It’s exciting to think that in less than three weeks’ time, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, HTC One M9 and One M9 Plus will almost certainly be a reality (the One M9 Plus being the only real question mark there).
Here we’re focusing on the most unorthodox member of the four, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and detailing five things you should know about the freaky beast.
1. We’re, uh, not quite sure what it’s called
It’s generally accepted that Samsung will launch an Edge variant of the Galaxy S6 in Barcelona, but while the South Koreans appear to have inadvertently confirmed model number SM-G925, we’re still not too sure about the final name.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been calling it the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S Edge, and just plain old Galaxy Edge.
Samsung already has the Galaxy Note Edge, of course, which launched alongside the Galaxy Note 4 last September.
2. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is launching on March 1, 2015
According to the official invite, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge launch date will be March 1. While Samsung doesn’t refer to the device by name, we’re seeing a silhouette of a curved device, along with the words “WHAT’S NEXT”.
More specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge launch will go down at 1830CET (1730GMT) in Barcelona, which is – incidentally – 2.5 hours after the HTC One M9 launch.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge release date, we’re thinking it’ll be available some time in late March/early April. Ish.
3. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has two Edge displays
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge turned heads last year when it arrived with a single Edge display down the right hand side. It’s rumoured that the Note Edge was effectively a test device before launching the dual-Edge Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
We’re not too worried about accidental touches, since the Galaxy Note Edge’s “grip solution” is capable of differentiating between “intentional gesture vs grip vs unintentional touch”.
However, we’re not too sure what the benefit of a pair of Edge displays is. It’s nothing to do with left and right-handedness, since the Note Edge could be spun 180 degrees for southpaws.
It’ll be interesting to see how Samsung pitches the Galaxy S6 Edge at the March 1 launch event. Perhaps it’s simply the case that two Edge displays means users can house more shortcuts to their favourite apps.
4. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a beastly powerhouse
I’ll go into this in more detail later, but fresh AnTuTu Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge benchmark results (MyDrivers) show record-high scores, and emphatically top-of-the-range specs.
Even treating those results with the traditional sprinkle of salt, it’s probably safe to say the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be one of the most beastly handsets available.
5. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge price: pretty steep
Predictably, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will carry a suitably premium price tag, the Galaxy Note Edge being even more expensive than the already-costly-in-its-own-right Galaxy Note 4.
A recent leak claimed to have full Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge price details, and they look a little something like this:
- 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
All of the above is unofficial, of course, but while we got burned with repeated promises of a metal-bodied Samsung Galaxy F this time last year, there does seem to be a ton of evidence in favour of the Galaxy S6 Edge’s existence.
Again, we’ll have the full story from Mobile World Congress (MWC) on March 1. In the meantime, take a gander at our MWC 2015 preview: Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Sony, LG, Huawei, Motorola.