Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Smart phones are a boon to the busy business user, with cellular connectivity and big screens enabling some executives to claim all their work can be done on the devices.

But some applications need a little help inputting information. Samsung Electronics has been aiming its Galaxy Note handsets at those who want a digital pen for scribbling notes.

This week at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin it announced two new versions of the device, the Galaxy Note Edge, with a curved screen, and the Galaxy Note 4.

As detailed by ITportal.com, they’re close to the same size — the Edge has a 5.6-in screen, the Note’s is 5.7-in. But the Edge has slightly more pixel density. What makes the Edge different is the screen extends literally to the edge of the device — a bar that runs up the side of the handset that can show email notifications or other icons.

INSIDE Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Also, as expected from a device with a smaller screen, the Edge is slightly shorter. But it’s also thinner than the Note 4 and 24g lighter, which will be a decisive factor for those for whom weight is a premium.

The site also has a hands-on review of the Note 4 here. It will launch in the U.S. in October.

 In a briefing for South Korean reporters, a Samsung executive said the Note Edge has a concave metal edge on the right side. The hand set is weighted so if a user drops it — Editor’s note: never happens, right? — it will hit the metal frame first.

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Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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