As we push deeper into the fall, we get closer to a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date, a release date that consumers around the world have their eyes on. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the most important Galaxy Note Edge release details buyers in the U.S. and elsewhere need to be aware of as we move ahead.
In the beginning of September, Samsung announced a slew of new products including a brand new Galaxy Note 4 and a surprise device called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 4 will be the true successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 3 and it will go on sale with a number of high-powered features starting in mid-October. The Galaxy Note Edge, a device that shares a lot in common with the Galaxy Note 4, will also deliver some explosive specs including a curved display.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge features 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 though the display, seen in the video below, should be its biggest draw.
At its Unpacked event, Samsung ran many of the key Galaxy Note Edge features including hardware, software, and carriers. It even announced a Galaxy Note Edge release date for later this year. However, Samsung failed to mention anything about the specific Galaxy Note Edge release date or the Galaxy Note Edge price leaving it up to us to fill in the blanks for consumers ahead of its official announcements.
Today, we want to roundup everything we’ve learned over the course of the last month and paint a vivid picture for those interesting in the upcoming Galaxy Note Edge release date.
Specific Galaxy Note Edge Release Dates MIA
The first bit of Galaxy Note Edge release date information that you need to know is that the Galaxy Note Edge release date, the specific Galaxy Note Edge release date, remains out of reach.
We’re now almost a month removed from the Galaxy Note Edge launch and Samsung, and its carriers provides, have failed to produce a single concrete date for buyers around the world. Typically, we hear some murmurings behind the scenes but we haven’t heard much of anything in the days since Samsung first took the stage.
Samsung’s announcement will likely come out of nowhere. We saw Galaxy Note 4 release date details emerge from thin air earlier this month and we expect the same from the Galaxy Note Edge.
There’s a chance that carriers, and Samsung, are waiting for the Galaxy Note 4 release to heat up before announcing details. The company may not want to overshadow one flagship with another. The Galaxy Note 4 is available in Korea but it’s still up for pre-order in most regions around the world. At this point, October is a safe bet for an announcement.
Galaxy Note Edge Release Will Be Limited
The Galaxy Note Edge has, all along, been touted as a high-end device aimed at the high-end market. Samsung made this explicitly clear in several controlled leaks including one from Bloomberg earlier this year.
“We are targeting consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets.”
Earlier this month, a Samsung executive said that the Galaxy Note Edge would be a “limited edition concept.” In other words, it’s not expected to be a mass produced device like the Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung recently said that “the Galaxy Note Edge will be released in selected markets” which also alludes to a very controlled release in a limited amount of markets. So far, only a few regions have been confirmed. The device will be heading to the United States, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Canada. These are all high-end markets.
Nothing is confirmed but the Galaxy Note Edge could potentially skip emerging markets, markets where the Galaxy Note Edge and its powerful technology will prove to be too expensive for most people.
Galaxy Note Edge Release in October?
While Samsung still hasn’t confirmed a specific Galaxy Note Edge release date, a Samsung executive recently told ZDNet Korea that the company is targeting a late October release date for Korea. This lines up with the RRA filings that we’ve seen and it suggests that the Galaxy Note Edge release date may not be too far behind the Galaxy Note 4 release.
This timing is still not set in stone which means that consumers will want to keep late October circled in pencil. It could potentially serve as the initial Galaxy Note Edge release window though we could see it limited in scope. The Galaxy Note 4 arrived early in Korea, weeks before other key markets like the U.S. and the U.K.
Galaxy Note Edge Release (U.S.) Still Pegged for Fall
We still don’t have any specific information regarding the Galaxy Note Edge release in the U.S.
We’re heard “later this year” and T-Mobile still says “fall” but we haven’t seen much more than that. The most telling detail of all though is the fact that none of the U.S. bound Galaxy Note Edge models have been caught passing through the FCC. This needs to happen before the release can happen and before carriers can announce release details.
U.S. bound Galaxy Note 4’s hit the FCC over the course of a week and the release date announcement came a few days after U.S. Cellular’s version passed through the FCC’s clutches. The Galaxy Note Edge has to pass through the FCC and when it does, you’ll know that we’re probably close to a release announcement for the United States.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge Release MIA
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon will all carry the Galaxy Note Edge. We still don’t know if the nation’s fifth largest carrier, U.S. Cellular, will carry it. The carrier has not confirmed one way or the other though at this point, with no details yet available, we’d say that the odds are slim to none. Don’t count on a release this year.
Earlier this month, UK retailer Clove passed along some key Galaxy Note Edge details concerning the device’s release date in the United Kingdom. The retailer claimed that the Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the United Kingdom right off the bat and that it’s still not clear when it will arrive.
All Samsung UK is willing to say is that the Galaxy Note Edge release date will be “confirmed in due course.” That sounds like folks in the United Kingdom have a bit of a wait ahead of them though it doesn’t rule out an arrival in 2014.
The UK is a key market and one that Samsung has focused on for several years now. While it might not get it right off the bat, there’s a good chance that the UK will be among the second tier regions.
Delay Throughout Europe?
Clove UK also passed along another strange bit of information, information that it says comes from its distributors. Here’s what Clove said about the Galaxy Note Edge release a few weeks back:
When the Note Edge launches, there will not be UK stock available. It will not be available in the majority of European countries.
For those customers that are interested in purchasing the Note Edge, we will look to source non-UK stock. This means that, if possible, we will purchase the stock intended for one of the countries where the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is due to launch.
So, we could see some European countries slip through the cracks though we still don’t know any of the details. The UK is typically out in front when it comes to Europe though we could see it lag behind a few places. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Galaxy Note Edge Release Date (Canada) in 2015
In mid-September, Samsung unexpectedly revealed some new Galaxy Note Edge release date information for North America. While it did not include Canada in its initial Galaxy Note Edge announcement, the company confirmed that Galaxy Note Edge release date in Canada will take place and that it will take place next year in 2015.
The company did not offer any specific Galaxy Note Edge releasedate. It did, however, mention that the country would be behind the U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release date.
If Canada is getting the Galaxy Note Edge in 2015, it’s safe to assume that other countries will likely not see the Galaxy Note Edge release until 2015.
Galaxy Note Edge Pre-Orders Live in Germany
Limited Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders are live in Germany. German retailer Notebooksbilliger is currently taking early orders for the Galaxy Note Edge though its pre-orders come with a steep asking price. Prospective Galaxy Note Edge buyers in Germany would be wise to avoid these early pre-orders and simply wait for Samsung to release official info.
Galaxy Note Edge Pre-Orders Live in UK
Clove is also taking Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders in the UK though, by its own admission, it’s doing so without knowing the Galaxy Note Edge’s price. Again, unless you’re absolutely sure, you’re probably going to want to avoid these early orders. Just wait for the official pre-order to begin.
Galaxy Note Edge Price
We just went into great detail about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge price and we’ve determined that there’s a very good chance the Galaxy Note Edge will be priced at a fairly absurd price point. Everything is pointing in that direction and buyers are going to want to prepare for the worst.
Galaxy Note 4
You need to know that the Galaxy Note 4 is probably going to beat the Galaxy Note Edge to release and that this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s fantastic because it will allow you to go hands on with Samsung’s alternative Galaxy Note before the Galaxy Note Edge’s arrival.
These two devices share a lot of the same features and it appears that they’ll both offer a ton of horsepower. You’ll just need to decide whether you need that curved display or not.
iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 Plus release also beat out the Galaxy Note Edge release. This means that you can go hands on with Apple’s own phablet ahead of the Galaxy Note Edge release. Two important things to consider.
One, are you going to need that curved display? And two, are you going to need the Galaxy Note Edge’s S Pen? If the answer is no, then the iPhone 6 Plus is a device that could suit you very well.