Samsung’s Note 4 is as expected, but Note Edge is a big surprise with its bent display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was no secret, and although we knew that the company was toying around with the idea of a smartphone with a bent display, the showing up of the Note Edge at the ongoing IFA 2014 was unexpected. While the former will be out this October, the latter will be hitting shelves sometime ‘later this year.’

With all that has been leaked regarding the Galaxy Note 4 over the past months, it doens’t seem at all like a new device. Its biggest highlight is its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display which produces its visuals in a 2K resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Depending on the market, this phone will grant either a 2.7GHz quad core processor or a 1.9GHz octa core one. 3GB worth of RAM is onboard instead of the 4GB memory that was reported to be grabbed by it. The device features a 16MP Smart OIS camera and a 3.7MP front facing snapper with an aperture opening of f1.9 for better selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs the Android 4.4 KitKat OS, and of course grabs a number of software additions to accompany the S Pen experience. Speaking about the accessory, it too has received minor upgrades over its predecessor. The new S Pen is more sensitive and will hence work in a slanting position as well, whereas fresh effects will also be made possible.

This new smartphone kicks in a metal frame which seems set to become a standard for upcoming Galaxy handsets, since we’ve already seen it on the Alpha. Its body borrows the fingerprint scanner and the heart rate monitor from the S5, apart from other things.

A neat look at the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

– Display: 5.7 inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 pixels
– OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Processor: 2.7GHz quad core OR a 1.9GHz octa core
– Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable up to 64GB)
– Camera: 16MP Smart OIS rear, 3.7MP with f1.9 front
– Battery: 3220mAh
– Dimensions: 153.5mm x 78.6mm x 8.5mm
– Weight: 176gms
– Connectivity: 4G, WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth v4.1 (BLE, ANT+), IR LED, USB2.0, MHL 3.0

Coming to the Note Edge now, this unique product has been built with an aim of granting quick access to things like frequently used apps, alerts and more without waking the entire device up. And even when the phone is being used, the bent part of the display will showcase any incoming notifications, not disturbing whatever process is running on the main screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Its design is almost similar to that of the Note 4, and same is the case with its components. So there’s a 2K display on its front, the bent portion of which gains 160 rows of additional pixels. A 3GB RAM, a 2.7 GHz quad core processor and the Android 4.4 KitKat OS are some of its other highlights.

Specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge:

– Display: 5.6-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 + 160 pixels
– OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Processor: 2.7GHz quad core
– Memory: 3GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable up to 64GB)
– Camera: 16MP Smart OIS rear, 3.7MP with f1.9 front
– Battery: 3000mAh
– Dimensions: 151.3mm x 82.4mm x 8.3mm
– Weight: 174gms
– Connectivity: 4G, WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth v4.1 (BLE, ANT+), IR LED, USB2.0, MHL 3.0

Pricing details of both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge will be revealed close to their release dates, so stay tuned. For US buyers, there’s good news as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint as well as US Cellular will be offering the Note 4, while all of them accept US Cellular will have the Note Edge in their inventories.