After months of waiting and uncertainties related to the new specs, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were finally unveiled and Apple is hoping to have good sales, but the impact of the two devices is not so big as in the case of the previous iPhones. The phablet version of the Galaxy S6 Edge was well-received, although it has the same hardware specs as the smaller version. Below, you’ll find a comparison between the two phablets.
The iPhone 6S Plus doesn’t have a curved screen, being similar to the previous model, with the exception that it features a new color option: Rose Gold. The body is still made of anodized aluminum, which is wrapped in a metal frame and the back features thin plastic strips which hide radio antennas. Apple Sapphire used crystal glass and oleophobic coating on the front and ion-strengthened glass and oleophobic coating on the back, for a better protection. The iPhone 6S Plus has the same home button placed below the screen, but it has the second generation Touch ID (fingerprint scanner).
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a sleek device with a back made of glass, while the metal frame is also curved, to offer a top-end design. Compared to the iPhone 6S Plus, it’s shorter, slimmer and lighter, but Samsung copied the idea of integrating a fingerprint scanner inside the home button.
The iPhone 6S Plus has a smaller display sized at 5.5-inch, which supports the same Full HD resolution, although previous rumors claimed that Apple will increase it up to 1,242 x 2,208 pixels. The screen supports the new Force Touch technology (3D Touch), which identifies the amount of pressure exerted onto it, and reacts accordingly. A soft touch will activate Peek and you’ll have a brief preview of an application/ notification, while a hard press will activate Pop, which will take you to the application directly.
The S6 Edge+ has a larger screen sized at 5.7-inch, which supports QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,140 pixels, but it lacks the Force Touch tech. However, the screen is curved on both sides, where you’ll find dedicated functions such as Apps Edge or People Edge.
Samsung hasn’t released a new chipset, so it used the same Exynoss 7420 model to equip the S6 Edge+. Likewise the Note 5, it has 4GB of RAM, so it should perform very well, especially that soon, it will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The A9 chipset which powers the iPhone 6S Plus isn’t backed by 2GB of RAM, as the phone was rumored to house, but the iOS 9 was optimized in order to deliver a better performance. We’re waiting to see the test results, to get an idea about how it runs.
The S6 Edge+ takes very sharp photos with the 16MP back camera which supports Optical Image Stabilization, no matter if the light is natural or artificial. Apple decided that it’s time to upgrade both cameras on the new iPhones, so now we have a 12MP primary shooter with OIS and a 5MP FaceTime shooter. The iPhone 6s Plus will record 4K videos, so it’s worth the money.
The S6 Edge+ has a big battery of 3,000 mAh, but the power-hungry display drains the juice pretty fast. Luckily, there is a fast charging feature which will charge the battery up to 50% within 35 minutes, so when you are in a hurry and you need to leave home quickly, you won’t need to leave the phone to charge up to 100%.
The iPhone 6S Plus comes with a 2915 mAh battery (11.1 Wh), and on paper, it provides 24 hours of talking time over 3G.