Samsung held its first unpacked event of 2015 in Barcelona Yesterday (1 March 2015) and as usual the company did not disappoint. The company took the opportunity to introduce its latest Smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are supposed to take over from the Galaxy S5 which was launched last year. These two new devices are complete upgrades that will get any Samsung fan excited.
With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung has focused on the premium feel using aluminium frames for the outer shells. Ditching the plastic frame will appeal to many users in developed countries who have argued that the previous Galaxy devices look cheap. The aluminium also helps make the Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) more durable and when combined with Gorilla glass 4, the S6 stands out as the most durable Galaxy device yet.
Apart from the design, Samsung has also improved what’s underneath its devices. With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, TouchWiz has been simplified to the satisfaction of many. TouchWiz has been criticized before and Samsung seem to be listening to its customers by making it simple. Users have the chance to tweak the look and feel of TouchWiz.
The Galaxy S6 has a 5.1-inch QHD (577ppi) Super AMOLED screen that is very impressive I must say. The Smartphone is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7 series processor. We had heard that Samsung was planning to ditch Qualcomm’s snapdragon processor for its own in house processor so this move is not surprising.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has 3GB of RAM and is available 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models. Unfortunately, there is no microSD Card slot so you will not be able to expand the memory. The camera is a 16 MP one for the rear one with a 5MP one for the front facing one. The 16MP camera has Optical Image stabilization and performs well in low light conditions. This camera is “always on” and can easily be activated by taping the home button.
The Galaxy S6 has a 2550 mAh battery while the Galaxy S6 Edge has a 2600mAh battery. Both these batteries support in incredibly fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging. These are non-removable batteries and I honestly have to say that am disappointed, am not a big fan of non removable batteries but I hope they will grow on me.
The Galaxy S6 will be available in white, black, gold and blue. It will first be available in 20 countries as from April 10. Samsung has not announced the pricing for the Galaxy S6 but expect it to cost almost the same as the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S6 Edge will cost slightly above the Galaxy S6.