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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Five things you need to know

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Five things you need to know

Samsung didn’t just reveal one new flagship phone in Barcelona on Sunday. It unleashed two.

As well as its headline–grabbing Galaxy S6, it also outed the Galaxy S6 Edge, a device packing a curved screen that’s bound to get hardcore tech fans salivating.

Like last year’s Galaxy Note Edge, it features a curved screen, although there are some important differences.

Want one? Or just want to know more?

Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Or, if you think reading is for terrible squares, head to the foot of the page and you can watch our video hands-on.

1 It curves both ways

samsung galaxy s6 edge side on

Unlike last year’s Galaxy Note Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge curved down on both sides of the device.

That means, simply, that you can see information displayed on the curved section of the screen no matter which way you stick the phone on a surface, giving quicker access to information.

At least that’s the idea.

2 Simplified sides

samsung galaxy s6 edge people edge

The side of the Note Edge was all about dedicated apps and a separate screen-within-a-screen experience.

By comparison, the Galaxy S6 Edge is much simpler.

A special People Edge feature lets you assign five contacts with special status to appear on the curve.

Each one has a dedicated colour, flashing up whenever they call.

You’ll see texts and emails from these contacts on the side of the handset, so you don’t need to lift it up whenever you get a notification.

Information Stream delivers weather, headlines and notifications to the curve also.

3 It packs the same internal smarts as the S6

samsung galaxy s6 detail

That curved screen, which uses Gorilla Glass 4 to stop it smashing, means the price of the Galaxy S6 Edge is set to be a lot higher than its regular stablemate.

But otherwise, everything else remains the same.

That means you get the same improved 16 megapixel rear camera with quick start function, eight core processor, five megapixel front–facing snapper, an all metal and glass design, wireless charging and an Apple Touch ID–style fingerprint scanner.

4 Sound the iPhone alarm

iphone 6 large side on

There are, however, going to be questions about the design.

The S6 Edge may be unique when it comes to its screen, but look at the sides of the device, with their metal finish and button placing, and it’s hard not to think of Apple’s iPhone 6, especially on the white model.

Expect Cupertino’s lawyers to be studying things closely. Just when it looked like lawsuits between the two were over, a new front could be about to open up.

5 Out soon

samsung store queue

Samsung says the Galaxy S6 Edge will hit shelves on the same day as the regular Galaxy S6.

That means April 10th for both devices, a week after HTC’s One M9 is up for grabs. Expect to pay a handsome price.

Final details haven’t been revealed, but snaring this either SIM–free or on contract will only be for those with deep pockets or hefty credit limits.

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