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Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note Edge Spec Shootout

by Brandon Russell | September 3, 2014September 3, 2014 8:45 am PST

Oh, look, it’s the new and improved Galaxy Note 4; there’s also the Galaxy Note, which is essentially the Note 4 but with a rounded screen that drops off on the right side. Samsung did this because it can, and also because it adds some utility to the experience. (We’ll be the judge of that when we get a review unit.)

Choosing between these two is like choosing between twins. The Note 4 is the smart, driven, successful one, while the Note Edge is the cool, creative risk-taking one. Which one is better for your lifestyle? If you like pen input and value the productivity software Samsung offers, the Note 4 is your guy. But if you like turning heads and like trying new things, the Note Edge is probably your cup of tea.

Just don’t expect to use the Note Edge to its fullest potential if you’re left-handed. People are already identifying the device’s biggest flaw, which is that it’s not very friendly to lefties. That’s just one small obstacle. In terms of specs, it’s about level with the Note 4, though Samsung obviously put more effort into its S Pen-wielding flagship (the Note Edge, incidentally, also sports an S Pen).

Below you’ll find a side-by-side comparison of both devices. Happy choosing.

Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung - Galaxy Note 4 Samsung - Galaxy Note Edge
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.6-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (525 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type Quad HD Super AMOLED Quad HD+ Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4 (at launch) Android 4.4 (at launch)
Processor 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (varies by country/carrier) 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 3.7MP 3.7MP
Networks
  • GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
  • GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G(LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery 3220 mAh 3000 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • UV
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-Magnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
  • Hall
  • UV
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 153.5 mm (6.04 inches) 151.3 mm (5.96 inches)
Width 78.6 mm (3.09 inches) 82.4 mm (3.24 inches)
Depth 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) 8.3 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz) 174 g (6.14 oz)
Colors Black, Gold, Pink, White Black, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC
Supported Video Formats H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8 H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Other Features
  • IR Blaster
  • IR Blaster
In The Box N/A N/A

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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