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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs. iPhone 6S Plus: The Phablet Battle Continues

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Apple launched iPhone 6S and 6S Plus this week and with these new releases, the company is hoping that it will get the better of the major Android competitors, among them Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

When it comes to the phablet world, these two smartphones are with no doubt the biggest contenders. However, one question arises: which of one of them is the topmost model? Well, the only way to find out that is to put the two against each other and see which one comes out on top.

Design

The iPhone 6S Plus, contrary to the expectations of many iPhone enthusiasts, came out with “nothing” new in terms of design. No curved screen, no removable parts, no customizable design and in short, there are no design changes with iPhone 6S Plus. From a naked eye’s perspective, the iPhone 6S Plus looks no different from the iPhone 6 Plus.

In contrast, Samsung came in with some huge changes when compared to the previous releases. This upgrade has seen the new Samsung Galaxy S6 models draw a comparison with the iPhone models. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has no expandable memory or removable battery unit, just like the iPhone 6S Plus. Samsung has a curved screen on the S6 Edge+, something that is thought to be acting as bait for luring more Apple users to the platform.

Display

Apple joined the phablet world with the supersize iPhone 6 Plus, which had a screen size of 5.5 inches. This display size has been maintained in the new iPhone 6S Plus. However, there is news that the resolution might be a little bit better than the previous model as it stands at 1242 by 2208, but we are yet to confirm this.

One feature that many had anticipated making its debut on the iPhone 6S Plus is Force Technology. However, Apple had other ideas as the company went for a more advanced 3D Touch technology, which essentially works in the same manner as the Force Technology. With this new technology, the iPhone 6S Plus can easily measure the amount of pressure exerted to the screen and in so doing, it will allow users to perform certain actions at a given time. When touched soft, the response will be different from that which involves a heavy touch.

You will get a considerably larger display screen on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ thanks to its 5.7 inches that manages a resolution of 2560 by 1140 pixels. The pressure-based technology is not available on the Galaxy S6 Edge+, but it sports a curved display that makes it unique.

Software

While Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, it can also be upgraded to the latest Android M when it is availed for theupdate. The TouchWiz UI from Samsung is also evident, but this time it is slimmer than with other occasions.

iPhone 6S Plus, on the other hand, will be the first iPhone to come with iOS 9, which has few upgrades from the current iOS 8, for instance, ability to multitask.

Performance

Samsung installed an in-house Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and added a RAM of 4GB to support the 8 cores in this processor. This is the latest chipset and with it, the Galaxy flagship gives the best performance of a Samsung smartphone.

The iPhone 6S Plus features an improved 64-bit A9 processor, which steps up from the A8 that was available on the iPhone 6 Plus. The new iPhone will have no changes in the 1GB RAM that have become a norm for most Apple smartphones. When compared to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, this is a significant drop in specs.

Camera

If there is a better camera in the smartphone market than that on the Galaxy S6, it’s on the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The rear has a 16MP snapper while the front has a 5MP snapper, and the results are stunning in both cases. Apple, on the other hand, has always been at the top when it comes to photography. The 6 Plus has been installed with a 12MP snapper on the rear and a 5MP snapper on the front. For the first time, users of iPhone 6S Plus will get to enjoy therecording of 4K videos with the rear snapper.

Pricing

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ has two variants in the shape of 32GB and 64GB. The former costs around $779 while the latter starts from around $859. On the contrary, the newly introduced iPhone 6S Plus has three variants that include 16GB, 32GB, and 128GB models. The lower end variant will cost $749, a figure that rises to $849 for the 64GB variant and finally reaches $949 when it comes to the 128GB model. Pre-orders begin on September 12 while shipments will start on September 25, after the release of iOS 9 on September 16.