Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge takes curved screens to the next level

Two years after first showing a prototype with a curved screen, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 4 Edge - a 5.6-inch phone with a screen which curves around its right-hand edge.

Revealed at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, the Galaxy Note 4 Edge is very similar to the new Note 4 - also announced this week - but includes a screen which covers the entire right edge of the handset.

This extra bit of screen can be used to display media playback controls, camera controls, or notifications on a scrolling ticker - it can also show news, sports results, weather updates and stock prices, all provided by Yahoo News.

Ignoring the curved part for a moment, the Note 4 Edge has a screen almost identical to the regular Note 4; it's a 5.6-inch QHD panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (the same as the LG G3) and using Super AMOLED technology to produce bright and bold colours.

Swiping along the so-called Edge Screen gives you quick access to the phone's torch, voice recorder, timer and a ruler - plus, the Edge Screen can be lit up on its own to act as a bedside clock.

Read More: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announced at IFA

A new case and cover for the Note 4 Edge covers the main screen but leaves the Edge Screen exposed; that way, you can see notifications as they come through without opening the case and unlocking the main screen.

The Note 4 runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has the same simplified TouchWiz user interface as first seen on the Galaxy S5 earlier this year. It’s powered by a quad-core 2.7GHz processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with a microSD card slot to add up to 64GB more.

Cameras are the same as the regular Note 4, which means 16 megapixels and optical image stabilisation at the back, and 3.7 megapixels with a wide lens at the front. There’s also the same S Pen stylus as used by the regular Note 4.

Samsung is yet to announce a price or UK availability for the Note 4 Edge.

Mobile Choice will be getting hands on with all of Samsung’s new products in Berlin later this week, so stay tuned.

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