With the first U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date rumored for November, we want to take a look at how the Galaxy Note Edge release date is shaping up and provide an updated timeline for those that are interested in the device that Samsung will pair with the Galaxy Note 4 in its fight against the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and others.
Two months ago, Samsung took the stage in Berlin, Germany to announce a number of new products. While the spotlight was on the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the company 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.
The 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. However, it’s the device’s unique screen that sets it apart from the competition, including the Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 release date is now complete in the United States and consumers have begun weighing it against top flight Android and Windows Phone smartphones. Nearly two months after it was first announced, the Galaxy Note Edge still hasn’t been released in the United States though it’s now available in two key regions.
With that in mind, and Galaxy Note Edge release date rumors continuing to swirl, we want to take an updated look at the Galaxy Note Edge release and offer a preview of November. This updated Galaxy Note Edge release date timeline 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 deeper into the fall.
Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Preview (November)
Here, we list every single region that’s confirmed as 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 are currently carrying 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.
Both carriers have confirmed early-to-mid November release dates for the white Galaxy Note Edge though we still haven’t seen either carrier confirm a specific date. Those looking to buy the Galaxy Note Edge on either one of these carrier should expect to see specific release dates confirmed in the near future. We probably won’t see a massive announcement but we expect their websites to offer the particulars soon.
Last week, 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. The Korean price is not indicative of the Galaxy Note Edge’s price point in the United States.
It’s not clear if other Korean carriers will join them in November though given the fact that this is a concept smartphone and a limited release, there’s a good chance that we’ll only see a few, if any, new carriers emerge.
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.
A Weibo post from an alleged China Mobile employee not only suggests that the carrier will be stocking the Galaxy Note Edge price but it also suggests the Galaxy Note Edge could be expensive in China.
The information, which arrived several weeks ago, indicates that China Mobile could charge 7,000 Yuan for the Galaxy Note Edge. That translates to about $1,139. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 was 5,399 yuan. That price isn’t set in stone though we imagine that the Galaxy Note Edge will cost more than the Galaxy Note 4.
We’ve seen Galaxy Note Edge models get certifications for the Chinese market so it’s simply a matter of when at this point. And 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. Since then though, all four of them have been quiet about the release. That doesn’t mean that we haven’t see them make progress though.
The AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge variants all cruised thru the FCC several days ago. FCC certification is necessary before Samsung can announce any details. The hold up? The Verizon Galaxy Note Edge which has yet to make an appearance. We suspect that the filing will emerge soon though given the Galaxy Note Edge release date rumors that are swirling.
A leaked document from WPCentral proclaims November 14th as the T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge release date. That date, which remains unconfirmed, is just two short weeks from now and two weeks out from Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season and one of the most important retail dates of the entire year. The other three dates have yet to leak out.
While that might be the case, we know that Samsung is making moves. All four models recently showed up on its website, a sign that the release is moving in the right direction. At this point, it looks like we’ll finally get some closure in the United States and we could see an announcement confirm all of the important details this week or next.
Nothing has changed for the Canadian market and we probably won’t see Samsung Canada get the device out in 2014.
Samsung Canada has 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. The Galaxy Note Edge will be more limited than the Galaxy Note 4 and consumers will want to temper their expectations moving forward.
Nothing has changed here either. Australia still looks like it will find itself amongst the initial regions with a Galaxy Note Edge release date set for mid-November.
Weeks ago, Samsung Australia said that the Galaxy Note Edge release in Australia had been pushed to November 12th for unspecified reasons. The device was originally scheduled to arrive on November 5th. We haven’t seen any new developments here and it looks like Australia’s release could land around the same time as the U.S.
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.
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. This should have no bearing on the Galaxy Note Edge price in the United States as smartphone prices in Russia, again, tend to be much higher.
Look for more details to get confirmed in November ahead of its release.
Samsung United Kingdom continues to say that it will confirm the release date at a later date. That date still hasn’t arrived. Clove UK, a reputable retailer in the United States, took it a step further though and says that the release in the UK will be delayed. We still haven’t heard anything that says otherwise unfortunately.
Weeks ago, Clove suggested that the Galaxy Note Edge would not be available in the UK and other European countries at launch. It’s still not clear how long the delay might last though the retailer has shown quite a bit of concern. Instead of waiting, Clove decided to source devices from other parts of the world in an effort to sell it on time to its customers.
Whilst we await official confirmation from Samsung, we have heard from distribution channels that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the UK at launch.
When the Note Edge launches, there will not be UK stock available. It will not be available in the majority of European countries.
The retailers comments seem to leave the door open for a wider European launch and that could very well happen. We’ve seen German retailers offer the Galaxy Note Edge ahead of an announcement and so there’s a good chance it could receive a broader release. Clove UK is taking Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders ahead of the release date though they are not recommended.