“Have doubts in your mind about Samsung’s latest curvy flagship? Read on to find the answers”
Half a lakh is a big amount. Even more so for smartphones, as these have become commodities and are nowadays available for as low as Rs 3,000. But that’s what leading smartphone manufacturer Samsung’s latest offering, the Galaxy S6 will cost you (with its sibling, the Galaxy S6 edge, priced slightly higher).
We have the Galaxy S6 edge with us in our labs and while the full review will tell if it’s worth your money, we’re certain that your mind will be bursting with several questions about the device. Without further ado, here’s everything you should know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Do keep in mind that most of the points covered will be valid for the Galaxy S6 as well.
Before anything else, let’s start with specs boasted by the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.
Being a flagship, the smartphone features top-of-the-line specs. The phone is built around a 5.1-inch display, just like its predecessor, but sports an eye-popping resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, translating to pixel density of 576ppi. Inside the chassis purrs an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with four cores running at 2.1GHz and four ticking at 1.5GHz. Complementing the chipset is a Mali-T760MP8 GPU and 3GB of RAM. For storage, the Galaxy S6 edge comes with 32GB of flash memory.
What all do I get with the retail box of the Galaxy S6 edge?
Not just the phone, it’s retail packaging is also quite premium as highlighted during our unboxing. The compact white box offers all the accessories such as a pair of earphones, wall charger and a micro-USB cable along with the phone itself. You’ll also get the documentation and a SIM ejection tool.
I’ve heard that Samsung has changed its design philosophy with the Galaxy S6 (and the S6 edge)? Is that true? What about the waterproof capabilities available in its predecessor?
Yes, the Galaxy S6 duo are unlike anything designed by Samsung. Gone are the plastic bodies and the usual design language followed by the Korean company, and what you get instead is a premium smartphone constructed from metal and glass. The back is made of glass, while the device gets its sturdiness from the aluminium frame running along the edges. What’s more, the device sports a unibody build, which also makes it quite slim with its waist measuring 7mm. in addition to that, the Galaxy S6 edge’s display panel is curved around both sides.
Sadly, this impressive design comes at a cost – the Galaxy S6 edge isn’t waterproof like the Galaxy S5.
Does the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has fingerprint sensor? How does it work?
Absolutely. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S5 (review), its successor also offers a fingerprint sensor hidden neatly under the oval-shaped home button. The Korean brand has also improved the working of the sensor since it can authorise anyone by a simple press on the home button, unlike earlier, where you had to swipe downwards. It does work extremely well and authenticates in a jiffy.
What about the heart-rate monitor. Is that available on the phone too?
Yes, you get that too, available alongside the LED flash on the back. The heart rate sensor is a great way to track your fitness and it gels well with Samsung’s S Health app which monitors activity such as steps walked, calories burned, etc. Not just that, the sensor also doubles up as SpO2 sensor to measure Oxygen saturation levels (concentration of Oxygen in your blood).
What all can I do with the curved display on both the sides of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge?
Unlike the cascading display on one side of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (review), the Galaxy S6 edge features a display on both its edges, but sadly that doesn’t mean that they offer twice the functionality. That also doesn’t mean that the curved edges are just for flaunting, as there are quite a few interesting, though gimmicky features available for the edge screen.
If your phone is upside down and you receive a call from any of your favourite contacts, then the edge screen will light up in the colour assigned to them to instantly tell you who’s calling even without touching the phone. You can set up to five contacts for this purpose.
The edge screen also doubles up as night clock according to the preset time to show you time (for maximum of 12 hours). For all these features, you can also choose between the left and right sides.
Does the screen of S6 edge feature Gorilla Glass protection?
The Galaxy S6 edge gets a protective layer of the latest Corning Gorilla Glass not just at the front, but the rear as well since that also has a glass panel. Gorilla Glass 4 is supposed to be drop resistant as well.
What kind of camera credentials does the smartphone possess?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge comes equipped with a 16-megapixel primary camera, featuring a wide aperture of f/1.9. The main camera gets help from the LED flash to shoot in low-light conditions. At the front, the device gets a 5MP shooter for capturing selfies or making video calls. We’ve already taken the Galaxy S6 edge on a photo journey to judge its camera quality and came away impressed.
How much storage does the phone offers out of the box? Can I extend it via microSD card?
Out of the 32GB on board, users will be able to use close to 25GB for installing apps or storing multimedia. Sadly, the Galaxy S6 edge misses out on the biggest selling points of its predecessors – it doesn’t have an expansion slot, which means you can’t increase the available storage on the device.
However, you can buy the phone in different storage flavours of 64GB and 128GB to ensure that you don’t run out of space.
Does the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge have USB OTG support?
Yes, the Galaxy S6 edge supports USB On-the-Go capabilities, which means you can plug in your flash drives.
What about the battery capacity? Can I charge the device wirelessly?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge sips juice from a 2,600mAh battery. While it can last a day, you can also extend the battery life by enabling modes such as the Ultra Power Saving Mode. Yes, the phone can be charged wirelessly, however you will need to purchase a compatible charger separately.
What kind of SIM does the Galaxy S6 edge accept? Is it a dual-SIM handset?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge accepts only one SIM card of the nano variety.
Does the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge support 4G connectivity? What other connectivity options are available?
Yes, while the Galaxy S5 missed out on next-gen 4G connectivity, its successor does come with support for 4G networks. It’s also loaded in terms of other connectivity features, and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, NFC and GPS.
Which version of the Android does the phone ships with? Are there any special features?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge offers the sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop which has been flavoured with its custom skin dubbed TouchWiz. Unlike previous Samsung devices, TouchWiz has become lighter and faster this time.
You also get the usual Samsung features such as a visual feed of top news called Briefing at the home screen itself, as well as the ability to change the look of the interface with themes. There are also useful options like an Easy mode, power-saving modes and support for gestures among others.
How does the Galaxy S6 differ from the S6 edge? Are the latest flagships from the brand any better than the Galaxy S5?
The primary difference between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is the dual curved edges on the latter. Another slight difference between the two smartphones is in their battery capacities. Comparing the duo to their predecessor, the Galaxy S5, you will notice that there are major upgrades, both in terms of specs as well as design.
Here’s a handy chart we’ve prepared for your convenience which pits the Galaxy S6, Galaxy edge and Galaxy S5 against each other.
So, what’s the outlay involved for owning the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge?
We did warn you earlier that Samsung’s latest flagships don’t come cheap. The base version of the S6 edge with 32GB storage will cost you Rs 58,900. You can also buy the 64GB model for Rs 64,900 or the 128GB version that will set you back by Rs 70,900
In case you aren’t that interested in the edge screen, then you can also go for the Galaxy S6, which is priced slightly lower at Rs 49,900 for the 32GB variant, and Rs 55,900 and Rs 61,900 for the 64GB and 128GB models respectively.
Will I be able to use a protective case with the S6 edge, considering its unique design?
Definitely. While the Galaxy S6 edge has one-of-a-kind design, there are protective covers available to secure your precious purchase. Samsung itself has two different type of cases available for the device – the Clear cover and Clear View cover. While the former is a transparent back cover, the latter is a flip cover that has a translucent front, allowing you to use the smartphone too.
Along with that, you can also go for third-party cases available from the likes of Spigen and Amzer.
We hope that all your questions have been answered in this post, but if you have any more, then hit the comment section below. Of course, the most important question of whether you should buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 egde or not will be answered by our review, which will be out soon.
Photos by Raj Rout