The wait is over, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, the supersized version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, officially unveiled today. But the question on everybody’s lips is this: Is the S6 Edge+, also known as the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, different enough make the increased cost worthwhile?
We'll compare the early technical specs and see if the S6 Edge Plus lives up to its billing with regard to its hardware, software and performance.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Design
The elegant curves of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge surprised even the pickiest of tech enthusiasts and it was the first smartphone to sport a rear shell glass, a feature that divided users.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus appears to have almost exactly the same design features as the S6 Edge, including all its strengths and weaknesses. Hmm, sounds like a pretty familiar story, Samsung.
The only obvious difference is the size of the Edge Plus. It has a 5.7 inch display and a slightly larger body than its predecessor. Oh, and it seems you'll have a choice of four colors - gold, silver, white or black.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge features a 5.1-inch qHD resolution display (1440 x 2560 pixels) which, thanks to the curved edges, seems to extend to the rear bodywork and offers a great visual experience. Images always appear bright, sharp and saturated.
The display of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus also offers high definition QHD but extends to a diagonal of 5.7 inches, with a pixel density of 1440 x 2560. When it comes to the reproduction of colors and the balance of contrast, the difference between the two will be minimal. Even if you can see a difference, it looks as though it’ll be possible to customize the color reproduction anyway, thanks to a range of settings dedicated to the display.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Software
The S6 Edge was launched with version 5.0.2 of Android Lollipop already installed, including all the new features and, regrettably, all those little bugs too. Thankfully these small defects have been corrected through several updates.
As for the interface, Samsung made a few upgrades to TouchWiz in time for the launch of the two current S6 handsets, which make the user experience more fluid, functional and uniform.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Performance
The S6 Edge hasn’t fared too badly with its Exynos 7420 processor, supported by 3 GB of RAM and a Tegra X1 graphics chip.
The Plus version has the same processor, but also packs 4 GB of RAM, which allows it to run big applications simultaneously without faltering. This is one powerful device.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Camera
The front and rear cameras will also be the same in both models. With 16 MP available, the rear camera will be able to take impeccable shots while the 5 MP at the front should be more than sufficient for a decent selfie.
The deeper we delve, the more it starts to look as though Samsung has released a smartphone almost identical to the S6 Edge, except for those extra 0.6 inches in diagonal display. But let's see if there are any surprises in store when it comes to the battery…
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Battery
The S6 Edge had a few problems with its battery life. Along with the shocking news users wouldn’t be able to replace malfunctioning batteries, we were all amazed to find out the battery only had 2600 mAh, meaning the likelihood of getting through a busy day without recharging was pretty slim. Thankfully it was at least equipped with its turbo-charging technology.
The same battery just wouldn't be able to support the new model's larger display. As a result, the battery for the S6 Edge Plus is 3000 mAh. It will support wired charging and is compatible with wireless charging technologies WPC and PMA. Will it be enough to for a charge to get us through the day? We’ll be running plenty of tests to find out.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Specifications
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
5.7” Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 (518ppi)
5.1 -inch Super AMOLED , 2560 x 1440 pixels ( 576ppi )
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: release and price
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was released on April 10 and cost around 800 USD, or 750 GBP. Samsung was forced several times to reduce prices and the smartphone often actually sold for less than this.
According to some retailers, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ price looks to be around US$800 for the 32 GB version and $890 for the 64 GB version, off-contract. For a two-year contract it'll cost US$349.99 for 32 GB and US$449.99 for 64 GB handset.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs S6 Edge Plus: Conclusion
In short, this new smartphone is very similar to its predecessor. But it will feature a more powerful battery to support its larger display (and a higher price to match).
Judging from the information we've got so far, the likelihood of anyone getting excited about this new phone seems very slim. Disappointment and indifference seem the more likely emotions at this point.
Have you heard any more about the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus? Tell us in the comments below.
This text has been translated from an article by Daria Lombardi for AndroidPIT Italy.