MWC 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: pointless but good-looking?

MWC 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: pointless but good-looking?

As the dust settles on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge launch, one of the most pertinent questions is: Why should I pay a rumoured €100 more for the Galaxy S6 edge?

Well, we really wish we could tell you, but Samsung mostly spoke about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as one and the same phone, and the apparent benefits of the latter are – how do we put this? – fairly minimal.

We’re all familiar with the single-edge Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and its ability to house app shortcuts and whatnot on its edge display, but what about this dual-edge Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, proudly introduced as the “world’s first dual-curve smartphone”?

Prior, to launch, I mused: “It’ll be interesting to see how Samsung pitches the beast at launch; we’re wondering what the benefit of two edge displays is, for example.”

And to be perfectly honest, I’m still sitting here wondering. Curiously, Samsung was rather coy about explaining why consumers might want to invest in the more expensive Galaxy S6 Edge.

One of the major advantages (supposedly) is the ability to see who’s calling or texting with colour-coded contacts (up to five colours for five different contacts), even when the phone is lying on its face, since those edge displays – left and right – are still visible.

That might be of interest if you’re sitting in a business meeting, for example, and don’t necessarily want the front display on full view, but that seems like a very specific scenario, and one that might prove difficult to pitch to your average guy or gal in a phone shop.

Similarly, we doubt many people keep their phones face down as standard practice (even with Gorilla Glass 4), and really the colour-coded functionality could easily be applied to the plain old Galaxy S6 (or indeed any other phone), too.

Worse still, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge’s edge displays aren’t quite as extreme as on the Galaxy Note Edge, the net result being that there’s not enough room to store useful stuff like app shortcuts.

You will, however, be able to use the edge displays as an always-on alarm clock, even as the main display sleeps.

MWC 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: pointless but good-looking?The main pitch here seems to be that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is simply “different”. Ok, there’s no other phone on the market like it, but there was no other phone on the market like the frankly baffling Galaxy Round. Remember it? Me neither.

On the whole, go ahead and pencil us in as ‘cynical’ for now, but we’re perfectly willing to be proven wrong if the S6 Edge proves to be genuinely useful in the coming hours/days/weeks/months.

Having said all that, putting our trademark cynicism aside just for a moment, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is – admittedly – a seriously good-looking phone, and as the old saying goes: “You eat with your eyes.”

Whether or not mobile consumers feast with their eyes, however, remains to be seen, especially if the delicious Galaxy S6 edge is as expensive as rumoured.

For the record, here’s what we’re expecting in terms of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge price:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB price: 749 Euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 64GB price: 849 Euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 128GB price: 949 Euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S Edge 32GB price: 849 Euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S Edge 64GB price: 949 Euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S Edge 128GB price: 1049 Euros

Whether or not those Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge prices are on the money (pun intened) is unclear for now, but consensus is that these are premium handsets with suitably premium price tags.

What do you think? Are we wrong to be cynical about the curved display? Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, in fact, the future – or indeed present – of smartphones? Are you desperately waving a huge wad of cash in Samsung’s face? Hit us up below.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2015 at 21:11

It IS good-looking.
Pointless? Every smartphone has dozens of features that are pointless to some users, most users or all... what's one pointless design feature :p if it's that pretty***?

*** mind you, imho the HTC One M7/M8 are much much better looking in photos than in real life, so I reserve the right to totally call the S6 "ugly" in a month's time or so...

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 1, 2015 at 21:37

It IS good-looking.
Pointless? Every smartphone has dozens of features that are pointless to some users, most users or all... what's one pointless design feature :p if it's that pretty***?

*** mind you, imho the HTC One M7/M8 are much much better looking in photos than in real life, so I reserve the right to totally call the S6 "ugly" in a month's time or so...

But when that design feature costs an extra €150...

krogothnx  Mar. 1, 2015 at 21:47

I just plain don't like it.

I think consumers are going to be annoyed at the premium for the edge, pay it begrudgingly because its something to show off, and then find because it effectively has three edges of screen to land on, it breaks a lot more and more drastically.

The lack of microsd expansion and removable battery is going to completely put off anyone sticking with Samsung for those features.

Overall its just not that different enough to justify what it is and the cost. I think this is a major failure for Samsung.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2015 at 22:00

It IS good-looking.
Pointless? Every smartphone has dozens of features that are pointless to some users, most users or all... what's one pointless design feature :p if it's that pretty***?

*** mind you, imho the HTC One M7/M8 are much much better looking in photos than in real life, so I reserve the right to totally call the S6 "ugly" in a month's time or so...

But when that design feature costs an extra €150...


I get that - though: a tad pointless when applied to a phone that could be a lot cheaper if it was plastic... a phone that'll end up in a £2.99 case, anyways?

Last year was largely about the realisation that the Moto G type devices now do about 90-98%
of all the stuff that phones do that cost 4-5 times as much, and just as well...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2015 at 22:03

I just plain don't like it.

I think consumers are going to be annoyed at the premium for the edge, pay it begrudgingly because its something to show off, and then find because it effectively has three edges of screen to land on, it breaks a lot more and more drastically.

The lack of microsd expansion and removable battery is going to completely put off anyone sticking with Samsung for those features.

Overall its just not that different enough to justify what it is and the cost. I think this is a major failure for Samsung.


I agree partly... In matters of scritchy-scratchiness, it's a daft design, of course. And who can predict what longterm impact will result from that design...

But they broke law 1: don't believe you can charge Apple prices for non-Apple products...
Note4/EDGE have already lost quite a bit of value - i.e. they are now 20-30% cheaper than upon launch. And the EDGE still isn't shifting.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2015 at 22:04

PS: and I'll eat Lewis' hat if that 128GB variant ever arrives in significant batch sizes.

SpeedyG  Mar. 2, 2015 at 11:10

PS: and I'll eat Lewis' hat if that 128GB variant ever arrives in significant batch sizes.

Its there to tell consumers 'we can match Apple on capacity'.

As you say in the wild it'll be rarer than hens teeth.

For me, Lower mid-range is where the action is, S6 Edge will be the end of an era of continuing decline for Samsung.

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