Samsung Galaxy S6 edge ReviewSamsung Galaxy S6 edge 9.3
What entails a flagship smartphone? The question posed here might be a simple one, as most companies put their best showing into one, singular product. To the Korean giant in Samsung, however, the idea of a flagship phone is now spread not to only one device, but surprisingly two instead. This notion of two variants of a flagship phone was first introduced last fall during IFA 2014, where alongside the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung decided to out the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.
Following forth with a similar move, the company decided that it would be beneficial to announce a second version of its flagship smartphone in the Galaxy S6. Rather than sporting one curved edge like the Note Edge last fall, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge favors a uniform approach by sporting a dual curved display – where the left and right sides are subtly curved. No doubt, it’s a strange direction, one that can also be viewed as foreign, but it’s the perfect complement to the line’s totally new redesign.
As we’ve experienced on the Note Edge, the curved area not only adds a unique aesthetic quality, but also a functional tool as well. With the Galaxy S6 edge, though, the benefits of going with a dual-curved display are mostly of aesthetic quality, dwindling the importance of its functional aspect.
The package contains:
- Wall charger
- microUSB cable
- Stereo headphones
- Start Guide
- Health & Safety and Warranty Guide
- SIM removal tool
The new, premium design is profound, but the dual-curved display helps to increase its aesthetic appeal.
Alright, we absolutely adore the new direction Samsung has decided to go with the design language of its flagship series! Plastic is out, replaced instead by Gorilla Glass 4 surfaces held together by a slim metal trim bezel lining the entire length of its edges. The result, not surprisingly, is a smartphone that radiates with premium qualities we have never experienced before in a Samsung product.
To be fair, though, this new design change first started with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which eventually became the design footprint for Note 4. With those aforementioned devices, Samsung choose to add a subtle presence of premium in its designs by adding metal trim bezels. However, for the Galaxy S6 line, Samsung went back to the drawing board and delivers something so immaculate and refreshing.
Indeed, the S6 edge is fashioned to look identical to the S6, but there’s something else more that makes its design look superior. What is that you ask? Well, it’s specifically due to the dual-curve display it’s sporting. Unlike the Note 4 Edge, the S6 edge has more of a subtle curve – so it doesn’t slope down as much as the curved edge of the Note Edge. The implementation makes the handset appear deceptively thinner than it is, although, it becomes sharper feeling in the process because of how the metal bezel is trimmed down on those edges.
Picking it up for the first time, there’s that sense of fragileness due to its sleek frame and glass surfaces, but the dual curved nature of the phone exemplifies the aesthetics to a higher degree than the standard S6. As we’ve said, there’s a sharper feel due to this, which makes it sit in a slightly more uncomfortable manner in the hand, compared to the regular S6. Still, swiping across the curved display feels natural – as if our thumbs prefer I more than the usual “flat” ending of a smartphone's screen.
So far, the Galaxy S6 line’s new design language is much better than before, but there were necessary compromises needed in making this phone. We can’t deny that we enjoy its premium feel, but it sheds some of the staple qualities of the S5 before it – like its water resistant construction, expandable microSD card slot, and removable battery.Now, as much as we adore the premium feel of the phone, it’s just a magnet for smudges and fingerprints. Trust us, it’s tough keeping it clean looking. Available in an assortment of colors, it’s mesmerizing how light bounces off its surfaces to give an even more dazzling, shimmering effect. Out of all the colors, the white version manages to maintain a cleaner look, just because fingerprints and smudges are less noticeable.
Looking around the phone, it’s sporting some of the same set of ports and buttons throughout its frame. The separated volume controls are placed on the left edge, the power button on its right, microUSB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, and internal speaker on its bottom, and finally the IR blaster, noise-cancelling mic, and nanoSIM slot placed on its top edge. Distinctively a Galaxy phone, the same home button is present beneath the display – flanked by the Recent Apps and Back capacitive buttons.
142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm
4.66 oz (132 g)
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)
144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)
146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)
Rounding things out, the Galaxy S6 edge is armed with a new 16-megapixel rear camera, which is the only thing in the back that juts out from the rest of the surrounding area – causing it to come in contact with surfaces when it’s laid down. This presents an issue, one that’s exemplified because of the handset’s top-heavy feel, just because if you’re not careful and try to prop the phone against something, there’s still a distant possibility it can fall over and somehow mess with the lens covering the camera. And finally, we find the LED flash and heart rate sensor nearby.
Clearly pushing the envelope, this quad-HD display is not only rich with detail, but it’s the most color accurate AMOLED display to grace a phone to date.
Going with this, you can imagine that this leads to one staggering pixel density, we’re talking about a mark of 577 ppi! That’s mind-blowing to say the least, which leads to a display that’s rich with detail and exceptionally sharp looking. Most folks would be hard-pressed to distinguish how much more detailed this panel is than others with 1080p resolution, especially from a normal distance, but it goes to show that Samsung won’t settle for anything but being class-leading.
Besides its detail superiority, its Super AMOLED panel follows in fashion to the improvements we’ve seen exhibited already by the Note 4 – thus, shedding the inaccuracies of the Galaxy S5 display, replaced by the color accurate AMOLED panels in other more recent Samsung devices. The company’s continued fine tuning of the display technology has given the Galaxy S6 edge, alongside its brother, as having the best Super AMOLED display to date.
Without factoring in its dual-curved nature, one would suspect that this is exactly similar to the standard S6’s Super AMOLED display. Our benchmark tests reveal otherwise, as the S6 edge boasts a color temperature of 6800K, a slightly colder toned panel than the 6550K color temperature of its sibling’s screen. Putting the two next to one another, the slight difference in color temperature is apparent, since the Galaxy S6 edge’s panel appears cooler. It’s not bad quite honestly, especially when it’s close to reaching that ideal reference value of 6500K.
Setting the display to basic mode, as opposed to adaptive, which changes the contrast, color saturation, and other parameters depending on what’s being shown on screen, the Super AMOLED panel is extremely color accurate. It’s revealed through the color gamut chart, as each color gradient closely matches the reference points throughout the chart. Blues look blue, reds look red, and greens appear green – so the result here is a display with very high color accuracy.
Oddly enough, the S6 edge’s maximum brightness output is vastly less than the S6’s radiance when the brightness is manually adjusted to the highest setting. At that mark, the S6 edge achieves an output of only 172 nits, in comparison to the S6’s 332 nit brightness at the same level – albeit, the difference is minimal once it’s set to automatic brightness and high contrast mode jumps in. Only then is it able to closely match its sibling's mark! Specifically, the S6 edge’s Super AMOLED display shines brilliantly at 553 nits, which is oh so close to the 563 nit brightness produced by its brother. In any event, the achievement deserves adulation, mainly because it allows for good visibility when the sun is present – instead of being washed out and unviewable.
When it’s off, we can simply swipe back-and-forth from one of its sides to activate various information tickers, like those that offer stock prices, news, notifications, the time, and more. There are a few that are available out of the box, but the collection can be supplemented by downloading additional ones. Frankly, as much as it’s useful to glance at it, the limited space that’s available to the feature makes it tough to distinguish things if we’re not very close to the phone. However, we do appreciate that the information ticker can automatically be set to turn on for a duration of time at night.
Besides that, the dual-curved edges also provide us instant access to People Edge – a small ribbon that offers us access to up to five favorite contacts. From the lock screen, the convenience factor is there because it’s accessible at a moment’s notice. However, if you opt to have a security lock of some kind, the feature might not be available – that’s unless you enable the lock screen to show all notifications.
Now, there’s something interesting that happens when those chosen “favorite” contacts call us up. When the phone is placed face down, where the display is in contact with the surface, the edges of the phone will light up in a variety of colors to indicate who is calling. On one hand, we appreciate this discrete way of telling us who is calling, but its effectiveness is reduced if the phone isn’t placed on a glass or reflective surface – since the colors won’t be able to bounce off surfaces so much to produce its light show.
At the end of the day, the dual-curved display is here on the Galaxy S6 edge mostly for the aesthetics.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Sony Xperia Z3||713
|Samsung Galaxy S6||563
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||553
|HTC One M9||508
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy S6||56.1%
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||70.5%
|HTC One M9||78.7%
|Sony Xperia Z3||81.8%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Personally I prefer Edge over regular S6.
Especially in emerald...sexy beast.
5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1506; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I think if the price would be the same everyone would go for it.
But the $150 you need to cash for something that is just an aesthetic difference it's going to be a tough pill to sallow for most of the people.
But if you have the money, I understand that you would rather get the edge.
9. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
I'm only dreaming about getting it in the following months, but I believe people must support advanced innovation in technology, and S6 Edge is definitely something new. :)
32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Might get a unlocked Emerald Green if it supports AT&T bands. Nothing is set in stone yet though. (:
61. tdslam720 (Posts: 70; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)
Why the massive difference in benchmarks between s6 and edge?
64. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1506; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Either the S6 is defective or PA did the tests on bad conditions. Both have the same SoC and should have similar results.
69. coolrx (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)
IMO, with better design and perfomance(a little) than s6..., s6 edge should have a rating higher than the 9.3 rating s6.
14. QWERTYphone (Posts: 640; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
NO REMOVABLE BATTERY AND MICRO SD = NO SALE
15. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1506; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Yes, you must be right "rolling eyes":
20. guil.power (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)
Just buy the 128GB model instead, trust me, SD cards slows your phone and drains your battery faster.
31. maherk (Posts: 3350; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Even if Samsung offered the S6 with 2TB of memory and a 15000mah battery, he will find a reason to hate on it, since it's a Samsung device.
He trolls on every S6 article with the same old cr@p.
41. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 179; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
I don't really have a problem with the battery being non-removable but I already have multiple high end SD cards and the fact that they are charging a huge premium to get more storage is a hard pill to swallow. This will turn many away when Android has other options. Not bashing.... everyone has their own opinion.
50. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
It means nothg about how fast your sd card are, by just adding an sd card reader the note4 r and w slower the then 1+1 and way slower than the iPhone, it does big time damage to the bandwidth of any phone tha adds it, the s6 uses ufs 2.0 that needs more bandwidth to work so sd card reader can not be added, this then make it way more than 2x the speed of the iphome 6 r and w speeds and removes the lag on the phone
29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Jesus Christ this comment once again? You really need to find better things to do than flood Samsung articles.
75. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Funny how last year you said the same thing against others vs S5 XDDDD
34. AlexA1824 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)
Fast charging and with everything center around cloud storage no biggie to me. The S6 active is rumored to have the removable battery and sd card slot maybe that'll work out for you.
43. DnB925Art (Posts: 919; Member since: 23 May 2013)
I own both the Note 4 and OnePlus One and I found that actually use very little of my microSD card for storage (none on the OnePlus obviously). I have a Google Play Music (All Access) subscription and also listen to most of my music on Soundcloud so most of my music is streamed and not on my phone. All my photos and videos are auto backed up on Photos/Picassa/Google+ so I can safely delete them from local storage on my phone if needed. I also have 1.117TB storage on Google Drive (15GB included +2GB free from updating security settings+100GB I pay for +1TB for 2 years promotion for buying a Chromebook).
As far as battery is concerned, I have invested in an external battery charger and I already have 2 Qi chargers (for my Note 4 with Qi charging back and Nexus 7 2013) that I can use.
More likely I won't buy the S6/Edge because I'm a Note buyer (maybe my wife will since she's due up for a new phone), but if they did this for the Note, I would still buy it. The only thing I'm looking forward to the Note 5 would be hopefully a switch to USB 3.1 Type C.
45. cdm283813 (Posts: 310; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)
There is only one phone that will potentially have removable batteries and Micro SD cards. So far LG screwed up the LG Flex 2. You're just making your choices very limited.
Consider those options dead until more than one manufacture brings them back in flagships.
49. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
Sd card reader do damage to r and w speeds the note 4 is lower than the 1+1 and adds lag to the phone and that's before you put the sd card I to the phone
57. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
20 milllion pre-order unit on the way. Go cry somewhere else
42. waddup121 (unregistered)
A 9.3 though. Hella great score for a hella great flagship device! Great work Sammy!
47. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
Can you please redo all the m9 benchmarks as they all gone down with the new update in software as the main cpu as now been underclocked from 2.o to 1.5' the test you bad a big deal about the m9 doing damage to the edge as now gone as it overheated the phone
56. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
No one cares about HTC anymore. S6/edge is the real talk topic here.
2. derivativex (Posts: 176; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
So pa identical scores for the s6 variants but which one should have gotten a higher score?
6. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Edge! Even more perfect display calibration, and much better battery endurance. Quite expensive, however.
3. tango_charlie (Posts: 227; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
strange. the s6 edge with its smaller battery lasted 1h longer than the regular s6.
8. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
no the s6 edge has the bigger battery. s6 2550mah s6 edge 2600mah
35. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 238; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
Damn the battery life would be BEAST if it had 3000+ mah battery (Waiting 4 Note 5) :D
37. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
ikr with just a 50mah difference the edge has an hour more life. if only they could have done 2800mah like the s5. and the note 5 is going to be a moster bruh
4. hafini_27 (Posts: 854; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Samsung comes out strong this year. Awesome job. The S6 and S6 Edge totally rock.
26. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)
As a HUGE Apple fan and a HUGE Samsung fan, I cannot express how happy I am to admit that the Galaxy S6 Edge undeniably destroys the iPhone 6.
I cannot wait to buy one (or wait for the note 5 edge). I mean, what are the flaws with this phone? Even if I'm being picky, I just might get on the battery size or the headphone output quality, but still! This phone is the new phone to beat.
Drastically improve performance...check
Increase specs and efficiency...check
Make Camera the best in the industry...check
Keep phone thin but don't sacrifice battery life...check
Include a 1440p screen but doesn't hamper performance...check
Make one of the most unique phone designs ever...check
Implement a fingerprint sensor that rivals the iPhone...check
Finally give the US some in house processor love...check
I'm sure the list is longer, but wow. Samsung did it.
53. SamsungEU (Posts: 147; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)
I hear that brother ! You can't go wrong with samsung this year.
58. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
Samsung is the world changer. The S6 edge is a perfect example.
7. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
wow the edge(2600mah) only has a slightly bigger battery than the s6(2550mah) and yet it gets and hour more of life, thats amazing.
27. TyrionLannister (unregistered)
That seems to be more like a flawed test than amazing. I think PA did a half-assed review of S6. See, even the benchmarks are much worse for s6 but that's not true.
Or maybe regular s6 is running a non-final software build. But still the benchmarks are BS.
30. saveferris (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)
Did you actually read the review ?
He stated that the edge's brightness couldn't be adjusted to 200nits like the regular S6, so the edge was tested at 180 nits.
33. TyrionLannister (unregistered)
Still 20 nits almost don't make a difference. It'll barely affect the test by 5-10 min.
39. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
yeah 20nits wouldnt make that big a deference bruh i say the s6 they tested isnt running the final software build
10. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
why is the edge completely destroying the regular s6 in the benchmark test that doesn't make since they should be almost the same just look at that geekbench and antutu score smh PA redo the s6 benchmarks right now lol
21. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)
I know right? it's like the regular s6 has a SD 810 and not Exynos chipset.lol
54. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
The s6 is thinner that why and does not have the glass sides to move heat and it shows in the bechmarks
79. kassi (Posts: 109; Member since: 25 May 2013)
glass sides to move heat wtf this is nonsense dude
83. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
yeah i didn't want to pont it out when i first read it but what j2001m said makes no sense lol
11. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 334; Member since: 30 May 2014)
s6 & s6 edge has same score, but s6 edge is better than regular s6 because of battery life.
13. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
the edge deserves a 9.5 just saying :)
28. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)
I think you're right.
I might even say 9.6.
82. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
It doesn't because it's Samsung and Touchwiz, lol
16. sonisoe (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 May 2009)
"Based on our usage, we feel as though the S6 edge eats up battery quicker than its sibling", yet in actuality it lasts longer than S6 based on the battery test chart ??
17. twens (Posts: 952; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
It's good I am not a reviewer cos if it was me I would rate this phone a 10. Lol
1. I don't use micro SD and removable batteries because I'm an IPhone user
2. The edge is sexier than any phone on the planet.
3. Best screen by a mile
4. Killer camera and functionality
5. The power of android plus touchwiz features all circling around a powerful yet efficient processor and memory.
6. Adequate battery life
7. Apple like finger print scanner on a android phone.
8. Samsung pay that works in my country unlike Apple pay
9. Fast charging, very important since we're facing power issues in my country.
10. It's a samsung for Christ seek, which means it will be cheaper than an iPhone in my country. Hurray!!! I have fallen in love with this company.
18. guil.power (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)
Wow. Just wow. I want to throw my GS5 now.
Good Job Sammy. The only thing missing is the front firing stereo speakers.
73. FluffyBled (Posts: 446; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)
Exactly the way I feel, except .. I wouldn't bother about the front firing stereo speakers :P!
19. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)
This phone will steal so many iPhone costumers... They won't need an sd card. Meanwhile i found some pretty sick deals for the 128gb version so I won't need a sd card anymore ^^
22. rockers123 (Posts: 132; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Sammy you beauty... M9 with bigger battery and 1080p display loses to S6 in battery. have to agree that Touchwiz is always optimize to battery even better than Stock.
|Display||5.1 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi) Super AMOLED|
Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
3072 MB RAM
|Size||5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches|
(142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm)
4.66 oz (132 g)