Almost a year ago Samsung has breveted a phone that possessed a screen which extended to its sides.
A first embodiment of this concept has recently come out, namely the Galaxy Note Edge.
We jokingly state that Samsung had half the job done because the new smartphone has an asymmetrical figure and offers the screen extension on only one of the sides.
This new singular smartphone – Galaxy Note Edge – is similar from almost every single point of view with Galaxy Note 4: the same design lines, the same hardware platform and the same feats.
The only differences are the battery (which only has a capacity of 3000 mAh), its size and weight (151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm and 174 grams respectively) and the special screen with a curved edge.
Although it uses a single AMOLED panel, the two areas of the screen are dealt with completely different as the content displayed on the lateral curved area does not interfere with the information presented on the frontal area.
The screen size is a little smaller than 5.6”, thus taking the pixel density a bit higher; its resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels from which 160 are allocated to the special area. Yet what use does this side area have? Samsung has demonstrated more than one of its possible functions, such as displaying the control buttons of a media app, stock prices, media sharing, weather forecast or simple shortcuts to some apps.
Two of the most interesting functions of this feat are the options to minimise some applications to this area, which enhances the multitasking and the possibility of creating more than one virtual desktop which can be switched with the aid of some buttons showed here.
The edge of the phone is relatively easy to use by right-handed people, who can control it with their thumb, harder to do it if you are left-handed.
Unlike Galaxy Note 4 which will be available in all areas, Galaxy Note Edge will have a limited regional availability which has momentarily not been detailed; that makes us think we are rather dealing with an experiment such as the Galaxy Round.