Five Things You Need To Know About Samsung's New Galaxy S6 Edge+ And Galaxy Note 5

Earlier today, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 smartphones with jumbo-sized screens. Read on for five of the key features.

New Apps Edge feature for Galaxy S6 Edge+

The curved screen of the S6 Edge+ isn't exactly new but this time around Samsung has introduced something called Apps Edge. It's a feature that lets users access their favourite apps quickly along the slanted edge of the phone. People Edge performs a similar function but with pre-set contacts for making calls and sending text messages quickly.

Galaxy Note 5 is thinner and curvier with improved note-taking capabilities

The bezel is narrower and the backing is more curved so the devices fits better in your hand. Galaxy Note 5 lets you write down notes even when the the phone is locked and the screen is off. Improved Air Command allows you to quickly use the included S pen to scribble on the fly.

Both phones have kick-ass multimedia features

As well as a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display for deeper screen contrast, both of the new handsets include enhanced multimedia functions such as video image stabilisation, 4K video filming and the ability to stream full-HD content straight from the phone to other devices through YouTube Live.

They're Category 9-capable devices, which allows for super fast mobile internet

Telstra came out today saying it will be selling the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and The Note 5, both of which are Category 9 handsets compatible with the telco's 4GX network. What does this mean? Really, really fast download speeds. You can read more about this here

There's no exact release date at Telstra's end but interested parties can sign up for updates here. Optus is planning to sell the phones as well and customers can register their interest here.

Both devices support SideSync

This feature lets users instantly connect the handsets to their PC or tablets for quick file transfer across all platforms and operating systems.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Here are the specs for each of the two phones:

Galaxy S6 Edge+ Galaxy Note 5
OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop) Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Dimensions 154.4mm x 75.8mm x 6.9mm 153.2mm x 76.1mm x 7.6mm
Weight 153g 171g
CPU Exynos octa-core (2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad) Exynos octa-core (2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad)
Memory 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB (non-expandable) 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB (non-expandable)
Display 5.7-inch dual-edge Quad HD Super AMOLED 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED
Resolution 2560 x 1440 (518ppi) 2560 x 1440 (518ppi)
Camera 16MP rear, 5MP front 16MP rear, 5MP front
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable) 3000mAh (non-removable)

You can also check out an Australian hands-on and first impressions over at Gizmodo. What do you think of Samsung's latest handsets? Fire off your opinion in the comments section below.


Comments

    Seven things, actually. The 2 that were glossed over:
    6. The battery is no longer replaceable.
    7. The memory is no longer expandable via SD card.

    On the optimistic side, these lemons should drive down the price of the older decent Samsung Note 4.

      Nope. Already removed in the S6 gen.

        That's why I didn't mention it. You would need to go back to the Galaxy S5.
        Unless, of course, you ditch Samsung completely. The LG G4 still has a replaceable battery etc.

        Last edited 15/08/15 7:03 pm

          huh? You said these two things were glossed over. The reason they weren't mentioned promptly in the article is because it isn't this gen removing them, it was the last, ie the S6. You're right though - if you want these features, you'd need to go back to S5 and prior.

      unfortunately the N4 is buggy as hell

        Not with CM12.1
        I'm sure there are other options also, but that's what I'm on. While there are still a few niggles, the experience is a whole lot better than stock.

    So what is the difference between the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+? Is it bigger? is the edge more like the one in the Note Edge? (actually curved screen not just a longer screen with curved glass on top of it)

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