Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Full Specs, Features

A couple of months ago, over coffee, I asked a close friend of mine why he ditched his iPhone 5s for a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. He told me, "I wanted a bigger display and this phablet gave me that, Mark. I'm glad I switched."

I think his answer more or less captures the main reason why a lot of consumers has supported and gone with Samsung - especially in the flagship handset category - since the release of the first Galaxy smartphone; A crucial factor that eventually led to the Korean Giant's dominance in the mobile devices game.

But the industry has changed drastically within the past year. Samsung's leadership in terms of making phones with large screens is now being challenged (with reckless abandon) by giant OEMs in China and India that are not only capable of creating similarly sized displays but can also drop the prices of their high-end SKUs to a level that Samsung hasn't gone before in that echelon.

Perhaps, this is the struggle - or at least, the staunch competitor provocation - that has led to the creation of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Flaunting a 5.6-inch 1,600 x 2,560 pixels Super AMOLED display that slightly curves on the right edge creating a secondary display strip, SGNoteEdge is the first member of the new flagship phablet family to be offered by the Korean company.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Not Just Large But Also Unique. Not Just Curved But Also Intuitive.

In a way taking the popular Samsung Galaxy Note experience to the next level, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge provides users with a fresh way to access information, engage with their phablet, and express their unique personality and tastes.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The SGNoteEdge’s distinguishing curved screen provides quick access to frequently used applications, alerts, alarms, and other functionality – even when the device's flip cover is closed or the 'main' display is inactive – all with but the swipe of a thumb.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Users can also receive notifications directly on the "Edge" Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
The Edge interface also changes or 'adapts' depending on the application that you're using. This is how the default camera app looks; As you can see, it was designed to take advantage of the curved display to free up more space for viewing the subject. (Photos by The Verge and Mobile Review)

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Apart from its display and battery size, all the features and technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge are just the same as its 2014 phablet sibling, Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Kindly check the table below for the complete and detailed list of powerhouse specs.

A Device To Reinforce Stature

With Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, the Suwon-based giant shows consumers and competitors that releasing mobile devices with various screen sizes isn't the only thing that they're good at; Coming up with innovative displays that mobile users haven't seen before is likewise their expertise -- and that's what truly sets them apart from all other OEMs.

But will the curved 'Edge' be enough to rekindle the public's interest in the brand? That remains to be seen. What we do know for sure is that, last July 2014, Samsung released its financial report for Q2 2014 and it showed a drop in net profit for the first time in three years. The company is clearly in need of a new breakout product to help it reinforce its 'top dog' position in the mobile industry.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be facing tough competition from Apple iPhone 6 5.5-inch Variant, Xiaomi Mi4, and even Meizu MX4 when it gets released in October 2014. Obviously, the display size of Note3's successor will no longer be a big factor for consumers to get it and I'm not sure if its other key selling points - like the S Pen, S Note, 16 MegaPixel camera and the 4K video recorder with OIS - would be enough reason for many to choose it over far more affordable alternatives.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Perhaps, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge with its 'first of its kind' display would prove more attractive to high-end consumers compared to the regular Note. I'd personally love to play with the device and to see how the new display technology and its interface look and work. I just hope its price won't too steep so as to hinder me and other interested consumers from getting the phone -- but really, I'm not holding my breath for it.

As yet, the Korean Giant hasn't disclosed the phablet's official SRP but according to insiders, it will definitely be more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Off hand, I'm guessing it will land with price tag of around Php 40,000 to Php 44,000 -- and that's based on the SRP of the moderately successful Samsung Galaxy Round, which was the not-too-interesting 'curved' variant of last year's Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet with Stylus and Curved Edge Display
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm
Weight 174 grams
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz Skin
Display 5.6 inches (~524 ppi pixel density), 1,600 x 2,560 pixels, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor, GPU, Chipset Snapdragon Version: Quad Core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 CPU, Adreno 420 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset
Exynos Version: Octa Core ~ Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A53 + 1.9GHz Quad Core Cortex A57 CPU, Mali-T760 GPU, Samsung Exynos 5433 chipset
Internal Storage 32 GB, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 64GB
Camera Main: 16 MegaPixels, 3456 x 4608 pixels, Optical Image stabilization, Autofocus, LED flash
Features: Rear Facing Camera ~ HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot and More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera ~ Selfie, Wide Selfie
Front: 3.7 MegaPixels, f/1.9
Video Capture Main: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, Optical Image Stabilization
Front: 1080p @ 30 fps
Audio and Video Playback Video: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8,
HEVC, Full HD (1080p), UHD (depends on variant) Audio: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL 3.0 A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity, Sharing 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), WiFi Hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth v 4.0 (LE) IR LED (Remote Control), S Beam, Samsung AllShare Play and Control, Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display), Mirroring and Extension, Samsung AllShare Framework
Sensors Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature, Humidity, Gesture, Heart Rate Monitor, Finger Scanner, UV
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Flagship Release, Stylus and Gestures Support: New S Pen, LTE connectivity support, Top-notch internal specifications
Announcement Worldwid: September 3, 2014, IFA Berlin
Availability TP Guesstimate: Philippines - Last Week of October 2014
Price TP Guesstimate: Philippines - Php 40,000 to Php 44,000