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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on

Edgy is a spot-on word that can describe Samsung’s intentions at the moment. Quite literally, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge showed to us that the Korean company can be quite unconventional – going outside the norm to spur attention and interest. Well, they’re doing exactly the same thing during Mobile World Congress 2015, as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is an alternative option to Sammy's flagship model in the traditional Galaxy S6.

Rather than just offering one curved edge, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge opts to favor a more uniform approach by curving both sides of the display. Seriously, though, there’s more to it than just that, as the phone by in large is a huge overhaul from past Galaxy smartphones. With the unveiling and announcement of this alternative model, it goes to show that Samsung is serious about maintaining its position in the space as a relevant player.

Design
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on


We suggest checking out our hands-on article of the Samsung Galaxy S6 if you haven’t done so already, mainly because the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge shares the same design language – though, the added word to the name implies something more profound. First and foremost, we’re in utter amazement in the complete redirection Samsung has opted to go in for its latest smartphone. For many years now, Samsung has been known to heavily rely on plastic for its phones, but things slowly started to change with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

From then on, Samsung has sprinkled a subtle premium quality to its smartphones in the form of a metal trim bezel. We’ve seen it in the high-end category with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, as well as in the mid-rangers like the Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3. However, there’s an evolutionary design leap with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge! Gone is the plastic chassis of previous flagships, replaced instead by a body that’s constructed from finer materials that give the phone a premium quality. To be exact, the Galaxy S6 edge pays meticulous attention to everything – evident by its aluminum trim bezel and Gorilla Glass 4 front and back surfaces.

This is one gorgeous looking smartphone! Not only is it remarkably attractive, but it’s compact, lightweight, and offers one comfortable feel in the hand. And there’s that sense of substance a durability with its design, one that can’t be forgotten just because of its more premium materials. Honestly, though, the curved sides of the display are there for aesthetics – more so than function. As we grip the phone in our hand, our fingers naturally contour the sides of the phone, giving it a slightly more comfortable feel than the standard Galaxy S6.

Every way we look at the Galaxy S6 edge’s design, we can’t help but to come to the realization that this is actually a Samsung-made thing. It’s quite shocking to tell you the truth, but they deserve recognition for listening and delivering one of the more memorable designed smartphones in recent memory. However, there are a couple of shortcoming with the new design – like the fact that it’s a magnet for smudges and fingerprints. In addition, it sheds the water-resistant construction of the Samsung Galaxy S5 before it, but in all fairness, it’s a compromise we’re happy they decided to make because this one is just too utterly beautiful.

Display


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on
Nope, Samsung isn’t settling on sitting still. Many folks argue that 1080p resolution is more than sufficient for today’s smartphone, but Samsung pushes forward by gracing the Galaxy edge with a defying 5.1-inch quad-HD 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display. Talk about impressive details! This one undoubtedly proves that point because it’s one of the most detailed around with its pixel density count of 576 ppi. Sticking with the same display technology that the company has popularized, its Super AMOLED screen continues to be vibrant – though, if it’s following after recent things like the Note 4, we can expect its color temperature and reproduction to be top-notch.

Obviously, the biggest thing separating this model over the standard Galaxy S6 is the curved edges of the display. Whereas the curved edge of the Note 4 is more for function, the edges present here are actually meant to accentuate the aesthetics. In particular, it gives the phone a uniform and seamless look, as the sides wrap around and meet together in the back. As for function, it’s not on the same level as what we get with the Note 4. Instead, the only functionality it has to offer relates to being able to access some quick contacts, notifications, and information from certain apps (think Yahoo’s services). On top of that, when a phone call is received, one side will shine and light up in a specific color that’s associated with a contact.

Beyond that, there’s nothing more in terms of functionality with the dual edge display of the smartphone. Like we said, it’s mainly there for the aesthetics to accentuate the already good looks of the smartphone.

Interface


Samsung claims that this is the best TouchWiz experience yet! That’s a little bit tough to say after spending just a short time with the phone, but we can certainly agree that it’s vying for a cleaner looking interface – one that also goes back to a simpler set of software features. Visually, the DNA of TouchWiz continues to be present, as the app panel and notifications panel for the most part remain unchanged. However, they added several new animations and a cleaner looking font type for its various widgets, which help to soften the tone of the user interface.

Running on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, we’re a bit sad to find multiple user support nixed with the experience. Samsung claims that it’s not a feature that most smartphone users would use, as it’s mostly relevant to tablets instead. Despite that, some of Sammy’s classic TouchWiz features are present – like multi-window to give us a true multi-tasking experience. With this latest incarnation, however, it’s quite apparent that they’re trying to tone things down, as some of TouchWiz’s previous features, are not activated from the get-go. For example, we’re told that Air View isn’t some that’s enabled – so it merely goes to show that they’re trying to streamline and minimize any complications with the experience.

All told, it’s tough to say how this new TouchWiz experience can separate itself in a positive direction, seeing that TouchWiz in the past has sometimes proven itself to be too features filled and cartoony looking.



Processor and Memory


As it currently stands, when the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge launches as an international model, it’ll be powered under the hood by a brand new 14nm 64-bit based Samsung Exynos octacore chip – coupled with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The result, based on our quick experience checking out the phone, is a far more responsive TouchWiz-running device than ever before. For example, Samsung was especially insistent on how fast the camera can quickly launch thanks in part to this new hardware. To tell you the truth, we find it more fluid than previous Galaxy devices, but it’s really tough to say if the consistent performance will be retained the more apps and usage the phone receives in the long term.

In coming up with the new design, Samsung had to make some compromises. One of them is found in the reality that there’s no longer expandable storage with the smartphone via microSD card slot. At the bare minimum, prospective owners will have their choice on storage options, which include 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

Camera


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on
There’s no denying it, Samsung’s high-end smartphones are remarkably equipped for taking photos and videos – so you won’t be disappointed by what new camera gear in the Galaxy S6 edge is capable of producing. Slapped onto the back is a 16-megapixel camera, which features an f/1.9 lens, optical image stabilization, and an IR Detect White Balance to neutralize shots for a more neutral exposure. Around the front, selfie-snapping purists will be delighted to know that there’s a wide-angle 5-megapixel camera.

Having a proven track record already, we can only suspect that the results with the new camera hardware are going to be impressive, but we’ll save our reservations until we can actually snap our own, real-world shots with the smartphone. Then again, it’s tough for us to not believe that, as both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 before it have constantly done well in our various camera comparison tests.

Although it’s not something necessarily new, especially with Sammy’s line of smartphones, the camera lens of the phone is more pronounced than ever before. If you thought that the lens stuck out a lot with last year’s Galaxy S5, you’ll be shocked to find out that it protrudes outwards even more with the Galaxy S6 edge.

Expectations


In the very short time of checking out the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, we’re blown away by how drastically different it is from all the other smartphones Samsung has manufactured thus far. The Galaxy S6 edge is a darling in the space with its unique dual edge screen, one that positively affects the aesthetics of the phone more than its functionality. In the same manner, Samsung doesn’t skimp out on the specs of the phone either, since it’s one beast of a thing that won’t disappoint.

Even though they’ve toned down the software features of TouchWiz, it still lays claim to an abundant set of hardware features – like its IR blaster, finger print sensor, and heart rate sensor. Ultimately, though, it’s the stark change to the phone’s design that makes it so impressive and surprising at the same time. In terms of pricing and availability, Samsung only mentions a global roll out beginning April 10th – where it’ll be offered in white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, and green emerald paint jobs. We're just hoping that its price point isn't going to be obnoxiously high!

Indeed, we’re still early in the year, but Samsung isn’t afraid to take the lead and set the bar high for everyone else.



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posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:39 30

5. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


The King is Back!

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:41 27

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sure is until the Note 5 lands.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:46 3

42. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


Okay, the Prince is Back! Cause i'm also a Note guys lol. But seriously this phone is about to break a lot of records.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 15:03

54. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


Just to wet your appetite for a full review,

"The rear camera on the Galaxy S6 is a 16-megapixel sensor with an F-Stop of f/1.9. With a simple double-tap on the home button even with the phone locked and asleep, the camera opens and is ready to snap a photo in just 0.7 seconds." bgr

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 07:53

86. Ahovking (Posts: 685; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


about to break a lot of records? No A lot of Samsung Users are not happy with the phone, and at lest saying that they wont be buying a S6 this year.

Will it break sale records? No, Profit records? No, it will save samsung and so well, but it wont be a record breaker.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 09:14

83. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


I agree with PAPASMURF ....

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:48 5

11. KParks23 (Posts: 588; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Yeah the King of plastic! Im sorry but every samsung item i have ever owned has been a complete POS and either a piece broke or it just decided to completely stop working if you've had a different experience i understand, but they will NEVER get a single penny from me again!

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:56 23

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I've had the complete opposite experience.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:24 4

26. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Same goes for every Apple phone and computer I ever bought. Thanks.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 13:50 1

44. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 627; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


They'll be just fine without your funky dollars lol.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 00:23 1

63. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I really like its front.. really perked up the aesthetics, but the back still looks like uh.. s**t!

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:06

69. Gaiyah (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


If you can't stand Samsung then why are you even in here commenting?

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 13:00

85. gadget_lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)


I have never had problems with my samsung devices, even after many years of use.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 14:38 1

49. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


You can tell the speed of the phone just from the f briefing loading time on the left side of the home screen I.e. Comes up right away on the note4 it takes some time to load and on the s5 it was very slow, now it loads like any other home page, sammoblie show all the software loading time, there is no lag it runs faster then the iPhone or iPad air 2 that I got and 100% faster then my note edge, and this is on pre release software, crap

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 01:16

64. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


fanboy is gonna love the built-in battery and the bazzle

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 02:39

81. zelahit (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


No doubt about that!

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 07:58

88. Ahovking (Posts: 685; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Hardly, There is no revolutionary factor there, The "Curved screen" is like the introduction of Larger "phablet" screens, not revolutionary, it will help sales but wont alone make samsung the king again.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:41 6

7. zachki17 (Posts: 261; Member since: 14 Sep 2014)


Dual edge that was LG idea samsung copycat

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:42 20

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because they can copy something in a matter of a week... Idea was inspired from the Note Edge, which has been a concept since 2012/3 and Samsung themselves announced dual edged screens was in the future.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:22 2

25. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


"Dual edge that was LG idea samsung copycat" -zachki17

Yeah. Samsung copied something in a matter of weeks? Ok....

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 14:42

50. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Nope they just had a crap muck up in the back room samsung had the same things like 2 years back, also the one they had had 2 side edges like the note edge as was unusable due to how the crap was you going to put it in your hand and use it, they all have tried to copy samsung, even Apple tryed to paiant it, jokers

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:23

72. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1233; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Looks like a Nexus 4

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 02:37

79. rockers123 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


No way... They had this concept for more than 3 years. Infact, Gflex is a copy of Galaxy Nexus

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:53 16

13. luzan (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


Deserve have Best Phone of the Year...

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 11:56 3

15. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


What's special about it. It look exactly like an iPhone lol! Where is the all important SD card slot? Removable battery?

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:22 7

24. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1177; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


looks exactly like an iPhone? explain your theory?

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:26 5

28. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


looks like the iphone?

are you blind?

i think apple copied samsug

http://blog.andrei.rinea.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Samsung-ATIV-S.png

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:46 4

41. foreverjin08 (Posts: 73; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Does anything cloud my eyes? They look much more fantastic than an ugly apple phone!

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 20:58 3

62. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


The iPhone is quite ugly at the back with those strange coloured plastic stripes they copied from HTC M8. They mastered the art of getting a signal. lol

This is in a different class.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:02 7

17. ktruong23 (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


The galaxy S6 edge is absolutely gorgeous. One of the best looking phones i have seen. However the S6 looks like it took its design cues from Apple.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:16 7

21. maherk (Posts: 3490; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6213/ATIV_S_Product_Image_Front_5.jpg

tell me again who took cues from who?

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:31

31. ktruong23 (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


I admit that the iphone 6 does resemble the ativ in terms of the frame, however look at the other aspects such as speaker holes, the antenna band, usb placement, headphone placement and you dont think that samsung brought back the design of the ativ due to the popularity of the iphone?

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 02:39

80. rockers123 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Galaxy nexus had the headphone placement in bottom, and evey other samsung phones has usb port in the bottom,

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:36 1

34. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


I'm a huge Samsung fan but can easily tell these new devices have been inspired by the iPhone 6.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:39 2

37. John-Knotts (Posts: 75; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


So what?

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:06

19. Fire5 (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Trash inspired by Apple and I say the top and bottom bezel they could reduce them further. Like HTC they could mount a micro SD and Sony as this smartphone could also provide water residence, conclusion for me. Sammy did not bring anything new to the table. Not to mention toucherror looks horrible and outdated. Samsung S3 icon Please bich ...

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:27 4

29. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


http://blog.andrei.rinea.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Samsung-ATIV-S.png

have a look.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:15

20. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 281; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


It looks decent too me. Outside of the fact that it's a mad fingerprint magnet, overall I think it's a good looking device.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:18 3

23. maherk (Posts: 3490; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


If you have a phone with GG4 on it you would know that is way far from being a fingerprint magnet. You will only notice the fingerprints in here because there are hundreds of reviewers lining up to grab this phone.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:25 1

27. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


No microSD? Uh oh. XDA followers will not like this. But, then, 95% of cellphone users don't take advantage of microSD.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:29 1

30. fenwayhiggy (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


Loss of microSD and removable battery equals loss of customers...pure and simple, even in the comments here right after launch you can see it, so how exactly did Samsung miss this?

I can picture their 'development area', two or three twenty-somethings gathered around an iPhone.

In the review I hear that "the battery life is fabulous"...I'll bet it doesn't beat my swappable battery in my S4 with 2 on hot standby.

I know one thing for sure, I'll be sticking with my S4 until I see something worthy of the upgrade.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:36

33. robocopvn (Posts: 404; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


my thought:

14nm CPU is pretty awesome !!!!!!

the camera is awesome !!!!!!!

the design and materials are awesome !!!!

Wireless-charging is good !!!

HOWEVER, the speakers grills is at the bottom ?? it's 2015, the speakers need to be toward your ear, not away from you, Samsung !!!

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 18:02

60. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Size of the phone, pleas show me a phone with speakers on the top that is not big, as they have to put to in them, pleas note the speaker is way better on the s6 than on the s5

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 04:41

66. saveferris (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


Since when does a speakerphone need to be pointed at your ears....its a speaker phone not an ear piece.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:37

35. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Looking good. This one definitely got my attention this year. Something different for sure.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:37 3

36. John-Knotts (Posts: 75; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


HTC who? I can't even remember that announcement. lol

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:40

38. John-Knotts (Posts: 75; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


LMAO at the pre-cued "Looks like an iPhone", "No micro SD" comments.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:44

39. Totse2k15 (Posts: 451; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Leef microSD Card Reader for more storage. External Battery Pack make up for non- removable battery. Not the end of the mf world...

Sammy stomp HTC, lulz.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:46 2

40. Mreveryphone (Posts: 471; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Hopefully the note 5 keeps the SD card slot... Hopefully....

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 09:21

84. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


God yes.... I agree with you. I have the note4 and I love that it has an SD Card slot. I hope to GOD that the note5 has the same feature.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 12:47 3

43. dil2abu (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


If Samsung is my next choice I will choose S6 Edge.. Simply unique..

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 14:20

47. nalops (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


Yea, I'll keep my Note Edge seeing as this seems to have less functionality than what I have now.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 14:33

48. ilani (Posts: 90; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Am i the only one disappointed that the edge screen is less than half as wide the the note 4 edge screen? Most of the stuff that appears on the screen spills over to the main front portion of the screen which you won't see if covered!. The promo videos make is seem wider than it actually is. Disappointing!

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 15:44

55. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


since it is a premium phone, Samsung could at least put a Schneider Kreuznach lenses.The price these phones will be high, we know.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 16:00

56. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


In addition Schneider Kreuznach lenses others features you dont see in samsung S6:dolby sound, long life batt, removable batt(useful if the phone crash).Samsung is saving or freezing their products?

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 17:26 1

57. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


"Quite literally, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge showed to us that the Korean company..." -PA

Why is that PA consistently loves to point out that Samsung is a Korean company, Huawei/Xiaomi is Chinese, and HTC is Tawainese? Do you (PA) have something against those countries? I haven't read a PA article where Apple (and previously Motorola) was an American company. Very peculiar.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 17:29 1

58. rick_mobile (Posts: 237; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


OMG I'm drooling!

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 20:48 2

61. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


The iPhone looks like a toy compared to this!

One sexy phone.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 04:39

65. saveferris (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


A total redesign of the phone and yet they couldn't even modify those grotesque icons, this is exactly the reason why touchwiz looks so outdated.
They should be commended for the design of the phone yet whipped and have rotten tomato's thrown at them for the incomplete revision of Touchwiz.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 09:52

67. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 43; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


why the reflections are so weird on this phone? i have noticed in other articles as well. Didn't find such ugly reflections in Z2/Z3 (as it is also made up of metal and glass)

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