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.
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.