With the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date primed and ready for the United States and all but confirmed for several other countries around the world, we want to take a final look at how the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date is looking for consumers in the United States and for consumers in other parts of the globe.
In early September, Samsung took to the stage at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 to announce a number of new products. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 took most of the spotlight, Samsung also announced its new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a device that shares many of the Galaxy Note 4′s features but comes with a curved display.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Edge is a concept phone and one that should be intriguing to those that are looking to upgrade to a high-end smartphone. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge specs include a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It also comes with an S Pen stylus.
The Galaxy Note 4 now out on shelves in the U.S. and countries around the world and buyers are comparing the Galaxy Note Edge to the Galaxy Note 4. Problem is, the Galaxy Note Edge is still only out in a few select places with plenty more on the way.
With that in mind, and Galaxy Note Edge release date rumors continuing to swirl, we want to take a final updated look at the Galaxy Note Edge release and offer a preview for the rest of the year. This updated Galaxy Note Edge release date breakdown zeroes in on all of the important information that consumers in the United States and around the globe need to know about as we head toward the start of 2015.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Breakdown
Here, we list every single region that’s confirmed or all but confirmed to be a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release region. We expect other nations to join in as the weeks and months go on but for right now, these countries represent the only known Galaxy Note Edge markets. Remember, this is a concept smartphone and a limited release so we’re probably not going to see 140 countries get a Galaxy Note Edge release date.
Japan was the first country to introduce the Galaxy Note Edge and both KDDI and NTT DoCoMo currently have the Galaxy Note Edge on shelves. However, the release is not over. While the two carriers are currently offering the black Galaxy Note Edge, the white Galaxy Note Edge still hasn’t made it to shelves. Fortunately, we now have a date.
NTT DoCoMo and KDDI will both stock the white Galaxy Note Edge starting tomorrow, November 13th. Those interested in picking one up will be able to do so through their online portals. Those who are looking to buy in store would be wise to call ahead and confirm availability. We’ve seen stock shortages impact certain prefectures in Japan so there’s no telling how much they will have in stock tomorrow.
In late October, Korea became the second region to release the Galaxy Note Edge. SK Telecom and KT are both offering the black and white Galaxy Note Edge models. The carriers will charge 1,067,000 South Korean Won which amounts to over $1000 in U.S. currency.
China is supposedly going to be among the initial Galaxy Note Edge release markets, joining the U.S., Japan, and Korea. Samsung still hasn’t divulged any specifics which means that consumers there only have a little bit to go on as we head deeper into the month.
What’s interesting is that a recent leak from SamMobile, which outed a number of Galaxy Note Edge release regions, did not include China. We should also note that it did not include Canada, a region that’s already confirmed to have a Galaxy Note Edge release date on the way. China will almost certainly get the Galaxy Note Edge though.
We’ve seen Galaxy Note Edge models get certifications for the Chinese market so it’s simply a matter of when at this point. Given that we’ve already seen two models arrive, we could potentially see some movement here in November.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all confirmed the Galaxy Note Edge for arrival back in September. Several days ago, Samsung once again confirmed all four of those carriers and added a fifth, the United States’ fifth largest carrier, U.S. Cellular.
AT&T is currently carrying the Galaxy Note Edge at select locations. It’s also taking pre-orders ahead of a November 13 ship by date that should coincide with a wider release on November 14th. AT&T is charging an arm and a leg for the phone, $399.99 on-contract and well over $900 off-contract.
Sprint and T-Mobile will start carrying the Galaxy Note Edge on November 14th and they too will be charging over $800 off-contract for the privilege of owning the Galaxy Note Edge.
U.S. Cellular and Verizon still haven’t announced any specific details. Yesterday, we saw the U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge cruise through the FCC, a sign that an announcement should be close but thus far, we haven’t heard anything about a release date or a price. The Verizon Galaxy Note Edge is in worse shape. It has cleared the GCF but it hasn’t cleared the FCC. What this means is that there is a good chance it won’t arrive this Friday.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given that Verizon is almost always last to mainstream smartphones. It recently released the Galaxy Note 4 a week after its rivals so we could see something similar here.
Nothing has changed for the Canadian market and we probably won’t see Samsung Canada get the device out in 2014.
Weeks ago, Samsung Canada confirmed a 2015 release date for the Galaxy Note Edge. It did not provide any specifics and simply said that the region would be behind the U.S. release date for unspecified reasons. Canada typically releases smartphones in close proximity to the United States so this release delay is extremely surprising. We still don’t know where it will head but major carriers like Bell, TELUS, and others are a safe bet.
Australia is supposed to have the Galaxy Note Edge out today though it’s unclear if the device is actually available. A quick scan of Samsung Australia’s website reveals no clear way to buy the Galaxy Note Edge. If you’re looking to buy the Galaxy Note Edge in Australia, you probably want to check in with your local carrier before heading down to a store.
One carrier, Vodafone, says that there are long wait times for the Galaxy Note Edge. It also still lists the device in a pre-order and not a general sale so it’s not clear if the device is actually in stores or not. Again, we advise our Aussie friends to check in with specific carriers for release details. They may be able to shed some more light.
In October, Samsung confirmed a Galaxy Note Edge release for India. The company did not specify any specific details but did say that a release before the end of the year in the one the world’s biggest markets. We still haven’t see any details emerge and so it looks like this variant is still on pace for 2014. Look for more details to emerge this month.
Russian site confirmed Samsung’s plans to release the Galaxy Note Edge in Russia before the end of the year. The website, which has been accurate with information in the past, claims that the company will release the Galaxy Note Edge in November or December. Specific release date information has yet to emerge though.
As is the case with most high-end Russian smartphones, the Galaxy Note Edge is going to be extremely expensive. The Galaxy Note Edge will cost 49,990 rubles which is the equivalent to $1221 in the United States.
While this is still not confirmed, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, France, Nordic countries, Austria and Portugal should all be getting the Galaxy Note Edge at some point in the future.
It appears that Denmark will get the Galaxy Note Edge on December 12th, or, several weeks after the U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release. It’s not clear if these other countries will cluster around Denmark’s date or if they will get the device at a later date. As expected, the Galaxy Note Edge price will be in and around €899, a steep price for consumers in Europe. In the U.S., the Galaxy Note Edge will cost $399 on-contract and more than $800 off-contract.
According to AllAb0utSamsung, Germany will be releasing a Galaxy Note Edge Premium Edition that includes a flip wallet, cleaner for the display, three year warranty, a manual that outlines tips and tricks, and a 64GB microSD card. The first 500 buyers will also get free dinner and a tour of Samsung’s headquarters in Schwalbach.
The United Kingdom will also get the Galaxy Note Edge at some point but it’s not clear when it will be released. Samsung United Kingdom continues to say that it will confirm the release date at a later date.
Kazakhstan, Singapore and Nepal are expected to get the Galaxy Note Edge down the line as well though it’s not clear when the device will arrive. We expect more details to emerge in the weeks ahead as Samsung ramps up production.