Samsung, along with Bell and Rogers, have announced what appears to be the most expensive Android phone ever released.
The companies said that they will begin offering the Galaxy Note Edge, a tremendous device by anyone’s approximation, for $400 on a 2-year term, beginning February 18th, with pre-orders beginning today through the carriers’ respective reservation systems. The outright price is $900
Announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4 in September, the Note Edge features a single curve on its right side, sloping down towards the base to accommodate extra screen space that doubles as a multi-function tool belt of sorts. From replacing the notification shade to showing stock and news highlights in a ticker, Samsung is putting a lot of eggs into this one basket.
Aside from the edge display itself, the device is every bit a Note, with similar high-end specs to the Note 4. The 5.6-inch QHD display is gorgeous, and the Snapdragon 805 chip pairs with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There’s the same excellent 16MP rear camera with OIS, a wide-angle 3.7MP front-facer, a 3,000mAh removable battery, an S Pen stylus, and support for Cat-6 LTE, which Rogers just announced yesterday. Coincidence?
While the device may be one of the most expensive on record, it’s not the most expensive at either carrier. That award still goes to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus 128GB, which goes for a whopping $595 on a 2-year term. While the entry-level 16GB iPhone 6 Plus is cheaper at $375 on-contract, the Note Edge still stands alone in the Android space.