As if the Galaxy Note 5 wasn’t premium enough of a device for Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant also decided to release the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, a bigger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge that came before it. But does bigger necessarily mean better in this case? I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the device. Here are my hands-on impressions.
The most obvious design feature of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is its 5.7 inch Dual Edge Super AMOLED display. Super AMOLED displays are already something to look at, but the dual edge design is really something else. While it did initially come off as a bit of a gimmick to me, Samsung has incorporated enough features to make this design choice practical.
If there was a quick way to describe the design of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, it’s essentially the same as the Galaxy Note 5, except that the screen is curved, not the back. Really, just flip it around and you’ll feel like you’re holding the Note 5! It’s a little thinner though, since it doesn’t need to accommodate an S-Pen, but it still shares the same Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the front and back.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus shares many of the same innards as the Galaxy Note 5. It packs the same 64-bit 2.1GHz Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and comes in the same 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage configurations. The only thing lacking is the S-Pen, which it makes up for with the Dual Edge display.
Imaging is handled by a 16mp autofocus camera on the back, which has a dual LED flash, and more conveniently, OIS. Selfies on the other hand are handled by a 5mp front camera with an F1.9 aperture.
In terms of connectivity, you won’t find the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus lacking. You get 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a number of navigation options, including GPS, GLONASS, and even Beidou. You might find the battery to be a bit lacking though at just 3,000mAh, especially with a screen that size. However, Samsung says that the phone is actually more energy-efficient when compared to the Galaxy Note 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with its own custom UI on top. The UI has been modified heavily to add much-needed functionality to an otherwise gimmicky screen design. It all looks the same, but the magic starts to happen when you take advantage of those dual edges.
The People Edge allows for customized quick access to your favorite contacts. Just choose which contacts you want and set it. App Edge is basically the same thing, except it allows for quick access to favorite apps instead.
If the Galaxy Note 5 is intended for the multi-tasker, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is ideal for more fashionable consumers who like having the best. It’s almost a direct competitor to the iPhone 6 Plus and is actually physically smaller. Of course, when you’re getting for the best, you’re often paying for the best, and with its starting price tag of Php39,990, this won’t be a phone for everyone.
- 5.7″ QHD Dual Edge Super AMOLED display (1,440 x 2,560 resolution, 515ppi), protected by Gorilla Glass 4
- 64-bit 2.1GHz Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor
- Mali 760 GPU
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB/64GB internal storage, non-expandable
- 16mp rear-facing autofocus camera with dual LED flash and OIS
- 5mp front camera
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
- 3,000mAh battery
- Price: Php39,990 (32GB variant), Php44,990 (64GB variant)