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Samsung recently rolled out the newest smartphones in the shape of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. However, the company still retains the Samsung Galaxy S6 as its flagship smartphone for 2015.

The Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus have come in with the same trend or rather philosophy that was made popular by the introduction of the Galaxy Note series. You will also come across the curved glass philosophy of another Samsung innovation – the Galaxy S6 Edge. These four smartphones are the most prominent models from Samsung this year; however, you will only find the Galaxy S6 flagship with a flat back. In this regard, here is a closer look at the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 5 about the current flagship, Galaxy S6. However, references of Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus might also creep in as well.

Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy S6: Size, weight and design

Size and weight of the current generation of Samsung smartphones are the most unsteady difference among them.


Samsung rolled out the Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus a few days ago, and these two have screen sizes of 5.7 inches, which ultimately places them under the phablet form factor. On the other hand, the previous revelations – Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge – have moderate display sizes of 5.1 inches. A closer look at the dimensions of the Note 5 reveals that it is the biggest of the four phones thanks to its dimensions of 6.03 by 3 by 0.3 inches, which give it a weight of 6.03 ounces. Even though the S6 Edge Plus is slightly longer than the Note 5, you will notice that all of these four phones do not exceed a thickness of 0.3 inches.Samsung Galaxy S6 has dimensions of 5.65 by 2.78 by 0.27 inches and weighs 4.87 ounces.

Samsung explained why it included curved backs on the newest releases, citing the aspect of comfort when holding in one hand as the major reason for this technology. The company also adds that this design makes the phablets feel a lot slimmer when held by users.

Despite the differences in the screen sizes, the four phones have the same resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. The result is that the smaller sized phones display better images that are also sharper than what the phablets offer. In addition, the pixels of these small phones are packed into a smaller space that results in very impressive pixel densities of at least 570 pixels per inch as opposed to the 518 pixels per inch you get on the 5.7-inch screens.

Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy S6: Processing power

There is close to no difference when you take a tour inside these four phones. The first similarity is that they all use an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor. All of them have core speeds of 1.5GHz and 2.1GHz and they all will be running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Samsung Galaxy S6 was launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop while Galaxy Note 5 comes in with Android 5.1 Lollipop, but both devices will receive updates to the latest Android OS).

There are, however, some differences that pop up in the performance aspect. The newest members of the Galaxy family have an edge over the two older members when it comes to performance thanks to the 4GB of RAM that was installed in them. Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge only manage 3GB of RAM, which is still very impressive. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is also equipped with the latest Bluetooth version 4.2 as opposed to v4.1 that is installed on Galaxy S6. However, most devices in the current generation of handsets use v4.0.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. LG G4

The Galaxy Note 5 is unique in its way. Unlike the other three models, this phablet is equipped with Stylus. This S Pen stylus, when not in use, will fit itself inside the phone. However, when in use, users will have a variety of interactivity options on their hands. If you’ve owned a Galaxy Note series smartphone before, you will also notice something new on this phablet – the Super AMOLED display allows users to write and make notes on the screen even when the phone is off.

Even though the size of a phone and weight might be very essential in deciding which phone is the best for you, the flat Galaxy S6 still has some room to cement its position against the newest members of this Samsung Galaxy family. Even though there are more curved backs than the flat ones, the choice of which phone to have remains with you since the four are very similar when it comes to the inside.