The Galaxy Note Edge, a new smart phone developed by Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung that features an innovative curved screen, will go on sale in the United States on November 14.
Samsung has used the curved portion of the screen to provide additional space for menu items and notifications, prompting enthusiastic reviews for the innovative touch that have been light on information as to how the extra space provides any functional improvements to the handset.Not Credited
Samsung’s design for the Galaxy Note Edge features what the company refers to as a “second screen.” The right hand edge of the handset consists of a display that curves around and over, stretching the size of the screen to an impressive 5.6 inches. The Galaxy Note Edge has been the darling of many trade shows this year, drawing crowds eager to see the curved screen and get some hands-on use of the new featrure.
Samsung has used the curved portion of the screen to provide additional space for menu items and notifications, prompting enthusiastic reviews for the innovative touch that have been light on information as to how the extra space provides any functional improvements to the handset. The screen itself is a Super AMOLED display with 1440p Quad HD capabilities; the rest of the device comes with an impressive array of hardware as well such as a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3.7 megapixel front camera, support for Samsung’s S pen stylus, and the ability to convert photographs of written notes into text files.
The Galaxy Note Edge also features some other technological innovations independent of its curved screen edge. Samsung states that its newest premium smart phone can be charged to 50 percent capacity in just a half hour. The integrated shutter button for the handset’s camera also pulls double duty as a heart rate monitor, making the Samsung phone capable of providing detailed feedback to fitness apps.
The new curved-screen mobile phone comes at a high price tag, however. Buying a non-contract version of the handset is a jaw-dropping $950 from mobile carrier AT&T, though the phone will also be available with a contract option for the greatly reduced price of $400. Other carriers slated to carry the new Samsung device include T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T, though these telecom companies have not come forward with pricing for the new device as yet.
This archive content was originally published November 3, 2014 (www.betawired.com)