Calling its design "entirely redefined," Samsung Electronics has unveiled its latest smartphones: the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Among the phones' most notable features are bodies made of Corning's Gorilla Glass, wireless charging technology and batteries that you can't remove.
Samsung unveiled the new devices in Barcelona on Sunday, one day ahead of the kickoff to the Mobile World Congress. The new phones set "a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda," said Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics U.K. and Ireland.
Coming out just six months after Apple clocked record-breaking sales for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will invariably be judged against Apple's devices. Samsung also invited comparisons to Apple Pay by announcing that its new devices would support Samsung Pay, its own new mobile payment system, starting in the second half of this year.
5.1-Inch HD Display
Built on Samsung's Knox platform for end-to-end security, both new smartphones are thin and lightweight. The 138-gram, 6.8-millimeter-thick Galaxy S6 is a bit thinner, though slightly heftier than the iPhone 6 (6.9 millimeters and 129 grams), while the Galaxy S6 Edge, with its curved display, comes in at 7 millimeters and 132 grams.
Powered by Quad 2.1 GHz and Quad 1.5 GHz processors, each device features a 5.1-inch Quad HD display (2560x1440) with a resolution of 577 pixels per inch. Each also comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge also come with the S Health 4.0 personal wellness app and heart-rate monitor, as well as with an accelerometer, barometer, compass and fingerprint sensor. Both devices will come with three storage options: 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.
Faster Charging than S5
Samsung said the new phones set a new industry standard for universal wireless charging and will work with any wireless pad supporting WPC and PMA standards. With wired charging, the phones will charge 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, reaching an average of 4 hours' worth of charge after 10 minutes.
In addition to not having a removable battery, neither the Galaxy S6 nor the Galaxy S6 Edge will offer a MicroSD card slot. The lack of those features could cause some buyer concern, although it's not yet clear how much concern.
The glass body phones will come in several colors, including white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, blue topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and green emerald (Galaxy S6 Edge only). Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will hit the market globally on April 10.
Samsung will have a lot to prove with the release of these new phones. Apple's share of the mobile phone market skyrocketed to 93 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 after the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung, meanwhile, remains the top smartphone company in the world, but sales have slipped -- especially in China, its largest market -- and Q4 2014 sales were just half as much as those in Q4 2013.
Posted: 2015-03-06 @ 5:18am PT
Dumb dumb dumb. Without the removable battery, its added storage, the major Samsung advantage over Apple is simply gone ... bye bye Samsung, hello Apple.
Posted: 2015-03-03 @ 1:32pm PT
Wow, this writer doesn't seem Apple-biased at all...