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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Samsung Note 5 - Our Review
Samsung have just unveiled two brand new smartphones, both boasting large 5.7-inch displays. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a bigger version of the S6 Edge and the Galaxy Note 5 is the latest in Samsung's range of popular Note smartphones. Let's take a look at the specs and features of Samsung's newest mobile phones.
The S6 Edge+ is similar in styling and design to the original Galaxy S6 Edge with a curved glass and metal build. Samsung have made the Edge+ more robust with a stronger aluminium frame and it is also more scratch resistant with slim line bezels to make it very streamlined.
The 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display is very impressive with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels which equates to 518 pixels per inch. Like the S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ has a dual screen which wraps around both sides of the smartphone, however it has some extra features including an 'Apps Edge' which gives quick access to your favourite apps. The original quick access edge for calling, emailing or texting popular contacts has also been improved and it's now possible to send photos, emoticons and poke your most frequently used contacts.
The S6 Edge+ has some useful additional extras including a live-broadcast function to YouTube, new video editing modes, enhanced audio sound and a SideSync feature which means you can sync documents with your laptop or PC and move files and images between the two simply by dragging them across.
Similar to the original Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ has a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with optical image stabiliser and LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Likewise the S6 Edge+ has the same Exynos 7 octacore processor - combining processing power with battery usage efficiency - and the choice of 32 or 64GB of onboard memory. The RAM has been upped to 4GB and it comes with a 3000mAh battery, featuring Fast Charging, compared to the 2600mAh battery inside the S6 Edge. The S6 Edge+ will be available in four colours which are White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Silver Titan and Gold Platinum and it will be on sale very soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has pretty similar specifications to the S6 Edge+. It also comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display although the handset itself is a shade larger and heavier than the Edge+. Samsung have of course kept the popular S Pen Stylus for the Note 5 which is located at the bottom of the handset.
Camera-wise the Note 5 also has a 16-megapixel rear facing camera with a 5-megapixel snapper on the front. The Note 5 runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with an Exynos 7420 64-bit octacore processor and 4GB of RAM. As with the Edge+, the Note 5 has 32 or 64GB built-in storage options and a 3000mAh battery which can be charged wirelessly or though a wired charger.
The bad news is that, at the moment, Samsung don't have any plans to release the Note 5 in the UK although this could change in time. So if you're wanting a larger phone from Samsung, the S6 Edge+ is it. Still, considering the excellent specs and the sleek design, it's hardly a consolation prize.