Samsung Shows Everyone Relentless Innovation With the S6 and S6 Edge [MWC '15]
Samsung had to do something, even with its millions of phones sold last year, 2014 was fiscally a bad year for the Korean giant. They tried to renew the Galaxy S series with updated specs, a fingerprint sensor, and even water resistance, but with all of that, the phone was still considered comparably a flop. So they went back to the drawing board and came back out with the S6 and the S6 Edge.
The S6 and S6 Edge are powerhouses compared to the 2015 flagships we’ve seen thus far and are quite possibly the best designed Samsung devices to date. The phones are both metal with glass backs, and the dual curves on the S6 Edge don’t extend as much as the Note Edge’s, giving the 6 a more elegant look. The phones are also slimmer and sleeker and feature Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 4.
- Display: Galaxy S6: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED; Galaxy S6 Edge: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED, Dual edge
- Processor: Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor
- OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
- Camera: 16MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)
- Camera Features: Quick Launch, Tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR(Front & Rear) , F1.9, Low Light Video(Front & Rear), High Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus
- Additional Features: Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 4.0, Samsung Pay, Smart Manager, Microsoft Apps(OneDrive 115GB for 2 years, OneNote), Sound Alive+, Themes, Quick Connect, Private Mode, S Finder, S Voice
- Memory RAM: 3GB, LPDDR4; Internal Memory: 32/64/128GB, UFS 2.0
- Wireless Charging: WPC1.1(4.6W Output) & PMA 1.0(4.2W) compatible
- Battery: Galaxy S6: 2,550mAh; Galaxy S6 Edge: 2,600mAh
Looking first at the hardware specs, there are many things that should catch your eye.
While Samsung did not increase the size of the display (from the S5), Samsung did increase the resolution to 2K, giving the S6 devices the same quality screens you’d find on the Notes.
Under the hood you’ll find Samsung’s new Exynos processor instead of the Snapdragon 810s. The new Exynos is supposed to be slimmer and all-around a better processor than the previous Exynos — we’ve yet to see them go toe-to-toe with the Snapdragons.
In the rear, Samsung removed two of their most iconic physical features: the removable back/battery as well as external SD card support. Stop! I can hear the groans now… However, Samsung did provide adequate storage options for each device: 32GB, 64GB, and 128Gb. As for the battery, it may not be removable but it does support wireless charging from both PMA and WPC standards (for what that’s worth). The rear camera has also been improved upon with bigger pixels, a f stop of 1.9, and OIS — so your low-lights should be almost as clear as a picture taken in the sun.
Samsung also revealed its own mobile payment system: Samsung Pay. Launching with the S6 devices, Samsung Pay uses more than just NFC, it also uses MST technology, which grants access to terminals that only support mag-swipes — besting Google Wallet and Apple Pay by far.
The S6 and S6 Edge definitely stole the show for “Day 1 devices,” but we still have a ways to go before MWC 2015 is over. Luckily we have a set date for the release of these two beasts if that’s all you care to see of this year’s trade show. Both devices will launch April 10th, and knowing Samsung, they’ll be on all carriers. Price has yet to be confirmed, but if it’s reasonable, are these the Galaxy’s you’ve been looking for?