Hands-On With the Galaxy S6 Edge+

CIO | Aug 13, 2015

Samsung's throwing another phablet into the ring, but this one's curved on both sides.

Samsung seems to be falling back into old habits by cranking out too many variants of too many phones—like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Yes, it’s called the “plus,” and it’s a mega-sized version of the good-looking, already capable Galaxy S6 Edge.

The Edge Plus features a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, and it’s just as good looking as its little brother. Inside, it’s also pretty powerful: it has a 2.1GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery pack that will probably last you through most of the day.

But besides their screen sizes, there’s really not much that’s different between the Galaxy S6 Edge and the Edge Plus. Both devices are thin, comfortable to hold, and a clear example of what Samsung is capable of in the design department. The Edge Plus also utilizes the same stellar 16-megapixel camera as its smaller counterpart, but with a few added extras. You can now stream directly to YouTube and create neat video collage mode. There's also a new audio boost feature in the settings that enhances the sound of low-quality streaming audio, making it sound more full and rich.

Overall, the Galaxy S6 Edge is a really nice, larger phone. But I’m struggling to understand its relevance. Is it for those who want a curved version of the Note 5? It doesn’t have a stylus. Is it for those for whom the 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 Edge wasn’t big enough? There’s a definite play at Apple here with the varying sizes of edge-style phones, but I’m worried: do we really need a bigger-sized flagship when the Note 5 exists?