Interface and Functionality

TouchWiz in the Note Edge is subordinated to the secondary edge screen, but at its core it remains the same one as on the Note 4. The S Pen is also on board.

The Galaxy Note Edge runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz custom user interface on top. We’ve seen TouchWiz evolve to a brighter, less cluttered version in the Note 4, and those looks are retained in the Note Edge, but the whole interface is transformed, subordinated to the secondary edge screen.

All controls for Samsung first party apps have now been moved to the edge: playing and pausing music for instance happens here, and the change is as profound as to have the static row of icons in the home screen removed from the main screen. It makes sense - after all, you have a panel with even more (7, to be exact) shortcuts on the curved rim. Then, the rim is also used to display you all sorts of notifications there rather than in the top bar - the edge screen is much wider and fits a lot more information, so that makes a lot of sense.

Basic functionality - things like calling and messaging - have not been affected by the edge screen, and you have pretty much the same experience in those apps. Typing on the built-in keyboard of the Note Edge is comfortable as you have the convenience of a separate, fifth row for the numbers, and keys - while a bit small - are nicely spaced, making it easier to hit the right key.

Then, you also have the fingerprint scanner on the Note Edge. It requires you to swipe from slightly above the button (actually, starting from the bottom part of the screen itself) and through the key. Accuracy seems to have improved slightly over earlier version of the finger scanner and we find it decent, though, not great.

The S Pen signature feature of the Note series comes with all the improvements we’ve already seen on the Note 4. The new S Pen comes with double the sensitivity: it now detect 2,048 levels of pressure, compared to 1,024 on the Note 3. The big question for most users, however, would really be a very simple one: can I use this to take notes as I usually do on paper? The answer is ‘not quite’. Despite being more accurate, for handwriting the S Pen still draws with an annoying lag.

Finally, you have all the new sensors from the Note 4 on the Edge: the UV meter and the SpO2 blood oxidation sensor in particular. They contribute to a more health-conscious lifestyle, and integrate well with the health and fitness tracking of the S Health application.

Processor and Memory

The combination of a Snapdragon 805 system chip and 3GB of RAM on the Note Edge puts it among the top Android performers, and the 32 gigs of internal storage is double what many others offer.

Under the hood of the Galaxy Note Edge hums the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 system chip, with the same 3GB RAM, as you’d find on the Note 4.

In daily usage, the Note Edge is a fairly smooth performer, but that occasional TouchWiz stutter (even though rare) is still there.

Digging in the spec sheet and performance benchmarks, we see the familiar 28nm manufacturing process used for the 805. It’s a 32-bit chip, one of the last of this kin, featuring a quad-core Krait 450 CPU running at clock speeds of up to 2.7GHz. The Krait 450 is a small, evolutionary step, and does not bring any huge improvement in CPU performance power. Single-core performance on the Note Edge is among the best of Android, but it cannot match the capabilities of wider cores like the one in the iPhone’s Apple A8. Multi-core performance, thanks to the four cores, is very good, as testified by benchmarks right below.

While the difference in CPU compute is not that big, the Adreno 420 GPU in the Note 4 is a big step forward from the earlier-generation, Adreno 330. You can clearly see how most gaming benchmarks report the same frame-rate, despite the fact that the Quad HD Note Edge has a lot more pixels to push than earlier, 1080p devices.

The Galaxy Note Edge comes with a plentiful 32GB of internal storage on board, more than most other smartphones that come with a 16GB starter model. You can also expand on that initial storage allowance via microSD cards of up to 128GB on both.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 46284
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
Motorola DROID Turbo 48412
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 1118
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1230.33
Motorola DROID Turbo 1814
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 370.5
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1087.87
Motorola DROID Turbo 828.2
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 365.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 26.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
Motorola DROID Turbo 27.7
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 40.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 10
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
Motorola DROID Turbo 11.2
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 18.4
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 1089
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1112.67
Motorola DROID Turbo 1060
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1625
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 3302
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3259.67
Motorola DROID Turbo 2891
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 2918

Internet and Connectivity


You have a choice of two pre-installed browsers to surf the web on the Galaxy Note Edge: a custom Samsung-made solution, and Google’s mobile Chrome. Both get the job done similarly well: Samsung’s solution syncs with Firefox, while Chrome has a cross-device syncing option with all other versions of Chrome; Samsung’s browser also has the neat full-screen browsing mode, while Chrome’s stand-out feature is its nice card-based interface. Both load webpages quickly, and scrolling as well as zooming in and out is snappy.

In terms of connectivity, the Note Edge features 4G LTE with speeds of up to 300Mbps for downloads (LTE Category 6), and it’s worth mentioning that the phone comes with versions for all major US carriers.

Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, dual-channel Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. The Note Edge also has an infra-red beamer with a companion app that allows you to use your phone as a remote for your TV, AC, and other electronics.

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90 Comments

94. talon1812

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Biased review. I bought one shortly after it came out. Only con to me is I got the AT&T version and no root solution exists to this day because of its esoteric status. Really gets attention from everyone and I'm not an attention w***e. Still use it after 3 years and swap my sim with other phones.

93. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

bought this one on Aliekspress:http://goo.gl/a08Q1Т very good phone

91. mariusmuntean

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

very nice but way to overpriced!!

90. theo14461 unregistered

This phone will be introduced into the most gimmicky hall of fame for 2014.

87. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Not the enemy of Xperia Z3 and iPhone 6 Plus. Next.

86. alrightythen

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Piece of s**t! Go apple!

85. john.scott

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2014

Awesome Look.

77. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I love the note series, but as I am holding this phone in my hand I can't help but loathe and despise it. It is very awkward and pointless. The little edge toolbar is pointless. You can get the same shortcuts on the left side as well so you end up having 2 toolbars doing the exact same thing! For left handed users it is even more awkward. They actually have you turn the phone upside down to use it if you are left handed. The screen is 100% pure gimmick.

75. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

iPhone wins again! lol

76. soldier1969

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Isheeple get real.

84. royjones

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

heres real.... where's samsung now?? their stores are closing one by one... everything they launch Flops... if you buy a samsung now.. you'll be left by yourself (future proof) .... like a nokia ,blackberry.amazon fire......good luck.

74. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I see the third consecutive earnings shock coming.

66. drschmalzy12

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 2014

Why do people with the iPhone constantly post non sense. First off, the plus is massive in size compares to the note 4 and the edge and the best part is the screen is smaller and not as good on top of it. I was thinking of getting the plus until I attempted to use it. I couldn't even reach 3/4 of the screen with my thumb. The phone is longer than the note 4 and wider than the note 4. It is huge for no reason. Why would I want a phone where I have to use two hands for everything. I have big hands on top of that. The note 4 with a bigger brighter screen is smaller in size and just so much sleeker. Not to mention how much faster the note 4 is compared to the plus. I like apple and android but apple failed in the plus. Only reason there doing good in sales is because apple fanatics finally get a decent size screen. Everything else about the phone is outdated. So much slower. I don't get it. And the edge looks awesome not just a gimmick to make a screen like that takes time and is amazing. Kudos to Samsung. And the price tag is high but who buys phones out right anymore? The iPhone plus is even more expensive. Idk but apple fan boys drive me insane.

72. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Who buys a phone outright? Anyone who is out side of USA, Canada, UK and any country whose telecom operators don't offer contracts In addition you pay less for the device if you bought it outright than of you bought it with a contract

63. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Galaxy Note Ridiculously Overpriced©

67. Mels13

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Speaking about prices all the phones r overpriced.But Iphone 6+ with 8mp camera.1gb ram,720 resolution and bending design costs the same as Note that is more specs-reacher.So why Note edge must cost lower than mid-specs Iphone?

70. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Nice one Han, still iPhone beats in performance and benchmarks BTW you didn't add one thing Apple is #1 brand value, people pay for brand but also iPhone still don't let you down in anywhere, camera 8MP but outstanding better than even note 4 note 4 just can resolve more detail but its not as consistent as is iPhone, iPhone is iPhone cuz apple makes one or two phones a year and high end.

71. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

When Samsun phones are reviewed I sense a lack of i'm partial (to another brand) ity. Here are the 3 PHONEARENA Galaxy S5 negatives. Lack of premium construction materials Unbalanced screen colors Fingerprint and heart rate sensors could be better The comments are opposite in another "ARENA" re #2 "An awesome display got even better" My take on #1 is this skin (covering) on humans is the largest organ Plastic or metal covering on a phone is so insignificant in amount used to be the defining criteria of premium / or non-premium is desperate ? Those who wish to keep the phone pristine use some short of case If someone could explain what this means "Lock screen button hard to reach at the top" Ridiculously overpriced Which surprisingly is NOT a negative on the iPhone 6 + You are paying for PREMIUM SPECS on the Galaxy note, and not just a PREMIUM PRICED re issue phone The iphone6, 6 plus are both the Iphone5 (2012) re-released with a larger display! How anyone can say the iPhone 6 is an upgrade comparable to the Note 4 when it is just a tweak of the 2012 iPhone5, proof http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-5,Apple-iPhone-6,Apple-iPhone-6-Plus/phones/7378,8346,8908 I can't comment on the other spurrious looking negatives as I have yet to test it fully

73. MickLuvHP

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Tbh,Galaxy Note Edge is impressive. But its high selling price will make those more price sensitive consumer think twice when buying it. iPhone 6+ cost the same or more but in terms of resale value, the iPhone will be far better. When comes to pricing of the phone, its also determine by the value of the brand and the uniqueness of the phone too.

78. craiger

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

The funny thing is that both devices send and receive texts, emails, access the internet, keep your calendar events, etc.......... I've never seen a single person stand in line for days on end for anything other than an iPhone. Undeniable appeal regardless of specs

57. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice review Victor, but why it's 0.3 lesser than Note 4 ranking? I think the Edge's images are li'l warmer than Note 4. Which phone's images are exactly closer to the real world. And and who's that gorgeous girl in the Color poster? Everytime this question comes in my mind, so please tell me. ;)

48. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I'm not sure if phonearena answered my question if this unit was a purchased one or is it a loaned one for review if u guys bought it which seller did u get in from?

47. Blazers

Posts: 794; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

How does the iPhone end up being mentioned in EVERY android thread. If it's as insignificant as people say, then why is it always brought up? The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. Since google and MS fanboys can't stop talking about it, that means they do care about it. It's like a guilty pleasure for them lol.

50. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Most MS fanboys don't troll iPhone threads, most, there are some. But you see it much more in these threads. Its a way to make sure their love of something doesn't go without notice, after all you need a bad one to perceive a good one.

45. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

I can only imagine if you were to break the glass how expensive will it be to get it replaced.

44. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

I love TouchWiz and Samsung. Thank you for the Note 4. And soon, ill also be getting the Gear VR.

40. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

The edge maybe a gimmick for some but there are reasons why it's there. Some people may find it useless, some people will make use of it. I personally like the edge and it's a great start for something that might become a signifant feature for samsung phones and others may follow.

33. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The Galaxy Note Edge is such an awesome beast.

31. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

If this phone will be available here in the middle east I'd buy it in a heartbeat

23. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

2K screen, snapdragon 805, 3gb ram, 16 MP back and 3.7 MP front cameras. curve edge screen (so unique) at this price is ridiculous overpriced ?? how about a fruit with 720p, 1gb ram, dualcore, really bad screen-size ratio hmmm ??

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Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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