At its Unpacked 2015 event in Barcelona on Sunday, Samsung unveiled two new Galaxy S smartphones: the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. As expected, both new models sport much sharper screens and advance hardware internals.
Even though size hasn't drastically changed from previous year's model at 5.1-inches, but it does get a bump in resolution from Full HD to QHD. This translates to an astonishing 577 ppi of pixel density on a mobile screen. The biggest difference between the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge is that the latter's display curves and wraps around the left and right sides of the handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 boasts a high-quality design. Instead of using cheap plastic, the Galaxy S6 has a glass body and metal frame. The device will be available in Black, White, Platinum gold, and Topaz Blue. Unlike the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S6 is not water resistant.
As speculated, the Galaxy S6 uses Samsung's new 14-nanometer processor. The 64-bit chipset is being claimed to be the fast mobile processor at the moment. The processor is coupled with 3GB of RAM.
Samsung has even bumped the storage up to 128GB on both models, and dropped the 16GB option altogether. Both come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models. The S6 and S6 Edge will no longer support expandable storage. Both models will hit the retail shelves in April
There's a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing shooter, with a new f1.9 lens that promises better low-light performance. A new auto real-HDR feature has been introduced as well. In addition to regular camera features, Samsung has also added smart optical image stabilization system it introduced on the Galaxy Note 4.
The Galaxy S6 is running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. The revamped user interface (UI) looks much cleaner and intuitive.
Samsung has added Samsung Pay, a new mobile payments solution to compete with the likes of Apple Pay. The technology is based on something called Magnetic Secure Transmission. Basically MST wirelessly transmits the same information stored on your credit card's magnetic stripe to a store's pay terminal with a simple tap of your phone.
Other connectivity features includes a fast LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS with GLONASS and Beidou, IR blaster and FM radio. The makers have added a 2,550mAh battery. The newly introduced charging support can charge faster four hours of battery life in 10 minutes.
The new Samsung Galaxy S6 fingerprint scanner lets users place a finger on the home button to log in, instead of swiping. Interestingly, the Galaxy S6 now offers wireless charging support.
The Galaxy S6 does look more premium than Samsung's previous handsets. However, we do like to mention that the Galaxy S6 has an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone 6 that might worry both investors and consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Specs
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 Lollipop
F/1.9 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and live HDR
F/1.9 5MP front camera with live HDR
Category 6 LTE with 300 Mbps speeds
Wi-Fi 802.11 AC with HT80 MIMO
2,550mAh battery (non-removable)
Galaxy S6 - 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm - 138g