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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ vs. Galaxy S6 edge

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Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (left) and the standard Galaxy S6 edge
Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (left) and the standard Galaxy S6 edge
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Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (left) and the standard Galaxy S6 edge
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Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (left) and the standard Galaxy S6 edge
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Build (frame)
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Colors
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Colors
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Display resolution
Display type
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Display type
Curved display
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Curved display
S Pen
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S Pen
Processor
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Processor
RAM
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RAM
Storage
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Storage
MicroSD
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MicroSD
Camera megapixels
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Camera megapixels
Camera aperture
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Camera aperture
OIS
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OIS
Battery
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Battery
Removable battery
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Removable battery
Fast charging
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Fast charging
Wireless charging
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Wireless charging
Samsung Pay
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Samsung Pay
Fingerprint sensor
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Fingerprint sensor
Keyboard cover
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Keyboard cover
Software
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Software
Release
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Display size

Last week, Samsung added an all-new phablet to its smartphone lineup in the form of the Galaxy S6 edge+. In a lot of ways, the standard S6 edge and new edge+ are different sizes of the same handset, but let's look at the ways they break off from each other.

Size

Size
Size

The S6 edge+ is essentially a larger version of the original edge that we saw earlier this year, measuring 8 percent taller and wider. The larger handset is the thinner of the two, but only by a hair.

Weight

Weight
Weight

That extra size gives the edge+ a little extra heft, weighing 16 percent more than the smaller handset.

Build (frame)

Build (frame)
Build (frame)

Both smartphones features the same aluminum frame design.

Build (back)

Build (back)
Build (back)

You'll also find Gorilla Glass 4 on the backs of both devices.

Colors

Colors
Colors

There's a choice of colors with both smartphones, though most wireless carriers are currently only offering pre-orders of the black and gold edge+ variants.

Display size

Display size
Display size

The defining difference between these two handsets comes in display size, with the edge+ offering 25 percent more screen real estate than the edge.

Display resolution

Display resolution
Display resolution

The edge+ might offer a larger display, but you'll find the same resolution on both handsets. While that does equates to 11 percent more pixels per inch on the S6 edge, both panels are extremely sharp.

Display type

Display type
Display type

Both devices make use of AMOLED display tech.

Curved display

Curved display
Curved display

As their names suggest, both devices' screens curve down at the edges.

S Pen

S Pen
S Pen

The edge+ might fall into phablet territory, but don't expect to find a stylus included, as you would with the Note line.

Processor

Processor
Processor

Both the edge and its big brother are powered by top-tier Exynos processors.

RAM

RAM
RAM

The S6 edge+ bests the smaller handset when it comes to memory, offering an impressive 4 GB of RAM.

Storage

Storage
Storage

Of the two, only the smaller edge smartphone is offered in the highest capacity 128 GB variant.

MicroSD

MicroSD
MicroSD

It might be worth picking one of the larger capacity storage options, as you won't find a card reader anywhere here.

Camera megapixels

Camera megapixels
Camera megapixels

You'll find the same megapixel count on both devices' cameras.

Camera aperture

Camera aperture
Camera aperture

Both smartphones pack high-end f/1.9 apertures on their rear cameras.

OIS

OIS
OIS

There's Optical Image Stabilization included on both smartphone's rear shooters.

Battery

Battery
Battery

Given that the S6 edge+ is a larger handset, it's no surprise that there's a larger battery installed.

Removable battery

Removable battery
Removable battery

As with the majority of 2015 flagship smartphones, there's no getting at batteries here.

Fast charging

Fast charging
Fast charging

As along as you're using the included cable, you'll be able to quickly charge up either handset when they're nearly out of power.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging
Wireless charging

There's wireless charging on board with both devices.

The edge+ goes one better here, though, offering fast wireless charging, which according to Samsung, will take the battery from dead to full in just two hours.

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay

Either handset will work with Samsung's glossy new payment service, set to launch next month.

Fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensor
Fingerprint sensor

There's a fingerprint sensor included on the physical button on the front of both devices. Unlike older Samsung handsets, you only have to touch a finger to these sensors, rather than swipe across them.

Keyboard cover

Keyboard cover
Keyboard cover

You'll be able to use Samsung's Blackberry-like keyboard cover with the newer smartphone.

Software

Software
Software

Whichever device you opt for, you'll get the latest flavor of Android, augmented with Samsung's own UI skin, which is subtler, with less bloat, than in previous years.

Release

Release
Release

The devices' launch dates are just four months apart.

Starting price (full retail)

Starting price (full retail)
Starting price (full retail)

When it comes to asking price, there isn't much of a difference here. The S6 edge+ does have some variation in asking price between carriers, and you're much more likely to find deals on the four-month-old handset, but the figure quoted here represents an average.

For more, you can check out Gizmag's Galaxy S6 edge+ review along with our review of the smaller GS6 edge.

4 comments
SeaDog
A lot of us consider our phones to be portable PC's. We need as much digital power and storage that we can get. if we pay as much for a phone as a PC we should get all the necessary whistles & bells to fulfill our needs. Good looks on a phone are great but function comes first. Not having removable storage or power is a deal breaker for me on both the S6 & S6+.
DonLong
Let me add something as a samsung user vrs an apple one. I had an ipod go bad in thailand i went to an apple store saw it was defective and handed me a new one/ refurbished one that 3 yrs later i still can use. I have had multiple Samsung products including a new S1 10 " tablet that was replaced in usa after returning it 3 times for service. Now that replacement im told has a bad LCD screen that Samsung Thailand said they would be happy to replace for 200.00USD even though in warranty as i received in October last year. I called Samsung USA and said warranties are not worldwide and i need to mail my tablet back to Samsung usa at my expense for repairs. Do not buy a SAMSUNG product out of country and expect those assholes to stand behind the warranty! I assure you this is my last samsung product Ill ever purchase...EVER!
Hamza Ahmad
Love Samsung Galaxy s6 edge, its much more better then edge plus, but only thing I don't like this time in unremovable battery, but I must say that Samsung moved forward with edge screen.
KurtJoeWittman
Have the Edge 6+ and am very please with it. The camera and screen are killer as is the CPU. Also have iPhone 6+ and am very please with it as well I carry them both as each have their strengths. Both devices is OSs ave evolved well and you can't go wrong with either. Want best camera? Get the Edge. Want consistency and white glove service? Get iPhone. You're in great shape either way.