Design & Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge's Quad-HD display is great for image viewing and framing alike.

The Galaxy S6 design has changed quite drastically from previous device generations. Both S6 models are only 6.8mm thin and come with dual-tone Gorilla Glass 4 at the back that changes its color depending on the angle light is reflected at. The frame is made from metal that, according to Samsung, is 50% stronger than the material used in other smartphones and indeed, although this is to a degree subjective, the S6 Edge looks much nicer and and feels much more solid than previous high-end Samsungs. One drawback is that, as usual, the glass back is much more prone to fingerprint smearing than a plastic variant.

USB connector and headphone jack can be found on the S6 Edge's bottom edge.
Volume rockers are located on the left edge.

The 5.1-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display is bright, vibrant and very clear, great for viewing and framing images alike. As usual visibility is reduced in very bright conditions but the Samsung screen is better than many in this respect. The Galaxy S6 Edge does not have the original Note Edge's dedicated software that occupies the display edge at all times but allows you to pull up a contact manager and missed calls screen from the edges with a swipe, making it more of a design rather than functional feature.

The control layout is in line with previous Samsung generations. The power button is on the right edge while the volume rockers can be found on the left. In typical Samsung fashion a physical home button adorns the bezel below the screen. Unlike the S5, on the S6 Edge the rear cover and battery are not removable anymore. This means the SIM-slot had to move from behind the back plate to the top-edge. The bottom is occupied by a headphone jack, microUSB socket and speaker.

The glass back looks and feels nice but is prone to fingerprint smearing.

The camera module which combines a 16MP 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor with a very fast F1.9 aperture and optical image stabilization is located at the center top of the back plate. To the right you'll find the LED flash and heart rate monitor. Other specifications are in line with this year's high-end devices and include a 64-bit octa-core processor, a 2600 mAh battery, wireless charging and a fast charging mode that gives you 4 hours of normal use in just ten minutes of charging time.