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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge – more than just another gimmick

Have you ever looked at your phone and thought ‘I wish I had a screen on the side of my phone because looking at the front screen is just too mainstream’? You have? Well, you’re in luck because the people at Samsung seem to be on the same wave length as you and created the Galaxy Note 4 Edge. Not only can you now look at the side of your phone and have your eyes greeted by a bed of colours and lights, it is also a touch screen and gives it a level of functionality rather than it just being another gimmick.

The ‘Edge Screen’, as it has been coined, can be used to control some features – like controls for pausing and fast forwarding movies when watching in full screen, or lighting up to notify you of new messages instead of lighting up the entire screen. Presumably this will be a feature that 3rd party apps will take full advantage of and work towards making the extra screen space/buttons integrate within game play.

The extra touch screen buttons could also be used for quick controls like a light or timer and would be useful as volume controls when listening to music so you don’t have to take the phone out of your pocket and fumble around.

The wizards at Samsung have not stopped there, they have improved the S Pen by increasing the number of pressure points to 2048 – this means that the amount of pressure you apply actually makes a difference and the S Pen is less of a gimmick and more of a functional accessory. In addition to this the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge will have the now obligatory finger print scanner and heart rate monitor and, in some locations, an O2 sensor (Oxygen as opposed to the network).

The Edge will be equipped with a QHD 5.6 inch Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution, and the edge screen with add an addition 160 pixels to the pixel count. The main camera clocks in at 16 megapixels with (what shall now be known as) the Vanity Camera with a respectable 3.7 megapixels. All of these features and functions will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 805 Processor at 2.7Ghz supported by 4GB of RAM.

There is no set price as of yet but with a spec like this and all of these features it is set to be a bit of a heavy weight. Certainly a rather impressive bit of kit.