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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Smartphone Review

An edge in need of sharpening. Released almost half a year after the original S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ brings a larger display and... unfortunately not much else. How does the new Edge compare against the Galaxy Note 5 and its siblings?

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Following the trend of producing two visually identical smartphones from largely similar core components (ex., iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus, Xiaomi Mi Note vs. Xiaomi Mi Note Plus, HTC One vs. HTC One Max, etc.), Samsung is now launching the Galaxy S6 Edge+ months after the original Galaxy S6 Edge and as an alternative to the Galaxy Note 5.

The Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are marketed almost like inseparable items and are rarely ever seen without the other in promotional deals. These two models - alongside the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge - share nearly identical hardware from their octa-core Exynos 7420 SoCs to their complete lack of MicroSD and removable battery support.

We recommend checking out our other recent Galaxy reviews since the newer models largely have the same chassis and software. Thus, there is no denying that the hardware and display are of high quality on the S6 Edge+. Instead, we want to see if the S6 Edge+ is a large leap forward compared to its predecessors. Is the Edge+ a better deal over other recent flagships like the LG Flex 2, OnePlus 2, or even the Galaxy Note 5?

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.7 inch 16:9, 2560x1440 pixel, 10-point capacitive, Super AMOLED, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash, 32 GB 
, 25 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm earphones, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate, compass, ambient light, NFC, WiFi-Direct, OTG, Qi charging
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, Rear: 16 MP, f/1.9, up to 2160p30 video, LED flash, Front: 5 MP, up to 1440p30 video
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.9 x 154.4 x 75.8 ( = 0.27 x 6.08 x 2.98 in)
Battery
3000 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 20 h
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: Rear: 16 MP, f/1.9, up to 2160p30 video, LED flash, Front: 5 MP, up to 1440p30 video
Additional features
Speakers: Monaural, Quick Start guide, earphones, Micro-USB cable, AC adapter, Micro-USB to USB adapter, S health, S Voice, Samsung Pay, Edge apps, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
153 g ( = 5.4 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 40 g ( = 1.41 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
799 Euro

 

Case

In terms of design and appearance, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is an enlarged version of the 5.1-inch S6 Edge released earlier this year. The Plus model uses the same Gorilla Glass 4 front and back cover with aluminum edges and corners for a solid feel worthy of the high price tag. Nonetheless, users may prefer the aluminum backing on competing models like the HTC One M9 or Apple iPhone over the glossy fingerprint finish of the Edge series.

Construction quality has not taken a hit from the jump to a larger 5.7-inch display. Pushing down on the center shows no surface depressions and twisting is very minimal despite a thickness of just 7 mm. The craftsmanship is excellent if not awkward to hold on the hand for new users. This is because the curved display and flat back are opposite of most smartphones where normally the front is flat and the back is curved instead.

As for size, the S6 Edge+ is thinner than both the Galaxy Note 5 (7.6 mm) and iPhone 6 Plus (7.1 mm). Its high screen-to-body ratio also makes it similar to the 5.5-inch OnePlus 2 in terms of length and width.

Connectivity

Physical port placement is identical to that of the Galaxy Note 5. This unfortunately means that the smartphone uses only USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 or USB Type-C. Additionally, there is no built-in support for MHL or Miracast either. The IR blaster is nowhere to be found, which further limits the smartphone's home multimedia potential. USB host is still supported for plug-and-play keyboards and mice.

Top: SIM slot
Top: SIM slot
Left: Volume buttons
Left: Volume buttons
Bottom: Microphone, Speakerphone, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio
Bottom: Microphone, Speakerphone, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio
Right: Power button
Right: Power button

Software

The TouchWiz interface is the usual Samsung fare with Samsung Pay being the new addition. The Smart Remote app is now gone since the smartphone does not carry IR functionality.

The Edge-specific features return including information stream, edge lighting, quick launch tab, and others. These features are what Samsung is using to justify its Edge series as more than just a gimmick. However, there is no reason why many of these extras can't be on a regular smartphone as most are simply notifications and news feeds. They make look nicer on the unique edge display, but would work just as well most anywhere else.

Edge-specific settings return
Edge-specific settings return
Quick launch tab for contacts and apps
Quick launch tab for contacts and apps
Samsung S health with heart rate monitor
Samsung S health with heart rate monitor
Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay

Communication & GPS

The built-in 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless recognizes both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. We experienced no random dropout issues when connected to a standard home network. Signal strength remains steady when 10 meters away from the source and maintains connection at 30 meters. Any farther and signal drops near -80 dBm. A line of sight was maintained throughout the test to reduce variation from walls and other obstacles.

The GPS radio is quick at establishing a lock and maintains a fix with no noticeable issues.

Signal quality 1 m from source
Signal quality 1 m from source
Signal quality 10 m from source
Signal quality 10 m from source
Signal quality 30 m from source
Signal quality 30 m from source
GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

Telephone & Voice Quality

The North American model supports GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) and UMTS (850, 900, 2100 MHz) bands with a separate model for CDMA (800, 1900 MHz) networks. LTE-A Cat 9 is supported for download speeds of up to 450 Mbits/s should the network have the capacity. Nano-SIM cards are inserted from the top edge with no dual-SIM support while Wi-Fi calling is available for text and voice without tower reception.

Our test model is the less common CDMA version and we experienced poor call quality with the Sprint network. Voice skips and crackling were common on multiple attempts even with good reception. We also found maximum volume to be a bit low as well without falling back onto speakerphone. We saw no such quality issues on our original S6 Edge model, so our experience may simply be an isolated event within our particular location and network.

Cameras & Multimedia

The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 family of smartphones have some of the best cameras in the market due in part to the wider f/1.9 aperture compared to f/2.2 on many other smartphones. This results in brighter photos for both daylight and poorly lit shots. The quality and feature set from the rear 16 MP and front 5 MP cameras are not any different from the original S6 Edge or Galaxy Note 5, so we refer to our previous reviews for more details on options and performance.

Video recording is supported up to UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) at 30 FPS. Video options are unfortunately barebones as the software does not allow for 60 or 120 FPS at sub 1080p resolutions or shooting in native 1080p24 format. Furthermore, features such as HDR, video stabilization, and auto-focus tracking are all disabled if shooting anything higher than 1080p30. Video enthusiasts may prefer the Lumia 930 if such features are important for a smartphone.

Galaxy S6 Edge+
Galaxy S6 Edge+
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Galaxy S6 Edge+
Galaxy S6 Edge+
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Accessories & Warranty

Users can expect earphones, a wall charger, Micro-USB cable, and a Quick Start guide in the box. Samsung also throws in a "Smart Switch" cable, which is a male Micro-USB to female USB adapter for connecting mice, keyboards, and flash drives. Optional accessories are the usual Flip Cover and wrap cases from Samsung. Qi charging is supported without the need for an extra case.

Warranty is the standard limited one-year coverage for buyers in the U.S..

Input Devices & Handling

Touchscreen

Our test model shows no issues regarding touchscreen performance. Thus, taps are recognized and registered accurately around the edges and corners. Like the Galaxy Note 5, the display is quite sensitive and can recognize even very light taps. Gliding characteristics and handling are both comfortable, though the curved sides do make it a bit more difficult to press corner keys like "Q", "1", "0", or "P". Adversely, the curvature also makes it easier to accidentally press on the "Tabs" and "Back" touch keys near the front bottom of the phone if the user is not careful.

The fingerprint scanner works as quickly and reliably as it does on the Note 5. It's generally faster than using the standard pattern lock, though it's common for the scanner to register a mismatch on the first or second try.

Display

After just checking out the Galaxy Note 5 and its wonderful display, we came in with high hopes for the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Display brightness has not improved and is essentially the same as on the smaller Galaxy S6 Edge. This is compared to the Note 5, which had a jump in maximum brightness from its direct Note 4 predecessor. This is by no means a bad display, but we were hoping to see some color improvements on this newer model. Users jumping on board from the S6 Edge will be settling for a larger display and not much else. A handful of competing smartphones carry brighter backlights as shown on our comparison table below.

Running on Power Saver mode will reduce maximum brightness by about 50 nits. Furthermore, the ambient light sensor appears to be always active during this mode even if the user disables the automatic brightness function.

347.1
cd/m²
327.9
cd/m²
309.7
cd/m²
345.3
cd/m²
335.7
cd/m²
314.7
cd/m²
346.7
cd/m²
337.4
cd/m²
321.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 347.1 cd/m² Average: 331.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 335.7 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.33 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.15 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.15
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920ASamsung Galaxy S6 EdgeSamsung Galaxy Note EdgeApple iPhone 6 PlusLG G Flex 2Google Nexus 6OnePlus 2
Screen
17%
1%
-9%
-21%
-116%
-77%
-29%
Brightness332397
20%
338
2%
474
43%
496
49%
274
-17%
264
-20%
446
34%
Brightness Distribution8991
2%
94
6%
94
6%
90
1%
97
9%
89
0%
90
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *2.331.49
36%
2.2
6%
2.24
4%
3.67
-58%
8.03
-245%
6.99
-200%
3.84
-65%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *2.151.98
8%
2.37
-10%
4.02
-87%
3.78
-76%
6.71
-212%
4.01
-87%
3.97
-85%
Gamma *2.152.192.413.072.421.892.032.46
CCT6184 105%6382 102%6425 101%6476 100%7327 89%7750 84%6329 103%7283 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)87.7758.07
Black Level *0.620.3
Contrast8371503
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)90.14

* ... smaller is better

Color quality is very accurate from the Super AMOLED panel. Like on the Galaxy Note 5, we recommend sticking with the Basic color mode instead of Cinema or Photo. Basic will provide more balanced colors fit for general browsing and camera use. While colors are better than on the G Flex 2, Nexus 6, and OnePlus 2, there is certainly still room for improvement as the Note 5 carries the brighter and more accurate panel.

Grayscale Basic mode
Grayscale Basic mode
Saturation Sweeps Basic mode
Saturation Sweeps Basic mode
ColorChecker Basic mode
ColorChecker Basic mode
Grayscale Cinema mode
Grayscale Cinema mode
Saturation Sweeps Cinema mode
Saturation Sweeps Cinema mode
ColorChecker Cinema mode
ColorChecker Cinema mode
Grayscale Photo mode
Grayscale Photo mode
Saturation Sweeps Photo mode
Saturation Sweeps Photo mode
ColorChecker Photo mode
ColorChecker Photo mode
Wide viewing angles
Wide viewing angles

Outdoor usability is just as good as the Galaxy Note 5 as long as the ambient light sensor is active. This is because maximum screen brightness on automatic mode is much higher than on manual and we were able to record a maximum brightness of almost 550 nits under these conditions. The smartphone is comfortable to use under shade and acceptable when under direct sunlight so long as glare can be reduced.

Luckily, said glare is not a major issue outdoors due to the wide viewing angles of the Super AMOLED panel. Users who have used smartphones with IPS panels should be instantly familiar.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under full sun
Outdoors under full sun

Performance

The heart of the S6 Edge+ is essentially a copy and paste from the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and original S6 Edge. Thus, we refer to their respective reviews and our dedicated Exynos 7420 SoC page for more technical details and benchmarks.

The S6 Edge+ carries one more Gigabyte of RAM than the S6 Edge for a total of 4 GB. The extra memory should only become noticeable when running multiple demanding applications or multi-tasking using the Multi Window feature.

Running on Power Saver mode will limit core clocks to 1500 MHz and 800 MHz for the Cortex-A57 and A53 cores, respectively, according to CPU-Z. Otherwise, they are wholly capable of operating at their respective 2100 MHz and 1500 MHz maximums.

It's also worth noting that despite having the same hardware as many of its siblings, benchmark scores are not exactly the same due to throttling factors and margins of error. Nonetheless, Samsung shows a healthy lead over competitors like the LG G4 and Nexus 6. The latest Snapdragon 810 as found on the OnePlus 2 provides similar raw processing performance.

AnTuTu Benchmark v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
67512 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
72094 Points ∼89% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S6
60804 Points ∼75% -10%
OnePlus 2
58535 Points ∼73% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
56852 Points ∼71% -16%
Google Nexus 6
51812 Points ∼64% -23%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
50360 Points ∼62% -25%
LG G4
49941 Points ∼62% -26%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
4843 Points ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy S6
5073 Points ∼31%
OnePlus 2
4154 Points ∼25%
Google Nexus 6
3141 Points ∼19%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2874 Points ∼18%
LG G4
2952 Points ∼18%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1329 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1146 Points ∼25%
OnePlus 2
1066 Points ∼23%
Google Nexus 6
1043 Points ∼22%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1609 Points ∼35%
LG G4
1022 Points ∼22%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
4207 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
5619 Points ∼29% +34%
OnePlus 2
4804 Points ∼25% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
4428 Points ∼23% +5%
LG G4
3556 Points ∼18% -15%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1317 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1503 Points ∼32% +14%
OnePlus 2
1140 Points ∼24% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1202 Points ∼25% -9%
LG G4
1107 Points ∼23% -16%
3DMark (2013)
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1350 Points ∼56%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1777 Points ∼55%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 Unlimited (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1660 Points ∼59%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1267 Points ∼9%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
2686 Points ∼24%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
2151 Points ∼18%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1627 Points ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1320 Points ∼52% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1320 Points ∼52% -19%
OnePlus 2
1517 Points ∼59% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1606 Points ∼63% -1%
LG G4
1216 Points ∼48% -25%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1176 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1152 Points ∼21% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1152 Points ∼21% -2%
OnePlus 2
846 Points ∼16% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1155 Points ∼21% -2%
LG G4
440 Points ∼8% -63%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1253 Points ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1186 Points ∼31% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1186 Points ∼31% -5%
OnePlus 2
938 Points ∼24% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1232 Points ∼32% -2%
LG G4
513 Points ∼13% -59%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1652 Points ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1553 Points ∼62% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1553 Points ∼62% -6%
OnePlus 2
1414 Points ∼56% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1552 Points ∼62% -6%
LG G4
1115 Points ∼44% -33%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1606 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1492 Points ∼19% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1492 Points ∼19% -7%
OnePlus 2
1854 Points ∼24% +15%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1471 Points ∼19% -8%
LG G4
1399 Points ∼18% -13%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1616 Points ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1505 Points ∼31% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1505 Points ∼31% -7%
OnePlus 2
1734 Points ∼36% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1488 Points ∼31% -8%
LG G4
1324 Points ∼27% -18%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
16117 Points ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
19260 Points ∼30% +20%
Samsung Galaxy S6
18649 Points ∼29% +16%
OnePlus 2
10985 Points ∼17% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
17380 Points ∼27% +8%
Google Nexus 6
18113 Points ∼29% +12%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
9473 Points ∼15% -41%
LG G4
11178 Points ∼18% -31%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
27549 Points ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
23954 Points ∼5% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S6
23193 Points ∼5% -16%
OnePlus 2
31858 Points ∼7% +16%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
26964 Points ∼6% -2%
Google Nexus 6
25480 Points ∼6% -8%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
23937 Points ∼5% -13%
LG G4
23390 Points ∼5% -15%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
23798 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
22723 Points ∼12% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S6
22002 Points ∼12% -8%
OnePlus 2
22400 Points ∼12% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
24020 Points ∼13% +1%
Google Nexus 6
23368 Points ∼13% -2%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
17873 Points ∼10% -25%
LG G4
18821 Points ∼10% -21%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
18 fps ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
25 fps ∼5% +39%
Samsung Galaxy S6
22 fps ∼5% +22%
OnePlus 2
23 fps ∼5% +28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
18 fps ∼4% 0%
Google Nexus 6
19 fps ∼4% +6%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
18.8 fps ∼4% +4%
LG G4
15 fps ∼3% -17%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
14 fps ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
15 fps ∼13% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S6
16 fps ∼14% +14%
OnePlus 2
23 fps ∼21% +64%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
11 fps ∼10% -21%
Google Nexus 6
12 fps ∼11% -14%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
30.6 fps ∼27% +119%
LG G4
9.5 fps ∼8% -32%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
5130 Points ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Android 5.0.2)
5050 Points ∼62% -2%
OnePlus 2 (OxygenOS 2.0)
4282 Points ∼53% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
5113 Points ∼63% 0%
LG G4 (Android 5.1 Lillipop)
4579 Points ∼56% -11%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
4566 points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
4498 points ∼98% -1%
OnePlus 2
4325 points ∼94% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
4522 points ∼98% -1%
Google Nexus 6
2108 points ∼46% -54%
LG G4
4118 points ∼90% -10%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
16793 points ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
13558 points ∼72% -19%
OnePlus 2
10472 points ∼56% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
13262 points ∼70% -21%
Google Nexus 6
7468 points ∼40% -56%
LG G4
8940 points ∼47% -47%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
993 Points ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
778 Points ∼62% -22%
OnePlus 2
923 Points ∼73% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
998 Points ∼79% +1%
Google Nexus 6
682 Points ∼54% -31%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1092 Points ∼86% +10%
LG G4
881 Points ∼70% -11%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
2457 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
2489 Points ∼29% +1%
OnePlus 2
2631 Points ∼31% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
2476 Points ∼29% +1%
Google Nexus 6
2130 Points ∼25% -13%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2389 Points ∼28% -3%
LG G4
1995 Points ∼23% -19%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1298 Points ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1426 Points ∼53% +10%
OnePlus 2
1297 Points ∼49% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1138 Points ∼43% -12%
Google Nexus 6
421 Points ∼16% -68%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
536 Points ∼20% -59%
LG G4
1558 Points ∼58% +20%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
3321 Points ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
3989 Points ∼64% +20%
OnePlus 2
2536 Points ∼41% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
3305 Points ∼53% 0%
Google Nexus 6
1604 Points ∼26% -52%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2038 Points ∼33% -39%
LG G4
2368 Points ∼38% -29%
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1801 Points ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1821 Points ∼55% +1%
OnePlus 2
1681 Points ∼51% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1746 Points ∼53% -3%
Google Nexus 6
995 Points ∼30% -45%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1299 Points ∼40% -28%
LG G4
1596 Points ∼49% -11%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
2227 Points ∼67%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
2345 Points ∼71% +5%
OnePlus 2
1534 Points ∼46% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
2236 Points ∼67% 0%
Google Nexus 6
1129 Points ∼34% -49%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1984 Points ∼60% -11%
LG G4
2179 Points ∼66% -2%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
5050 Points ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
5274 Points ∼75% +4%
OnePlus 2
5395 Points ∼77% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
4691 Points ∼67% -7%
Google Nexus 6
2283 Points ∼33% -55%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2609 Points ∼37% -48%
LG G4
4850 Points ∼69% -4%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
6811 Points ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
6924 Points ∼36% +2%
OnePlus 2
6632 Points ∼35% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
6750 Points ∼35% -1%
Google Nexus 6
3530 Points ∼19% -48%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
5147 Points ∼27% -24%
LG G4
6223 Points ∼33% -9%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
71653 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
68872 Points ∼50% -4%
OnePlus 2
44133 Points ∼32% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
68473 Points ∼50% -4%
Google Nexus 6
19076 Points ∼14% -73%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
23184 Points ∼17% -68%
LG G4
67837 Points ∼49% -5%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
162584 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
176225 Points ∼65% +8%
OnePlus 2
126720 Points ∼47% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
165276 Points ∼61% +2%
Google Nexus 6
13931 Points ∼5% -91%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
43696 Points ∼16% -73%
LG G4
103512 Points ∼38% -36%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
8089 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
8438 Points ∼95% +4%
OnePlus 2
6462 Points ∼73% -20%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
7943 Points ∼90% -2%
Google Nexus 6
3602 Points ∼41% -55%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
5622 Points ∼63% -30%
LG G4
7695 Points ∼87% -5%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
OnePlus 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Google Nexus 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Apple A8, PowerVR GX6450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992, Qualcomm Adreno 418, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Browser-based benchmarks with Chrome return similar scores to the LG G4 and OnePlus 2. The pre-installed Samsung Browser, however, is noticeably faster when running Octane, Sunspider, and Browsermark. Pages still open and launch quickly no matter the browser on the Edge+ from a subjective standpoint.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Chrome 44)
7724 Points ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
8650 Points ∼19% +12%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Android 5.0.2)
8518 Points ∼19% +10%
LG G4 (Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock-Browser)
7832 (min: 6791) Points ∼17% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
7534 Points ∼17% -2%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
7276 Points ∼16% -6%
OnePlus 2 (Chrome 44)
6955 Points ∼15% -10%
Google Nexus 6 (Chrome 39)
5271 Points ∼12% -32%
Sunspider
1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Chrome 44)
688.5 ms * ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
347.1 ms * ∼9% +50%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Android 5.0.2)
546 ms * ∼14% +21%
LG G4 (Chrome 39)
719 ms * ∼18% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
651.8 ms * ∼16% +5%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
347.4 ms * ∼9% +50%
OnePlus 2 (Chrome 44)
739.6 ms * ∼18% -7%
Google Nexus 6 (Chrome 39)
784 ms * ∼19% -14%
0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Chrome 44)
700.6 ms * ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
564.1 ms * ∼5% +19%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
361.8 ms * ∼3% +48%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1884 points ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
2731 points ∼38% +45%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Android 5.0.2)
2472 points ∼34% +31%
LG G4 (Chrome 39)
1931 points ∼27% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1968 points ∼27% +4%
OnePlus 2 (Chrome 44)
2111 points ∼29% +12%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
929.4 ms * ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
766.1 ms * ∼16%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
499 ms * ∼10%
Google Nexus 6 (Chrome 39)
1158 ms * ∼24%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
648.5 ms * ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
862 ms * ∼23%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
338 ms * ∼9%
Google Nexus 6 (Chrome 39)
1231 ms * ∼33%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
830.5 ms * ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1512.4 ms * ∼12%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1463.2 ms * ∼12%
Google Nexus 6 (Chrome 39)
1736 ms * ∼14%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
371.8 ms * ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
1110.3 ms * ∼12%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
904.7 ms * ∼10%
Google Nexus 6 (Chrome 39)
898 ms * ∼10%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
634 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Android 5.0.2)
599 Points ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
405 Points ∼18%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
604 Points ∼27%
Google Nexus 6 (Chrome 39)
340 Points ∼15%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
95 Points ∼17%
LG G4 (Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock-Browser)
82 Points ∼15% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
96 Points ∼17% +1%
OnePlus 2 (Chrome 44)
80 Points ∼14% -16%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
48.136 Points ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Chrome 44)
49.193 Points ∼0% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Chrome 44)
49.193 Points ∼0% +2%
LG G4 (Chrome 44)
43.118 Points ∼0% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
48.821 Points ∼0% +1%
OnePlus 2 (Chrome 44)
44.286 Points ∼0% -8%

* ... smaller is better

Discussion

Storage Devices

Like the original Galaxy S6 Edge, the integrated 32 GB of storage space in the Edge+ is not user-expandable. Fortunately, read and write performances are very good and one of the highest for smartphones. Read rates are especially fast while write rates are more in line with other flagship phones.

AndroBench 3
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
20.95 MB/s ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
19.84 MB/s ∼39% -5%
LG G4
15 MB/s ∼29% -28%
OnePlus 2
13.94 MB/s ∼27% -33%
HTC One M9
13.91 MB/s ∼27% -34%
OnePlus One
10.42 MB/s ∼20% -50%
LG G Flex 2
10 MB/s ∼20% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
3.14 MB/s ∼6% -85%
Google Nexus 6
1.49 MB/s ∼3% -93%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
89.91 MB/s ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
77.43 MB/s ∼56% -14%
LG G4
31.5 MB/s ∼23% -65%
OnePlus 2
21.87 MB/s ∼16% -76%
HTC One M9
20.66 MB/s ∼15% -77%
OnePlus One
18.27 MB/s ∼13% -80%
LG G Flex 2
19 MB/s ∼14% -79%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
19.87 MB/s ∼14% -78%
Google Nexus 6
7.85 MB/s ∼6% -91%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
151.11 MB/s ∼95%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
139.12 MB/s ∼87% -8%
LG G4
153 MB/s ∼96% +1%
OnePlus 2
125.51 MB/s ∼79% -17%
HTC One M9
123.81 MB/s ∼78% -18%
OnePlus One
159.72 MB/s ∼100% +6%
LG G Flex 2
68 MB/s ∼43% -55%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
38.91 MB/s ∼24% -74%
Google Nexus 6
18.46 MB/s ∼12% -88%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
382.97 MB/s ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
319.25 MB/s ∼66% -17%
LG G4
251 MB/s ∼52% -34%
OnePlus 2
234.21 MB/s ∼48% -39%
HTC One M9
235.14 MB/s ∼48% -39%
OnePlus One
223.64 MB/s ∼46% -42%
LG G Flex 2
212 MB/s ∼44% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
178.77 MB/s ∼37% -53%
Google Nexus 6
25.78 MB/s ∼5% -93%

Gaming Performance

This is our fifth time with the high-end Mali-T760 MP8 graphics on a Samsung device, so its strong performance in games is unsurprising. For more details and benchmarks on the GPU, see our dedicated page here.

Instead, we want to test the stability and throttling of the smartphone. Like the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ throttles after 20 minutes into the GFXBench 3.1 Battery Test. GPU Performance drops even sooner at around 6 minutes into the test from a steady 650 MHz to just above 500 MHz and then finally to around the 300 MHz mark.

Does this impact gaming performance or real-world applications? Not necessarily, as the GPU is powerful enough to handle most Android-based games even when throttling. Users will definitely notice the difference when benchmarking, however, as these applications have been designed to push processors to their limits. Final scores can drop as we have seen on the Galaxy Note 5. At worst, gamers will notice slower frame rates after extended gameplay of demanding 3D titles.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
Lightmark
Lightmark
GFXBench Battery Test (Iterations/ sec)
GFXBench Battery Test (Iterations/ sec)
GFXBench Battery Test (Core clock)
GFXBench Battery Test (Core clock)
Epic Citadel - Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
42.7 fps ∼71%
OnePlus 2 (1920 x 1080 px)
59.1 fps ∼98% +38%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (2560x1440)
53.8 fps ∼90% +26%
OnePlus One
50.1 fps ∼83% +17%
LG G Flex 2
49.3 fps ∼82% +15%
LG G4 (2392x1440)
38.7 fps ∼64% -9%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
11.18 fps ∼31%
OnePlus 2
15.68 fps ∼44% +40%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
9.97 fps ∼28% -11%
OnePlus One
5.33 fps ∼15% -52%
LG G Flex 2
14.41 fps ∼40% +29%
LG G4
8.74 fps ∼24% -22%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
2686 Points ∼73%
OnePlus 2
2526 Points ∼69% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
2583 Points ∼70% -4%
OnePlus One
1622 Points ∼44% -40%
LG G Flex 2
2038 Points ∼55% -24%
LG G4
2242 Points ∼61% -17%
Google Nexus 6
1579 Points ∼43% -41%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
2951 Points ∼78%
OnePlus 2
2272 Points ∼60% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
3425 Points ∼91% +16%
OnePlus One
1771 Points ∼47% -40%
LG G Flex 2
2007 Points ∼53% -32%
LG G4
2419 Points ∼64% -18%
Google Nexus 6
1701 Points ∼45% -42%
3DMark (2013)
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1627 Points ∼64%
OnePlus 2
1517 Points ∼59% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1320 Points ∼52% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1320 Points ∼52% -19%
LG G4
1216 Points ∼48% -25%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1176 Points ∼22%
OnePlus 2
846 Points ∼16% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1152 Points ∼21% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1152 Points ∼21% -2%
LG G4
440 Points ∼8% -63%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1253 Points ∼32%
OnePlus 2
938 Points ∼24% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1186 Points ∼31% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1186 Points ∼31% -5%
LG G4
513 Points ∼13% -59%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1652 Points ∼66%
OnePlus 2
1414 Points ∼56% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1553 Points ∼62% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1553 Points ∼62% -6%
LG G4
1115 Points ∼44% -33%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1606 Points ∼21%
OnePlus 2
1854 Points ∼24% +15%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1492 Points ∼19% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1492 Points ∼19% -7%
LG G4
1399 Points ∼18% -13%
Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
1616 Points ∼33%
OnePlus 2
1734 Points ∼36% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1505 Points ∼31% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1505 Points ∼31% -7%
LG G4
1324 Points ∼27% -18%
Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
9252 Points ∼21%
OnePlus 2
21533 Points ∼49% +133%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
27059 Points ∼61% +192%
OnePlus One
12411 Points ∼28% +34%
LG G Flex 2
18876 Points ∼43% +104%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
31743 Points ∼71%
OnePlus 2
33287 Points ∼74% +5%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
38701 Points ∼86% +22%
OnePlus One
23226 Points ∼52% -27%
LG G Flex 2
28578 Points ∼64% -10%

Emissions

Temperature

Surface temperatures when idling are flat across the board on both the front and back of the S6 Edge+. The smartphone can become warm very quickly when browsing and multi-tasking. At its worst, we were able to measure an average surface temperature of close to 40 C on both sides of the device. This is compared to 35 C and 36 C on the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge, respectively. It's one of the warmer Samsung smartphones for sure, though certainly far from distracting for everyday use. We recommend holding the device from the bottom where it is cooler when watching longer videos in Landscape mode.

Max. Load
 42.8 °C42.6 °C38.2 °C 
 41.2 °C40.2 °C37.8 °C 
 39.8 °C38.4 °C37 °C 
Maximum: 42.8 °C
Average: 39.8 °C
36.2 °C39 °C43.6 °C
35.8 °C39.6 °C41.2 °C
34.2 °C36.8 °C38.6 °C
Maximum: 43.6 °C
Average: 38.3 °C
Room Temperature 24.6 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speaker

Sound quality is good for a smartphone, but we expected more for the price. Maximum volume is very loud at the cost of slight distortions and reduced balance. Fortunately, we noticed no static during music playback or when making calls. Note that it's easy to block the speaker grilles on the bottom edge of the device when holding the phone in Landscape mode compared to the rear-facing speaker on the Galaxy Note Edge.

Battery Life

Runtimes are almost identical to the Galaxy S6 Edge as battery size has increased (2600 mAh. vs 3000 mAh) to offset the larger and more demanding screen. Thus, users can expect a bit over 8 hours of constant Wi-Fi use at roughly half the maximum brightness setting (150 nits). This is about average compared to other flagship smartphones and should be more than enough to last most users throughout the day.

Nonstop 3D gaming at the maximum manual brightness setting will net a runtime just over 3.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
24h 19min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
8h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 43min
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
2600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S6
2550 mAh
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2915 mAh
LG G Flex 2
3000 mAh
Google Nexus 6
3220 mAh
OnePlus 2
3300 mAh
Battery Runtime
17%
-0%
3%
-7%
-7%
-30%
-10%
Reader / Idle14591775
22%
1349
-8%
1300
-11%
1436
-2%
1274
-13%
1153
-21%
1393
-5%
Load223322
44%
224
0%
278
25%
199
-11%
143
-36%
135
-39%
229
3%
WiFi v1.3501431
-14%
534
7%
475
-5%
641
28%
356
-29%
WiFi575777601

Pro

+ Attractive and unique edge display
+ High quality 2560 x 1440 resolution screen
+ Gorilla Glass 4 on front and back; Excellent build quality
+ Bright backlight for outdoor use
+ Wireless charging
+ Larger battery capacity; Long runtimes
+ Excellent SSD performance
+ Wi-Fi calling

Cons

- No significant improvements from Galaxy S6 Edge
- Display is not as bright or as accurate as the Galaxy Note 5
- High surface temperatures
- CPU and GPU throttling
- No MicroSD, MHL, Miracast, USB Type-C, or dual-SIM
- No removable battery

Verdict

In Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
In Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Had the Galaxy S6 Edge+ been released simultaneously with the Galaxy S6 Edge, then it would have been easier to let pass some of its downsides. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, for example, launched at the same time in most regions. Instead, Samsung launched the S6 Edge+ almost half a year after the original and had a window of opportunity to fix or at least improve some of the common complaints found on the S6 Edge. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case.

The S6 Edge+ offers the same internal hardware and features as the S6 Edge, period. The manufacturer has taken no effort to add in expandable storage, MHL, USB Type-C, a brighter backlight, more accurate display, or alleviate the throttling issues of the Exynos 7420 SoC. At the very least, the S6 Edge+ includes a larger internal battery to compensate for the larger display.

...it's safe to say that most of us were expecting a bit more from a smartphone that is essentially six months late to the party.

This isn't to say that the S6 Edge+ is a poor device as this is very much an excellent flagship that will eventually be in our updated Top 10 Smartphones list. At the same time, it's safe to say that most of us were expecting a bit more from a smartphone that is essentially six months late to the party.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ - 04/13/2016 v5
Allen Ngo

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
75 / 75 → 100%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
40 / 61 → 65%
Weight
92%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
55 / 57 → 96%
Application Performance
55 / 65 → 85%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
65 / 91 → 71%
Camera
80%
Average
78%
88%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-09- 4 (Update: 2015-09- 4)