Samsung Galaxy Note Edge picks up US release date, pricing
Last month we saw Samsung get the ball rolling on sales for its eye-catching Galaxy Note Edge with that wrap-around display. Carriers in Japan started making the phablet available to their customers, and as those lucky shoppers managed to get their hands on the Edge for the first time, we found ourselves wondering when the heck we’d finally get the scoop on the phone’s release in the US. After all, while all the big carriers in the States were quick to proclaim their plans to sell the Note Edge nearly as soon as it launched, they’ve been largely quite about specifics… until now. We haven’t heard from everyone just yet, but at least a couple of the carriers are finally talking Note Edge sales details, with AT&T leading things off later this week.
AT&T gets things started this Friday, November 7, when the Note Edge will be up on display in “select” stores. While you’ll be able to take a look in person, it won’t be available for sale immediately, but the carrier is at least giving us an early peek at pricing, and it’s unsurprisingly steep – maybe the steepest we’ve seen for a phone from a major manufacturer: the AT&T Galaxy Note Edge will sell for just about $400 on contract, or $946 full-price.
Sprint does AT&T one better, and provides a firm date for the start of sales: November 14. We haven’t seen an on-contract price just yet, but on Sprint’s Easy Pay installment plan, the Note Edge will go for $35 a month over two years – that’s $840 total, still quite lofty, but a (slightly) easier pill to swallow than AT&T’s asking price.
Expect confirmation and pricing to start turning up from the other carriers in the very near future.
Update: T-Mobile’s confirming its own start to Note Edge sales, also on November 14. Over the course of two years, the monthly payments it’s asking for add up to $870 – not as cheap as Sprint, but still coming in under AT&T.