It’s different and it’s the next big thing from Samsung, but is it worth nearly $1,000?
Smartphone consumers will decide if having an independently functioning side screen found on the new Galaxy Note Edge is worth paying $946 without a contract. That’s the price just announced by Samsung for the highly anticipated new “phablet”.
Samsung will launch the Edge in the United States on November 14.
It will set you back $400 with a contract from AT&T. That figure could be less depending on deals offered by other carriers. Most major carriers, including Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobil,e will offer the Edge, at starting prices that varies depending on the cell phone contract.
Its biggest selling point is a curved screen along its long edge, which can provide weather, news and incoming notifications, without unlocking and turning on the main screen. A kind of news ticker for smartphone users.
As a comparison, the Galaxy Note 4, just released to very positive reviews, costs about $749 without a contract, and about $300 with one, depending on the carrier.
The new iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s response to Samsung’s popular phablet devices, also starts at $749 without a contract, or about $300 with a contract.Both the Galaxy Note 4 and the Edge have ample 5.6-inch screens.
Samsung pioneered the phablet design in 2012 with the Note. Soon thereafter, the company was mocked for offering a phone many considered too big.