Rumors claim no Edge variant for the Galaxy Note 5

Rumors claim no Edge variant for the Galaxy Note 5
Last year, Samsung surprised the tech world with the Galaxy Note Edge – the first ever smartphone to have a dramatically arched display, wrapping around its right side and functioning as a sort of a secondary screen. Just a couple of months after that, we started hearing rumors about an edgy variant of the then upcoming Galaxy S6, too, taking things up a level by having both of its sides curved. And while the Note Edge remained a relatively niche device, due to its phablet class and unconventional shape, the Galaxy S6 edge's sleek looks certainly took the cake this year, as the curvy device is, reportedly, selling at least as well as its "normal" Galaxy S6 sibling.

So, with 2 "edge" variants of its top-shelf devices released, we've learned to expect that Samsung will keep on unveiling its future powerhorses – both the Note and the Galaxy S series – in pairs, one sporting an "ordinary" design and the other being of the curved screen variety. And certainly, along with rumors on the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, we've also heard whispers about a device with a curved screen, presumably a Galaxy Note 5 Edge. However, these may turn out to be false.

According to Chinese website sq.qq.com, which has, apparently, aggregated rumors from various Eastern media sources, the Note 5 will stand alone. Instead of a new Note Edge alongside it, we will be treated to the rumored dual-curved Galaxy S6 Plus.

“What's the difference?”, you may ask. In reality, the change isn't a huge one, if you look at this new information from the mainstream's point of view – we will still get two high-end Sammy phablets – one regular-shaped and one with curved sides. However, if we are to judge based the Galaxy S6 edge that is out right now, the upcoming curved phablet will not have the functionality that the Note Edge has been known for.

Firstly, it will lack an S-Pen – something that Samsung's most powerful phablets are known for. Secondly, the Edge panel of the Note Edge was intended as a feature that houses a lot of various functions – “favorite apps” and “running apps” panels, RAM and data usage meters, and whatever else the developers could come up with. The S6 edge, on the other hand, has its side screens' functionality dialed back by quite a bit, making them more of a feature “for show” rather than something that adds another layer of productivity to the smartphone.

This rumor does fall in line with earlier ones we've heard – one claimed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 Edge will not have an S-Pen, and others spoke of a dual-edged version of the phablet, while we've also heard of the development of a Galaxy S6 Plus – so, we do consider it to possible. If that is so, a certain niche of power users that have learned to use and are enjoying the Note Edge may be a bit disappointed. But we could see why Samsung would possibly decide to go this route.

The Note Edge barely picked up in popularity. Unfortunately, post release, Sammy didn't develop Edge-oriented apps, and developers didn't seem to be quite inspired by the device, as there are still very few panels available for download. So, keeping the Galaxy S6 edge's popularity in mind, it's probable that the manufacturer may try to recreate the same success with phablet users by launching an S6 Plus, while not investing time resources in another Note Edge.

As far as release date goes, there is no shortage of rumors claiming that Sammy may try to go for an earlier unveiling of the devices, presumably to get ahead of other September releases from its competitors. The report from cq.qq.com reaffirms those rumors and says that an August release is possible. It seems that a July announcement is not very probable.

Would you be disappointed if the Galaxy Note 5 doesn't have an Edge variant?

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29 Comments

1. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

It explains why they need Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

16. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Its just a rumour. I dont think sammy will rethink of launching an edge variant of Note especially when the s6 edge is running like hot cakes in many places. And sammy is just waiting for a chance to launch some kind of smartphone so obviously they will launch the note 5 edge.

21. waddup121 unregistered

okay cool

2. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

As much the rumours says , NOTE 5 will not have removable battery and no SD card slot . It will have USB type C . It will have a 5.89 inch 2K display . 4000 mAh battery , 7.9 mm thickness And it will be powered by Exynos 7422

3. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

It just make sense to make no dual edge screen for note series, if they made it dual edge, where will they put the stylus? It cannot be in the middle since the battery and main components will be in the way.

7. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Mostly the issue is it is akward to hold it.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The stylus on the Note Edge was on the curved edge side - they'll have no problem fitting a stylus.

4. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

So Samsung is going to release S6 Note and S6 edge plus resulting no Note5 in plan. People will be a bit disappointed I think.

5. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Thank you, god! Instead, give me camera button, state of the art camera and superb earphones..

11. gaming64 unregistered

I have had one of the Galaxy/camera hybrids. The build isn't the quality you expect it would be. And you do know that your volume buttons can be used as a shutter button right?

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"Samsung surprised the tech world" (boy this is so dramatic) Anyway, this is actually a bummer. I really wanted to see a Edge variant for this powerhouse

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I was actually looking forward to the edge functionality of the edge screen from the note 4 edge getting implemented on the note 5 edge...

15. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S6 Note Samsung Galaxy S6 Note Edge Confirmed.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hoping for that s6 edge plus.

18. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I this would be a good idea, you can't easily stylus around the curve... Personally I think the Note 4 Edge should never have existed and should've been saved for the S6 (of which there should ONLY have been an edge version, further differentiate the product lines)

22. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Galaxy S6 Galaxy S6 Edge Galaxy S6 Active Galaxy S6 Plus Galaxy S6 Note Galaxy S6 Note Edge Where is my Galaxy S6 Pro with 5000 mAh battery and SD card slot? That is what I really want.

23. androidboots

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2015

This better be a rumour. I'll be pissed! I passed on the s6 and the g4 because I thought the note would have a double edge.

24. JayBEE

Posts: 179; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

It's going to be a long time between now and September... *le sigh* Whatever they do, I just hope they keep the SD Card and replacable battery. I may be able to get along with the replacable battery, but the SD Card is a must for me. Is the Note Edge in my future or nah...

25. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

I was really looking forward to Note5 edge! I will wait to see what sammy does. I won't mind going with the Samsung Galaxy S6 plus as long as they don't put a crapdragon cpu in it! If they slap an 808 in it, they can forget it! To be honest any Qualcomm, forget it! My biggest decision would be whether to leave the S6 plus edge version for a normal Note5. And as i'm coming from a Htc M7 i would really like Samsung to put stereo speakers in either phone! We shall see what happens in August and September, roll on.

26. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The Note 5 will not be Cheap phone any way,so to add the Edge Screen to the phone might make it to Expensive for a lot of Consumers,so Samsung might have thought about that,the Note 5 might sort out Samsung future if they remove there Best Selling options again,so a lot of Note 4 uses might switch away from Samsung instead an switch to a phone that offers the Micro Sd Card slot or even the removable battery,that is what Samsung as to think about this Time

29. maaen

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Not for me ... if there is no micro sd card slot and no removable battery then I will stay with my Notes 3 and 4 for as long as possible and then some slight change in my tablet / phone use will work wonders....a cheap phone for basic use and a small 6 inch tablet should do the trick...or perhaps SAYGUS will save the day or perhaps Microsoft might come to the rescue or perhaps LG.

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