Regardless of if the screen is curved or flat, it is protected by Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4, and this appears on the front and the back, with a metal frame used as the other main material in the construction.

Buttons are standard for Samsung, with a power button on the right edge, individual buttons for volume up and volume down on the left edge, and the typical Samsung assortment of an ovular home button at the bottom of the screen, with a multi-task soft button flanking this on the left, and a back soft button flanking it on the right.

Beneath the home button, you’ll find a fingerprint sensor which can be mapped to your digits to help you securely login, as well as pay for goods and services.

The battery on the Galaxy S6 Edge is rated at 2600mAh and is not removable.

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Performance

A new year, a new phone, but this year, for 2015, Samsung has two, and they’re very similar.

If you’ve already seen our review on the Galaxy S6, prepare yourself for more of the same, because Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge isn’t a similar model with a slightly different processor or an ultra-fancy camera.

No, this is a more or less identical to the S6 with the difference visible in the screen which now curves around the handset, encroaching on the metal frame and making it slimmer, thinner, and more like a line around the sides that reminds us of the line Samsung once had on its laptops.

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That design is the primary reason why Samsung felt the need to make a different device, with one that will attract a different audience, specifically those looking for something uniquely modern.

And that’s precisely what they’ll get, because while you could compare the Galaxy S6 to other phones, such as the Apple iPhone 6, the LG Optimus G, and even Samsung’s own Galaxy S4, the S6 Edge doesn’t really look like any of them.

Oh sure, the bottom is very similar still to the iPhone 6, and that’s apparent on the standard S6, but the rest of the phone is slick, with that curved screen appearing near bezel-less because it curves ever so slightly on the edges.

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It’s not a full curve, either, not like the curve on the Galaxy Note Edge, which curved to the spine of the handset, like it was a screen on the edge of a book. This is basically the S6 screen with its 1440p resolution curved on the edges, with the bezels curving with it.

So it’s not edgeless, but it can appear that way thanks to the curves, and it’s a neat effect, feeling like you’re holding your operating system, your colours, your little bitty piece of the future unencumbered between your fingers.