Do we have a good one for you today – the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus goes up against the new LG V10 and the battle of metal and glass go up against a stainless steel beauty. With Samsung and LG building these flagship devices, we know that both have a solid build and both look and feel like a premium device. Materials selected by a manufacturer are always a subjective topic, however, there is no denying that both of these devices are great looking, although when it comes to dropping them, the LG V10 is better equipped.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the LG V10 do have a few things in common – starting with their physical size, although the LG V10 is almost 40 grams heavier. Their displays both measure in at 5.7-inches, both have a QHD resolution, both offer a 64GB model, both have excellent 16MP main cameras and 5MP front-facing camera (FFC)…the LG V10 has two of them for special effects. Both the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and LG V10 have their speaker on the bottom of the device and they both have fingerprint sensors. Both batteries offer a rapid charge feature and they both have the usual suspects – WiFi, Bluetooth (v4.2 on the Edge Plus and v4.1 on the V10), GPS, NFC capabilities and a microUSB v2.0 port for charging, and data transfer.
Please take a deliberate look at the detailed Specifications Comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another – click on the "View Full Comparison" link at the end of the chart to expand the details. After that, we will look at each individual device in greater detail and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Samsung's redesign of the Galaxy S6 – while retaining its basic physical look went with a strong metal frame and all glass design, which makes it looks great, but results in a more fragile device. As is so often the case, Samsung will throw in a few nice redesigns and then does away with their traditional removable battery and expandable memory slot. In addition, Samsung added the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus model with a larger, dual curved display that really upped its cool factor.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus sports a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 518 pixels-per-inch (PPI) with the display curving on both the left and right. This goes up against the 5.7-inch QHD LCD display on the LG V10 with 515 PPI and a secondary display the sits 'on top' of the main display. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus uses the 64-bit Exynos 7420 octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and four cores clocked at 2.1 GHz. This goes up against the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor used in the LG V10. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus packs 4GB of faster DDR4 RAM with 32GB or 64GB of faster USF 2.0 internal memory with no expansion available. The LG V10 comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of internal memory with expansion via a microSD card.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus uses a 16MP main camera with large f/1.9 aperture, autofocus and an LED flash and OIS. It has a 5MP FFC with the f/1.9 aperture for selfies and video chats. This goes up against a 16MP sensor and dual 5MP FFCs on the LG V10. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has a 3000mAh non-removable battery while the LG V10 has a removable 3000mAh battery. Both devices should make it through a full day and both devices have rapid charge capabilities with the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus having built-in quick wireless charging as well.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comes with a fingerprint sensor, as does the LG V10. Android 6.0, the newest Android OS Marshmallow, should be arriving this month on the S6 Edge Plus. With Marshmallow, you will be able to use the fingerprint sensor to authorize mobile payments using Android Pay, along with Samsung Pay – it is already PayPal certified. It comes equipped with a heart rate monitor and oxygen saturation sensor. It's quick wireless charging can handle either the Qi or the PMA formats. It will come in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold, Silver Titanium and Pink depending where you purchase the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. It will cost you about $770 for the 32GB model and $865 for the 64GB model.
I am still not exactly sure why LG designed the LG V10 to compete against the LG G4, but one thing is for sure, it is a beautiful smartphone. The V10 is sculpted from stainless steel with a silicone backing that is great for gripping the device as well as protection from drops. It has two 5MP FFCs, and it has a small, independent display sitting 'above' the 5.7-inch main display that operates independently.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus design also has its main display and then a curved edge to act like a second display, even though it is accomplished via software, not an actual secondary display. The LG V10 takes two dual displays to new heights as the second one resides on the top of the first and can operate independently. The V10's main display is a 5.7-inch IPS Quantum QHD with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 515 PPI. The secondary display has a resolution of 1040 x 160 pixels that 'sits' above the top area of the main display and also packs 515 PPI. The secondary display can be 'on' while the main display is off and used to show notifications, the weather, the time/date, app shortcuts and more. This goes up against the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with 518 PPI.
LG passed on the Snapdragon 810 and chose the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz and dual cores clocked at 1.82 GHz for the brains of the V10. This goes up against the 64-bit Exynos 7420 octa-core processor in the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. The V10 is packing 4GB of DDR3 RAM versus the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with 4GB of faster DDR4 RAM. The LG V10 has only one option – 64GB of internal memory, but has a microSD card slot to expand another 200GB. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus gives you two options – 32GB or 64GB of their new, faster USF 2.0 memory- with no means to expand.
The main camera areas should be very competitive – both LG and Samsung take their photos very seriously. The LG V10 uses the same, great camera found on the LG G4 with a 16MP sensor with laser autofocus, a large f/1.8 aperture, OIS and an LED flash. The LG V10 uses a dual 5MP FFC to add a wider field and more depth to the traditional selfie or video chat. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus also uses an award-winning 16MP main camera as well as the more traditional single 5MP FFC. The LG V10 uses a removable 3000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has the same size 3000mAh battery, but it is non-removable, although includes quick wireless charging. Both have a means for fast charging their batteries.
The LG V10 includes Hi-Fi circuitry for improved sound through the headphones and they even threw in an FM radio and an IR Blaster. The available colors are Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue and Opal Blue. It is available now on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile and priced approximately $675.
…And The Winner Is…
This was another tough decision – I picked the LG V10 as the winner over the normally aspirated Samsung Galaxy S6 and even the S6 Edge, but this time I am going with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus as the winner on this competition. The S6 Edge Plus's 5.7-inch display pushed it over the top this time around and it helped even out the playing field. While the LG V10 does have great looks, the dual curved display on the S6 Edge Plus is just too damn sexy to pass this time around.
I am an AMOLED fan and a big display fan – the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus satisfies both of these 'likes' of mine. However, the rest of the S6 Edge Plus holds up its end on the specifications as well – no, it does not have a removable battery or expandable storage, but if you can get past those Samsung 'oversights' then you will see that it is the more technologically advanced device.
The S6 Edge Plus has a much better processor and the first with 14nm technology. It uses faster DDR4 RAM and faster USF 2.0 internal flash memory. The camera on the S6 Edge Plus is certainly up to the task of taking great pictures and while it does not have dual 5 FFC for selfies or video chatting, it will do a fine job. The S6 Edge plus offers a PayPal certified fingerprint sensor and Samsung Pay, along with Android Pay. It has a built-in heart rate monitor and oxygen saturation sensor, and built-in quick wireless charging for both formats – Qi and PMA.
The LG V10 is one nice looking device and it does have Hi-Fi circuitry for headphone listening, an IR Blaster (Samsung removed it from the S6 Edge Plus) and an FM Radio. It benefits from a removable battery and the ability to expand internal memory, but when you look at the overall specifications and the curved glass display, I have to crown the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus as the victor.