We haven’t heard from Samsung about its Galaxy Note Edge for a long time. If this name doesn’t ring a bell to you, then we’ll tell you that it’s a variant of the Note 4, but with a curved display. The Galaxy S5 has a smaller display and instead of faux leather, it used a perforated pattern.
But let’s deepen the subject and start with the Note Edge, which has this unusual display that it’s easily observable when the phone is put on the table, or when you hold it in your palm. The display is curved only on the right side and has a classy metal rim surrounding it. Likewise the Galaxy S5, the Note Edge has a removable back, but the S5 is more compact and a bit thinner and has that dimpled pattern on the rear panel, while the Note Edge went with the faux leather design. Both devices have a fingerprint sensor hidden into the home button, but only the S5 is water and dust resistant, while the Note Edge features the popular S Pen stylus.
The Note Edge has a 5.6inches display with the highest resolution so far, 1600x2560pixels, which gives a pixel density of 524ppi. The Galaxy S5 has the same Super AMOLED display, but it’s 0.5inch smaller and supports 1080x 920pixels with 432ppi. The Edge has 496nits of peak brightness and 6719K color temperature, while the S5 has 442nits and 8100K.
Hardware and OS
The Note Edge is way more powerful than the Galaxy S5 because it uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 805 processor with four cores, clocked at 2.7GHz. The Galaxy is also using a Snapdragon processor, but it’s from the 801 series and the four cores are clocked at 2.5GHz, which means that the device offers a weaker performance. Anyway, the graphics are amazing on the Note Edge, being from Adreno 420, while the S5 supports Adreno 330.
The Note Edge has 3GB of RAM and 32 and 64GB variants of internal storage, while the S5 has 2GB of RAM and 16 and 32GB of storage, but both phones support microSD card slots for expansion up to 128GB.
The Galaxy S5 runs on Android v4.4.2 (KitKat) and the Note Edge comes with v4.4.4 (KitKat).
Both models have 16MP rear cameras, but the Note Edge has optical image stabilization for steadier videos, 1.12 micron pixels, 1/2.6” sensor and F2.2 aperture, and the aspect ratio is 16:9 but you can set it to 4:3. The Galaxy S5 has features such as Phase Detection that helps the camera focus and shoot within a second. However, the front camera on the S5 is 2MP, while its sibling has a 3.7MP camera with F1.9 aperture.
The S5 has a good battery of 2800mAh which claims to deliver 21hours of talktime, and it passed through the seven hours barrier. The Note Edge comes with a 3000mAh battery which had the same result on the same test.
The Note Edge will be purchased through AT&T with a two-year contract, and it will cost $399, while the full retail price will be at $946. The Galaxy S5 costs 650 dollars, without a contract.