Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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About the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
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The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are non-identical twins - they're roughly the same size and weight, and inside only the batteries are different - but the Edge is the more expensive because of its design, with a display curving around both sides of a more rounded body.

Sitting at the top end of the high-end smartphone market, the S6 Edge was immediately in competition with the iPhone 6 - and it holds up well against the newer iPhone 6S. Fans of curved handsets will want to compare it with its successor, the Galaxy S7 Edge, and the LG G4. It's also worth comparing with the HTC 10 and the Sony Xperia Z5.

Specs

Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge feature a Samsung-made 64-bit Exynos 7420 octa-core chipset, with the CPU made up of a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 and quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53. To save processing and battery power, the CPU uses ARM's big.LITTLE setup - keeping one set of processors back for the big jobs while the more efficient set get on with basic tasks. The CPU and a Mali-T760MP8 graphics processor share 3GB of RAM.

The S6 Edge shipped with Android 5.0.1 (Lollipop), which should now be upgradeable to Marshmallow (v6 of the OS); being a Samsung device, Android is overlaid with the Touchwiz user interface. While there's still a fair amount of bloatware, it is at least possible to disable all the pre-installed apps, whether Samsung's or Google's. It's not possible to completely delete them though, which could be an issue given the limited storage.

Arguably the biggest flaw with the Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets is the lack of microSD slot. It's possible that a lot of users won't need more than the 32GB of internal storage available on the smallest S6 Edge, but others may want to opt for the (more expensive) 64GB or 128GB version to be on the safe side.

Look and feel

The Galaxy S6 Edge was the first dual-curved display smartphone, with the screen sweeping up to and around either edge of the phone. It's the slightest bit narrower than the Galaxy S6, and a little shorter - but measured diagonally both offer a 5.1 inch display. The Gorilla Glass front is paired with a (mostly) flat glass-coated aluminium back - because the S6 Edge is slightly thicker than the non-curved S6, the rear camera sticks out slightly less on the Edge, but it does still protrude.

The S6 Edge is noticeably smaller than its successor, the 5.5 inch Galaxy S7 Edge - so the S6's quad-HD super AMOLED screen offers more pixels per inch (576 compared to 534), and is ridiculously sharp and bright. Samsung like their punchy displays - but for those of us who don't, there are three presets that change the white balance and colour saturation, making them more muted or even bolder to taste.

The dual-edge display does mean that holding and using the phone may need getting used to - the keys on the outer edges of the onscreen keyboard are just on the curves, for example. But the physical buttons - power, volume, and home button / fingerprint sensor - have been improved: they're much firmer to the touch, and the fingerprint scanner no longer requires a swipe, responding instead to a finger simply being placed over the key.

In Use

The dual edge display adds a couple of potentially useful functions to the handset. Users can set up to five of their contacts as favourites, each assigned their own colour; missed calls or other notifications will appear in a tab of that colour on the edge of the display. If the phone is face down when they call, both edges will light up with that colour - or we can reject the call with a predefined message by holding a finger over the heart rate monitor (tucked under the rear camera flash) for two seconds.

As well as supporting enough 4G frequencies that we should be well covered home and away, there's dual band wi-fi on all the usual protocols, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth v4.1. Plenty of Samsung devices feature an NFC chip, but the S6 and S6 Edge are the earliest models able to run Samsung Pay when it arrives - if we're not already happy with Android Pay.

The slimline design of the S6 Edge does mean a smaller battery, and shorter life between charges. Samsung say the 2,600mAh capacity battery will provide up to 18 hours of talk time using 3G, and tests suggest it can cope with up to 11 hours of web browsing, or up to 12 hours of video playing. With moderate mixed use, it should last most people through the working day and get them home - but heavier users may want to keep a power pack with them or use the wireless charging feature introduced with the S6.

Camera

The S6 Edge's rear camera has a 16 megapixel sensor - and impressively for such a slim phone, optical image stabilisation. The camera loads almost instantly from a double tap on the home button, and alongside the Auto and Pro modes is a good range of settings. However, to keep the bloat down, Samsung haven't loaded the phone with every preset mode available. Tap on the download icon at the end of the list to be taken to the list of extra modes available in the Samsung App Store, including Sports, Food, Animated Gif and more.

Both rear and front cameras feature auto HDR, allowing for much better shots of scenes with lots of contrast - anyone who's seen what the iPhone can do with its HDR setting will be impressed. The front camera on the Galaxy S6 Edge is better than that on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, however, with a 5MP sensor and good performance in low or mixed light conditions - such as in a bar or fairground with friends.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Specifications
Model Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
70.1mm x 142.1mm x 7.0mm
Weight 132g
Screen Size 5.1"
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixel Density 576 ppi
Screen Detail Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, scratch-resistant glass
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, HR, Proximity, RGB Light
Operating System Andriod (Version 5.0.2)
Chipset Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Processor (CPU) Octa-core
Graphics (GPU) Mali-T760MP8
Internal Memory 32 GB
Memory Card
Talk Time 1080 mins
Standby Time mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 16 MP
Camera Flash LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Video Player MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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Model Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

samsung galaxy s6 edge
Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
70.1mm x 142.1mm x 7.0mm
Weight 132g
Screen Size 5.1"
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixel Density 576 ppi
Screen Detail Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, scratch-resistant glass
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, HR, Proximity, RGB Light
Operating System Andriod (Version 5.0.2)
Chipset Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Processor (CPU) Octa-core
Graphics (GPU) Mali-T760MP8
Internal Memory 32 GB
Memory Card
Talk Time 1080 mins
Standby Time mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 16 MP
Camera Flash LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Video Player MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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