The moment has finally come and Samsung’s newest and most expected smartphone of the year is here – the Galaxy S6. And, as expected, it is not being announced alone, but it’s being accompanied by the Galaxy S6 Edge. There is a lot to be told about these new devices, and I’m sure you will be curious to read about some of the top things to know about them. But let’s have a quick look at the main specs before we get into that:
- 5.1-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display with 577 ppi
- Exynos Octacore processor, 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 32/64/128GB UFS 2.0 internal storage
- Android 5.0
- F/1.9 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and live HDR and a F/1.9 5MP front camera with live HDR
- Category 6 LTE with 300 Mbps down/50 Mbps up max theoretical speeds
- Wi-Fi 802.11 AC with HT80 MIMO, Bluetooth LE, NFC, IR blaster
- 2,550mAh battery on the GS6 and 2,600mAh on the GS6 Edge
The fact that Samsung has launched the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge in the same time is already a change in strategy. The new devices have pretty much the same specs, but they have different external body designs. The new handsets combine metal and glass, trying to make us forget about the abundance of plastic in its previous smartphone designs. If you ask me, that’s what consumers are looking to get – premium specs and also a ‘premium feeling‘ when holding it in the palm.
The smartphone is made of a metal frame which is being sided by two Gorilla Glass 4 panels. There’s a special reflective material coating used which gives the sensation that Samsung is using a full metallic rear casing. Of course, the Galaxy S6 Edge is the most important design imapct, as it has has a screen that curves away on either side of the front of the device. We can’t wait to get our hands on the device to see how it actually feels. As expected, the newest S6 and S6 Edge are also slimmer and lighter.
Our smartphones are becoming our first choices when it comes to taking pictures, so Sammy wants to make sure that its flagship gizmo doesn’t disappoint in this chapter. For that, it has used a f/1.9 aperture on the front and back cameras which should result in better pictures taken in low-light conditions. There’s also auto HDR and image stabilization on the new devices, so this should account for some really nice images.
Also, by double pressing the home button, you will be able to launch the camera instantly, in slightly less than a second. And even if the device doesn’t feature 20MP as we were expecting, I think 16MP with these improvements is more than enough. And selfie lovers will be quite pleased with the capable 5MP front snapper, as well.
Upgrades to wireless charging and fingerprint technology
Wireless charging and fingerprint authentication are some of the newest features in smartphones, and consumers looking to buy a top-notch device are always looking for this. Samsung has went ahead and improved the wireless charging tech on its newest S6 and S6 Edge, as it now includes support for both WPC and PMA standards. Thus, you will be able to use it at more locations but also with Qi-enabled home chargers.
Samsung will sell its own charging pucks, which will now provide around 4 hours-worth of battery out of 10 minutes of plugged-in charging. The fingerprint scanner in the home button has been improved, as well, so that consumers no longer have to swipe. Samsung Pay is also coming later this year to take on Apple Pay, so maybe there are a few more surprises under the hood.
Samsung, like many other OEMs out there, is installing a lot of bloatware of its products. But as the audience is becoming smarter, so must Samsung. And the great news is that they have removed user-interface add-ons by 40 percent, which is a great relief. If you have used a Galaxy-series smartphone, you will definitely know what I’m talking about.
Changes to memory and processor
As it was expected, Samsung is using its own in-house processors instead of Qualcomm’s newest chips on the account of heating issues. Samsung is using the innovative 14-nanometer production process to increase the number of transistors in tiny mobile chips, so don’t be surprised if it manages to smoke Qualcomm.
There have been significant changes done on the memory front, as well. Samsung says the new UFS 2.0 technology for its internal flash memory is much faster than any external card or previous internal storage, but we’ll decide that in our review. However, there’s no swappable memory card support, which is quite a drabwack. But there’s a 128GB option, as well, for those who want that much space. This is somewhat of a move to take on the new storage option being offered by the iPhone 6 duo.
We will be looking at the device in the coming days and that’s when we will have more to share with you, so stay tuned!