Any Galaxy flagship phone Samsung works on is hyped, overly so but when unveiled, it’s usually met with the ‘meh’ reaction and shrugs. Interest in Samsung phones have waned over the years, with the Galaxy S5 not earning the company as much revenue as they expected and are used to. It was only right that Samsung decided to listen to consumer feedback and make something that the people have been asking for for ages.
On March 1st 2015 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S6 and also, the Galaxy S6 Edge, just as they did the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 4 Edge last year. Gone is the plasticky cheap feel of the S5 before it. These babies are metal and glass! Not just the side, both of the phones have a metal chassis and front and back glass panels, Gorilla Glass 4 to be exact. The usual home button is still present but now has a better fingerprint sensor that allows you to simply place your finger over it and not swipe, which hardly ever worked for anyone.
As you would expect, the phones come with all the latest specs: an octacore Samsung Exynos processor (for the international version, according to Samsung, the Snapdragon 810 overheats so its undecided whether it’ll ship with US variants); 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED displays; 3GB of RAM; 32, 64, or 128GB of internal storage; 16-megapixel cameras with optical image stabilization; ; an infrared heart-rate monitor that Samsung says also helps the camera obtain accurate white balance; integrated support for both Qi and PMA wireless charging (finally!); fast USB charging that’s 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5; a speaker that’s 1.5 times louder than the S5’s; and here’s a new one, integrated support for Samsung Pay, which uses either NFC or MFT (LoopPay, the company they purchased earlier in the year) technology for transactions. The regular S6 will be available in white black, gold, and blue, while the S6 Edge will come in white, black, gold, and green. Here’s the kicker though. No removable batteries, microSD card slots, and waterproofing on the S6 or S6 Edge, folks.
I’d say the Edge is the more interesting of the two handsets with its curved sides. I personally don’t see much use for the info displayed on the side (a night and day clock and quick contacts display) but its looks really good, nonetheless. Definetely nicer than the Note Edge.
The software looks pretty much the same, but Samsung has removed most of their competing Google apps that most people never really liked for a less heavier OS that doesn’t use up all your on-board harddrive capacity. It still looks very TouchWiz-y and like everyone else, I’m disappointed about that, we were expecting something more akin to Stock Android. Oh well, maybe next year. Hey, at least it’s Android Lollipop.
All in all, two great looking handsets. Lets see how they do in the highly competitive market where Samsung is no longer sitting comfortably on the throne. Expect them to land on April 10, 2015 globally, probably retailing at $650.