In the race for this year’s best smartphones, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is a worthy contender.
Sure, it may be just a big-screened refresh of this year’s Galaxy S6 Edge, but Samsung’s managed to pack the new handset’s wider, thinner frame with a litany of improvements. We’ve published an in-depth hands-on review, but here’s a condensed rundown.
Besides the larger, 5.7-inch screen, almost everything about the S6 Edge Plus is familiar — the body’s still made of glass and metal, the rear camera still protrudes rather annoyingly, and the power, home, and volume rocker haven’t budged. But the big changes are internal — the S6 Edge Plus ups the amount of RAM to 4GB, up from 3GB in the predecessing model. The battery’s been bumped to 3,000mAh — a 400mAh increase. And the handset wirelessly recharges a tad faster — empty to full in 2 hours, Samsung says.
Related: Hands on: Samsung Note 5
It’s not just the hardware that’s gotten attention. “People Edge,” an app introduced with the original Edge which placed a list of contacts on the screen’s curved ends, now lets you designate VIPs. The eponymous “Apps Edge” provides quick access to app shortcuts. And the camera has built-in YouTube support for video streaming up to 1080p, 60 frames per second.
Those enhancements don’t come cheap, unfortunately. The Edge Plus, like the original Edge, is a $100 premium over the non-curved S6. Do a larger screen, better battery, and streamlined software help to justify it? Perhaps, but it’ll ultimately come down to how much value you place on a curved screen.
Available at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus doesn’t hit store shelves until August 21, but it’s available for pre-order in black and gold on all major U.S. carriers.
Verizon, which recently eliminated subsidies, will sell the 32GB and 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge Plus for $768 and $864 off contract, respectively. Big Red’s monthly pricing is a little more palatable: $32 a month over a 24-month period for the 32GB model, or $36 a month if you opt for 64GB.
Verizon’s offering a sneak peak of the S6 Edge Plus in select stores on August 14.
AT&T’s selling the 32GB S6 Edge Plus for $300 with a two-year contract. Doubling the storage bumps that price to $400.
Here’s how the payment plans for AT&T’s Next program break down:
New customers who trade in their old phone for a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus get a $100 bill credit and $200 buyback credit. Subscribers on AT&T Next, meanwhile, are eligible for a $200 trade in value.
T-Mobile has the 32GB S6 Edge Plus for $780 full retail. A 18-month leasing plan will run you $25 per month, or you can pay it off in 24 monthly installments of $32.50.
Sprint will begin shipping Galaxy S6 Edge Plus pre-orders on August 14. Here’s pricing across its payment programs:
The carrier’s offering a $200 trade-in credit for customers who turn in their old phone. For new two-year activations, Sprint’s supplying a gratis Galaxy Tab 4 7.0.
Next page: All the rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus prior to its launch
Editor’s note: This page is full of rumors and speculation about the Galaxy Note 5 prior to launch. Please check page 1 to learn more about availability and what we now know.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is widely considered one of the best smartphones the company has ever made, in terms of both design and power. As usual, the firm has already produced S6 spinoffs, including the Galaxy S6 Active. However, recently, a puzzling report hinted that Samsung may launch a 5.5-inch Galaxy S6 Edge Plus phablet. Here’s what we think we know about the device.
Samsung Unpacked event planned for August 13
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has lived on the shadow of the Galaxy Note 5 throughout the last months, where both phones have been leaked on various occasions. However, they both may end up sharing the stage at a launch event planned for August. Following repeated rumors linking the date with the Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus launch, Samsung has started sending out invitations to an event in New York on August 13.
While it’s not confirmed either phone will be officially announced, Samsung has said it’s an Unpacked event, a name it only uses when unveiling its most prestigious devices. The invitation itself features an unusual 3D picture, which may represent the S6 Edge Plus’s double curved display.
A Wall Street Journal report says the event will be used to reveal the S6 Edge Plus, and states the device has “all the features of the company’s popular flagship device, in the larger size format pioneered by the Galaxy Note series.”
This is what we think it will look like
Soon after Samsung announced the August 13 Unpacked event, an official looking picture was posted to Twitter, that showed what could be the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus alongside the Galaxy Note 5. The design closely follows what we’ve seen in previous leaks, but doesn’t contain any further news on the specifications.
The phone on the right certainly appears very similar to the live device seen in another leak from late July, where a model number SM-928A was also spotted.
Noted leaker OnLeaks posted a new press render of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in mid-July on Twitter, showing an image quite similar to the image leaked earlier in June. Consistent with what we are coming to expect, it looks very much like the larger version of the current Galaxy S6 Edge.
The leaker also posted a few pictures which allegedly show dummy models of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus next to the original S6 Edge. The dimensions of the Plus are said to be approximately 154.45 x 75.80 x 6.85mm. The earlier rumors of the phone featuring a 5.5-inch display appear to be confirmed, as well.
— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) June 20, 2015
Another leak from SamMobile reports the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (model SM-G928) is going under the codename Project Zero 2, and is not part of Project Zero or Project Zen. This leak also suggests slightly different dimensions for the phone, which are 151 x 73mm. To further complicate things, it is now suggested that the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus could wind up with a 5.4-inch or 5.7-inch display.
Earlier in June, popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee posted a video of the HTC One M9+, in which leaked pictures of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus make an appearance at the end of the video. Brownlee says an anonymous source sent him the photos, which he believes are genuine. The images certainly corroborate the earlier rumor that the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will have two curved edges just like the original Galaxy S6 Edge, but will sport a bigger screen.
An image of a purported Galaxy S6 Edge Plus demo unit placed next to a Galaxy Note 4 corroborates that info. It appears about the same size as the Note 4, lending credence to aforementioned rumors of a 5.7-inch display.
How about the power and specs?
While most of the specs were already revealed, information regarding the battery wasn’t. Since it’s a bigger phone, Samsung should be able to fit a larger battery than what the current Galaxy S6 Edge offers. Inside information suggests Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will sport a 3,000mAh battery, which should offer significantly more battery life over the Galaxy S6 Edge’s 2,600 mAh battery.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is said to sport a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with the same high-resolution as the regular Galaxy S6, but it may be curved on both sides, just like the S6 Edge. The same Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor that LG used in the G4 may power the device, which will likely come with 32GB of internal storage. A 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera are also rumored.
The S6 Edge Plus is this year’s Note 5 Edge?
A report from China says Samsung won’t release a Galaxy Note 5 Edge this year, and will instead put the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus up on stage alongside the Note 5, when it’s eventually revealed. The story states the S6 Edge Plus will not have a stylus, separating it from the Note line, but will have double-edged curve to the screen, making it more like the S6 Edge. It’s not clear whether the screen will be larger than the S6, and match the expected 5.7-inch Note 5.
Apparently, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is part of an internal project codenamed Project Zero, which was formerly known as Project Zen, reports Italian site HDBlog.it. The device will allegedly launch in the coming weeks instead of at IFA in September, where the Galaxy Note 5 is expected to debut.
There was always the chance of mistaken identity when discussing S6 Edge Plus rumors, and the device may turn out to be a Note 5 prototype. However, it may be a Note 5 Edge in disguise, and although the S6 Edge Plus name is attached at the moment, that could all change when it’s officially revealed.
Anything is possible, and at this point, it’s all speculation. We’ll keep you updated with Galaxy S6 Edge Plus/Note 5 Edge rumors.
Updated on 08-04-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in leaked picture which may show the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus alongside the Galaxy Note 5
Updated on 07-28-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in official news of a Samsung launch event on August 13
Updated on 07-23-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in leaked images of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Updated on 07-17-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added pic of a purported Galaxy S6 Edge Plus demo unit.
Updated on 06-29-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in a leaked press render and information regarding Galaxy S6 Edge Plus dimensions, display size, and battery.
Updated on 06-23-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in rumors the Galaxy S6 Plus may be the replacement for the Note 5 Edge.
Updated on 06-04-2015: Added leaked pictures of the device that were posted online.