Fast, slick and dripping with features, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is as high-end as phablets come. It's not an essential upgrade to the standard Galaxy S6 Edge, but offers plenty to make it a desirable device in its own right.
Powerful, lavish design, variety of security tools, great cameras
Worse benchmarks scores than the original, expensive, few compelling uses for the curved screen
From £600 (as reviewed)
Display: 5.7in Super AMOLED, 2560x1440 at 518ppi
Processor: Octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 (four 2.1GHz cores and four 1.5GHz cores)
Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Battery: Integrated, 3,000mAh
Camera: 16MP rear, 5MP front
The Galaxy Note 5 won't be making its way to UK shores, so anyone in the market for a new Samsung phablet will have to make do with the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Not that they'll complain. Based on the excellent, distinctively curvy-screened Galaxy S6 Edge launched earlier this year, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has been upgraded with more display space, more RAM and more custom software, just in time to face off against the iPhone 6S Plus.
Glass bodywork in a metal frame makes this a seriously premium-looking and expensive-feeling handset. Even so, it resisted any attempt to bend or flex it, and because the metal component extends to the apex of each edge, dropping it on its side won't cause an impact with that eye-catching curved screen.
Somehow, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is even thinner than the standard Galaxy S6 Edge, although it's naturally a lot taller and wider. Overall it measures 154x76x6.9mm and, with a very modest weight of 153g, we had few problems using the phablet with one hand.
Besides the screen, another reused feature is the fingerprint sensor built into the home button. It's not as fast as some others we've used, specifically on the Huawei Mate S and Google's Nexus 6P, but works promptly nonetheless and doesn't add any extra visible pads or scanners to the Galaxy S6 Edge+'s exquisite case.
Samsung has included hardware support for NFC in preparation for the UK launch of Samsung Pay. Another unique addition in this department is Samsung's proprietary Magnetic Secure Transmission tech, which should allow compatibility with old-fashioned magnetic stripe readers. Both techniques work in conjunction with the fingerprint sensor, which acts as payment authorisation in place of a PIN.
It's not all good news, though. The front of the device has been thoroughly de-cornered, but the Galaxy S6 Edge+ lacks the tapered back panel of many other Samsung smartphones, so it's not terribly comfortable to hold.
There's still no microSD port, just a nano SIM slot and a standard microUSB port. Expandable memory would have made for a great upgrade over the Galaxy S6 Edge, but alas this new model lacks what many budget smartphones include without much fuss.
Even with a vast 5.7in screen, a resolution of 2560x1440 ensures an ultra-sharp 518ppi. That's easily among the very best on the market, and just one of the many things we love about this rounded display.
Indeed, the Galaxy S6 Edge+'s sheer brightness and boldness makes it a thing to behold. If anything, the colours might be a little too vivid, occasionally slipping into oversaturation rather than perfect balance. For casual use, though, its clarity and vibrancy is a joy.
We do, however, have mixed feelings about the dual Edge screens in practice. Minimising the bezels is great, and their space-age novelty has yet to entirely wear off, but they can cause a minor warping effect when watching full-screen videos, breaking instead of aiding immersion.
We also struggled to find instances when the few millimetres of extra real estate these Edge screens afford actually made for a meaningfully better experience. It was a common criticism of the original Galaxy S6 Edge, and something Samsung attempted to rectify with some software additions.
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