The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is finally coming to regional carrier US Cellular on January 7th, and to Verizon Wireless on January 8th. But make no mistake: the curved-edge device will still not be cheap.
Shoppers can get the Galaxy Note Edge from US Cellular for a $400 on-contract price. If buyers want to take off-contract, they can get the device by completing 20 monthly installments of $41, for an all-in price amounting to $820.
On Verizon, the Galaxy Note Edge will be available for $399 on a two-year agreement, $799 off-contract, and $33.32 through the carrier's Edge program.
It has been a bit of a long wait for both US Cellular and Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Note Edge was first unveiled by Samsung in September of last year. A couple of months after in November, the device was already launched by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- three of the four major wireless carriers in the United States. And now, Verizon Wireless, the last major carrier not to have the Note Edge, and US Cellular finally get their chance.
Aside from being the only smartphone with a curved-edge display screen, the Galaxy Note Edge has pretty impressive specifications. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5433 processor. It features a 16-megapixel camera that is supported with optical image stabilization. While for now it still runs on Android 4.4, Samsung is currently working on getting the Galaxy Note Edge updated with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the newest version of the Android mobile operating system.
But what will really get Verizon and US Cellular excited is the device's unique display screen. It truly is the first of its kind. The smartphone's display screen has a curved edge that folds to the device's rear cover. Not only does it look cool, it is also functional. First of all, it provides an additional 160 pixels of display for users. This means that the full resolution of the handset is 1600 by 2560, one of the highest resolutions of any smartphone existing today. Additionally, the curved side also can show Quick Glance information, including notification alerts and information on time, weather, etc., when on lock mode. When the screen is activated, the curved side displays other features like timer, ruler, or flashlight, and even shortcuts to other apps.
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