At Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 last night, the South Korean manufacturer spoke about its new phones – the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge – in largely the same terms, since many of the specs and features are shared.
But digging a little deeper, there are actually a number of differences. Here we’re comparing the Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge in detail, partly in an attempt to justify that €150 price gap, and partly out of sheer curiosity.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge: design
Ok, the very obvious difference between the plain old Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge is the design.
Shared premium design features include glass rears and durable metal trims, but the Galaxy S6 edge stands out thanks to its curved display on the left and right.
Alas, that “dual-curve” display – as Samsung calls it – isn’t quite as functional as the edge display on the Galaxy Note Edge (launched alongside the Galaxy Note 4 last year), but it certainly looks delicious.
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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge: dimensions and weight
While the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge both have 5.1in displays, the fact that the latter curves means the two phones have slightly different dimensions, like this:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 dimensions: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge dimensions: 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm
That means the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a little taller and wider than the Galaxy S6 edge, but ultimately 0.2mm thinner (get your very tiny, very precise rulers out).
There’s also a slight difference in weight, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 carrying 138g of beef, and the Galaxy S6 edge being a little lighter at 132g.
Early hands-on reports suggest the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is a little more comfortable to hold.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge: price
Still nothing official on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge price, but SamMobile claims it got confirmation from Samsung of these amounts:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 price (32GB): 699 Euros (£506)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 price (64GB): 799 Euros (£579)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 price (128GB): 899Euros (£651)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge price (32GB): 849 Euros (£615)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge price (64GB): 949 Euros (£688)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge price (128GB): 1049 Euros (£760)
So you’re paying an extra €150, roughly £109, for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Is it worth it? That’s entirely up to you.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge: colours
Something I admittedly didn’t pick up on yesterday in all the MWC 2015 chaos: Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge colours are actually slightly different.
Specifically, shared Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge colours are White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum.
Blue Topaz is exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S6, while only the Galaxy S6 edge comes in – possibly our favourite – Emerald Green.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge: contacts
The headline software feature that differentiates the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge from the bog standard Galaxy S6 is the ability to define coloured contacts, with up to five different colours.
With those colours defined, you can stick your Samsung Galaxy S6 edge face down, and still see who’s calling, since the curved edge displays are still visible. Is that very specific benefit worth €150? Again, that’s entirely subjective.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge: battery
Not a huge factor, but the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has a slightly bigger battery, at 2,600mAh compared to 2,550mAh on the Galaxy S6.
To be honest, we would’ve taken some extra girth for the sake of a larger battery. The HTC One M9, for example, comes in at 2,840mAh, and is more than 2mm – almost 3mm – thicker than the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. That’s another very subjective factor, but Samsung clearly favours thin designs.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge: conclusion
In short, here are those six key differences between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge:
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has a dual-curve display
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is shorter, narrower, thicker and lighter
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is more expensive (€150 premium, essentially)
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 have one exclusive colour each (Emerald Green and Blue Topaz respectively)
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge supports coloured contacts (discernible even when the phone is face down)
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has a slightly bigger battery (2,600mAh vs. 2,550mAh)