As per the rumour mill, Samsung has announced a larger version of its curved screen smartphone and it’s the main new device for the UK with no Galaxy Note 5 launch. Find out what has and hasn’t changed in our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S6+ review.
The Galaxy S6 Edge was, and still is, one of the most expensive smartphones on the market so it’s not surprising that the bigger Edge+ is even pricier. If you were worried about the impact on your bank balance before then even more saving will be required for the new Samsung phone.
We’ve outline the prices of the Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in the table below but the bottom line is that you’ll need to pay an extra £80. The prices below are from Samsung’s official site.
|Galaxy S6 Edge||£669||£749||£829|
|Galaxy S6 Edge+||£749||£829|
So is it worth paying the extra to get the new Galaxy S6 Edge+? Well since these phones are pretty similar we’ve outlined what the differences are and which things are the same no matter which model you buy.
Design and dimensions
It’s obvious that the Edge+ is bigger but to get specific, this means you’ll be dealing with a 75.8×154.4mm phone compared to a more manageable 70.1×142.1mm. Although Samsung claims the new model is thinner at 6.9mm instead of 7mm (does that really matter?), the Edge+ is heavier at 153g against 132g.
It’s also worth noting that the Edge+ is only available, at least to start with, in black or gold colours while you can also the original Edge in green or white.
Of course, the screen is a major different and the reason why the Edge+ is bigger than its predecessor. It offers a 5.7in compared to 5.1in so this is one of the main things to choose between when picking your S6 Edge.
They use the same SuperAMOLED screen technology and a Quad HD (1440×2560) resolution. This means the Edge+ has a 518ppi pixel density which is lower than 577ppi available on the regular Edge but these are both so high you won’t notice the difference.
As you may have spotted from the price table above, there is no 128GB model of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ so you’re limited to either 32- or 64GB. For the same price, you’ll get double the storage by opting for the smaller phone. Remember, there’s no Micro-SD card slot so choose wisely.
As well as a bigger screen, you’ll get more memory if you opt for the Edge+. It has 4GB of RAM compared to 3GB which is nice but not a difference which is going to make a huge amount of difference in the real world unless you like running tonnes of intense apps at the same time.
We’re not entirely sure why, but Samsung has dropped the IR blaster on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ so you can’t use it to control other gadgets, namely your TV. That’s probably not a deal breaker but it’s a noteworthy omission.
With a bigger screen, there is more space in the Edge+ chassis and Samsung has made use of it by installing a higher capacity battery. It’s jumped from 2600- to 3000mAh (that’s just over 15 percent extra).
We’ve had hands-on time with the Edge+ but not got a sample to properly battery test in the lab to see how much difference this makes. In theory it will provide longer battery life.
A difference on the spec sheet (but one you’re unlikely to notice the difference of) is that the Edge+ supports up to Cat 9 4G LTE which is theoretically 450Mbps while the S6 Edge is limited to Cat 6 300Mbps.
WHAT HASN’T CHANGED?
With the changes outlined above, there are a number of things which are the same no matter which Galaxy S6 Edge you buy. These include the processor, cameras, most connectivity, software and features like the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. For ease we’ve simply listed the specs which match below.
• Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor (quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57)
• 16Mp rear camera
• 5Mp front camera
• Fingerprint scanner
• Heart rate monitor
• Up to 11ac Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 4.1 (4.2 on Edge+)
• microUSB 2.0
• Wireless charging
• Android 5.1 Lollipop (S6 Edge upgradable)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: Specs
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- 5.7in Super AMOLED dual edge screen Quad HD (1440 x2560)
- Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor
- 32/64GB storage
- 4 GB RAM
- 16 Mp rear camera with OIS
- 5 Mp front camera
- Heart rate monitor
- Fingerprint scanner
- IR blaster
- 11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth with atpX
- 3000mAh battery
- 6.9 mm
Unless you really want the bigger screen, we can’t see why you would pay £80 extra for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ when it has half the storage of the regular Edge and no IR blaster. More memory and a slightly bigger battery isn’t enough to convince us.