Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will change how we use mobile devices?

This phone (phablet if you like) offers essentially the same features as the Galaxy Note 4, but distinguishes itself with an extra curved strip of touchscreen on the side.

With this 160 pixel of 'edge' screen, you can customise buttons to make it the notification centre when you are doing something else on the main 5.6-inch display. Samsung said the phone will change how users interact with mobile devices and applications. This, in my opinion, is left to be seen.

The phablet looks big in the hands of most of us. Image: Computerworld Malaysia

The new phone is retailed at RM2,999 which is a bit expensive for a transitional mobile device.

Would you grab one? Or, do you prefer your current Galaxy S5, Note 4, or iPhone6?

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Your cup of tea?

Galaxy Note Edge: Specifications

  • 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB / 54GB storage + up to 64GB microSD
  • 5.6-inch display: Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 resolution (with additional display of 160 pixel)
  • 16MP rear camera (Auto focus, Optical Image Stabilization)
  • 3.7MP front camera (f1.9)
  • Supports WiFi 802.11ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, IR LED, 4G LTE Cat 4 + 4G LTE Cat 6
  • Dimension: 151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 174g
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3000 mAh battery (adaptive fast charging)

Other features: Air Command, S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen input, Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Voice Recorder, Heart rate sensor, Finger print scanner, UV sensor

What you can do with it differently:

  • access apps with full, split or pop-up screens, 
  • change apps size and position with one easy swipe,
  • skip music, pause videos and control other apps using the Curved Edge display,
  • keep your notifications and alerts neatly organised on the curved side,
  • 'supposedly' incoming calls, texts and emails no longer get in the way,
  • design your own Edge Screen and express yourself by using your favourite images and phrases,
  • arrange your main app icons aligned to the side so you can leave the rest of your home screen clutter free.

Availability & Price

Available now in 'Charcoal Black' and 'Frost White' at all Samsung Experience Stores and Samsung authorised retailers.

Retail price: RM2,999 (US$825).

TheGreenMechanics: Doesn't look like a phone that fits my bills, but others may find this interesting and one that suits their need. Verdict: The price is too prohibitive.

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