Hands On: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge


During the Samsung Unpacked event in New York, we had the chance to play with the unusual, yet unique, Galaxy Note Edge. A device we can call a Note 4 hybrid. Unlike any phone out there, the Note Edge has actual “edge” coming down on the right side. Samsung says it will give its users a “new way to access information, engage with their mobile device, and express their personality and tastes.”. I have to say that, upon playing with it, it is not for everyone. You have to touch it and see it in person to judge.

The Note Edge runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and has the following features:

  • 5.6-inch Super AMOLED HD+ display
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS
  • 3.7-megapixel front camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 3,000 mAh battery

You will definitely appreciate the work that Samsung has done with the Edge-just like they did with the Note 4. The back cover is still made out of plastic but it is doesn’t have the same texture found on the Galaxy 5 or the Note 3. The device is wrapped in rectangular metal body with rounded edges. Talking about edges, the bar display feels a bit awkward when held. If you’re a rightie, you’d have to be careful not to click on any of the buttons on it. Lefties will probably enjoy this phone better. My favorite feature was the ability to control the camera when held landscape mode. It is so easy to snap a picture with the Note Edge.

In the few minutes I spent with the Note Edge, I noticed a decent amount of lag. I am not sure if the unit I was using was pre-production or not. I also attempted to run AnTuTu. And for some reason, it just stops at 76%. We definitely need to check this out when we get our review unit. Otherwise, the display looks really nice. The inclusion of the S Pen is a plus along with the bouquet of compatible apps. Check out the galllery below and the video. Let us know if you’re planning to get this unusual, yet gimmicky, Galaxy Note Edge.