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Samsung’s next big thing is bigger, as the S6 Edge arrives with a plus-sized sibling, but is it more than just a big brother?
Has it been that long since we checked out a Samsung flagship?
Back in April, we checked out two, as the smartphone manufacturer didn’t just reveal a follow-up to the Galaxy S5, but also a follow-up with a curved screen, a model it called the “Galaxy Edge” that stretched the screen ever so slightly on each side for a more stylised and fashionable look.
We’re not sure how well it’s done, but Samsung obviously thinks highly of the Edge because now the company has gone and made a bigger one, available in the Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Edge Plus).
In many ways, this model is a spec for spec clone of its brother, albeit in a larger body, so let’s look at that.
For starters, you’ll find the same Samsung-made eight-core processor consisting of two quad-core sections clocked at 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz separately, 32 or 64GB of storage, and a slight change to the memory, boosted from 3GB RAM to a more impressive 4GB RAM. No microSD slot can be found in this model, meaning your storage is set to either 32 or 64GB with no way of upgrading it.
Google’s Android 5.1 “Lollipop” is found on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ out of the box, equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay.
Connections for the phone are about par for the course, except for one thing, which we’ll get to shortly. As such, you’ll find WiFi spread out over 802.11a/b/g/n and even 802.11ac, Near-Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth 4 (which has been updated to 4.2 in this phone), and that something new: Category 9 LTE connectivity.
For those not in the know, Category 9 is a higher spec version of 4G, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and its introduced-at-the-same-time Galaxy Note 5 brother are the only phones at the time of publication to support this, with Cat9 LTE capable of hitting up to 450Mbps, which technically translates to a maximum download speed of around 55 megabytes per second.
Not every telco will support this off the bat, but over time, we should see more of them waking up to it. Telstra has claimed support for Cat9 4G first, and it shouldn’t be long until Optus and Vodafone chime in.
Cameras are the same as the previous Galaxy S6 Edge, however, implementing a 16 megapixel rear camera with an F1.9 lens and flash, while the front-facing camera is set to 5 megapixels with its own F1.9 lens.
Extra sensors are included, too, such as a barometer, a heart-rate monitor on the back next to the camera, and a fingerprint sensor built into the home button on the front.
And then there’s the screen, and for that you’ll find a slight increase on the regular S6 Edge, with the Edge+ jumping from 5.1 inches up to 5.7 inches, complete with the curved edges on each side.