And just like we said on the S6 regular, that screen is amazing.
LG might have shown us our first glimpse of Quad HD on a 5.5 inch smartphone, but Samsung’s smaller 5.1 inch smartphone screen packs in even more pixels, even if they’re a little curved on this phone.
More than just super sharp, the screen is also super bright, with the screen kicking in a level of brightness you don’t normally get to see until you’re out in bright sunlight, with the screen accounting for the sunlight with that boost.
In Australia, where it tends to be quite sunny, this is a tremendous help, and while it’s a bit of a drain on the battery, it actually allows you to see what you’re doing when the sun won’t let up.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge offers up 577 pixels per inch, while the Apple iPhone 6 provides 326. What does this mean for the rendering of text? Take a look with our interactive pixel test above, with pictures of each screen under the microscope!
Using the phone is spot on with the Galaxy S6, too, and as you can expect, Samsung is relying on identical software and identical hardware to make this happen.
As such, it’s the same Samsung-made Exynos eight-core processor made from one quad-core 1.5GHz chip and one quad-core 2.1GHz chip, with Google’s Android 5.0 “Lollipop” installed from day one out of the box.
This tech helps to make the phone quick to use, with animations that load without fail, are fast, and a general feeling that for the first time in ages, Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is something you might actually want to use, instead of replacing it immediately with a different launcher when you take it out of the box.
It’s colourful, flat like Google’s Material Design, and simple, which is what we like, as Samsung edges closer to what Google seems to want its Android to look like, at least according to its stock version that appears on other phones.
And fortunately, just like the S6, it’s missing some of the bloatware Samsung normally loads.
In our Australian review model, we only had Kindle, Here Maps, Samsung’s Milk music service, PayPal, the SmartSwitch software to help you switch phones if you’re upgrading from iOS or another Android phone to this, and a few Microsoft apps.
Some of these can even be uninstalled, which is useful to know if you plan on getting rid of them.