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Samsung Galaxy S6 officially announced with bold new design and powerful hardware


Samsung Galaxy S6 officially announced


The Samsung Galaxy S6 was officially announced today along with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, at the Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event at MWC. The new Android flagship offers a brand new premium design and packs the latest smartphone hardware and software.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel Quad HD resolution. The display has an astonishing 577 ppi of pixel density for crisp clear images, and a 600 nits brightness output which is ideal  for outdoor visibility.

Samsung is also introducing a premium design, which starts with the an aluminum unibody case. Samsung claims the metal is 50% stronger than anything found on competitors smartphones, and made sure to take a jab at the #bedgate issues faced by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The aluminium frame is sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 4 panels. The result is a premium look like we have not seen from Samsung in the past, but warmly welcomed nevertheless.

Despite their aluminum build, the Samsung Galaxy S6 lighter (138 grams) and slimmer (6.8 millimeters) than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Unfortunately the new design comes at a price, as both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge no longer have IP67 ratings, which mean they are no longer waterproof. Even with the premium materials, Samsung has retained their tradition of color, offering the new Galaxy S6 Edge in White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum.

At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has adopted quite a few traits and features from last year's Galaxy S5. Among them are the curved corners and the button arrangement, with a physical "Home" button below the screen coupled with a pair of capacitive ones for navigation. As before, there's a fingerprint scanner built into the home key – thankfully, one you have to touch, not swipe, to get your finger scanned. Around the back of the phone we find little more than a protruding camera and a heart rate sensor as the opening for the single speaker is now at the phone's bottom.

For their new flagship, Samsung has decided to rely on its own Exynos processors instead of Qualcomm's SoCs. The processor employs the new 14nm architecture process, which should offer more efficient, yet less power hungry results. You get a 64-bit octa-core processor with ARM Mali T760 graphics and 3GB of super-fast DDR4 RAM.

The handset's internal memory employs Sammy's brand-new UFS 2.0 technology, which should deliver performance speeds up to 2.7 times faster than today's eMMC 5.0 tech. The Galaxy S6 edge will come in three storage variants - 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB, there will be no external SD expansion slots.

Camera


The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge comes with an all-new 16MP camera. The aperture size has been upgraded to F1.9, which should provide better light capturing, and shallower depth of field for better focus options and effects. OIS, Selective focus, HDR, and 4K video are expected to make a return, and a quick-access feature has been added – users can now double click the home button, which will bring up the camera app in just 0.7 seconds, according to Samsung.

The front facing camera is also an impressive upgrade – the sensor has a 5 MP resolution and also sports an F1.9 aperture size, and Samsung promises great performance in low-light conditions.

Samsung wanted to make it clear than their camera could outperform Apple's current offering and showed demonstrations of both units side by side during their presentation.

Battery

The Galaxy S6 edge sports a 2,600 mAh power box and employs a quick charging tech, which, according to Samsung, will allow the user to get a 4 hours worth of charge for just 10 minutes of being plugged in a wall charger. The handset also has wireless charging tech, which is compliant with both major standards – WPC and PMA!

Software

For both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung has totally redesigned its TouchWiz user interface, which will overlay Android 5.0 Lollipop. The updated user interface is snappier and faster than ever before, offering the very basic Samsung-branded experience from the box. If anyone finds themselves missing a certain feature that used to be on their old Galaxy S handset – the Galaxy Apps store will be the place to find it.

As for what functions will actually be on the handset from the get-go – S Health, S Voice, Quick Connect, and Ultra Power Saving mode will be making their reappearance, and a new Themes app will allow users to customize the looks of the interface to their own liking. There will, of course, be an app for the brand-new Samsung Pay service, and all of Google's apps will be on board. Microsoft's Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote will also be installed out of the box, and users will be gifted 115 GB of OneDrive storage space for two years. New owners should also expect to be greeted by pre-loaded Facebook and WhatsApp applications.

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015 and will be available with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage. Pricing is still unknown, but we reckon it will be around $650 off-contract (or $200 on contract), with likely differences based on regions.





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