We just had a chance to check out the Galaxy Note Edge, one of two new smartphones Samsung announced during its IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin. It’s a unique device in that it has a curved display on the side that measures 160-pixels wide and provides additional content.
The Galaxy Note Edge is similar to the Galaxy Note 4 but it has a slightly smaller 5.6-inch Quad HD display instead of a 5.7-inch screen. It will launch with a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 16-megapixel camera with OIS, a 3.7-megapixel front-facing wide-angle lens for selfies and more. The real key feature here is the curved side part of the display, though, and it’s pretty neat.
We tested it out and liked how it’s easy to quickly launch an app — the shortcuts are all available — but you can also view additional information like a ticker of your Twitter feed. Samsung is opening the area up to developers, too, so we should see more features added down the road.
At first look, the Galaxy Note Edge is a really premium and awesome smartphone, but we’ll hold our final reservations until we see how that side bar actually works, and if it’s buggy or really solid and useful over time. Check out our hands-on video for a closer look.