For all those hardcore Samsung fans, the wait is finally over. Last night, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the consumer electronics giant unveiled its new mobile devices that have been the cause of speculation for quite a bit.
The new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge were introduced as the new face of Samsung’s charge at becoming the leading, defining force in mobile device design and creation.
After its previous phone (the Samsung Galaxy S5) failed to carry the brand and redemption was sourced through the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, a lot of buzz was created around this new phone.
What do the two devices offer?
Well to sum it up, most of the rumors were true. Besides the emphasis on a thinner, lighter device and the curves (more on the Edge really), the first big change is that plastic is gone. The S6 and the S6 Edge are all glass and metal.
The Galaxy S6 Edge is curved on both ends, something that we’ve seen on the Note Edge but which has now been placed on both ends of the device.
The latest Gorilla Glass 4 has been used to cover both devices, and it’s supposed to be as twice as tough as any other glass on the market.
In terms of processors both Galaxies are packing an Exynos Octa-core 2.1GHz with an additional 1.5GHz 64-bit 14nm. This means that the relationship with processors manufacturer Qualcomm (the guys behind Snapdragon) has been severed and will likely be reflected in all future Samsung devices.
The cameras have been tweaked (Smart Optical Image Stabilisation, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) IR Detect White Balance, Quick Launch) and are supposed to offer faster response for both front and rear image taking.
In terms of pixels, there is an improved 5MP(up from 2MP on the S5) for the front and 16MP for the rear. Screen resolution has been bumped up (5.1 inch QHD (2560×1440) 577ppi Super AMOLED display).
Both devices support wireless charging (work with any wireless pad) and fast wired charging that is 1.5 times faster than charging for the Galaxy S5.
According to Samsung 10 minutes of charging can get 4 hours of use (subject to certain conditions but I wouldn’t bet on ZESA or Solar current to make that happen)
Samsung Pay, the new payment platform for Samsung was also incorporated into these two. No guesses for which brand
is being copied inspired this move though.
The same goes for security aspects (fingerprint scan), the non-removable battery and memory that can’t be expanded (S6 has 32GB, 64GB and 128GB).
The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge will hit stores on the 10th of April 2015.
Although Samsung didn’t make an official announcement of prices for the devices, rumors for the European tags are swirling between $783 for the entry-level(32 GB) S6 to $1,007 for the 128GB version. The S6 Edge is rumored to start at $952 for the 32GB version with the 128GB starting at $1,175.
With improved specs, a new processor, a metal frame (that Samsung was quick to say doesn’t bend), faster charging and resolutions to make watching videos on phones worth it, the question is whether or not these two devices be able to regain lost market share.
The Galaxy S5 failed to carry on the steam that the S3 and S4 had given the Samsung brand and Apple, its number one rival has been lapping up whatever bit of high end smartphone market that Samsung has been dropping.
I’m impressed by the changes and can’t wait to get my hands on the S6 or the Edge, but I don’t know if this lunge at everything Apple is doing (excessive Apple adaption is more like it) is enough to redeem lost pride.
That price doesn’t do the Samsung any justice as well. When you consider our extra duty on mobile phones and the retail markups, this new Samsung is set to start selling at around $1,200. Whatever happened to Android economics?
You can download the full list of the specs for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge by following the link to a pdf file below.
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