German Android fansite All About Samsung has posted images of what appears to be Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the upcoming uper-sized version of the company's curved S6 Edge flagship. The S6 Edge Plus looks to be around the same height as the Galaxy Note 4, but slightly less wide, its curved screen reportedly clocking in at 5.7 inches — much larger than its baby brother's 5.1-inch display.
It really might've been better if Samsung had just ignored SquareTrade bending, deforming, and ultimately destroying its latest flagship smartphone. But that's not what's happening. In response to the bend test published last week, Samsung has replied with a blog post slamming SquareTrade for putting the S6 Edge under an enormous amount of weight that the company says "rarely occurs under normal circumstances." Samsung says its internal figures have found that the force typically generated when a person "presses the back pocket," whatever that means, is around 66lbf.
It’s not okay to make a cheap-looking phone anymore.
Now that Apple is finally making big phones, and even the cheapest Android phones feel nice, we all expect more from Samsung — and rightly so. A flagship phone has to be great or it’s going to get laughed out of the room. If the Galaxy S6 was another plasticky, boring phone like last year’s Galaxy S5 or if it merely introduced a few hardware tricks, it would have gotten laughed out of the entire neighborhood.
SquareTrade is stoking the flames of Bendgate once again, and this time Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge is the subject. The company that specializes in gadget warranties put the Edge through a torture test using its new "Bendbot" machine to see when it would bend and ultimately cease functioning entirely under pressure. The S6 Edge began to bend once the Bendbot made it up to 110 pounds. That's the same amount of force that led to bending in Apple's iPhone 6 Plus — and we know how much controversy Cupertino dealt with over the matter. (Yes, it can bend inside your pocket.)
Following countless leaks and endless teasers, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The pair of S6 phones succeed the Galaxy S5, Samsung's prior flagship announced one year ago, and will be available across the world starting on April 10th. All four major US carriers plus US Cellular have committed to carrying both the S6 and the S6 Edge, while smaller carriers such as Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS will only offer the S6. The Galaxy S6 Edge will be priced higher than the standard S6, though Samsung isn’t saying exactly how much either one will be at this point.