Samsung launched its S6 and Edge phones yesterday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The phone should be available in April 2015.
The S6 is made of an attractive array of metal and glass to ensure a more expensive feel and better durability. It is also said to be more compact and fits a user’s hand better. Sadly, the S6 is not waterproof; this feature will be available on the S6 Active when that is launched.
Samsung has stuck with the excellent Super AMOLED displays on the Galaxy S6 as has been used on previous models. The AMOLED display comes with a 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution and gives a very crisp and clear display, although it may negatively affect battery life.
The camera on the Galaxy S6 has been made one of the key features; a 16mp back camera with Auto HDR and smart Optical Image Stabilisation will keep the shake away. The front camera has been upgraded too to have the same low light performance as well as the ability to balance the white levels using infrared.
The only worrying aspect of the Galaxy S6 is the battery; it is a bit smaller than that of the Galaxy S5. It would seem that either Samsung has been able to make the chipset, screen and operating system more efficient and could therefore get away with a smaller battery, or it realised that it HAD to make an amazingly designed phone; otherwise it would lose more ground in the high end smartphone game.
Samsung hasn’t opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, preferring its own engine – likely based on its Exynos technology although it’s not confirmed that just yet (although did tell us that it will be 64-bit enabled). The Galaxy S6 does use a new type of flash memory featuring in the handset called UFS (Universal Flash Storage) 2.0 to enhance data speeds and power consumption, as well as improve speed of use – which is why the microSD slot has been dropped. To make up, Samsung will offer the Galaxy S6 in 32, 64 and 128GB variants, but extra memory fans will be saddened by the loss of expansion.
Samsung did include its fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S6 as on a number of its other phones and tablets. However, it’s a touch-based variant, rather than the erratic swiping model, making it more in line with Apple’s Touch ID than the S5’s swipe-style reader.
The Galaxy S6 also keeps the heart rate monitor of the Galaxy S5, since that’s also been included on the Galaxy Alpha and Note 4, although it’s moved to the right of the camera sensor.
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