Your Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge questions answered: on design, software, cameras, battery life, and more


Hardware, performance, storage


Scorpion: How much free space will the 128 GB version have?

Firstly, we have to take into account that 128GB are equal to about 119.2GB when formatted. From this figure, we subtract the 15.26GB used by the operating system and the TouchWiz interface. What's left are about 104GB of free space.

Symon_Fleece: How fast is the new Touchwiz compared to the previous generations and to stock android?

Performance might vary from one device to another depending on how they're configured and what apps are running on them. In general, the new TouchWiz is smoother than older versions of the UI and probably on par with stock Android.

Camera and image quality


slavytodorov: Without having enabled it beforehand in the camera settings, can you take multiple photos by holding the shutter button (similar to the iPhone)?

Yes, holding down the camera shutter takes a burst. Both the on-screen button and the volume down button shoot bursts when held down.

Z3R091: Camera quality which one is better S6 or S6 Edge?

Both smartphones come with the same 16MP main and 5MP front cameras. They both take equally great photos.

Symon_Fleece: Can the S6 capture photos in RAW format, and can it control the shutter speed?

No and no. At this time, the stock camera does not give you the option to shoot RAW photos. You can't control the shutter speed manually. You may adjust the ISO, exposure compensation, metering mode, and focus, however. 



Battery life and charging


JaneChenLong: Some said it work with Quick Charge 2.0 Could you CHECK IF IT'S work with ANY BRAND (not just samsung) Quick Charge 2.0 charger.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge charge rapidly from their stock chargers, but they're not certified Quick Charge 2.0 devices. The technology is available only on certain devices powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. Still, if connected to a QuickCharge 2.0 charger, both smartphones will charge – not at the best rate the charger can provide, we suppose, but pretty fast nonetheless.

lessthanzero69: Can 10 mins of charge actually get you 4 hours of usage?

No, probably not. 10 minutes of charging will fill up about 15% of a Galaxy S5's battery, and if you plan on watching YouTube videos or playing games, its battery will die much sooner. But if, let's say, you keep your phone mostly on stand-by and use it to make the occasional phone call, then yes, getting 4 hours of usage after 10 minutes of charging seems plausible.

osanilevich: why do you suppose the edge has better battery life, when it technically has more screen real estate?

When testing the battery life of smartphones, we always set their displays at 200 nits of brighness. The Galaxy S6 edge, however, topped at 180 nits, which meant that its display was using less power. That's why it lasted more than the Galaxy S6, as we stated in our review. Its 2% larger battery may have also had a measurable effect.

Sound quality


shy2papa: How loud is the speaker and how is it compared to the iPhone 6 and HTC one m8 or m9

In terms of loudness, they're comparable. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge produce 73.7 and 75.4 decibels respectively, which is a tad higher than the One M9's 72.8 dB. The iPhone 6 stands between the two galaxies with its 74.5 dB. However, these are just benchmark figures measured with the phones reproducing white noise, not actual music. In other words, we test the loudness of the speakers, not their quality. If you need a phone with great-sounding speakers, the HTC One M8 or M9 would be a better pick.

goodnightjimbob: Does the s6 have a Wolfson DAC and what's the sound quality through headphones?

Yes. The audio codec inside the S6 and S6 edge is the WM1840. Unfortunately, the chip isn't listed on the Cirrus Logic web site so we don't have access to its datasheet or specs. It sounds great when paired with earphones that can be easily driven.

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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17 Comments

1. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

gsmarena has a new battery results for the two beasts and these are significantly better than the initial test

2. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Thanks for answer to my question ;)

3. jgechev

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Still the article doesnt explain why the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge perform very different with the same hardware in Phonearena reviews, GPU, and CPU. Benchmark show a big difference. Antutu arround 4000 and 5000, like more than 20%. On other sites they perform the same, so still dont know why is that.

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

maybe the s6 they used in there benchmarks test wasn't on its final software build or something. and i guess pa doesn't have an answer to why the s6 they test produced such low scores, when other reviews by other websites has the s6 getting that 5000 geekbench score same as the edge.

5. TerryTerius unregistered

I have a question, that I've seen one time and haven't seen anyone else address. When I looked at Erica Griffin's YouTube channel, there was a video she did in which she showed a greenish tinge on the sides of the galaxy s6 edges display when she was looking at web pages, or anything else with white backgrounds. Was that something you experienced in your time with the edge? She has stated it was an issues she's had with every s6 edge she has looked at thus far. Granted, they were all display models. It was specifically an issue with white backgrounds and not everything she looked at. If you actually look at the video, it's pretty clear that there is a greenish tinge there. I was wondering if this was a defect of that particular device, or if it was something you noticed as well?

6. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I haven't seen any "green tinge" on the Edge. As a response to me hearing that previously before I got my hands on the Edge, I spent some time looking for this "green tinge" and didn't find.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1699; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

maybe it was a defect model

8. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

9. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

This is getting old. Get some new jokes ...

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

66lb causes the iPhone 6+ to bend and deform permanently 110lb causes the S6 Edge to bend and deform permanently That's almost double the force, its a not issue for the for S6 under "normal use"

10. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

phljcnth: Is the camera bump really prone to damages? The camera does stick out quite a bit on both, but if you take good care of your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, its camera should be fine. You MOTHER F..... PHONE ARENA.. You guys said so many things about HTC ONE X camera bump. Pure BIAS.. BUt becasue its S6 Taking care of it shouldnt be a problem SMH...

12. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Lol. They just can't say it directly but it's a common engineering knowledge that cameras bumped out in any phone, no matter how sturdy their metal protection are will have the risk of getting scratched or damaged if you don't use third party case. I'd love to see phones in the future using graphene instead of aluminum if graphene cost will get lower.

11. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"15.26GB used by the operating system and the TouchWiz interface. What's left are about 104GB of free space." And I though HTC M9's Sense 7 UI hog too much space out of their 32gb variant. I thought Touchwiz was getting sliced of bloatwares and crappy add-ons, how come it's still going to eat 15gb in their 128 variant?

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

"128GB are equal to about 119.2GB when formatted" Why on earth is this allowed??? this goes for EVERY storage space on every electronic

15. gaming64 unregistered

Well said, PhoneArena. Still prefer the Note 4 though.

16. Elwhite1

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

I have a question. Other than the specific "Edge" features is there any difference in performance or features between the S6 and S6 Edge.

17. ashkan1993

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Hello I had many pictures and videos in my gallery,but now,when I open it, there is not any thing!what shoul I do?? I use internal storage without sd card.and I restarted it,but nothing change...

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