At the IFA 2014, Samsung threw a great surprise to the entire tech media with the launch of the curved display smartphone, Galaxy Note Edge alongside the Galaxy Note 4. Another surprise came in sometime back when the limited edition Note Edge was launched in several markets other than the firm’s homeland South Korea. Now, the device is officially launched in India for a pricing of Rs 64,500 and it is slated to hit the retails shelves in January. If you are interested in buying this smartphone for its curved display that extends to the right of the device, here we come up with a comparison on how it is different from the Galaxy Note 4 in terms of the complete hardware.
Display and Processor
The major difference between the two devices is in the screen. While the Galaxy Note 4 is a usual touch screen device, the Galaxy Note Edge display curves on one side. This is termed Side Display that will show content such as time, frequently used app icons and notification buttons when an app is in the landscape mode. Furthermore, this Side Display can be used as the main part of the display when the device is under a cover.
Otherwise, the Galaxy Note 4 makes use of a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED panel with Quad HD resolution resulting in 515 ppi pixel density and the Galaxy Note Edge incorporates a 5.6 inch Super AMOLED display with similar resolution that translates to a pixel density of 524 pixels per inch. However, the Note Edge has an additional 160 pixels that makes its resolution 1600×2560 pixels instead of 1440×2560 pixels for the Side Display.
In terms of hardware, both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are identical with 2.7 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor under their hood. This capable processor is aided by 3 GB of RAM for rapid multitasking and clutter free performance.
Camera and Internal Storage
Both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge arrive with similar imaging aspects with advanced camera systems. The handsets flaunt 16 MP Sony IMX240 primary snappers with Smart OIS and dual LED flash at their back. There is 3.7 MP units up front on these devices with seflie focused F1.9 aperture to capture 60 percent more light, 120 degree wide angle and 90 degree shooting angle for wider selfies.
On the storage front, both the devices pack 32 GB of internal storage capacity that should be enough to store the necessary content. Furthermore, there is support for expandable storage support up to 64 GB with the help of a micro SD card.
Battery and Features
Apart from the screen, the battery makes a small difference between the two Galaxy Note devices. The Note 4 is equipped with a 3,220 mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy Note Edge makes use of a 3,000 mAh battery that is a tad smaller in terms of capacity.
Both the devices run on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and they are packed with similar connectivity aspects including Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, MHL 3.0 and 4G. Also, there is UV sensor, fingerprint scanner, IR blaster and heart rate monitor on these devices. Being Galaxy Note devices, the duo comes with S Pen stylus and features such as Air Command and TouchWiz interface.
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note 4||Samsung Galaxy Note Edge|
|Display||5.7 inch, 1440×2560||5.6 inch, 1600×2560|
|Processor||2.7 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 805||2.7 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 805|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB|
|Internal Storage||32 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB||32 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB|
|OS||Android 4.4.4 KitKat||Android 4.4.4 KitKat|
|Camera||16 MP/ 3.7 MP||16 MP/ 3.7 MP|
|Battery||3,220 mAh||3,000 mAh|
|Price||Rs 58,300||Rs 64,500|
The Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are two devices with similar aspects that would provide different user experiences. If you prefer a unique smartphone experience, the Galaxy Note Edge with curved display would be a better buy for you. Both are power house smartphones with impressive hardware and hence, they will not be too different in terms of features expect for the display.