Modern Sleek. That is the design philosophy behind Samsung’s latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 4. The South Korean company shared plenty of details behind its new Note 4 and Note Edge smartphones via its official blog, detailing key design decisions behind the two smartphones, from choice of material, the removal of the controversial fake stitching along the back cover, and even the curvature of the Edge Screen on the Galaxy Note Edge.
Samsung designed the Galaxy Note 4 to be “simple, modern, emotional and innovative”, which Samsung’s designers collectively called “Modern Sleek”. As a result, the company removed decorative elements such as the fake stitching on the back cover in favour of a more modern look, and at the same time introducing a metal frame with diamond cuts for that “urban vibe”. At the same time, the Note 4 retains a faux leather removable back cover, as Samsung wanted to create a balance between the cold metal frame and the soft-touch leather of the back cover – which is removable to give easier access to switch batteries.
The S Pen, too, posed a challenge for the Note 4 design team. Initially, the team wanted the S Pen to be larger for better grip, but due to the thin body of the Note 4 it proved to be impossible. As such the new S Pen remains the same size as its predecessor, but has fine lines etched onto the body for increased grip. Not to forget, the new S Pen has doubled in sensitivity and contains plenty more features that lets users accomplish more with the mighty (S) pen.
As for the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung went for a design philosophy called “Modern Fluidic”, inspired by “the curve of the nature”. Samsung’s not kidding about it, too: the Edge Screen on the Note Edge has a curvature that is inspired by the “curve of wind” and “the shape of water droplet”. The curvature and even the location of the Edge Screen itself – which is to the right side of the phone – is inspired by the act of flipping through the pages of a book, which for most people is from right to left. This is obviously impossible for left-handers to utilise, so the Note Edge can be used perfectly fine when rotated 180 degrees to allow left-handed users to take advantage of the Edge Screen.
Samsung goes into a lot more detail about its design story for the Note 4 and Note Edge smartphones in its two blog posts, so if you’re interested, head on to the source links below.