It’s hard to fault Samsung for wanting to stray from the design that attracted many glowingreviews, including our own. And, in fact, the changes that Samsung did make address two of our biggest problems with the quirky device.
One is the battery: it’s slightly bigger this time around at 3,000mAh, but will recharge as fast as the one on the S6 Edge. It’s still not removable, but it’s a step in the right direction.
The shortcut tab is no longer just a home screen feature, too — you can set it so that it shows up no matter where you are in the software. (You can reposition the small tab along the side of the screen, but you can’t change the size.) It makes it extremely easy to switch between apps, which is great, because it’s a bit hard to reach the entire 5.7-inch screen with just one hand.
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We really loved both versions of the Galaxy S6 that were released earlier this year, but the S6 Edge’s curved screen (and even the one on the Note Edge, for that matter) felt like a gimmick with little utility. The S6 Edge was an even harder sell when you factored in that it costs about $100 more than the regular S6. With the S6 Edge+, Samsung is offering more screen real estate while giving the oddball hardware just a bit more functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be available on all of the major US carriers in black or gold alongside the new Galaxy Note 5 on August 21st. It comes in 32GB and 64GB configurations and will be priced a bit higher than the S6 Edge’s already lofty tag. Preorders start today.