After unveiling the same at IFA 2014- a consumer electronics show in Berlin- in September this year, Samsung has now launched the Galaxy Note Edge phablet in the Indian market. The highlight of the device is the fact that it sports a unique curved display that is unlike the ones being offered by its competitors like LG.
It has been priced at Rs 64,900, and will be available for purchase in the first week of January 2015. The device was unveiled alongside the company's next in line Note offering called Galaxy Note 4, which is currently available for Rs 58,300 in the Indian market.
"The Galaxy Note Edge is a device equipped with a unique curved screen which not only makes the smartphone distinctive but also delivers a unique way to access information and optimises functionality," said Asim Warsi, VP, mobile and IT, Samsung India.
Taking the Galaxy Note experience to the next level, the Note Edge provides users with a new way to access information and engage with their mobile device. The phablet's unique curved edge screen (see picture) provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionalityâ€“ even when the cover is closedâ€“ all with the swipe of a thumb. Users can also receive notifications directly on the 'Edge Screen' while watching videos without disturbing their viewing.
The phablet sports a 5.6 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display (2560Ã—1600 pixel resolution), and runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. It is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and has 3GB of RAM. The internal memory of the device is 32GB, which can be further expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card.
Note Edge packs a 16 megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED Flash that can record Ultra HD videos at 30 frames per second (fps) and full HD videos at 60fps. The device also has a 3.7 MP front facing camera that can also record full HD videos. The rear camera features a Smart Optical Image Stabiliser that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings.
Users can also make use of both the cameras with dual shot and dual recording. Additional features of the camera include HDR, rear-cam Selfie, beauty face, and selective focus, among others.â€‹ On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth 4.1, IR LED, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE (depending on the region), as well as a microSD card slot and a microUSB port.
The dimensions of the device are 151.3mm x 82.4mm x 8.3mm, and its weight is 174gm. The company has provided a 3,000 mAh battery in the device. It will be available in charcoal black and frost white colours.
Improved S Penâ€‹ Note Edge's S Pen has also been specifically evolved to offer a much more authentic pen experience, with a natural brush effect that emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen. The S Pen also introduces a more user-friendly Air Command functionality along with other features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select, in order to allow users to create and collect content with ease.
In addition to typing and writing, the Snap Note feature allows users to take a picture of their notes on a paper or a classroom board, and then easily convert to the S Note.