Smartphones come in different colors and sizes all the time, but most don’t bother to mess with accepted design standards. Yet that’s exactly what Samsung is doing with its latest release, the Galaxy Note Edge. Today, the phone, which we previewed earlier this year, has been confirmed for a U.S. release on November 14.
So what’s the big change? The Galaxy Note Edge has more or less the same specs and hardware as the Galaxy Note 4, massive quad-HD display and all, but the right-facing edge of the screen is sloped downwards. It’s a bit funky looking, but it gives things like app shortcuts, notifications, in-app controls, and additional streams of info their own hub alongside whatever you’re doing on the main screen.
The Note Edge will be available at AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular carriers later this month, but there will be a hefty cost attached to the potentially innovative device. AT&T will charge $400 for the phone with a 2-year contact, and $950 without. Sprint, meanwhile, will offer the device on a $35 per-month payment plan lasting 2 years, adding up to a total of roughly $840. Prices at the other three carriers have not been disclosed at the time of this writing.
Compare that to the already above-average price of a Galaxy Note 4, and the Edge immediately becomes one of the costlier devices on the market. The question, then: Is the curve worth the cost?