Korean phone giant Samsung says its new Note Edge, a 5.6-inch display phablet with a curved right side, is designed to be as durable as other smartphones.
"On the right side of the Galaxy Note Edge, you can see a concave metal frame, when the device falls down to ground, the device is manufactured to hit the metal frame first," Kim Gae-youn, a senior executive of Samsung wireless division, said at a press conference for South Korean journalists after the company's Unpacked event in Berlin.
The world's biggest smartphone maker said the Galaxy Note Edge adopted glass with enhanced strength to cover its curved display. Samsung did not reveal additional details about the glass.
The curved side of the device can display text messages, menu icons, and 'tapeline' functions and users can operate the curved display independently when the main 5.6-inch display turns off.
Speaking at the same press conference, Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said the Note Edge will be released in a limited number of countries.
"South Korea is included in the list," said Lee, without specifying other countries.
The phablet is expected to cost over one million won (US$982) in Korea, around 100,000 won higher than the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, due to the cost of its curved display and limited number of inventory.
Lee declined to comment on specific prices of the two Galaxy Note devices.