In Short

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ is the follow-up to the Galaxy S6 edge, announced at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City on August 13, 2015. The S6 edge+ is essentially a larger version the Galaxy S6 edge, built on the same internals as the Galaxy Note 5.

There's no S Pen here, but you instead get dual curved edges on the same 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, along with the appropriate "edge screen" software that lets you swipe in from the edges and contact your favorite people or launch apps for multitasking. Beyond the few edge screen improvements, the software is nearly identical to that found on the original GS6 edge.

The rest of the internal specs round out the same as the Note 5, with an Exynos octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage and a 3000 mAh non-removable battery.As you'd expect, the Galaxy S6 edge+ also has the same 16MP camera and one-touch fingerprint sensor found on the original GS6 edge.

The Galaxy S6 edge+ also features Samsung Pay, Samsung's alternative to Android Pay. Samsung Pay allows users of Samsung devices to pay at nearly any credit card terminal using just their phone, even if the terminal is not NFC enabled. It does this using built-in hardware that is able to talk to older terminals using Magnetic Secure Transmission — or MST — in addition to standard NFC transmission.

The Galaxy S6 edge+ went up for pre-order the same day as the event, with carriers rolling out their pricing structures that afternoon. Full retail and in-store availability hit just a week later on August 21.

Check out more on the S6 edge+ in our hands-on and first impressions.