Samsung has finally ended the mystery and unveiled the Galaxy S6 smartphone accompanied by the curved display Galaxy S6 Edge. The company touts the two devices as the most powerful handsets available in the market today.
The highlight of the Galaxy S6 announcement was the new design which the company is touting. Thanks to this new design philosophy and lack of a plastic casing on the back, the smartphone will allow wireless charging by default. This is a much needed addition on the device and will certainly peg things in favor of the Korean manufacturer.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge features a unique dual sided curved display, much like rumors had suggested. Both smartphones will be using Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4, so durability is guaranteed. The handsets come with a 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with an insane pixel density of 577 ppi.
The smartphones use a 64-bit 14nm processor with the Exynos 7420 chipset. The new Galaxy devices are also using a 3GB DDR4 RAM while the industry standard is DDR3. The smartphones also come with Universal Flash Storage 2.0 technology for the internal storage, which brings faster data transfer speeds. The handsets will be sold in 32/64/128GB storage options.
The two flagships sport a 16-megapixel camera on the back with superior f/1.9 lens, real time HDR and a new low light shot feature for dimly lit rooms. Needless to say, the cameras on the two phones will also have optical image stabilization by default. Samsung hasn’t forgotten the selfie centric audience and has used a 5-megapixel f/1.9 lens, also boasting of improved low light photography.
The smartphone also boasts of a completely redesigned user interface based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has been trimmed down to be more functional compared to previous iterations of TouchWiz. We expect more details on this over the coming days.
The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge reportedly packs a battery which has the fastest charging speed compared to any other device in the market. This could be partly due to the relatively smaller 2,550 mAh battery used by the company. Samsung says that 10 minutes of charging will eke out 4 hours of battery life. The battery is non-removable, which is a first for a Galaxy flagship.
The two smartphones are just 6.8 mm thick, which is remarkable considering the camera components inside and the wireless charging coil added by Samsung. The announcement also spoke about Samsung Pay, which supports cards from MasterCard and Visa. The service will also be supported by a multitude of banks in due time. Unlike competitive offerings, Samsung Pay will work with any shopping outlets that accept credit cards, debit cards (using magstripe) or NFC payment systems.
Lastly, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge will also boast of defense grade security using Samsung Knox. This is major selling point for enterprise users. The two smartphones will be available starting the 10th of April in 20 countries (probably including the U.S.). Carriers in the U.S. are already taking pre-registrations for the smartphone, so a launch shouldn’t be far away.
Overall, it can be said that Samsung has put a lot of thought into the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. We can say that the Korean manufacturer has certainly managed to grab more eyeballs compared to the HTC One M9 which was announced a few hours ago.
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