The U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date is almost here as the third U.S. bound Galaxy Note Edge model has been caught passing through the FCC on its way to shelves. And with just one to go, it looks like a Galaxy Note Edge release in the United States is closer than ever.
All the way back in early September, Samsung took the stage at its Unpacked event and announced a slew of new products including two new Galaxy Note models dubbed Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge will be the company’s high-end Galaxy Note model and a device that’s expected to join the Galaxy Note 4 in select regions before the end of the year.
One of those regions is the United States, one of the world’s biggest and most important markets, and a place that’s already confirmed the Galaxy Note Edge release for later this year. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have all confirmed upcoming Galaxy Note Edge release dates though they have not specified when they’re going to release it. Fortunately, we’ve seen a ton of movement behind the scenes and today, the Galaxy Note Edge release took another giant step.
The Sprint Galaxy Note Edge has been caught passing through the FCC on its way to shelves. FCC approval is necessary before a device can hit shelves and it’s one of the last steps in the release process. Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 release date in the U.S. just days after the fifth and final Galaxy Note 4 passed through the FCC.
Sprint’s Galaxy Note Edge joins the AT&T and T-Mobile models with FCC certifications. What this means is that the Verizon Galaxy Note Edge is the only model left that needs clearance. U.S. Cellular, for the moment, does not appear to have any plans to stock the Galaxy Note Edge though that could certainly change down the road.
Gotta Be Mobile has heard that at least one carrier could be gearing up for a Galaxy Note Edge release on November 4th. This is unverified information but the source was confident about that date.
The U.S. release date is just one of several Galaxy Note Edge release dates confirmed for the months ahead. Earlier this week, Samsung confirmed a Galaxy Note Edge release for India. The company did not specify any specific details only confirming a release before the end of the year in the one the world’s biggest markets. India joins U.S., UK, China, Japan, Australia, Canada, Russia and Korea as select markets set to get the Galaxy Note Edge.
Yesterday, Russian site Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru 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, with a specific date yet to come.
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 barring on the Galaxy Note Edge price in the United States as smartphone prices in Russia, again, tend to be much higher.
Other regions like the UK and Canada will not get the Galaxy Note Edge at launch. Samsung Canada recently confirmed a Galaxy Note Edge release for 2015 while Samsung UK remains tight lipped about its release. UK based retailers have told consumers to prepare for a delayed release though it’s not clear how long the delay might last.
Samsung also now says that the Galaxy Note Edge release in Australia has been pushed to November 12th for unspecified reasons. The device was originally scheduled to arrive on November 5th.
The new Galaxy Note Edge is a concept phone but one that should be intriguing to those that are looking to upgrade to a high-end smartphone. 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.
It’s still not clear how much the Galaxy Note Edge price will be though we expect those details to arrive once Samsung and its carrier partners have a clear grasp on the release date.