Samsung has lately announced two high-end phablets, officially. Both of these devices are to be released in upcoming course weeks.
One of these devices is the successor to the renowned Galaxy Note 4 – Galaxy Note 5; while, the other device is a jazzed up version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is being called as Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
Both of these devices come with giant displays and might hardware, along with many user interface modifications to cater to the needs of all kinds of users.
In this article, we will compare both of these devices in terms of design, hardware, and pretty much everything.
First of all, we will take a look at how both devices compare to one another in terms of design.
• The Galaxy Note 5 follows the same design as the original Galaxy S6 – A metal frame, sandwiched between two corning gorilla glass panels from the front and back.
The phone comes with slightly straight edges as compared to the Galaxy S6 edge plus, giving it a more brimming look.
The back panel is curved towards the front panel on both sides which makes the handling of the phone quite comfortable.
The Galaxy Note 5 is a quite cumbersome device, weighing at 171g. The Note 5 is just 7.6mm thick, which is quite appreciable considering that the phone comes with an S-Pen stylus, and ground-breaking hardware.
The front panel gets a 2.5D glass employment to give very slightly curved edges to make swiping from left to right smoother.
• The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is basically a blown up version of the Galaxy S6 Edge in terms of design.
The S6 Edge Plus also follows the same design language of the original Galaxy S6 Edge. It comes with a metal body, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and rear side.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ features a plain back panel and more curved corners as compared to the Galaxy Note 5 which gives it a compact look.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ brings the premium experience of the Galaxy S6 Edge to a bigger screen, which adds more premium feel to the device.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ weighs just 153g, and measures 6.9mm in thickness. Thus, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is considerably thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Note 5.
Conclusion: The Galaxy S6 Edge+ surely wins in terms of design and ergonomics with its curved edge front panel.
Moreover, the lighter and thinner design is also quite something to brag about. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 5 comes with an S-Pen which makes up for its bulky size.
Here, we will take a look at how the displays of both devices compare to each other.
• The Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display running at Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels.
The Quad HD resolution of the Galaxy Note 5 adds up to a pixel density of approximately 518 pixels per inch.
The Super AMOLED display in the Galaxy Note 5 is even more power efficient than that included in the original Galaxy S6. Moreover, the Galaxy Note 5 comes with numerous color presets for color adjustment.
• The Galaxy S6 Edge+ also features the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display at Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels.
The display of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a pixel density of almost 518 pixels per inch, which is the same as the Galaxy Note 5.
The Super AMOLED technology used in the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is equally power efficient to that on the Galaxy Note 5.
However, the S6 Edge Plus comes with a curved dual-edge display which adds to the charm of the device.
Conclusion: Despite the fact that both devices feature the same display technology, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ wins against the Note 5 with its curved edge display.
The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus don’t differ as much in terms of performance as both devices feature the same hardware.
Both, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 are equipped with a state-of-the-art 14nm Exynos 7420 chipset that is very power efficient, and performance-oriented.
Moreover, both devices are expected to be running at Octa-core speeds, with a 1.5GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A53 processor and a 2.1GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A57 processor.
Additionally, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ are the first phones ever by Samsung to be featuring 4GB of RAM, and probably some of the first smartphones in the smartphone industry, as of yet.
User Interface & Usability
In this section, we will take a look at how both of these devices compare in terms of usability and user interface.
• The Galaxy Note 5 comes with Android Lollipop OS v5.1.1 out of the box. Additionally, the device runs on TouchWiz User Interface by Samsung, which provides the users with plenty of accessibility options.
Additionally, the Galaxy Note 5 comes with wireless-charging and fast-charging capabilities. Along with these, the Note 5 also comes with a fingerprint sensor and Samsung Pay.
Another thing that sets the Galaxy Note 5 apart from other devices is the S-Pen stylus. The S-Pen stylus is quite easily accessible due to the enhanced spring mechanism. The S-Pen adds a lot to the usability and functionality of the device.
• The Galaxy S6 Edge+ also runs on Android Lollipop OS v5.1.1, under the TouchWiz UI. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ also comes with signature Samsung flagship features like, Samsung Pay, Fingerprint sensor, wireless and fast-charging capabilities, and many more.
However, the S6 Edge Plus does not come with an S-Pen stylus, but it makes up for that with the curved edge display, which gives many accessibility options, such as, Night clock, Edge Apps, etc.
Conclusion: Both devices come with same User Interface; however, they differ in terms of functionality where the Note 5 is equipped with an S-Pen stylus, while the S6 Edge Plus features a curved edge display.
Camera is another important aspect for a premium device. In terms if camera, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 are equipped with similar camera units as those in the Galaxy S6. Thus, both devices don’t differ much in terms of Camera.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 are equipped with a 16-Megapixel primary shooter featuring a f/1.9 lens, Optical Image Stabilization, autofocus, and a powerful LED Flash.
The camera is able to produce stellar results, even in low lighting conditions, due to its proficient camera setup.
Moreover, both devices come with a number of photo shooting modes to cater to the needs of all kind of users.
Like many other aspects, both devices also feature the same battery setup. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000mAh non-removable battery.
The non-removable battery might be a letdown for some heavy users who are used to carrying a spare battery.
On the other hand, it may not make much of a difference to the users who are not used to carrying a spare battery with them.
The 3,000mAh battery is not quite sufficient to last even a day considering the 5.7-inch display with Quad HD resolution and octa-core processor.
However, Samsung has tried to make up for that by including exceptional fast-charging capabilities and universal wireless charging ability.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ surely outclasses the productivity-oriented Galaxy Note 5 with its curved-edge display.
However, the S-Pen stylus is a feature limited to the Note 5 which makes it stand apart from the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Both devices are available at almost the same price tag, and are expected to be priced around $900 USD.