Product Galaxy S6 Edge
Specs 5.1in QDHD 2560x1440 577ppi Super AMOLED Edge screen, octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage, 16MP camera with OIS and LED flash, 5MP front-facing camera, GSM/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, Samsung TouchWiz, Li-Ion 2600mAh battery, 143x71x7mm, 132g
Price From £760
THE GALAXY S6 EDGE will be seen by many as an expensive gimmick given that it's over £100 more expensive than the regular Galaxy S6, while others will see it as Samsung pushing the boundaries of design, and trumping its rivals by bringing something new to the smartphone market.
As we pointed out in our review of the Galaxy S6, the design of the Galaxy S6 Edge, which comprises a mix of Gorilla Glass and a custom metal alloy, is a huge improvement on the Galaxy S5's plastic body, and means that Samsung's Galaxy handsets finally feel as high end as the likes of the HTC One M9 and iPhone 6.
The handset's Edge screen is very subtle and, while we found it a little awkward to grip comfortably at first, we soon found it a pleasure to use. At 7mm thick and 132g (6g lighter than the Galaxy S6) it's extremely skinny and light, although we found this almost took away from the handset's all-round premium feel.
There's no protection against dust or water like with last year's model, and we do feel that the handset might get damaged quite easily.
Like its non-curved sibling, the Galaxy S6 comes with a physical home key which houses a fingerprint scanner. This is a touch-based scanner, unlike the swipe-based version on last year's Galaxy handset, and we found it much more accurate. We rarely had to scan our finger more than once to gain access to the handset, which can't be said for our iPhone 6.
Of course, the screen on the Galaxy S6 Edge is its main selling point. The handset has a similarly-specced 5.1in 1440x2560 577ppi Super AMOLED screen to the Galaxy S6, but with the added bonus of curved edges that fold into each side of the handset.
We didn't really see the benefit of the curved screen design at first as it offers little functionality besides quick access to favourite contacts, and weather or call alerts. But we soon grew to appreciate the added space that the edges offered, which made for better viewing angles and outdoor visibility.
In terms of screen quality, Samsung claims that the display on the Galaxy S6 Edge has 70 percent more pixels than on the Galaxy S5 and is the sharpest ever seen on a smartphone.
We'd be hard pushed to argue, and the QHD screen offers extremely crisp text, vibrant colours and great brightness levels.
Unlike other Galaxy smartphones, such as the Galaxy S5, we didn't notice any problems with over-saturation on the S6 Edge or S6.
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