The Galaxy S6 Edge+ could be summed up as an enlarged version of the Galaxy S6 Edge released last April. A minimalist update to the previous model, the Edge+, whose 5.7-inch diagonal screen is also curved towards the back shell, adds a shortcut menu to quickly launch certain applications, in addition to the existing menu that displays favourite contacts. Out of that, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ shares the same configuration as the Galaxy Note 5 with 4GB of RAM, a 16 megapixel photo sensor and an eight-core Samsung processor. Unlike Note 5, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is not equipped with a stylus.
Just like the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Note 5, this S6 Edge+ is made of metal and glass which gives it a very elegant and fine finish. But this is at the expense of the removable battery and the slot for a micro SD memory card. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ builds on the success of its little brother, the idea being that a larger model could only appeal to consumers. However, this is the fourth similar model that Samsung has released in four months, which could create confusion and dilute sales. A real problem as Samsung is facing a slowdown in sales in the smartphone market.
Despite its astronomical price, this S6 Edge+ is truly superb. Buyers who want and can afford it will be rewarded with a big screen that is really brighter than all the others. And for others, there are a host of very good wide-screen mobiles that cost much less.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is available in France since September 4th. It is available in silver, white, black and gold. The price is 799 euros for the 32 GB model.
If you’re familiar with the style of the Galaxy S6 Edge and its curved screen edges, then the silhouette of the S6 Edge+ won’t surprise you. The glass and the screen have right and left edges that curve towards the rear shell. The 5.7-inch diagonal screen is usable and readable over its entire surface. These curved edges produce a much more sophisticated feel than a classic smartphone. The screen seems more immersive than the one in Note 5. There may be a psychological side to all this, but the effect is more pronounced on the Edge+, perhaps because the phone is a bit big in our hand.
The 5.7-inch diagonal screen is unquestionably beautiful and well exploited. Just above it is a 5 megapixel front camera and several sensors. Below the screen is the home button which incorporates a fingerprint reader. It is framed by two other touch buttons Previous and Recent Programs. You can launch Google Now by pressing and holding the home button. On the back of the camera are the 16-megapixel photo sensor, a flash and a heart rate monitor. The camera module is slightly protruding but this is mainly due to the fact that the rest of the chassis is very thin.
The other buttons and physical ports of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ are inserted into the metal frame: the power/lock button on the right, the USB microphone port and headphone jack on the bottom, the volume knob on the left and the SIM card slot on the top. As noted, the battery is not removable and there is no slot for an external micro SD memory card.
The two curved edges of the screen are not only there to provide a sensational look. With the Galaxy Note Edge and the S6 Edge, Samsung has had time to test the concept and find a use for it that makes a little more sense with the Galaxy S6 Edge+. There are now two default side screens that can be activated with one sweep. The first one gives quick access to 5 favorite contacts where missed calls and SMS messages are displayed. Simply press a name to call, text or email. A second sweep brings up a menu of shortcuts that you can customize with your favorite applications. It is also possible to set up a news feed to receive alerts in the sidebar. The advantage of this long display is that it allows you to view more text than with the notification pane.
The system is also more flexible to use because you can choose the right or left layout and place the opening tab wherever you want on the banner. We very much appreciated the night clock function that discreetly glows to give the date and time.
Note 5 and Edge+ share the same hardware configuration :
- 16 megapixel camera
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Ultra HD video definition
- Samsung Exynos 7 octuple core processor
- 32 or 64 GB internal storage
- 4 GB RAM
- 3,000 mAh battery (not removable)
- no slot for an external memory card
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Automatic synchronization of content on third party screens.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expensive and the reason is this curved screen. This already reduces the number of potential buyers considerably. Although it’s really beautiful, it offers nothing new or ultra-practical that you can’t live without.
With the simultaneous launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, we end up with four high-end Samsung models that share more or less the same configuration (even if for the moment Note 5 is not offered in France). Was an enlarged version of the S6 Edge necessary? We think this is an exaggeration, but once again, the Korean brand is making sure to meet consumer demand for the Edge screen while trying to rekindle sales. If you hesitate between one of these four models, your choice will depend on the size of the screen (5.1 or 5.7 inches) and the presence of a standard or curved screen.
Here’s how we see it: choose Note 5 if you want the latest and greatest model with a multitask stylus (we’re repeating ourselves, but the S5 isn’t on the French market at the moment); choose the Galaxy S6 Edge+ if you want a bigger screen but no stylus (and don’t let the price stop you); Choose the S6 Edge if you like the curved screen but want a phone that fits better in your pocket; and finally, choose the Galaxy S6 if you’re looking for a versatile, high-end Android smartphone.
If you’re attracted to a smartphone with a curved screen, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ offers a solid setup for taking great photos and of course a great screen for enjoying videos, images and other content. It’s also fast and the curved edges offer new display options. However, if you don’t want to spend so much money and this design leaves you breathless, move on.
There’s a plethora of 5.3-inch smartphones at much more reasonable prices. Examples include theiPhone 6 Plus and the LG G4 with their 5.5-inch screens. The G4 has in common with the Galaxy S6 Edge + the same version of Android, a similar camera and battery but with a hexa-core Snapdragon processor. Another difference is that the G4’s battery is removable and it can accommodate a memory card with a capacity of up to 2TB.
The Motorola Moto X Pure with its 5.7-inch screen, 21-megapixel photo/video sensor and options for customizing colors and materials is also proving to be a formidable competitor. In addition, it will be cheaper than the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
The other model on which we are also relying heavily is the OnePlus 2 with its 13 megapixel sensor, an eight-core processor and a battery equivalent to that of the Edge+. It is available from 339 euros in a 16 GB version. We recommend the 64 GB model with 4 GB of Ram for 399 euros. The main disadvantage is that you will have to get an invitation to buy it on the manufacturer’s website.