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 Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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