Believe it or not, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release in the United States still isn’t finished. The curved version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which launched back in September, is set to debut on two more carriers in the coming days. With new release dates on the horizon, we want take a look at five things prospective buyers in the United States need to know.
In September, Samsung took to the stage to announce a slew of brand new products including a Galaxy Note 4 and a curved version of the Galaxy Note 4 dubbed Galaxy Note Edge. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a concept phone that utilizes a bent screen that wraps down around the right side of the device making it a unique, and expensive, alternative to the Galaxy Note 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge features Quad HD resolution display, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz (Android 5.0 Lollipop is on the way), 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It also comes with an S Pen stylus like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge arrived on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile at the tail end of last year though it failed to reach U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless, two of the largest carriers in the United States. Verizon confirmed the Galaxy Note Edge all the way back in September while U.S. Cellular, the nation’s fifth largest carrier, confirmed it much later in the game.
Neither device is available though in the past few days, we’ve finally started to see some of the final Galaxy Note Edge release date details fall into place for consumers in U.S. With that in mind, we want to take a final look at the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release in the U.S. as we outline what we consider to be the five most important things to know about its impending arrival.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge Release Date
The U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge release date is now confirmed for January 7th, or, tomorrow. The nation’s fifth largest carrier will be selling the device through its online portal but it will also be selling the Galaxy Note Edge directly through its retail locations. It’s not clear how much stock the stores will have though we’ve yet to see any retailers sell out of the device.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge Price
The U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge price is also confirmed. As expected, the U.S. Cellular version of the Galaxy Note Edge will command a $399.99 price point on-contract. That’s similar to AT&T’s on-contract price point though it’s $50 cheaper than the Sprint Galaxy Note Edge which, for whatever reason, is still $450 on-contract.
The carrier also notes that “qualified customers will be able to add it to their Shared Connect plan and get it for $0 down using U.S. Cellular’s equipment installment option.” It will then require 20 monthly payments that are added directly to the wireless bill. We’re still not sure how much the Galaxy Note Edge is going to cost off-contract though we expect it to be extremely expensive.
Again, it’s important to note that the Galaxy Note Edge is one of the most expensive smartphones on the market and the U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge won’t be any different.
Verizon Galaxy Note Edge Release Date
The Verizon Galaxy Note Edge release date still hasn’t been confirmed, odd, given that rumors have pointed to an arrival later on this week.
A recent leak suggests that the Verizon Galaxy Note Edge release date could be January 8th or just a day after U.S. Cellular’s Galaxy Note Edge release date. That date is not confirmed, it comes from an alleged internal document, and plans can change. That said, it’s possible that we’ll see Verizon announce the Galaxy Note Edge just a day ahead of its release date. This is not a mainstream smartphone and it’s arriving late so it’s entirely possible that it will play out this way.
Unfortunately, the document did not outline any pricing details. We fully expect the Verizon Galaxy Note Edge price to be competitive with AT&T’s. So look for it to fall in around $399.99 on-contract.
The important detail here is that it looks like the Verizon Galaxy Note Edge release date is finally close. We’ve heard from plenty of consumers who had been hoping to buy the Verizon Galaxy Note Edge in 2014. Those who stayed patient should have their chance in the imminent future.
Galaxy Note Edge Deals
If you’ve been hanging around waiting for U.S. Cellular or Verizon to release the Galaxy Note Edge or if you’ve simply been holding out for Galaxy Note Edge deals, know that we haven’t seen a single Galaxy Note Edge deal emerge. This would be out of the ordinary but the Galaxy Note Edge isn’t an ordinary smartphone. It’s a concept and one of the most expensive smartphones on the market.
At this point, with limited retail availability and no incentive to drop the price, we sincerely doubt that we’re going to see any Galaxy Note Edge deals emerge in the near future. That goes for the U.S. Cellular and Verizon models as well. If you’re looking to score a major deal on this phone, you’re probably going to have to wait a few months for the Galaxy S6 and or the Galaxy Note 5 to arrive.
Galaxy Note Edge Android 5.0 Lollipop Update
Finally, it’s important to note that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge’s software is going to go through a major transformation in the weeks ahead.
Right now, if you walk into a store, you’re going to encounter a device that’s running Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI over the top. You should not get too comfortable with it.
Samsung’s going to be rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note Edge sometime in the weeks ahead. If leaked intel is correct, the Galaxy Note Edge could be one of the first devices to get Android 5.0 in the United States. Android 5.0 is not your average update. It’s going to introduce some massive changes to Samsung’s Galaxy-branded devices.
We highly recommend getting acquainted with Android 5.0 Lollipop before getting settled with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The video below shows what the Android 5.0 Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy Note 4 and it will give you some idea about what to expect.
We also recommend checking out our walkthrough which details the major differences between the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.