Samsung finally introduced their newest flagship, the Galaxy S6, accompanied by the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is featuring a ridiculously premium design, with a screen that curves around both edges.
At long last, after many months of rumors, Samsung finally introduced their newest flagship, the Galaxy S6, accompanied by the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is featuring a ridiculously premium design, with a screen that curves around both edges.
The newest Edge comes from the Galaxy Note Edge, which debuted last fall and featured a curve on one side. The curve doubled the screen as an app launcher, news scroll and even as a ruler. The S6 Edge, however, uses the design as mainly an ornament, with no panels to swipe. It still has the side clock and news scroll, which can be accessed only during standby mode.
Invoking Apple’s latest iPhones, Samsung named the two latest devices “Project Zero”, to set out to rethink the former plastic frame. The newest look introduces a metal frame and a glass back. However, this means that they are no longer water-resistant, and the backs/batteries are no longer removable. Also missing now is the microSD slot.
In terms of specs, they are winning the smartphone game. Taking the flagship crown from the Galaxy Note 4, each phone is protected by Gorilla Glass 4, with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, 2560x1440, which is also an incredible 577 pixels per inch, featured on the LG G3 and the Google Nexus 6.
The newest look introduces a metal frame and a glass back. However, this means that they are no longer water-resistant, and the backs/batteries are no longer removable. Also missing now is the microSD slot.
They are running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and they are packing the latest Samsung octa-core processor, which recently broke the benchscore, and is reportedly lightning fast. Additionally, all phones will come in either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage.
The Galaxy S5 features a 2800mAh, and these two are only packing a 2550mAh, but with the upgraded design and interface, hopefully the phone will require less power.
Another upgrade is the fingerprint scanner, which will go from a slide to a tap, similar to Apple, after a long standing complaint of unreliability.
Samsung has developed their own version of Apple Pay, and the payment platform will support NFC and old magnetic stripe readers, which will give it more capacity than even Apple Pay. This feature will be initially released only in the US and South Korea, and won’t be available until even after the phones are released, however.
Each phone is protected by Gorilla Glass 4, with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, 2560x1440, which is also an incredible 577 pixels per inch.
Also on board the latest from Samsung is a collaboration with both Microsoft and Intel. Bundling Skype, Onenote and OneDrive, all three Microsoft programs are free and Microsoft is even offering 100GB of extra storage for two years with OneDrive. Intel is also collaborating to give the phones a free copy of McAfree VirusScan Mobile, which will be preloaded and will be the full program, not only a trial.
Perhaps the best feature though, is the new fast double tap of the home screen that will launch the smartphone’s camera. Samsung has reportedly worked long and hard to improve the time from pocket to the first photo snap, which according to Samsung, has been reduced to 0.7 seconds. There is a 16 megapixel camera that has optical image stabilization, and continuous autofocus, and features a wide aperture of f/1.9. The front camera has 5 megapixels and features the same aperture, but both also have real-time HDR shooting, which allows you to select HDR photo even after you have shot the photo. Samsung has taken special care to improve the image quality, especially in low-light environment.
As of yet, Samsung still has not released prices, but we are to expect the phones this April, and we shouldn’t expect Samsung Pay until this summer.
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