Samsung started designing the Galaxy S6 from ground up a little year ago. Whereas its previous generation flagship devices were largely plastic, the Galaxy S6 is entirely made up of glass and metal and will come in two variants: the standard Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge with a dual edge curved screen.
After months of anticipation, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are now official. As expected, both handsets boast a new set of features, design changes and valid upgrades designed to completely uplift Samsung's barren Galaxy S range of handsets.
In our previous article, we talked about the Galaxy S6 in detail. Today, GizBot will shed light on the Galaxy S6 Edge which has a few extra features.
Read on to find out how the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge feel, look and perform in real world. Here are our first impressions.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Look: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System
The Galaxy S6 Edge features sturdy metal frame with Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back. We haven't seen anything like before and we highly recommend you to check the device in person.
The Galaxy S6 Edge has the same premium feel as the iPhone 6. Its dual sided curved display is pathbreaking. The way the glass wraps on either side just gives it an awesome look. Samsung says that the process for making the glass on the Edge involves 800 degrees Celsius and 27 other steps to make the phone rugged in nature. The metal frame runs along the entire glass back with the non-removable back cover meeting up to it. It's not waterproof, though.
As for color options, the Galaxy S6 Edge come in sizzling black, white, and gold. The S6 Edge will also come in deep green color. Samsung claims that they have used a special process to make the glass (rear) shift colors when viewed at different angles.
The screen looks absolutely stunning, with quad-HD resolution of 1440x2660 on the S6 Edge. Samsung added that it is the highest resolution display on the market.
At the launch event, Samsung showed off how easy to see who is calling you when your device in face-down. You can pre-set up to five colors representing five different colors in your contacts. The display‘s edges will glow their color when they call. Other than that, we hardly see a purpose of having a dual edge curved screen.
On the software side, the new version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI for Android Lollipop is far cleaner and easy to navigate. The company has tried to revamp native apps such as e-mail and calendar. As rumored before, both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will ship with Microsoft's select Android apps like OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Look: Processor, RAM and Connectivity
Speaking about the hardware, the Galaxy S6 Edge features an octa-core processor (64-bit) running four cores at 2.1GHz and four at 1.5GHz. There's 3GB of RAM, which Samsung says is 88% faster than in the Galaxy S6 Edge. In terms terms of storage capacity there'll be three storage capacities, 32 GB, 64GB or 128GB. Samsung clarified that they have removed the microSD card slot. As expended from a high-end device, the phone offers 4G LTE connectivity. The Galaxy S6 Edge will work with wireless chargers.
Notably, Samsung also improved the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. Unlike last year's Galaxy S5 which required you to swipe your finger across the home button. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 Edge's sensor is more like the TouchID scanner on the Apple iPhone 6. In our brief testing, the fingerprint scanner worked fine.
Other than improving the fingerprint sensor, Samsung's new mobile payment solution - Samsung Pay - will launch in summer. As of now, MasterCard and Visa have signed up as key partners. Interestingly, Samsung Pay is expected to be more popular than the Apple Pay, as Samsung's service will rely on regular magnetic credit card readers, which means more retailers would be in favour.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Look: Camera and Video
On the camera department, Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S6 Edge with an improved 16MP camera. Basically it's a better lens that lets in 35% more light. The lens is now f/1.9 on both the front (5MP) and back camera (16MP), and features optical image stabilization (OIS). Based on our testing, we can clearly say that the Galaxy S6 Edge comes with the improved imaging capacities over what we've seen before.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Look: Battery and Early Verdict
The S6 Edge has a 2600mAh battery while the Galaxy S6 has a 2,550mAh battery pack. Unfortunately, both the devices come with non-removable batteries. The phone comes with a special charger that lets you charge it faster than normal, up to 50% in 25 minutes.
It's a known fact that the Samsung has been struggling badly to keep up to the likes of Apple and Xiaomi. The tech giant from South Korea desperately needs a hit device, and we think that the Galaxy S6 Edge could be the one. However, we're less optimistic about the standard Galaxy S6 smartphone.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will hit the retail market, starting April 10. We're expecting the Galax S6 Edge to cost beyond Rs. 63,000.
With inputs from Akansha Srivastava