Weird for the sake of weird, or legitimately useful? It feels like that’s a question we’ve asked of plenty of smartphones before, and despite some good intentions, a lot of them seem to have fallen more into the former category. That said, there have been some “weird” phones that were actually pretty compelling, like LG’s curved-screen G Flex. This year we’ve got another phone with a curved display that’s raising a few eyebrows: the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Will the wrap-around screen give users new, valuable ways to interact with their handset, or is this just a gimmick? We’ll start finding out how consumers react to the Android in just a few days, as one of the Japanese carriers launching the Note Edge announces an October 23 release date.
A couple weeks back we learned that the Note Edge was going up for sale in Japan later this month, but didn’t have an exact date. With the end of October now nearly in sight, NTT DoCoMo is coming forward with those all-important details, confirming that Note Edge pre-orders mature into full-blown sales this Thursday.
Even if you’re not in Japan, this is still an important milestone towards the Note Edge’s broader release, but maybe more than anything we’re curious to see how the public at large reacts to the Edge’s unusual screen geometry. You’ve already seen our own hands-on with the phone, but there’s a big difference between a brief run-in on a crowded show floor and taking the Edge home as your daily driver. Will the novelty quickly fade? Will the phone emerge as a clear hit for Samsung, with the company maybe even struggling to meet demand? Our answers are on the way.