How the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 Stack Up Against the Competition

By Tom Pritchard on at

The biggest news of today is that Samsung has two brand new phones on the way, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. We now know exactly what specs both phones have, and while the two are almost exactly the same we need to know how well they fare against the other flagship handsets on the market.

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As is the trend with premium handsets these days, both phones come with a 2K display. That's doesn't give it any sort of advantage over other phones, and the extra 0.2-inches of screen space means that the pixel density isn't quite as high as the LG G4. You probably won't notice the difference, though. Of course the extra resolution is going to offer better image quality than 1080p handsets, and is miles above the 720p resolution offered by the iPhone 6.

As ever both handsets come with Samsung's trademark Super AMOLED display, which means richer colours, and lower power consumption. That gives them a small advantage over handsets that still use LCD displays.

Just like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge before them, Samsung has chosen to disregard microSD expansion and as far as we know right now is offering a choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. This is a pretty strange outcome given that Samsung's last batch of handsets had a 128GB option, as does Apple's iPhone 6. Throw that in with the fact that phones with card slots tend to let you add an extra 128GB in micro SD storage, and Samsung's latest handsets look far less appealing to people who need every extra byte of space.

Once again Samsung is choosing not to use one of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors, instead using its own Exynos 7420 octa-core processor. The only flagship that has a similar processor is HTC's One M9 which uses a Qualcomm 810. Sadly that processor has a reputation for overheating, and deliberately under performs to stop that from happening. That means that in terms of raw power, the S6 Edge+ and Note 5 come out on top compared to the phones using the quad-core Qualcomm 808 and Apple's dual-core A8.

The choice of 4GB of RAM also means both handsets have more memory than all the other flagship devices currently available. Sadly the cameras are nothing to scream about, but it does come with video digital image stabilisation which should help put an end to all those wobbly videos you see on YouTube.

Weighing in at 153 grams, the S6 Edge+ is one of the lightest flagships available, only getting beaten by the 129 gram iPhone 6 and the 152 gram Xperia Z3. The Note 5, on the other hand, is on the other end of the spectrum with a weight of 177 grams. The only heavier phones around are the Nexus 6 and the upcoming Moto X Style.

If having a slim phone is important to you, then the S6 Edge+ is definitely a phone to consider. The 6.9mm thickness means it's the same as the iPhone 6, which was previously the thinnest flagship smartphone you could buy. The Note 5 is a bit chunkier at 7.9mm, but that's still thinner than everything except the aforementioned iPhone 6 and 7.3mm Xperia Z3. Not that you'll really notice a single millimetre of difference anyway.