As you all know, today was Samsung’s phablet day and they brought not one but two new phablets to the market! First, let’s dig into the new kid on the block, the Galaxy S6 Edge+. As the name suggests, the new smartphone is essentially a supersized Galaxy S6 Edge but the device has also supplanted the Note Edge as Samsung’s edgy phablet sized device. Internally things get a slight upgrade so lets take a look at those specs:
- 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED Dual Curved Edge Display with Corning Gorilla Glass Front and Back
- Exynos 7420 Processor
- 4GB DDR4 RAM
- 32GB / 64GB
- 16MP Camera
- 5MP Front Facing Camera
- 3000 mAh Battery
- Fingerprint Reader, Wireless Charging
As you can see, Samsung has stayed with their own SoC despite rumours that the device might go with the Snapdragon 808. The 1GB bump in RAM is a nice touch and should keep things running buttery smooth regardless of how much stuff you have running. You get the same cameras that you get with the regular sized Edge and the same ol’ fingerprint reader and built in wireless charging. The 3000 mAh battery is a bump up but given the larger screen on the Edge+, I don’t expect that battery life will differ all that much. Lastly, Samsung has ditched the 128GB variant but that isn’t much of a surprise as they’ve began discontinuing that mode in some markets.
On the software side of things, Samsung has added a few new tricks to the S6 Edge+. In addition to the “People Edge” you also have “Apps Edge” which, as you might have guessed, allows you to tuck your favourite apps into a easily accessible side menu. They’ve also introduced a new camera mode called HD Live Broadcast which allows you to live stream video from your phone to YouTube.
Now lets talk pricing and availability. The good news is that you won’t have to wait long at all before you’ll be able to pick up this beaut as it will be launching on August 21 as previously reported. The bad news is that it’s going to cost you a real pretty penny as the 32GB is set a $460 on a 2 year term or $950 outright and the 64GB version is set a $560 on term or $1050 outright. More or less every carrier seems to be picking up both Samsung phablets so chances are you’ll be able to grab it regardless which carrier you’re on.