Samsung's audacious Galaxy Note Edge brings curved screens to the masses

New phablet has a bent screen that's certainly pretty and might even be practical

Samsung has revealed not just one, but two phablets at its Unpacked event – and one of them has a curved screen.

Joining the Galaxy Note 4 is the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a curved smartphone with a unique form factor.

Its 5.6in 2560x1440 display curves off the right-hand side of the phone, creating an extra area that can be used to display notifications, app controls and widgets.

Inside, the Galaxy Note Edge packs a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (expandable by up to 128GB using microSD). There's also a 3,000mAh battery to keep things chugging along; naturally, it's removeable. There's a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation, and a 3.7MP, f1.9 front-facing snapper – which can snap wide-angle selfies using a new panoramic picture mode.

As the name suggests, the Note Edge is part of the Samsung Galaxy Note family; it incorporates many of the same design cues and features found on the Galaxy Note 4. That curved screen wraps around a faux-leather and metal build, lending the device a more premium feel than the plasticky Note 3 and Galaxy S5. At 8.3mm thick, it's roughly the same size as the Note 3, and a fraction heavier at 174g (versus the Note 3's 168g) – that'll be the metal build, most likely.

It also houses a docked S Pen stylus, with an array of new features: fountain pen and calligraphy pen drawing modes, and Snap Note, which acts as a sort of OCR reader, letting you turn photos of documents into editable text and create a scrapbook.

Pricing and release information have yet to be revealed; you can find out how we got on with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in our hands-on review.

READ MORE: 10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

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