Samsung's innovative new Galaxy Note Edge is releasing later this week, but you might be better off just skipping the pre-order and waiting until those inevitable Black Friday deals kick in.
November 14 will see the U.S. retail release of Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge at full retail price for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers, but only two weeks later, Black Friday sales will saturate the retail electronics market and you can bet that Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge and even the Note 4 will see significant discounts over their release prices. Verizon and U.S. Cellular will also sell the Note Edge, but a release date hasn't been given yet.
If last year is any indication, you can expect to see bundle deals with contracts and that may bring the cost of the phone down to anywhere from $99 to free. Best Buy offered the Galaxy S4 4G LTE last year for free with a contract, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet enjoyed a savings of over $200 on the big day.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is in a similar situation. The phablet smartphone just entered the market last month and is expected to be part of the usual price slashing deals due to its popularity.
The 5.6-inch limited edition Note Edge features a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 16 MP rear-facing camera, Quad HD Super AMOLED display, and 3 GB RAM. Its most impressive new feature is its curved screen that allows touch control on the edge as well as the main screen itself. The phone is expected to see a retail price anywhere from $946 to $840 off-contract, depending on where you buy it. On-contract, expect to pay around $399 before any discounts.
The Note 4, on the other hand, is only slightly larger (5.7 inches) with the same Snapdragon 805 processor and 3 GB of RAM. The biggest difference between the two, of course, is the lack of curved screen on the Note 4. This device is slightly less pricey than the Note Edge, coming in at around $299 with a two-year contract and around $819 off-contract. Both high-end devices will come standard with Android 4.4.4 Kitkat as an operating system.
Tech news site GottaBeMobile shares our thoughts on waiting to purchase these devices. "There is no reason to rush into buying this concept smartphone, none at all," the site advises. "You're going to be better off waiting to absorb all of the Galaxy Note Edge release date information including the missing details from Verizon and U.S. Cellular so that you can make a better, well informed decision. You're also going to be better off skipping expensive pre-orders (eBay) and pre-orders that come with an unknown price tag (Expanys). There are simply too many question marks there and it's best to avoid question marks if you can."