Samsung Galaxy Note Edge to arrive in the USA on November 7th
We saw the launch of the intriguing Samsung Galaxy Note Edge back at the start of September, almost a month ago to the day. This is a smartphone that marries many of the signature features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet range to a screen with a distinctly curved edge.
We have often seen Samsung show off this type of LCD display but this was the first use in a product intended for market. Which market? – it seemed like it may stay an East Asia only product but now we have news it is coming to the USA shortly. Actually it is due to hit US retail on Friday November 7th.
GSM Arena reports that all major US carriers will be supplying this unique smartphone, that includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. Buyers will have to stump up quite a bit of cash to buy it – even on a 24 month contract it will cost $399 but the SIM-free contract free device will set you back almost $1000, at $945.99 to be precise, with AT&T. That’s a big price for a smartphone, more than most people fork out on a laptop computer.
However you do get some otherwise unavailable smartphone features leveraged by the employment of the touch screen edge that is available. Samsung’s Revolving UX is present to allow user touch interaction, even when the smartphone is in a closed wallet style case. Samsung uses this extra bit of wrap around screen estate for things like notifications, movie transport controls and other alerts etc.
While the above release is good news for US residents, most recent reports suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge won’t be arriving officially in the UK. Is it the price, the ‘lack of mass appeal’ or both to blame?