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Galaxy Note 7 to have dual-edge curved design, no flat variant in the works

A poster leaked recently intended to put the question “Edge, non-edge, or both?” to rest didn’t for many who were still hoping that Samsung would create a flat Galaxy Note 7 alongside of the Galaxy Note 7 edge. When a European Galaxy Note 7 model number leaked appearing to be a non-flat version, we cautioned our readers at the time to take the idea with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, tech journalists not affiliated with the site have taken the idea and proclaimed to their readership(s) that a flat Note 7 is in the works, but we said then and there that nothing coming out of Korea indicates that a flat Galaxy Note 7 is on the way. Now, we’re getting what should be a second wake-up call for the non-edge crowd.

Korea is now telling us that “Samsung is not considering launching a flat screen version of the Note phone.” Samsung is having a change in strategy, with the company aiming more for profitability instead of marketshare these days without neglecting either, and the decision to go full-on with the Galaxy Note 7 edge instead of crafting a flat variant seems to be in line with the Korean giant’s new direction. Not only will the Galaxy Note 7 edge help Samsung increase its overall profit, but it will also give Samsung the opportunity to showcase its newest idea that is becoming something of a new fad, even for Chinese smartphone manufacturers.

The edge is “the new flat,” with the edge serving a number of purposes for the smartphone experience. Not only can you get news feeds, app shortcuts, and so on with the edge, you can also use the edge to write on the screen (which Samsung is saving for the upcoming Galaxy) and aesthetically, the smartphone as a whole is easier to hold and easier to press against the ear when making a phone call, for example. Screenshots and photos seem to just “roll off the edge” when using the Galaxy S7 edge, for example, but what the next Galaxy brings to the table in the Note phablet will be Samsung’s best work ever.

Samsung will start mass production on the upcoming Galaxy in July and announce the Galaxy Note 7 on August 2, 2016, in New York City. Even for those who still want to hold out hope for a flat variant, we continue to advise you to err on the side of disappointment rather than the side of surprise.

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madennique
madennique

I’m going to buy the Note 7 Edge either way. I really hope the edge is pronounced.

madennique
madennique

I really hope the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 edge has the same looking curve as depicted in the photo above.

butchieboy
butchieboy

Samsung has lost sight of what consumers want. They are going for “hey look at this new gimmick”. Most of us use our devices as computers, organizers, gaming. Not saying everyone is like me just my opinion, but all of my friends that have Samsung devices could care less about the edge design..and those that have it the excitement goes away after a week or so.

yobbei
yobbei

I want flat screen!!!! gaming is gonna be so bad without the flat screen.

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

Fantastic news, I will take it all.

derzulya
derzulya

I don’t like edge display and don’t want to pay extra 100 bucks for this gimmick. Just give me Note 4 with better processor and i’m absolutely ok with that. It seems that Note 4 is my last Note smartphone.

RedShadow12
RedShadow12

Samsung the only reason why everybody is buying the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is because of the bigger battery, most people don’t even use the sidebar display at all personally I want a flat variant cause every edgeless galaxy smartphone screens break real easy on the first drop, it happened to my cousins Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on the second day after she received her S7 Edge, screen was cracked on one accidental drop while trying to buy a case for new smartphone.

MStuart
MStuart

I think they know. That’s why they decided to make the Edge more attractive by making it bigger and with a bigger battery. It’s all about the extra mark-up they can charge for it over the flat model.

emassu
emassu

Exactly, I bought the s7 edge for the battery and looks. But I have already broken screen 2 times and using screen protector (film because glass doesn’t work on curved screens). I do not like cases but I am being forced to use one now.

hanni1984
hanni1984

NOOOO.. the Note should stand out.. Now it’s only got a pen.. That’s it

harinsheth
harinsheth

1. Benchmarks must be more then oneplus 3

2. IR blaster must be re introduces same as sd card

3. Adoptable storage option must be there

Else bye bye note 6 / 7 / edge

Welcome note 8

naranova7
naranova7

I really shouldn’t write about all the goodness that comes with edge screen, everyone should know by now. I will only add 2 more benefits here:
Having only one variant means no price compromises. What I’m trying to say is, if they release both flat and edge, the edge has to be more expensive and that would not be fair.
In addition, one variant means better updates.
My only concern is keeping the screen safe because I haven’t heard of a dual edge screen protector.

vpoulios
vpoulios

Last year the made the mistakes not to include a sd card support, not to offer a 128 gb version and not to launch in Europe. This year they will not offer a flat version. Samsung has not a flat screen flagship phone with more than 5.2 inches. They will not get my money if there is only a edge version

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

They get my money. This phone sounds amazing. I guess I am not the kind to complain about each and every decision a company makes. If you do not like the decisions spend your money somewhere else. Keep in mind, every phone you buy has compromises not just Samsung phones.

vbx
vbx

Vote with your wallet.

MStuart
MStuart

Very disappointing and I hope it doesn’t turn into a trend. I really don’t see why they couldn’t offer two variants, choice is a good thing. Didn’t they learn anything with the microSD debacle?

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

I think streamlining their products and offering fewer variants is the smarter play. They have seen in recent years a strong interest in the edge displays, the S7 edge out sold the S7. Going in that direction seems like a smart logical decision to me. Plus the fewer variants the easier it will be to push out updates.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

The S7 Edge is only in name the same as the S7. It has a bigger battery and way bigger screen. That offsets the annoyance of the edge.

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

Only in name? The S7 and S7 Edge have the same processor, the same RAM, the same front and back camera, the same software (except some edge features), both IP68, the same audio set up, and the same connectivity. Sounds like they have a lot more in common then just a name, silly.

aroutis
aroutis

Because if they did there would be fragmentation, ergo difficulty during upgrades.
Now, one model, easier process during upgrades and let’s face it, people do want EDGE display no matter what people say here; Oh and yes, NO IR BLASTER YAY!

Amarganth
Amarganth

This is the end od Samsung’s mobile division for me personally. The S5 and Note 4, which I both still have and love, were the last true smartphones by Samsung, the last true successors of the Nokia N and Nokia E series, the last true multimedia and utility powerhouses. The glass is terribly fragile, fingerprint prone and is really bad for dispersing heat. The edge is a stupid gimmick which looks “cool” but is beyond useless. But Samsung couldn’t care less. They are going for the fedora monkeys because that’s where the money is. They know the metrosexual fedora monkeys… Read more »

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

So much anger, relax. Samsung has always been about innovating and taking chances. Inevitably they will make decisions that do not please everyone and that is OK. You have other options. If Nokia is the option you choose, go for it, I hope they make a great phone that you really love. No need to insult people for having a different opinion by calling they names and deriding their preferences. I am excited about the Note 7 and can’t wait for the edge display. The functionality that already comes with the edge is nice and each time Samsung releases an… Read more »

aroutis
aroutis

Bye bye then 🙂 And Go to Nokia 🙂

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I don’t understand why people are against the edge variant. It only adds functionality and takes nothing away. It makes the device look bezelless on the sides and is aesthetically top grade. If you want a slab that’s cheap and you can stuff a load of “content” on, get the OnePlus 3. Samsung is all about innovation. You’ve had two years to get used to the idea of a curved glass phone. It’s a design that works and sells, I don’t expect to see a flat S8.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

I think most Note users don’t like warped images and something that is more difficult to hold. With the all glass designs, it becomes slippery and a fingerprint magnet as well.

MStuart
MStuart

The edge makes the phone harder to hold, it adds quite a lot of glare, it distorts pictures/videos, makes the phone more expensive.

What’s to like about it? I’ve got no idea.

Vibgyoar
Vibgyoar

Takes nothing away? The clue is in the name – Note. There is a reason why makers of old fashioned notebooks never made them with curved edges. Ever since paper took over from slates, they have strived to keep it flat, even though it would be easier just to let the paper do what comes naturally and curve at the edges. It might look cool, but you can’t easily write on a curved surface. That is just for starters. You can’t easily hold a curved edge device without inadvertently touching the screen. Cases struggle to afford any protection to a… Read more »

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

S7 Edge is selling better because it has a 0,4″ bigger screen. — the smartphone as a whole is easier to hold and easier to press against the ear when making a phone call, for example. Screenshots and photos seem to just “roll off the edge” when using the Galaxy S7 edge, for example, but what the next Galaxy brings to the table in the Note phablet will be Samsung’s best work ever. — This is simply not true. The small edge on a big phone doesn’t make it better to hold. It makes it harder! Not to mention walletcases… Read more »

colliderz
colliderz

Samsung has become as evil as Apple when it comes to greed and screwing up its loyal customers. NOBODY asked for a bloody curved screen on the Note Series. Why they have to screw up their “pro” phones?

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

Actually people have asked for the Edge phones by voting with their wallets. To think a company is not going to take note of that is just ignorant. The S6 edge had supply problems because even Samsung underestimated its popularity and the S7 edge has sold like crazy. When I view a review about the S7 on you tube they almost always use the edge variant for the review because they see it as the superior phone as well.

Channel42x
Channel42x

Well now I feel happy I bought an iPhone and ditched my Note 4. As long as Samsung doesn’t get their stuff together, I’m not coming back.

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

Yet apple will be releasing an edge phone next year with front and back glass as well with no removable battery and no SD card support, brilliant!!

aroutis
aroutis

And no IR Blaster ! 😀 – because all geeks call for the damn thing 🙂

eHoolie
eHoolie

I’m thinking the same way.

sanayp
sanayp

Just create 2 versiona a flat and edge.

If Samsung can’t do that as they don’t have any money then shut business down.

maccyb
maccyb

Big mistake Deidre, I use my Note for work, and need a flat screen for engineering drawings. This changes the Note from being a business device into a leisure phone and fashion statement. I will be deeply disappointed if there is no flat version. I think that commercially, knowing all my colleagues who use the Note for similar work including graphics designers who use the spen constantly will be very disappointed. Not having a flat version means that Samsung doesn’t understand a large section of its Note customer base.

stondec
stondec

Bring it on.

willy.4
willy.4

Long live my note 4…… I will just buy two more batteries to go with the other three and keep it for as long as it’ll last… Then flash it, camera still very good , could be the last Samsung note series that I purchase.

Prepguy71
Prepguy71

That will be just fine

xavier8188
xavier8188

I think it would be a mistake to just release an edge model. In my opinion, it’s useless and makes the phone more difficult to hold. Not to mention, images look warped where the display is curved and there is also glare from lights. Also, accidental touches and app openings are common because the palm rejection doesn’t work as well as I’d like it to. The smart thing to do is release a standard and edge model and let customers have an option instead of forcing a curved display on us. I also think it would be weird using the… Read more »

sammay69
sammay69

The galaxy s7 and s7 edge is amazing. brilliant that they had 2 different models. Why can’t the note too? In a way I feel Samsung is just fucking up the note lineup. Last year they made the note 5 and a s6 edge+ But also they didn’t released the note in Europe. Instead they gave us in Europe just a bigger s6 edge. But no one asked for a bigger s6 edge. Now Samsung only wants to make a note edge and not a flat. Why can’t Samsung do the same as they did with the s7 on the… Read more »

sanayp
sanayp

Because Samsung are poor.

eHoolie
eHoolie

LOOLLLZ

ijazali
ijazali

it’s expensive that’s how they are going to make more profit. They only think of their profit.