Samsung’s latest smartphones aren’t getting bigger, but one will have a side display for quick access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and frequently used apps.
The Galaxy Note Edge is being announced in Berlin on Wednesday. The Korean electronics company is also unveiling the Galaxy Note 4 phone, which lacks the side screen, and a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR.
While the main screen remains flat like previous phones, the right edge extends and curves until it reaches the back. That creates a side display so information such as weather and time can be seen from the side when the phone is laid on a table – such as a nightstand next to the bed.
Samsung didn’t announce prices or specific release dates, but said in a press release that the Note Edge would be available in select markets “later this year”.
Some of the key specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge are summarised in the table below:
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Note Edge|
|Dimensions||151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3mm|
|Operating system||Android 4.4|
|Display||5.6″ (141.9mm) QHD (1440×2560) Super AMOLED|
|Cellular data||HSPA+, LTE|
Reporting with Sapa-AP