is it a whole new thing, or much ado about nothing? Consumers will decide when the new Samsung Galaxy phone debuts in less than two weeks. Samsung announced Monday its that big-screen Galaxy Note Edge smartphone will be available in the United States starting November 14.
Samsung previewed the new phone in September, highlighting a 5.6-inch display that curves around the side of the device. Users can see brief notifications such as sports scores along the right edge of the screen, or click on the side to trigger app shortcuts, even while watching a video on the main screen.
The Galaxy Note Edge represents one of the few major smartphone design departures Samsung has taken to a global level. The company’s pattern in the past has been to introduce new features (for instance, a concave display in the Galaxy Round or metal frames in the Galaxy Alpha smartphones) in only a limited number of test markets.
No New Ground?
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note Edge is the first Quad High Definition Super AMLOED display that wraps around the device’s edges to create a curved display. The customizable Edge display offers access to favorite apps and real-time notifications without interrupting what’s happening on the main screen.
Samsung helped originate the so-called phablet design in 2012 with the Note, a device that many at the time felt was too big. Since then, numerous handset makers have made their own phablets, and the Edge might represent an attempt by Samsung to spark another new trend in smartphone design.
When we reached Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Utah-based Jackdaw Research, he said he was skeptical that the Edge’s new frills would break any significant new ground.
"The Note Edge is a classic Samsung move: innovation for its own sake, without an obvious purpose," Dawsons said. "Unless the device gets developer traction, which seems unlikely, it will not sell well. It's unique but it's not yet clear that its unique features are actually useful."
Samsung has been focused on innovating in hardware and as a result has taken some flak for neglecting the software side, where its smartphones are mostly powered by Google's Android operating system.
Numerous Buying Options
The Galaxy Note Edge will be available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. It will also be sold at Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy stores.
AT&T said Monday the Galaxy Note Edge will be available for $400 with a two-year contract or $946 off-contract, according to CNET. It's available for no down payment on the AT&T Next plan, then $39.42 to $47.30 per month, depending on what plan is chosen.
Sprint said that with its Sprint Easy Pay plan, customers can buy the smartphone for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $35, totaling $840 before sales tax.
"The Edge screen is mostly just being used by some Samsung apps today," Dawson said. "Unless third-party developers start making use of it, it's going to be much more a gimmick than a feature."
Posted: 2014-11-15 @ 5:30pm PT
First Wish reporters would stop reporting this is available in US Nov 14th. Today is the 15th and No store has it on sale. Being shipped is different then being available. Next, Verizon is not releasing on the 14th. Not even an acknowledgment from them. This carrier has not even cleared the FCC outside of the fact that everyone at Verizon knows exactly jack about receiving a Note Edge.
Posted: 2014-11-07 @ 12:01pm PT
The preorders for AT&T started this morning at att.com - will ship Nov. 13-14.
Posted: 2014-11-03 @ 3:58pm PT
Once again, Samsung is paving the way to the future in hardware. Meanwhile, the slow and non-innovative Apple 'introduces' about a half dozen hardware improvements which the Android world has had for years.