The first Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is almost here and another carrier has decided to join the fun with a Galaxy Note Edge release date announcement of its own just ahead of the device’s highly anticipated arrival.
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.
Days ago, Samsung confirmed the first Galaxy Note Edge release date for late October in Japan and Japanese carrier KDDI followed that up with an October 23rd release date announcement. And with that release date just a few short days away, another Japanese carrier has announced plans to match that release date and push the Galaxy Note Edge live later this week.
Japan’s largest service provider, NTT DoCoMo, confirmed an October 23rd Galaxy Note Edge release date today. It looks like the company will follow in KDDI’s footsteps and offer the black version of the Galaxy Note Edge later this week with the white Galaxy Note Edge coming at some point in November, release date currently unknown.
NTT DoCoMo and KDDI will be the first two carriers in the world with the Galaxy Note Edge though they will be joined later this year by an assortment of carriers including several in the United States.
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 last week, the U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release took another gigantic step in the right direction.
At the tail end of last week, the Sprint Galaxy Note Edge was 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 for 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. won’t be the only country unable to match the October 23rd release date in Japan. Release dates in U.S., UK, China, Japan, Australia, Canada, Russia and Korea are either unknown or set for dates that are several weeks away.
Last week, 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. 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.
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 much of a gap we might see.
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 will join the Galaxy Note 4 in Samsung’s fight against the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3, and many others.