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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 8.7
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

When the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge was announced alongside the S6 earlier in the year, there was no arguing about Samsung’s decision to push forward with curved screens. Between the two of them, we found the S6 edge more fascinating, thanks to the undeniably exotic aesthetics of its dual-curved display. Generating such attention, it’s no wonder why Samsung is on the fast track to give consumers just a little bit more variety with one of its newest offerings.

From what we’ve seen so far, big phones are big business for the companies making them. Knowing that, it’s no surprise at all to know that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ includes everything we know and love about the existing S6 edge, but takes things to a bigger scale – and by that, we mean a phone with a 5.7-inch display. Now, some might think it’s merely a larger edition of the S6 edge, but that’s not exactly the case, as the S6 edge+ is accompanied by a number of its own unique features to differentiate itself. While its addition to Sammy’s already diversified lineup is appreciated, it’s actually trying to make a name for itself in the phablet world.

Or is it just Samsung’s way of trying to capitalize on what’s hot and trending at the moment?

The package contains:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stereo headphones
  • SIM removal tool
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card


Aside from the larger footprint, it’s the same premium design we know and love. It’s still gorgeous, but we’re not as enthused because we’ve seen it before.

One look at the Galaxy S6 edge+, it’s hard to deny the obvious assertions about its design right from the onset – it’s just a bigger-sized version of the Galaxy S6 edge. That’s the undeniable reality, so in a way, it doesn’t achieve the same level of intrigue that we first experienced with its smaller sibling. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still an attractive phone paired with premium materials to accentuate the stylish aesthetics brought on by its dual-curved display. The metal and glass combination, much like other high-end offerings from Sammy’s camp, makes it one of the best-looking phones around right now!

In terms of size, it’s clearly more of a handful to use than the S6 edge, but that’s the expectancy for something categorized as a phablet. Comparing it to Sammy’s other notable phablet, the Note5, the S6 edge+ is technically longer, at 6.08-inches, but also narrower, skinnier, and lighter. Interestingly, though, it’s not quite as sharp around the edges where its metal trim bezel is skinnier. And of course, we can’t forget about the mesmerizing show produced by its design as light bounces off the glass surfaces to produce a shimmering effect at certain angles.

For all of its aesthetic acclaims, it's still a finger print magnet, so its pristine looks can quickly be overpowered by smudgy prints on its glass surfaces. Even though it’s still largely an attractive looking thing in the space, we’re less enthused this time around with the design, since it merely replicates the design language of its sibling. On the flip side, for those who’ve never seen the S6 edge, this will certainly draw attention and significant admiration.

Nearly everything found on the S6 edge is present here again with the S6 edge+, so that includes the handy fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor, rapid charging microUSB 2.0 port, and built-in wireless charging. The placements of its ports and buttons are also unchanged here. However, there’s one thing missing from its arsenal that’s available with the Galaxy S6 edge – that’s the IR blaster on its top edge. Most folks might overlook this decision, but we feel that it’s a bit unsettling considering that it’s something they were able to squeeze into the crammed confines of the Galaxy S6 edge.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches
154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches
151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm
6.14 oz (174 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches
142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm
4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review


Bigger than before, we have more real-estate to work with this time around, but the dual-curve edges once again add to the aesthetics.

Naturally, its gorgeous-looking design is primarily attributed to the curved 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 (Quad-HD) Super AMOLED display fashioned onto it, which is a few steps up in size from the 5.1-incher found with the Galaxy S6 edge. Technically speaking, its pixel density is lower at 518 ppi, but regardless, it’s still incredibly sharp and detailed. It’s a visual feast for the eye to see, that’s certain! And of course, pixel density with the S6 edge+ is equal to that of the Note5, which has a panel of the same size and resolution.

As we’ve realized, Samsung has nearly perfected the art of producing perfectly calibrated screens – and it continues to show here with the Galaxy S6 edge+. Even though there are subtle anomalies with its color reproduction in the sRGB color spectrum over what’s found with the Note 5 and S6 edge, it’s still largely very accurate in reproducing true-to-life colors. Better yet, its color temperature of ~6700K is pretty close to the 6500K reference point, so it’s a panel that appears very neutral in its color tone... as long as you stick with the 'Basic' screen mode. As always, there are a few other modes, which mostly pump things up to deliver colors that tend to be perceived as punchy and vivid, but also artificial.

In terms of visibility, its 502-nit luminance is less than the Galaxy S6 edge’s achievement of 553 nits, but it’s still pretty visible outdoors – even when it’s looked at in direct sunlight. It also appears to be superior than the Note5's display, which peaks out at 470 nits of brightness. Typical of AMOLED technology, the screen delivers outstanding viewing angles as far as retaining brightness and contrast goes, but on the downside, colors exhibit dramatic shifts in their quality as we turn the screen even slightly. Meanwhile, thought, we continue to appreciate the deep black levels of this AMOLED display, which helps things on screen appear that much livelier and contrasty. All told, everything about the display is expected.

Going beyond the specs and objective benchmarks, the dual-curved edges of the display are what makes it unique-looking and different in the space. The curve is pretty much unchanged from the S6 edge, so it’s subtle and doesn’t slope as much as the one found on last year's Galaxy Note Edge. Indeed, it’s accompanied with certain features that aren’t at the disposal of other displays, giving it some unique features against the competition, but the curved edges are still there primarily for the slick aesthetics. We’ll explain their new features a bit later in the interface section.

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
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 553
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 502
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 496
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posted on 19 Aug 2015, 06:46 10

1. phonehome (Posts: 464; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

No. Removable. Battery.


posted on 19 Aug 2015, 06:55 17

2. AME85 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)

can people stop whining about removable batteries. With fast charging, power banks, power saving modes, etc. removable batteries have become less important unless you like old school bulky battery chargers and you keep three batteries on standby

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:11 7

8. neops (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

No they can't. I never had a third battery. There's no need for it.
Only a second. My phone very rarely sat connected to a charger.
Battery cradles are not bulkier than power banks, and they sit home.
And batteries are very much slimmer than power banks.

Any info about preorders and availability in UK people?

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:29 1

14. xdza1979 (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

Its ok he is the PA loser that we all know.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:30 6

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4793; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Why, Why, Why is there no video review. I REALLY can't stand that. You read a full review & then no freaking video review...

WTF!!! SMH!!!

Why does PhoneArena.com keep doing that!!!

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 18:55 2

37. plck74 (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

i think we found IFan.....

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 01:51

51. MarinoVladimir (Posts: 39; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)

lmfao - Totally right. You know, people have to hate on about something, in this case it's something stupid, cause they ain't got a better thing to.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 06:57 3

4. KRISTIJANJE (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)

@phonehome. You being born. FAIL

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:58 4

18. ydl08 (Posts: 40; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)

I recommend you the LG G4

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:13 1

22. Shocky (Posts: 2059; Member since: 16 May 2012)

Why? It's slow, the battery life is horrible and the display isn't accurate or as bright.

The LG G4 has a good camera and that's it.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 00:59

47. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Let's see, the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery, HTC phones don't, Motorola phones don't, Sony phones don't. Pretty much LG is the ONLY one still offering removable batteries. So please tell me how does Samsung fail and all of the others don't?

posted on 29 Aug 2015, 20:02

63. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)

HTC Fails, Moto still has removable battery, iPhone only offer one/two models per year (real marketing), Does Sony exist?

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 14:46

64. 65caliente (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

IPhone offer 4 models a year now, iPhone 6, plus, 6s, and 6s plus. And if they have a 6c it will be 5.

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 12:42

54. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7769; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Continuing to be ignorant after the age of 21 - F A I L !!!!

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:07

68. tredstone (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)

that means all those millions of people that will wait in line for a iphone 6s are wasting there time . shssss don't tell em the battery is non removable , wait they already know. and still the phone will sell millions .

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 06:55 5

3. donralph (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

No removable battery in IPhone but it has never recorded any FAILURE as far as I can remember.....2007 I think!

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:26

24. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Thats cause Samsung used the removable battery and SD card as marketing and bragging about it every year in all its presentations. Its like Apple suddenly dropping the fingerprint scanner. Apple never hard the removables in the first place so it never had to remove them to be considered a minus.

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 12:44

55. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7769; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

It is not equal to Apple dropping the fingerprint reader. Not even close!

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 06:58

5. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

I thought this would be a 9 pointer, oh well G4 and S6/ edge had better score.also the s6 active,.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:15 1

10. -Shadow- (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

tbh except for the first CON all the others are very weak

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 10:33

48. saffant (Posts: 270; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

Not the IR blaster. That's a big fail.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 06:59

6. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Eh, I thought it would be at least a 9. And more expensive than the Note 5? Huh, how about that.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:02

7. wando77 (Posts: 795; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

You've posted the EXACT same pics from the galaxy note 5 test here...... naughty

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:14

9. romeo1 (Posts: 703; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

I believe the note 5 is the better phone of the 2.
It's better for multimedia as it has a flat screen and had the s pen for extra functionality.
Here in europe we probably won't get the note 5 which could be a problem for samsung.
I went in the store to play a bit with the s6e+ and i liked the normal s6e better. The s6e+ feels to big as it is pretty sharp on the sides. But the battery lifebon the normal s6e is worthless so that could be the only thing i would consider for upgrading if i had an s6e.

Also could someone help me out with a problem of the normal s6e. My dad has one and sometimes the microphone isn't working. It didn't fall and i wanted to restore the software to check but I couldn't find out how to do it with samsung software.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 11:26

32. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

search "factory reset samsung S6 edge"

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 10:04

52. romeo1 (Posts: 703; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Ok I'll look it up thnx

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:18 12

11. Shocky (Posts: 2059; Member since: 16 May 2012)

How can they give the Galaxy S6 Edge 9.3 and the Edge + which is basically the same but bigger 8.7?

Consistency, Phonearena's scoring has none.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:22 7

13. wando77 (Posts: 795; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

The plus even betters it in some areas so it makes no sense

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:10 1

19. Shocky (Posts: 2059; Member since: 16 May 2012)

True, improved battery life, better speaker and sound quality and fast wireless charging to name a few.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:25 3

23. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

100% on this the + is a way better phone, more battery more ram, the edges are less eage to them, supper fast wireless charging better speaker, the only bad thing over the the normal edge as in it is the ir blaster, no way it's out by 0.6 marks, get real, who reviewed this crap, they up note 5 bum

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:29 1

25. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Also as I have never used an ir blaster , I am upgrading and paying £830 for a 64gb ver in gold ( I had white on my old edge), it's that big of an upgrade and way smaller than my old note 4'edge, sos just going to have 1 phone this year, sell my s6 edge and note 4 edge, all very cool if you ask me

Also put the other sim I use in. My nexus 5 and may be upgrade this to the new nexus, but just for my nexus things dev crap I do, if its cheap this year, as you can not use them in the real world as they just not cool (sorry)

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 09:21 1

26. Shocky (Posts: 2059; Member since: 16 May 2012)

I never used the ir blaster either, could never really see the point when I had a perfectly good remote control!.

Well that and I was never able configure it to work well with anything to the point of it actually being useful.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:20 4

12. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

It has better screen than the note 5. Over 30 nits of brightness more is noticeable. The phone is also smaller and lighter. Should've been 9.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:11 1

20. Shocky (Posts: 2059; Member since: 16 May 2012)

I doubt the brightness numbers are accurate.

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 18:02

59. alouden (unregistered)

Their brightness numbers are woefully inaccurate.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 13:43

34. AustinPaul (Posts: 66; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

I just handled both the Note 5 and the Edge+ last Friday. There is zero noticeable difference between the two. After lusting for the first Edge, and then maybe this one, I came away feeling I would get the Note 5. It looked great, performed great, and was really nice in the hand.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:31 6

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

It's just a bigger s6 edge? The 6 Plus is just a bigger 6. They simply went so cheap with the 6, that the 6 plus looked like a major step up, when it wasn't. The 6 had 750p, shoulda been 1080p, 1800mah battery, shoulda been 2800mah, 1 gig of ram shoulda been 2. Dis the iPhone's if you're gonna did the Galaxy's. Don't even get me started on how cheap the glass and aluminum are. Fair is fair.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 21:33

49. Trex95 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Samsung released only one color of S6 edge plus Gold. F@&$ Samsung don't know why Samsung can't release the sliver platinum not even for S6/S6 edge and now not even for Note 5 and S6 edge plus!, Sliver platinum looks fabulous more than gold pee color lol.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:35 1

17. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

Garbage icons looks like designed for by kids for kids

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:12

21. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

IR blaster is gone... WTF samsung :O

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 09:44

27. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

PA plz fix your display results note 5 maximummanual brightness according to display mate is 556nit that a huge differance compared to the 470nit u say here

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 09:44

28. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

PA plz fix your display results note 5 maximummanual brightness according to display mate is 556nit that a huge differance compared to the 470nit u say here

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 09:59

29. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

This should have gotten a 9 while the Note 5 should have gotten higher.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 10:00

30. MKeditor (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

No IR blaster? Deal breaker. Only because there was so little advantage for me to upgrade from the S6 edge. There just a few little features. I don't need a bigger phone. I'm digging using my phone as a remote. I'm not willing to trade that for a few camera options I would rarely use. I was intrigued by the youtube live stream....but until they add interaction, I'll stick to Periscope. Thanks to Pone Arena for catching what others missed. This guy is holding for now.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 11:24 4

31. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

"It’s more expensive than the Galaxy Note5"

False choice. The fact that it was released concurrently with the Note5 doesn't imply a choice, any more than a choice between the edge plus and any other available phone. If you said "The price exceeds the value of the phone", that would be a different proposition, although I would counter that it is the consumer who determines that, not a reviewer.

"Underwhelming features with its dual-curved display"

It is the only phone with a dual-curved display, other than it's little brother. Are you saying it has less features than it's little brother? You are taking a pro and making a con out of it. Ridiculous.

"Phone is a fingerprint magnet"

Phone Arena gave the iPhone 4 a 9.5 rating, didn't list being a fingerprint magnet as a con. The S6 edge got a 9.3, same thing. I call BS.

"IR blaster is gone"

Note 5 got a 9.0. IR blaster was not a con.

"No commenting interaction with the YouTube Livestream broadcasting service"

Other phones don't have this. Again you turn a pro into a con. It's like saying, this phone has a teleportation booth without plush leather seats. Con.

Shame on this rating.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 20:05

39. BKlip (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

This is a fantastic reply.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 00:39

45. Blazers (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

"Underwhelming features with its dual-curved display"

The reviewer was probably referring to last year's Note Edge, with its much more functional edge.

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 18:10

60. alouden (unregistered)

Your reply is spot on.

To be fair to the reviewer, he is biased, known to make mistakes with his specs and is not very consistent.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 13:02 1

33. cripton805 (Posts: 1405; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Why aren't these things ever listed as negatives for the iphones and before they were called gimmicks just because it came from Samsung. Now, Samsung offers another device withouth so "gimmicks" and everyone flips out. Are Samsungs features gimmicks or not. Make up your mind. Same would probably be said about Touchwiz.

But thats none of my business when the iPhone 6s Plus comes out and offers less than half of what Samsung brings to the table.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 14:01 1

35. TerryTerius (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

Because they use the excuse of saying the iPhone is the sole phone(s) available for iOS. Which means either they're weighting the competition differently, claiming that because Apple never had certain features/services available for their phones & OS it doesn't count against them for some reason or going through mental gymnastics to justify why excluding features in one is acceptable versus the other.

Either way, it's bull and intellectually dishonest. It annoys me just as much when Cnet or the Verge do the same ish.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 15:36

36. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

To be fair, Apple marketing team plays on human nature nicely. Their public relations staff is top notch revolving everything around making Apple the good guy and Android the bad guy and us silly humans fall for it hook line and sinker.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 20:09

40. BKlip (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

I'm a Galaxy Note 4 owner on AT&T's 12-month "Next Plan". I can now upgrade. Not that I necessarily need to (the Note 4 is a great phone), but if I can... why not? Latest & greatest, faster processor, more RAM, faster charging and better camera. Don't care that much about battery and SD card, since I pay for upgraded Google Drive storage and the phone will always be under warranty for as long as I "own" it. I'll be able to pick out something new again 12 months from now.

I've pre-purchased the S6 Edge+ over the Note 5, because internally - they're the same phone. Externally / appearance, I'm in love with this S6 Edge+. The "infinite screen" look and size just does it for me. Not to mention, here in the U.S., black and white are the only options for the Note 5. I'm getting a shiny Gold S6 Edge+.

I'm about to read the Note 5 review, but am not 100% sure I'm making the right decision. For the record, I use the S-Pen maybe once a month on my Note 4. Outside of that, not sure what else I'd be missing.

Anyone feel like chiming in with their 2 cents before I make the official plunge in 2 days?

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 00:42

46. Blazers (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Did you pay off your Note 4 already? If not, do so before you upgrade so you don't have to give it back. Otherwise the Note 4 was an expensive rental.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 21:09 1

41. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

I know damn well the note edge speaker loudness is not louder than the G4, since I have both of them.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 21:23 1

42. phichart (Posts: 229; Member since: 03 May 2014)

lol only 8.7 for best phone..... lol.... STUPID ARENA

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 21:37 2

43. 65caliente (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

Okay so the s6 edge gets a 9.3 and the edge plus gets a 8.7. The only thing I can figure is the reviewer has small hands.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 00:37

44. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

this phone has a curved screen,note has a S pen same specs,. and all this got is a 8.7?:(

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 01:16

50. Dhruvhat (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Aug 2015)

nice phone and good review by phoearena...

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 11:36

53. cripton805 (Posts: 1405; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Im surprised they didnt even mention wireless charging as a pro at the end. Thats a physical hardware advantage over the competition.

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 00:17

56. janniklindquist (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2015)

Why on earth does the Edge+ score a lower rating than the Note5 when it outperforms the Note5 in every way according to PhoneArena's own tests?

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Display5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
4096 MB RAM
Size6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches
(154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm)
5.40 oz  (153 g)
Battery3000 mAh, 28 hours talk time

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