Finally, after tons of rumors and leaked images, two of the most expected smartphones of the year are here. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were released today during the Galaxy Unpacked event!
The Galaxies were unpacked
We already knew what to expect in terms of specs, so we were way more curious about the designof the two handsets. So, let’s make a quick recap of the most interesting features of the two new handsets.
Both devices are way different from the design we have seen until now, making the transition from polycarbonate to a metallic frame, combined with dual-glass. If you ask us, there no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the most beautiful devices launched by the South Korean manufacturer until now.
The Galaxy S6 comes with a 5.1″ Super AMOLED display, with a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, resulting a density of 577 pixels per inch, while Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 protects the whole front. Speaking about the front, the S6 has a bigger home button, housing a fingerprint scanner and support for the Samsung Pay service.
Its brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge sports basically the same feature, the biggest difference being, of course, the display. The glass is bent on both sides, but still, the curve isn’t as impressive as the one seen on the Note Edge, lacking the functionalities. But this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t look good. On the contrary, it’s one of the best looking smartphones we’ve seen! Finally, Samsung did something about that boring plastic look.
No Snapdragon 801
Under the hood, there’s an Exynos 7420 chipset, built on the 14 nm process. It has an octa-core 64-bit CPU, with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and four Cortex-A53 ones, running at 1.5 GHz. A Mali-T760 CPU and 3 GB of RAM, alongside 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage are completing the specs sheet.
The phones have a non-removable battery, so unfortunately, there’s no microSD card slot. Still, for those of you who need more space, Samsung has now partnered with Microsoft and will offer users 115 GB of OneDrive storage for 2 years. Nice one, guys.
On the back, both handsets have the same 16 MP ISOCELL camera, with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and LED flash, being able to shoot 4K videos. Last but not least, the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a capacity of 2550 mAh, while the Galaxy S6 Edge is kept alive by a 2600 mAh power pack.
The connectivity suite consists in Cat.6 LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 GPS with GLONASS, IR blaster and of course, NFC.
TouchWiz got better!
As for the operating system, both phones are using Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop. Like always, Samsung used their custom user interface, TouchWiz, with a whole different look than what we have seen until now.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available starting with the 10th of Aprile, on 20 markets, while even more countries will follow them in May. Like we already mentioned in a previous article, the S6 will come in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Blue Topaz. The S6 Edge’s color pallet will replace the Blue Topaz with a very interesting Green Emerald scheme.
So, what do you guys think about Samsung’s new flagship and its curved-display brother? Are these phones what you were expecting? Any special features which you wanted to see but they’re still missing? Share your thoughts about these two new smartphones in the comments section below!