Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 at a press event on Sept. 3, 2014, but the fun didn’t stop there. The company also announced the Note Edge, which is a variant of the Galaxy Note series, but with a curved edge on its right side that can be used independently from the main portioned screen…

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this technology. Samsung actually showcased a similar prototype device at the Consumer Electronics Show, and other reports have claimed that a device would launch soon. Well, it’s finally here and has launched as a part of the Note family, stylus and all.

Check out our Galaxy Note Edge hands-on video below:

Internally, the Note Edge has very similar specifications when compared to the Note 4 such as the processor, RAM, and internal storage. The battery in the Note Edge is slightly smaller, coming in at just 3,000mAh – but that should make a huge difference. Also, the display is a 5.6-inch 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD Super AMOLED panel, but also includes a 160 pixel Edge screen.

From Samsung’s press release:

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 4 will be available in “Charcoal Black,” “Frost White,” “Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink” in global markets starting in October and 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.

The Edge screen can be used with default features such as Revolving Interaction, Ticker board, Express me, Quick Tools, Night Clock, and Immersive apps like Camera, Video, and S Note. The good news is, Samsung is opening up the APIs to developers. This means that many of your favorite apps could receive Edge screen support in a future update.

The Note Edge is slightly thinner (8.3mm vs 8.5mm) than the Note 4, but in the hands it all feels the same. It also sports the same premium metal frame and soft touch plastic back as the Galaxy Note 4.

Overall, I think the Note Edge is an interesting device and is certainly unique in the tech world. As far as the Edge screen’s functionality goes, it will be limited at launch, but hopefully developers grab a hold of this and allow their apps to take advantage of the extra screen space. If not, the Note Edge could completely flop. Expect the Note 4 and Note Edge to hit carriers later this year.

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