Samsung surprised us all by unveiling two new devices at MWC this year.
We expected Samsung to unveil one of two devices this year, either one device that was similar in design to other Galaxy S devices, or something completely new, with a curved edge display, like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, though there were reports Samsung would unveil two devices, we didn’t actually expect them to.
This year at MWC, Samsung unveiled two devices, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. So first, lets look a the Galaxy S6.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is essentially a reboot of the Galaxy S series after a fairly dismal year for Samsung following release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, a device which failed to really impress anyone with its identical design to the S4 and its fairly plasticky and cheap feel. So they’re hoping to capture your eye once more with a new design, some interesting software changes, and more.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 isn’t made out of plastic any more, in fact both new devices are made entirely from metal and glass already offering something worth its price-tag. They also comes packed with the latest technology such as Samsung’s own octacore Exynos processor (at least for the International version), which confirms rumours Samsung may have ditched the Snapdragon 810. It’ll also come with a fairly modest 5.1-inch display with a QHD Super AMOLED resolution.
Both devices also come with a brand new fingerprint sensor which now works in a similar way to Apple’s TouchID wherein the user no longer has to swipe their finger for it to work. They’ll also come with an infrared heart-rate monitor which Samsung says helps the camera obtain a better white balance.
They’ll also come with integrated support for both Qi and PMA wireless charging; fast USB charging which Samsung claim is 1.5 times faster than the S5; a speaker that’s 1.5 times louder than the S5; and integrated support for Samsung’s new payment system, Samsung Pay.
Now, with these improvements come a handful of sacrifices which some Samsung fans may not be happy with. There’s no longer the option to remove your battery, there’s no microSD slot, and waterproofing has also gone AWOL. On the good side however, Samsung claim that there’s 40 per cent less features in the S6 than in the S5, which means the UI is hopefully a lot-less bogged down with crap.
Boasting pretty much the same specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is more about the looks than features. This device comes with a screen which wraps around both sides of the display, offering a more ergonomic feel than a standard flat, bordered screen. The design is clearly influenced by the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, but there’s a few little differences, for example, it seems that Samsung has removed the news tickers, app launcher, and notifications panels, which begs the question, why has Samsung launched the device?
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015 with 32/64/128GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 Edge only).