Since its first round of rumors in the rumor mill, the Samsung Galaxy S6 had led more users and enthusiasts to be fascinated as to what features that Samsung is going to put with its next flagship device. After months of waiting, the Korean tech giant has formally unveil the most awaited and highly anticipated device of the year with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. Two new devices with two different user experience.
To start with, The new Galaxy S6 is a pretty far-reaching leap with us coming from the Galaxy S5 which was released a year ago and it seems that Samsung has finally wake up from a deep sleep that they have reinvented everything from ground up for the new flagship. Also seeing on how much users are embracing the limited market that the Galaxy Note Edge has offered, Samsung took notice of it and is now following the same approach for the Galaxy S6 flagship by offering its own variant and version of the edge version with the new Galaxy S6 edge.
Externally, The two Galaxy S6 variants features a full metal unibody frame design wrapped with the latest Gorilla Glass 4 on both front and back of the device designed to reflect light beautifully on any angle. It also comes in a thinner profile with only 6.8 mm for the standard variant and 7.0 mm for the edge variant which is one of the thinnest and most beautiful Galaxy S flagship device to date.
Both Galaxy S6’s features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad-HD resolution resulting into a whopping 577 ppi pixel density which is 70% richer than the display of the Galaxy S5. The edge variant further bent the display on both sides of the device with Samsung preparing an especially designed features solely for the Galaxy S6 edge with one of which is the new notification leds feature which lit up when an in-coming call is currently in progress or an additional gesture options to swipe on the edge display for more information about any missed calls or more details about the new message/s that you have recently received. The new home button on the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge are all a bit flushed up which brings more of a tactile feedback and houses a fingerprint sensor for added security features plus support for Samsung’s new Samsung Pay service.
The newly announced Samsung Pay service is a combination of both NFC and MST wireless connectivity scheme for mobile payments. With two of this wireless technology support for the Samsung Galaxy S6, the device has already been certified for MasterCard and Visa with Samsung continuing its expansion to other mobile payment services and tapping other company’s to support the new payment system including American Express, Bank of America, Citi bank, JPMorgan Chase, and U.S. Bank. This will hopefully eliminate the 10 per cent disadvantage that NFC-based payment systems are lacking at the moment.
Under that beautiful and luxurious feel, Samsung made it sure that beauty isn’t just skin deep, inside is a set sophisticated and highly advance components designed to fully bring the highest rated user experience on a smartphone device. Confirming rumors are true as Samsung has opted to use its own Exynos chip over the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC’s. Some has suggested that the company has heating issues with the Snapdragon chip and that the latest Exynos 7420 seem to have eliminated such problem. The Galaxy S6’s Exynos 7420 is a 64-bit chip built in a 14nm process which is much more cooler than the 20nm technology on the Snapdragon 810.
Like the Snapdragon 810, the Exynos 7420 is also based on ARM architecture with 4-Cores running at 2.1 GHz of Cortex-A57’s and 4-Cores of Cortex-A53 running at 1.5 GHz. It uses a Mali-T760 Graphics processing chip along with a faster new generation of LPDDR4 RAM at 3 GB. Samsung offers the new Galaxy S6 in three non-expandable storage variants with 32 /64 / 128 GB capacities and uses a new Universal File Storage 2.0 technology that was previous found on SSD’s with “Command Queue” tech to enhance command execution on data between input/output operations that results into faster retrieval and storage of data which enhances performance.
Design with mobile photography in mind, The new Galaxy S6 comes equipped with a new ISOCELL 16 Megapixel camera sensor on the back with Optical Image Stabilization, phase-detection AutoFocus and coupled with a single LED Flash. On the front, Samsung has upgrade the camera with 5 Megapixel sensor. Both cameras on the new Galaxy S6 comes with a new F/1.9 aperture lenses which brings more light to the image and aids in take photos and videos in low-lighting conditions. Both camera also support real-time HD recording while the main camera features 4K video capture.
Standard connectivity options for the Galaxy S6 includes LTE Cat.6 support, 3G/HSPA+ plus other wireless connectivity options that includes high-speed Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS with GLONASS and Beiduo support, InfraRed blaster, FM Radio and USB 2.0.
Making the handset alive is the new non-removable battery approach that Samsung has made first for the Galaxy S series. The new approached was practically needed to accommodate all other functions on the device while maintaining the metallic+glass construction at the very least thickness considering the device sits at 6.8mm and 7.0mm for both the standard and edge variants respectively. It has a battery capacity of 2,550 mAh for the Galaxy S6 while the Galaxy S6 edge has little more of 50 mAh resulting to a larger 5,600 mAh battery capacity.
Both variants will be running the latest Android 5.x Lollipop with an enhanced and simplified TouchWiz UI on top. As Samsung has promised earlier, the upcoming Galaxy S6 will be almost free from bloatware which is quite evident as faster and lag-free as seen from the demo units. Samsung has also partnered with Microsoft for a 115 GB OneDrive storage space with 2 year subscription for new Galaxy S6 users.
The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge will be showcased tomorrow at MWC 2015 and will be launch globally on April 10 and will be available in a number of color options including; Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, and Shimmery White with prices to be revealed pretty much soon.
- MWC 2015: Live stream of the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch from Barcelona(itproportal.com)