Samsung has officially released its newest phablet, the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The phone is already attracting positive reviews across the internet.
If you’re having trouble figuring out what the name Galaxy S6+ actually means, then here’s what you need to know: it has the approximate tech specs of the Galaxy S6, the curved edge of the Galaxy S6 Edge, and the larger screen as designated by the “+” symbol at the end of the name. Got it?
The S6 Edge+ is noticeably larger than its predecessor. While the S6 Edge was 5.1 inches diagonally, the Edge+ is a whopping 5.7 inches, making it a genuine phablet (most people place the phablet threshold at around 5.5 inches).
Reviews have called the screen “stunning” – but that’s normal for Samsung smartphone reviews.
Some of the notable tech specs with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ include:
-5.7 inch quad HD AMOLED screen that’s also “vibrant, bright, and crisp” according to the review I just linked
-1440×2560 resolution (518 ppi pixel density)
-32GB/64GB of internal storage space
-Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 and Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex A57 processor
-16MP camera with OIS, 2160p video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps
-5MP front-facing camera
-3000 mAh battery
So what are reviewers saying?
Wired.com – 8/10
One reviewer for Wired.com refused to call the S6 Edge+ a phablet. Instead, he claims that “phablet” is a stupid term that should be abolished:
“Phablets are dead. Long live huge phones. There are a few stragglers left, clutching their iPhone 5s and claiming that life was better when everyone was squinting at tiny screens. But most people have come around. Good thing, too: Big phones are great. People who have big phones use them more, more efficiently, for more things. Calling phones like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ “phablets” pretends that they’re a mix of phones and tablets, which they’re not. They’re just phones. Big, powerful, excellent phones.”
That reviewer gave the S6 Edge+ a strong 8/10 rating. To put that rating in perspective, the Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 both received 7/10 ratings.
Other notable points from that reviewer were that the phone was “comfortable to use” and felt sturdy and beautifully simple when held in the hand.
The reviewer’s only real complaint about the phone was that it’s expensive. The S6 Edge model already costs $100 more than the original S6. Adding the “+” bumps the price up even further (the 32GB Edge+ costs $814.99).
The Guardian – 5 Stars
The UK’s The Guardian awarded the Galaxy S6 Edge+ 5 stars out of 5 and called it an “iPhone 6 Plus killer” and labeled it “indisputably the king of Android phablets.”
Once again, the only major complaint was the “royal price tag to match”. The reviewer also disliked the lack of stylus, removable battery, and microSD slot. The curved edges also provided “little in utility”.
Aside from that, the reviewer felt the phone was superb:
“It is the fastest-feeling phablet going, has an eye-catching design and is arguably the best phablet Samsung has made to date, bar possibly the Note 5, which has yet to come to Europe.”
Engadget – 87 / 100
Engadget called the S6 Edge+ “one of Samsung’s best phones in years”. The reviewer summarized the phone like this:
“The Galaxy S6 Edge+ shows some of Samsung’s best, and worst, tendencies. It’s a gorgeous phone with some of the finest hardware available right now, but its key feature is relatively useless, and still somewhat experimental.”
In other words, if you’re the type of person who buys a phone based on its aesthetic appeal, then the Galaxy S6 Edge+ could be right in your wheelhouse.
To put that 87/100 rating into perspective, Engadget awarded the original Galaxy S6 Edge a rating of 88/100.
IGN – 8.5 / 10
IGN claims the main downside of the S6 Edge+ is that “you might struggle to grip its large, curved shape”. Aside from that minor flaw and the high price tag, the phone is easily one of the top phones on the market. It’s also “certainly one of the most distinctive phones on the market”.
How to Root the Galaxy S6 Edge+
The S6 Edge+ is expected to be as easy to root as the original S6 and S6 Edge. After all, the phones share virtually identical software. Samsung phones are also exceptionally popular, and that means there’s plenty of demand for good rooting solutions.
S6 users love to root their devices for the sheer level of freedom. Don’t like TouchWiz? Get rid of it immediately. Want to backup every byte of data on your phone? Do it in seconds with Titanium Backup.
There are way too many advantages to list here, but I’ll let you discover them on your own. If you want to root the Galaxy S6 Edge+, just follow the easy instructions with One Click Root.