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The Galaxy Note 6: next in line for the Six Appeal edge makeover

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have given Samsung the mobile crown the company is due, but Samsung’s winner-take-all year isn’t quite over just yet. You see, above the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is one phone that rules them all, one phone that has the kind of functionality that diehard Samsung fans crave. That one phone is the Galaxy Note, and this year, the Galaxy Note 6 is the phone in question that, like the Galaxy S6 edge, is rumored to be next in line for the “Six Appeal” (Sex Appeal) treatment.

The Galaxy S6 edge, announced and released in 2015, provided the Korean giant with an opportunity to give the Galaxy S series a makeover that some believe was long overdue. With the Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung took the edge design from the Galaxy Note edge and made it better in its first Galaxy S edge model with a “Six Appeal” (a play on “sex appeal”) marketing campaign to match. And yet, first-generation Note edge fans are wondering when Samsung will step up its game and bring sexy back to the Note line with a follow-up Note edge successor in what could be called the Galaxy Note 6 edge (a.k.a. Galaxy Note edge 2).

As of now, it’s all up in the air. Samsung could 1) make a normal Galaxy Note 6, 2) make a dual curved Galaxy Note 6 edge, or 3) make a non-edge Note 6 and a curved Galaxy Note 6 edge and sell both side-by-side. While we won’t know officially until Samsung makes its official announcement, we can be confident that the Galaxy Note 6 is next in line to get the Six Appeal edge treatment for three reasons. Let’s dive into them below.

A Galaxy Note edge would showcase Samsung’s hardware and software prowess

While consumers don’t necessarily agree on what the perfect phone is (though some think the Galaxy S7 edge or first-generation Note edge come pretty close), they all agree that the perfect phone includes the perfect integration of hardware and software. The Galaxy Note 6 edge would be as close as Samsung has ever come to achieving this feat for its smartphone series.

The Galaxy Note 6 edge would have the hardware design of the edge, Samsung’s trademark that forces consumers to grow discontented with the usual “box” form factor of high-end smartphones. The edge is there to make your touch experience better, with curves that now help the phone settle in the palm of your hand and provide a comfortable feel when placed against your cheek to make a phone call.

The edge is more than just a pretty aesthetic, though: Samsung has also included functionality that lets you access settings shortcuts to take a selfie, send an email, call a contact, send an email to a specific person (a boss or friend, for example), and so on. Sure, it can be said that the Galaxy S7 edge, as its predecessor, doesn’t have enough functionality, but Samsung’s original Note edge did wonders with functionality. It’d be all too easy for Samsung to pull off the same functionality and more in the Galaxy Note 6 edge.

A non-edge Galaxy Note 6 would be wonderful, but a dual curved Galaxy Note 6 edge would be even better. Throw in the S Pen and its software, and you have the most beautiful and functional smartphone on the market. The Galaxy Note 6 edge, like the Galaxy Note 5, will have no equal.

The Galaxy Note 6 edge would be a gamble; then and again, Samsung has already gambled on the edge and won

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge AT&T Teaser

Samsung gambled on the edge with the Galaxy S6 edge back in 2015, and the Korean giant found itself with a winner. Consumers were buying up the Galaxy S6 edge left and right, as much as the non-edge Galaxy S6 (which is surprising, when you consider that the edge concept is futuristic). Flash forward to this year and Samsung already has a huge hit on its hands yet again with the Galaxy S7 edge.

When it comes to the Galaxy Note line, Samsung has played it relatively safe with the exception of the single-curved Galaxy Note edge back in 2014, maintaining the box form factor that many have come to love in the phone design. And yet, this is the year of change. It’s time for the Galaxy Note 6 to get the Six Appeal edge makeover.

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 edge, the Korean giant could’ve never anticipated the consumer preference. The Galaxy S6 edge “gamble” that proved successful would be even less of a gamble for the Note 6 because the Note line has more modest sales. The Galaxy S line is the most popular smartphone line for Samsung, so a Galaxy Note 6 edge would be even less of a gamble and could prove to garner more sales for the company.

The Galaxy Note 6 edge would resolve the Galaxy Note/Galaxy S6 edge form vs. function dilemma

If you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy S6 edge or a Galaxy S7 edge, you’ve got a phone without form or functional compromise. The same can’t be said for Galaxy Note customers who felt powerless last year when Samsung took away the edge from the Note line and brought it to the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+. Customers who wanted the edge of the Galaxy S6 edge+ couldn’t have the Galaxy Note 5; customers who wanted the Galaxy Note 5 couldn’t have the S6 edge+. Yes, Galaxy Note customers had to make a choice in the form/function dilemma. Samsung pushed this dilemma in its marketing campaign, but some customers experienced genuine angst over their buying decision.

With a Galaxy Note 6 edge, the angst of yesteryear would be resolved within one device. Now, Note customers could have the edge and S Pen together, their own version of what can only be called a Galaxy S6 edge+/Galaxy Note 5 hybrid (or, per this year’s phone monikers, a Galaxy S7 edge/Galaxy Note 6 hybrid).

Finally, the dilemma would end in sweet resolution. Oh, the peace that will come in the buying process!

Conclusion

CHAMPAGNE

Lil’ Wayne has poured champagne all over the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and, after all, I can’t blame him: the best things in life, in this case, Samsung’s two Galaxy S smartphones, deserve the finest champagne to celebrate them. And yet, the Galaxy Note 6 provides a brilliant opportunity for Samsung to add a third smartphone to the party, the one smartphone that tops them all (even without the edge design).

And yet, I can’t help but think that the Galaxy Note 6, as good as it would be in non-curved fashion, could steal the show from the S7 edge if Samsung would “level the hardware field” and give the Note 6 the one feature that has won the S7 edge its current acclaim. The Galaxy Note 6 will be as champagne-resistant as the Galaxy S7 series when it arrives (and as champagne-toasted), but why deprive it of the one hardware feature that everyone wants? Why take the most prestigious software and deprive it of the most prestigious hardware, especially when the Galaxy Note 7 edge will arrive in 2017 along with 4 other Galaxy flagships?

The Galaxy Note 6 will be nothing short of a well-baked, delicious cake. Why not go ahead and give it that Six Appeal and add the “edge” icing on top?

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nattyboy
nattyboy

all well said but one thing is; Sammy shld not fail to include the IR Blaster this time.
that wld have made a lot of sense on the S7.
i think Samsung shld be adding any good things possible not removing any good function or hardware.

alastairgreen_Nexus
alastairgreen_Nexus

I would rather see this
SM-N930F for the non edge Note 6 and
SM-N935F for the Note Edge 2 or Note 6 edge

alirichard
alirichard

plz make note 6 edge i love edge

jsmrosario
jsmrosario

Edge is not that good in Note. It is not appropriate to use the pen on a curved screen.

jsmrosario
jsmrosario

I hope Samsung will bring back the IR Blaster on Note 6.

grover517
grover517

Glass back? Curved screen? What’s next, mother of pearl home button with a inlaid, platinum Samsung logo? Sigh………. Long live my Note 4.

LIVEFRMNYC
LIVEFRMNYC

Give me any version with 128gb internal storage, and I’ll be happy. But given a choice, I’ll always go edge.

zoocas
zoocas

Note 6 edge dual sim that’s all I want, I can wait and if I have to, import to the UK

Ikilledkenny
Ikilledkenny

Oh great Samsung is at it again. Quantity over quality. Why can’t Samsung just focus on getting a few models RIGHT and then actually support them with updates for more than six months. I’m so over buying a “premium” Samsung device to then find quality issues and dropped support (no updates) after barely a year. My “premium” Galaxy Tab S is still stuck on Android L with no security updates even for a looong time, even though Android M has been out for over 8 months… Apparently Samsung’s official policy is to drop device support or at least rapidly wind… Read more »

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

For the updates it depends on the model and the region, and if u don’t like to wait much u can just install the updates manually and it’s not that hard tho

eHoolie
eHoolie

The update has to be released in order to download it. Sigh…

azkendrick
azkendrick

You and I think alike here. I have an AT&T Note 5 still running 5.1.1 with the February security patch. Samsung has the J series, S series, Note and apparently a C series is coming and Im not sure what other phones there are, then there’s the tablets.

maccyb
maccyb

Good article, but there would definitely need to be a flat Note version. The edge is nice but protecting the screen is difficult. None of the screen protectors are good enough and the edge is exposed even with good cases. I work an engineering environment and it can be rough. My Note 5 is well protected by a good screen protector and case. I wouldn’t feel as safe with an edge model, as beautiful as it would be.

umbrokhan786
umbrokhan786

Note 6 with Edge. I prefer one side edge like note edge. That will be good.
If both sides are edge then have to wait for tech reviews to comment on it before buying.

q8peace
q8peace

note edge 2 is clever idea this year the right curve display will be like note edge
and the left screen curve will be like s7 edge / camera button in the right curve and music and contact shortcut / and the left curve will be for apps edge and news edge . note edge 2 will dominate the market i tell you right now remember my words

Ikilledkenny
Ikilledkenny

How about Samsung just release a few devices, focus on quality, and actually support the device with firmware updates for more a year.

golem1102
golem1102

Note 6 edge please!!!

ChodaBoy
ChodaBoy

“why deprive it of the one hardware feature that everyone wants?”

When was it decided that “everyone wants” an “edge screen”??? My Note 4 is difficult enough to hold without unintentionally touching the edge of the screen. I cannot imagine how difficult a dual-edge screen would be, especially on a phone with a stylus. Also, the edge would be impossible for a stylus. Many different types of apps require edge-to-edge access for the stylus.

drive2sky
drive2sky

If there ll’b dual curved with s-pen and micro sd, Definitely! takeover s-series.

Hoggington
Hoggington

Please Lord NOOOOO….

Had an S7 edge. Horrible. The edges totally get in the way of the experience. Screen space is cut off, text and images warp over the edges. Horrible.

What TV or monitor has a screen that bends away from you??

Exactly.

Samsung, I beg you, stop the gimmick that is the edge display. It will ever backfire. I guarantee it.

0141512
0141512

Are you me? This is exactly my opinion after having owned an s7 edge. Though I wouldn’t mind if there’s 2 variants for those who wants the edge display.

stondec
stondec

I’ll rather have an edge version too. I guess we’ll know in a couple of months or so.

viorelianasi
viorelianasi

Oh, no! Stupid edges again! For me, Samsung made a big mistake not making the regular S7 with the same 5.5” display and same battery capacity. Despite all of that I still got the regula S7. I dislike curved screens. I like to have a display that can represent the graphics in the most geometric accurate way, the way is meant to be displayed. So please, Samsung, at least, made a version of Note 6 with flat display!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I’m hoping when it comes to 2018 they’ll only be “edge” variants. Having been with the S6 Edge+ I cannot see myself going back to a non curved phone. And am looking forward to the Note 6 edge

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

They shouldn’t. The Note5 has such speedy updates. Having a similar phone will slow down one of them. Like the Note 4 and Note Edge. The Note Edge generally got updates later.

azkendrick
azkendrick

I prefer the form factor of the Note 5. While I think the edge looks nice I didn’t care for it on three GSM 7 edge. I returned it and went back to the Note.