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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

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

1. phonehome (Posts: 811; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

No. Removable. Battery.


posted on 19 Aug 2015, 06:55 17

2. AME85 (Posts: 42; 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: 297; 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: 296; 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: 4888; 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: 65; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

i think we found IFan.....

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 01:51

51. MarinoVladimir (Posts: 41; 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: 64; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)

@phonehome. You being born. FAIL

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:58 4

18. ydl08 (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)

I recommend you the LG G4

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 08:13 1

22. Shocky (unregistered)

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: 3117; 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: 14501; 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: 1614; 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: 14501; 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: 2195; 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: 95; 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: 274; 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: 1076; 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: 729; 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: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Ok I'll look it up thnx

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 07:18 12

11. Shocky (unregistered)

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: 1076; 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 (unregistered)

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: 3005; 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

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

OS: Android 7.0 6.0 5.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa , Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
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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