A Phone with a Curved Edge Screen

Last week, I checked out the phone which Samsung is boasting about which is equipped with a curved display, named “Galaxy Note Edge”, and thought of sharing my views on the flagship device.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Figure : Samsung Galaxy Note Edge [1]
Design

Note Edge consists of a 5.6″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels and the edge of the screen is curved. This feature helps the user to view notifications without interruption and he/she will not miss them, even if the cover of the phone is closed.

Specifications The year 2014 became a year with selfies. The camera in Note Edge is ideal for these (even wide ones) as it has a front camera with a resolution of 3.7 MP and a rear camera with a resolution of 16 MP.

Figure 2 : Rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Figure 2 : Rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge [2]
To improve security, the software has a fingerprint scanner, so it is not necessary to remember the passcode to unlock the phone.

Figure 2 : Block diagram of the Snapdragon 805 processor
Figure 3 : Block diagram of the Snapdragon 805 processor [3]
Multitasking has just got better with the 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 450 processor and 3 GB RAM. There is so much space for music and pictures as the phone consists of 32 GB of internal memory. Android 4.4 (KitKat) is the operating system of the phone but I think it would be possible to upgrade it to 5.0 (Lollipop). The phone is not that heavy and according to the official specifications, it only weighs 174g [4]. This incredible device has been powered by a 3000mAh battery which could be charged from 0 to 50% in about half an hour !

In conclusion, I would give this phone 8/10 overall. At first, I thought that the edge screen was pointless but then it does have a purpose.

References :

[1] Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.t-mobile.com/content/dam/tmo/en-g/PhotoStory/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-photo-story-blade-1.jpg. [Accessed 30 January 2015].

[2] Rear camera of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/11/galaxy-note-edge-review-45.jpg. [Accessed 16 March 2015].

[3] Snapdragon 805 Processor Specs and Details | Qualcomm. 2015. Snapdragon 805 Processor Specs and Details | Qualcomm. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/805. [Accessed 16 March 2015].

[4] Samsung GALAXY Note Edge – Specs. 2015. Samsung GALAXY Note Edge – Specs. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynoteedge/noteedge_specs.html. [Accessed 30 January 2015].

Wi-Power Technology : “Wi- What”?

Yes, you read it right, people. Qualcomm has introduced a new technology which enables electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets to be charged wirelessly, so that power adapters and cables no longer have to be carried when you travel.

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WiPower uses resonant based wireless charging to reduce the need for wall chargers, unsightly power strips, and congested wall sockets effectively. [1]

Here are some advantages of this technology :

  • True spatial freedom
    • Does not require the precise alignment of devices within charging area
    • Charge multiple electronic devices at the same time within the charging area without direct physical contact
  • Simultaneously charge different device types with varying power requirements
  • Metallic objects will not interfere with the charge process
  • Makes use of existing wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth to help minimize hardware requirements
  • By charging via surfaces, WiPower supports real world design requirements that blend into the home, office, automobiles and furniture
  • Reduces clutter by eliminating or reducing the amount of wires

Below is a clip showing how wireless charging works :

 

References :

[1]  Wireless Power Technology | Wireless Energy Transfer | WiPower. 2014.Wireless Power Technology | Wireless Energy Transfer | WiPower. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.qualcomm.com/solutions/wireless-charging/wipower. [Accessed 15 April 2014].