On April 10, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available in stores. These cool new smartphones are also available to pre-order right now. The S6 is the next leap forward for fans of the Samsung Galaxy S5, while the new S6 Edge offers a unique screen experience that’s sort of like the next evolution of the Samsung Note Edge. Both phones are top of the line models, packed with great features and killer specs. But which one is best for your unique needs?
Can’t decide between the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge? We’ve broken down the crucial differences between these two Samsung phones to make your life easier. Read on to see how these new Samsung phones compare when it comes to price, specs, camera, battery life, and special features.
1. Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge: Price
These two phones are quite similar, with the most notable difference being the S6 Edge’s screen design and slightly larger battery. That design difference means the S6 and S6 Edge are quite different in price.
The 32GB S6 will cost $199.99 on contract. The 64GB model costs $299.99 on contract, or $399.99 for the 128GB version. It is also available off-contract (but tied to a specific network) for around $684.99, The list price of a factory unlocked S6 is $1,099, but we’ve seen prices as low as $874.99 online.
The 32GB S6 Edge starts at $299.99 on contract, with the off-contract (but carrier-locked) price of $849.99. Need more storage? The 64GB model starts at $399.99 on contract, while the on-contract 128GB model will set you back $499.99. We’ve seen factory unlocked models on sale for around $1,200, but those prices may vary depending on where you shop.
In short, if you have a limited budget, the S6 may have an advantage over the S6 Edge. Prices, promotions, and plan costs may vary by carrier, so check out the links below for more customized information based on your plan, carrier, and place of residence.
2. Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge: Battery Life
Many Samsung fans were surprised to learn that the battery on the S6 line would be smaller than the S5. In addition, the S6 Edge actually has a slightly larger battery than the S6. This can be a bit frustrating for people who want long-lasting battery life.
The Galaxy S6 has a 2,550 mAh battery. The Galaxy S6 Edge has a 2600mAh battery. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery. That being said, the S6/S6 Edge have the advantage of built-in wireless charging, which is a very cool feature. Both phones also offer fast charging, allowing you to get hours of battery life out of ten minutes on the charger. You can learn more about the batteries that power the S6 and S6 Edge in the CNET video below:
3. Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge: Specs & Camera
The S6 has a 5.1-inch display with a 2160 x 1440 resolution, 3GB of RAM, and an Exynos 7420 processor. The S6 Edge also has a 5.1-inch display, with the same resolution as the S6. The S6 Edge also has the same RAM and processor under the hood as the S6.
The two phones are virtually identical in weight, with the S6 clocking in at 138 grams to the S6 Edge’s 132. Both phones have a Gorilla Glass 4 backing. The S6 and S6 Edge phones are compatible with the two dominant wireless charging standards: WPC and PMA. Neither will offer microSD expansion.
Both the S6 and S6 Edge have front and rear cameras. The rear cameras have a 16MP sensor, with a 5MP selfie camera sensor. A double-tap of the home button on either phone acts as a quick-launch shortcut for the camera.
4. Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge: Unique Features
The color options for the S6 and S6 Edge are pretty similar. Both phones come in black, white, or gold. The S6 is also available in blue, with green being the fourth color option for the Edge. Not all of these colors will be available at launch.
The most obvious difference between these two smartphones is the display. The S6 Edge has a curved display. The “side screen” on the display can be used as a ticker for checking scores, the time, or other important info. The S6 Edge display also has a cool feature that can help you manage your incoming calls. The phone lets you assign a specific color to your contacts. When they call, the edge of the display lights up with that color to indicate who is calling. You can see the color, even if your phone is face-down. If you can’t take the call, you can double-tap the heart rate sensor. This will send out a preselected “I’m busy” text message.
But while that “edge” display looks cool, there are some serious concerns about the quality of the curved display. BGR reports that some S6 Edge owners are reporting scratched displays or dead pixels. Other outlets, including Gizmodo, argue that the phone’s flat back and curved display make it feel like you’re holding the phone backwards. Gizmodo also panned the gesture you have to use to unlock the ticker, calling it “perhaps the most awkward gesture ever.”
Other cool features these phones share include the afore-mentioned heart rate monitor, fingerprint sensor, and Samsung Pay. The latter won’t debut until this summer, however. One last cool feature is the Gear VR. Previously only available for the Note 4, the new Gear VR will be available for both S6 and S6 Edge users. If you’ve been intrigued by VR technology, a new S6 or S6 Edge is a gateway to new experiences.
5. Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge: Final Thoughts
Both of these Samsung phones are solid options, and both models are getting solid reviews. Engadget even when so far as to say that these two phones were “Samsung’s best phones in years.” That being said, there are important differences between these two models, and those differences impact which phone will be better for you in the long run.
While these phones are very similar in terms of specs, camera, and battery life, the S6 and S6 Edge have some notable design differences. While the curved display of the Edge looks cool, its features sometimes feel gimmicky and clunky. Given the extra $100 cost tacked onto the cost of the S6 Edge, it makes sense for most people to choose the S6 over the S6 Edge. Sure, the S6 Edge has a slightly larger battery, but the S6 is just a better fit for the needs and budgets of the average consumer.
It’s worth noting that these two phones both lack two very important special features. Neither the S6 or S6 Edge will offer microSD expansion. In addition, neither model is waterproof, which makes these phones arguably less rugged than the IP67-rated Samsung Galaxy S5. And given the fact that the S5 is available on-contract through some carriers for a penny, there are many smartphone shoppers out there who will pick the S5 over the new S6 models.
In addition, neither the S6 or S6 Edge offer a removable battery. However, if you really must have the latest and greatest smartphone model, you will be definitely be happy with an S6 or S6 Edge in your pocket.