More than a year ago, Samsung introduced a prototype of a smartphone that featured a curved screen which wraps around the right-handed area. Called Youm, that prototype eventually would give way to another curved-screen Samsung handset -- the Galaxy Note Edge, which is expected to be released this fall.
The Galaxy Note Edge is essentially a spruced up version of the Galaxy Note 4. While the Note Edge and the Note 4 have basically the same hardware and software features, they do have a very obvious difference -- the 5.6-inch Quad HD+ curved display screen that the Note Edge uniquely sports.
The curved side of the screen which "folds" to the smartphone's rear cover provides users with an additional 160 pixels of display. Because of this, the full resolution of the device becomes 1600 by 2560, which it should be noted is the highest resolution of any smartphone.
Some may think that having a curved side may lead to accidental touches (especially for left-handed users). Not so -- at least according to the folks at Samsung. When the device is on lock mode, the curved side can show Quick Glance information, which includes data on time and notification alerts. When the screen is activated, the curved side will show other features (timer, ruler, flashlight) as well as shortcuts to other applications.
The options continue to expand once the device is fully unlocked. Aside from displaying shortcuts, the curved side can display snippets of new information (akin to a news ticker or a Twitter newsfeed). If users want to, they can even use the curved side to navigate through multiple views -- from homescreen to an app, from a currently running game to the text messaging view, etc.
Those who do not want their main screen cluttered can use the curved side in parking their apps. Controls for the camera and video player will also be displayed on the curved side, so that means users can fully enjoy maximum screen usage. And that is not all -- Samsung is set to release an API in order for other developers to try and find other ways for the curved side to be useful.
As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy Note Edge is virtually a re-shaped Note 4. That means buyers can expect the smartphone to feature a Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5433 chip, 16-megapixel OIS camera, and S Pen stylus. Naturally, the Galaxy Note Edge will run on Android 4.4.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is expected to be launched in fall. Early reports indicate that the smartphone will be carried by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless upon its release.
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