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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was a big success, after which they decided to experiment with it a little. They launched Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which practically uses Note 4 as the base. The Note Edge comes with an experimental curved screen. It features a 5.6-inch QGD+ screen. The “Edge Screen” is curved outwards, but it is connected to the main screen. It is a single piece of hardware, but the software handles both separately to give some extra functions. Note Edge is basically Note 4 with Snapdragon 805 chipset and it also includes S Pen stylus and SpO2 sensors. It does seem like an experimental phablet, but Samsung hasn’t made any compromises with the specifications here. Let us take a deeper look at it and find out what else it has to offer –
The most attractive part of the design is the curved “Edge Screen”. Samsung has given the curved screen on the right, which does look well, but might be a problem for left handers. Using the phone upside down is possible with some apps but not with everything. Samsung has dropped their hardware keys, but the earpiece and mouthpiece make it impossible to make calls upside down. The curved screen is a welcome feature, but what we don’t understand is- when the touchscreen is on the side, how is one supposed to hold the device without touching it? Of course, Samsung has added the palm rejection technology to cope with accidental touches, but it’s not perfect.
At the front, the Home key resides a fingerprint reader and has capacitive keys around it. At the top, there is a 3.7-megapixel front camera, which matches the resolution of the QHD screen. As the right side is covered up by the screen strip, the power key has been moved to the top, which is quite hard to reach. They could have moved it to the left or just provide the double tap wake feature. There are two mics at the bottom. A total of 3 mics is used in this phone for Directional voice recording. The 3.5 mm jack and an IR blaster are both on the top.
Under the leather finished back panel, we have Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset. It uses quad core 2.07 GHz Krait 450 CPU. The GPU used is Adreno 420. It runs on 3GB of RAM and has 32 GB/64 GB of internal memory. There is a memory card slot as well, which accepts microSD card up to 256 GB. The smartphone comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat but is upgradable to Android v6.0 Marshmallow.
The Galaxy Note Edge shares the camera from Galaxy Note 4. On the back, it has a 16-megapixel camera, f/2.2, which is capable of recording videos at 2160p. Also, the front facing 3.7-megapixel camera can record videos at 1440p. The rear camera has optical image stabilization, autofocus, and its performance is pretty good under every type of lighting conditions. The primary camera also has LED flash beside it, which helps in taking photos and recording videos under low light. The camera app has several features like Geo -tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama and HDR. Overall, the camera app seems good and the picture quality is awesome.
Of course, with a curved “Edge Screen” and so many high-end specifications, a big battery is needed on this phone. However, Samsung decided to use a smaller battery from Note 4’s in Note Edge. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 uses a 3000 mAh battery, which is removable. This is a single SIM phone. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot; Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE; GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; Infrared and NFC. There’s a microUSB v2.0 port which can be used as MHL 3 TV-out, USB host, for data transfer and for charging.
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