Today for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re looking at the new Note from Samsung, the Galaxy Note Edge! Last week, many of you said you were excited for this announcement. Well, here it is. What do you think? Is it everything you had hoped for? Check out the excerpt from the @CNET article “With Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung returns to comfort zone: hardware” to learn more about this awesome phone–
When Samsung wants to wow, it goes back to hardware.
The Korean electronics giant on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, the latest model of its phone-tablet hybrid with a 5.7-inch screen and stylus. It also showed off its new Gear S and Gear Circle wearables, which were announced last week, and demonstrated its Gear VR virtual reality headset, built in partnership with Facebook’s Oculus unit.
But it’s a new variant of the Note line, called the Galaxy Note Edge, that really offers something different for mainstream smartphone users. The phablet features a 5.6-inch display that curves around the side of the device — giving a sort of infinity pool effect. Users can see quick notifications, such as sports scores or trending items on Twitter, or click on app shortcuts, even while watching a movie on the main screen. In a world where all smartphones have started to look the same, the Galaxy Note Edge stands out.
“We take risks,” Justin Denison, vice president of product and strategy for Samsung Telecommunications America, said in an interview with CNET. “We think the market will love it.”
It’s vital for Samsung to release a smartphone that gets the buzz going again. The company is the biggest handset vendor in the world, but it’s facing tougher competition both in cheap phones and in pricey devices. Makers of low-cost smartphones such as Xiaomi and Huawei are pressuring sales in the low end, and Apple’s high-end iPhone 5S continues to sell well despite being nearly a year old. Apple plans next week to introduce larger iPhones, which analysts say could pose an even bigger threat to Samsung’s business.
When Samsung needs to churn out a hit, it turns to what it’s always done best — hardware. Samsung has long been at the forefront of the mobile market when it comes to the technology crammed into the devices. Its phones tend to use the fastest processors and brightest screens, as well as incorporate novel, high-tech features like curved displays.
Because Samsung builds components such as displays and chips in-house, it’s able to create new items from scratch for its upcoming devices. For the $200 Gear Fit wearable, released in April, engineers created a curved battery and curved display so the fitness band could form to the wrist. Few companies besides Samsung could do that — or introduce a phone with a wraparound display — without the help of a specialized component supplier.