Samsung clearly hopes to dazzle with the first curved Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note Edge, so much so that you forget that it's squeezing the main display so you can risk tapping accidentally on the edge display while you're holding the phone. Granted, the almost-wraparound curved-edge display has some nice eye candy, the promise of third-party developer support and more content options than the ticker on the old Samsung Continuum, which was a flop of microscopic proportions.

The phone has mostly identical specs to the Galaxy Note 4 with the obvious exception of the display, which is a mashup of a 5.6-inch QHD 2560x1440 display and a 2560x160 curved edge display. Speaking of the edge display, it is much more flexible than the ticker on the circa 2010 Samsung Continuum - it can be a ruler, a night clock, a news ticker, a Twitter feed, a control bar for your camera, a mini app dock (thus your homescreen shows more content) or whatever any third-party developer wants to make it. Other differences include very slight variations in height, width and weight, and the Note Edge only has a 3000mAh battery compared to the 3220mAh one on the Note 4. We saw Samsung tease a device much like this early last year, and at long last it has graduated from vaporware status.

There are quite a few use cases that make the edge display seem useful, but that's also what some said about the Continuum's ticker display. Two of the key differences here are the much larger size and resolution of the main display. You're not sacrificing nearly as much screen real estate with the Galaxy Note Edge. For this reason, Samsung's latest and greatest may have more success, especially since all four major U.S. carriers have announced they'll be offering it (the Continuum was a Verizon exclusive).

Now it's time to address the elephant in the room - will you make a lot of errant taps on the edge display while you're holding it in your hand? According to Joshua Ho at Anandtech, there were no problems when he held the phone in his hand - apparently his right hand judging from the following quote:

...palm rejection is incredibly well-implemented. Even though I had my palm solidly on top of the display, I didn't see any touch events occur.
Only time will tell if it becomes a problem in regular everyday use or when you hold the phone with your left hand, as Joshua's time with it was limited (as was everyone else's at IFA). Samsung's full press release follows:

Berlin, Germany - September 3, 2014 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the expansion of its flagship Galaxy Note series with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Blending an evolved S Pen with a superior viewing experience, the Galaxy Note 4 provides users with the most unique and powerful mobile experience on the market.

...

Introducing Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung's relentless pursuit of the best in innovation through the optimization of mobile technology and the user experience has led to the debut of the innovative and unique Galaxy Note Edge. Taking the Galaxy Note experience to the next level, the Note Edge provides users with a new way to access information, engage with their mobile device, and express their personality and tastes. The Galaxy Note Edge's unique curved Edge screen provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality - even when the cover is closed - all with the swipe of a thumb. Users can also receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing.

The ... Galaxy Note Edge will be available in "Charcoal Black" and "Frost White" in select markets through Samsung's retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year.

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Product Specifications



Network



2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G(LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
*May differ by country and carrier.



AP



2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor



Display



5.6 inch (141.9mm) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440 + 160)



OS



Android 4.4 (KitKat)



Camera



Rear Facing: 16 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Smart OIS
Front Facing: 3.7 Mega pixel camera with f1.9



Rear Facing Camera : HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera : Selfie, Wide Selfie



Video



Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, Recording & Playback: up to UHD



Audio



Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support



S Pen Optimized Features



Air Command: Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip, Smart Select,
S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input



Additional Features



Multi Window



Ultra Power Saving Mode



Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)



Download Booster



S Health 3.5



Dynamic Lock Screen



Briefing



Edge screen UX : Revolving Interaction, Immersive apps(Camera, Video, S Note),
Ticker board, Express me, Quick Tools, Night Clock, etc



Google Mobile Services



Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube



Connectivity



WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
GPS / GLONASS / Beidou
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE, ANT+)
IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0



Sensor



Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB, IR-LED
Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)



Memory



32/ 64 GB Internal memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
3GB RAM



Dimension



151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3mm, 174g



Battery



Standard battery, Li-ion 3,000 mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0)


* The availability of service may differ by country.

* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
Further reading: Galaxy Note Edge press guide