Confusing name, beautiful phone. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ now has an Australian price and release date.
First, let’s get something straight. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the successor to the Galaxy Note Edge, not the Galaxy S6 Edge as the name suggests. By dropping the S-Pen (and therefore the “Note” designation), Samsung is rebranding the Galaxy Note Edge as a high-end, consumer-oriented phablet in the Galaxy S lineup, alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge. Yes, it’s confusing. Don’t even get me started.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a lot in common with its cousin, the Galaxy S6 Edge. It packs in a powerful yet efficient Exynos octa-core processor, a stunning dual-edge Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation, a 5MP front camera for high-res selfies, NFC, a fingerprint sensor and Android 5.1 (Lollipop) inside a beautiful glass and metal chassis. In fact, the only differences are that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a bigger screen (5.7 inches vs 5.1 inches), more RAM (4GB vs 3GB) and a bigger battery (3000mAh vs 2550mAh).
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ features a new “Apps edge” for quick access to your top five apps, as well as an enhanced “People edge” that allows you to directly phone or message your favourite contacts. The Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are also the first phones in Australia to support the new Category 9 4G standard — the fastest mobile network standard ever, capable of up to 450Mbps download speeds.
Here's how you can tell the two apart:
|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|
|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)|
So here's what you'll pay: the S6 Edge+ comes in two storage variants, both the 32GB and 64GB for $1199 and $1299 respectively. They'll come in both black sapphire and white pearl colours. It goes up for pre-order from 4pm today, and will go on sale to the public on 4 September. We'll have carrier pricing for both phones as soon as it's released by Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and anyone else, so stay tuned.
Elly Hart also contributed to this article.
Update: Optus now has its pricing and release info out for both the Note 5 and S6 Edge+. Come 4PM today, you'll be able to preorder the S6 Edge+ on Optus here and the Note 5 on Optus here, and in Optus stores from 9am tomorrow, 19 August. Both phones will be available in store as 32GB variants.
The Note 5 will cost you a minimum $65 per month on the Optus My Plan Plus $40 and 500MB data (with $25 handset monthly repayment option), with different plan options all the way up to $100 for the My Plan Plus $100 and 10GB data (with $0 MRO). The S6 Edge+ starts at $70 per month on the My Plan Plus $40 (with $30 handset MRO) up to $104 for the My Plan Plus $100 (with $4 MRO).