One of the most interesting devices unveiled this month was the Galaxy Note Edge. The Note 4 was everything we expected, so when Samsung brought the Note Edge, with a curved display running along the side of the device, to IFA, we were really surprised. Samsung Canada has already said the Note Edge will make its way to Canadians in 2015. Unfortunately, it sounds like Samsung won’t be making a lot of them.
Samsung’s DJ Lee this week told ZDNet Korea that the device is a ‘limited edition concept’ that will be produced in much smaller quantities than the company’s other high-end phones and phablets. Samsung hasn’t officially talked about release territories globally, but last week we got word direct from Samsung Canada that the device would be launching in early 2015. VP of mobile at Samsung Canada, Paul Brannen, said that while it would need some adjustments for the baseband stack, Samsung did intend to launch the phone here. It’s not clear if this ‘limited edition concept’ status will only have an impact on the number of launch countries or if it will mean limited availability in launch countries as well.
The Galaxy Note Edge is very similar to the Note 4 when you look under the hood. It’s got a slightly smaller 5.6-inch display (as opposed to the 5.7-inch panel on the Note 4) but the same 2560 x 1440 resolution as the flagship Note for 2014. It’s also got a the same 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 16MP rear-facing camera, 3.7MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, HDMI, and WiFi Direct. However, the Note 4 Edge packs a beefier 2.7 GHz CPU, while the Note 4 is based on a 1.9 GHz processor. The Note Edge also has a slightly smaller batter, clocking in at 3000 mAh as opposed to 3220 mAh in the Note 4.
The Note 4 will launch globally in October (it arrives in Korea tomorrow), though we don’t know when exactly. Pricing and precise availability for the Note Edge aren’t yet available, but we’ll keep you posted.