Samsung has finally unwrapped it’s newest flagship devices in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
“With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.”
Both devices feature huge design changes for Samsung as the front and back panels are Gorilla Glass 4 and featuring a full metal trim around the phone – similar to the Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha. This is the first time Samsung provides a glass back and with that means no removable battery. Samsung did manage to add wireless charging built in to support both Qi and PMA charging pads and also their fast charging via fast usb 2.0 technology.
Both devices are very slim (6.8mm/7.0mm edge) and lightweight (138g/132g edge) which make them feel great in the hand. Both feature a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 577 ppi for very dark blacks and vivid colors. The display is also one of the brightest Samsung has created so outside use will be very comfortable. Unlike the Note Edge, the S6 Edge doesn’t have a separate resolution for the two curved sides, instead text and Windows just wrap around the curve, making it easier to swipe from the edges.
Internally, both have Samsung’s new 64-bit processor for heavy multitasking and gaming. Reports already show that TouchWiz (on top of Android 5.0) certainly hasn’t experienced lag or delays with this new processor and Samsung has reduced bloatware from the devices – which is a great thing. There is also no expandable memory options on these devices, leaving customers to choose between three size options: 32/64/128GB. The speaker has also been moved to the bottom of the phone and is 1.5x louder than the S5, Samsung claims. The headphone jack also resides on the bottom. The fingerprint sensor is also back with a change in how it’s access. The days of swiping are gone as just a simple finger placement is required.
Samsung’s spectacular camera returns with major upgrades. Both S6’s have a 16-megapixel rear camera with better performance from its F1.9 sensor. With this, better image processing in low light to even focusing and snapping pictures are vastly improved. Samsung has also added a quick launch feature to the camera by double tapping the home key. The front camera is an improved 5-megapixel wide angle lens, perfect for selfies. Below the LED flash is the heart rate sensor which can also be used as a shutter button selfies if tapped.
Overall, there are many improvements to the Galaxy line and this is by far the best looking and designed Galaxy. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available globally starting April 10 in an assortment of colors: White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 edge only).
The Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available to U.S. customers starting in April across various channels. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless will carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, and Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy, as well as Amazon.com, Costco Wholesale, Inc., Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge.