The Galaxy Note Edge may not be curvy enough for Samsung, which is reportedly working on another phone model with glass on three sides. Think of the Note Edge, but with curved edges on both the left and right.
A Bloomberg report says the phone will be a variant of the Galaxy S6, which will be introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The curved-edge model and standard GS6 will have 5.1-inch screens and an all-metal build, according to the report.
It’s unclear if Samsung’s original curvaceous phone has been a hit, especially since we found it rather awkward in daily use during our Galaxy Note Edge hands-on.
However, Samsung’s falling profits, combined with Apple’s recent surge, is putting a ton of pressure on the company to reverse its fortunes. While it still cranks out a lot of low-end devices for other markets, it really needs a hit phone in the U.S. to get the cash rolling back in.
The story behind the story: Samsung is banking on its Galaxy S6 and curved-edge model to try and stop the iPhone tide. Along with bent glass and a stronger build quality, Samsung is rumored to be bringing a lighter version of its TouchWiz software, letting more of stock Android shine through, and pre-loading fewer of its own apps. This will be a year to watch Samsung closely to see if it can convince new buyers to go with them instead of the tight competition in the Android space or the always-tempting allure of the iPhone.