NEW YORK: The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge have hit the US market and look at both the models shows Galaxy Note Edge has taken the lead.
Samsung is taking a two-pronged approach in its effort to maintain its longstanding title of being the king of phablets. The Galaxy Note 4 and curved display Galaxy Note Edge are finally both available in the US and consumers are going to have a tough time choosing between the devices, in addition to Apple’s first phablet, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, and Google’s 5.9-inch Motorola-built Nexus 6.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has proven to be a major success since it was released in October and the 5.6-inch Galaxy Note Edge just went on sale and is being offered by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Let’s take a look at how the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge stack up and which model is best for your needs.
Whether you choose the Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge, you’ll be getting a feature rich and powerful phablet, since both models have virtually identical specs. The main difference between the Note 4 and Note Edge can be found in the latter’s name. Samsung has used a 5.6-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display in the Edge that curves down its right side, essentially providing a second screen on its edge. The Galaxy Note 4 has an equally gorgeous 5.7-inch Quad HD display that is sure to please.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge ship with Android 4.4 KitKat but you can count on an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop in the near future. If you’re looking to get the quickest taste of Lollipop, the Galaxy Note 4 is probably the better choice, with many reports claiming it will be released in December. The Note Edge’s unique curved display is rumored to add some hurdles in how fast Samsung can rollout Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Samsung is using a 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and 3 GB of RAM in both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, ensuring both smartphone’s have a fast and fluid user experience. Both phablets also have enhanced S Pen functionality.
In terms of cameras, both phablets pack in a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilization) and the same 3.7-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat and selfies. The Galaxy Note 4’s dimensions come in at 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm and weighs 6.21 oz and the Galaxy Note Edge’s are 151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm and it weighs 6.14 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ships with a large removable 3,220 mAh battery that will provide up to 20 hours of talk time and the Galaxy Note Edge is packing a 3,000 mAh removable battery that will provide up to 20 hours of talk time.
As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are nearly identical in terms of specs and features; the main question you’ll have to ask yourself is the Galaxy Note Edge’s curved display enough to justify paying $399 with a new 2-year contract, which is a $100 premium over the $299 price with new 2-year contract for the Galaxy Note 4.