Earlier this month, when Samsung offered a sneak peak of its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones at the Mobile World Congress, it promised flagship devices that would blend premium materials with advanced technology in a whole new way. With both Galaxy phones set for release on April 10, the question is: how well do they deliver?
One analyst who is already using the Galaxy S6 told us he's pretty impressed with what he's seen so far.
"This is a really nice phone. The display is spectacular. It is incredibly high resolution," Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis, told us. “It doesn’t need this much resolution and customers will only truly make use of all the pixels when they put it into a Gear VR [virtual reality device which works by] creating double images for your eyes. Having the extra resolution in that scenario will make for a smoother, more immersive virtual reality experience.”
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are crafted from metal and glass and the S6 edge offers a curved display on both sides, a first in the mobile industry. The smartphones carry Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and are available in five different colors: white, black, gold platinum, blue topaz, and green emerald. The 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen offers users the highest-ever pixel density of 577ppi.
Camera May Rival the iPhone
Both devices carry a front and rear camera with an F1.9 lense and high-resolution sensors. Technologies like Auto Real-Time High Dynamic Range, Smart Optical Image Stabilization, and IR Detect White Balance have improved the cameras, according to Greengart.
"My early test with the camera is very good. It may rival the iPhone, which sets the standard for mobile cameras -- and may even exceed it in some ways," said Greengart, who was talking to me from a Galaxy S6. "My test is not complete, but it takes very sharp images. It starts very quickly and focuses very quickly and takes the photo very quickly."
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge boast fully embedded WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology. According to the company, the devices work with any wireless pad on the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. On top of that, wired charging is 1.5 times faster than the current Galaxy S5 model. The new devices offer about four hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.
A True Flagship Device
"My first impressions are very positive. Samsung really needed to do a few things with this phone," Greengart said. "For a long time, Samsung was the default recommendation for a high-end Android phone. They had better and larger displays than anyone else, and for a long time, that was enough."
The phone offers a lot of firsts, such a 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform. Along with a new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory, the phones offer better performance and memory with lower power consumption compared to previous models. The devices also carry the first 1440P/VP9 hardware based codec which enables users to enjoy high resolution streaming video while also using less power.
"The thing most people will notice is the style. Samsung's previous flagship phones felt like toys. There are many companies now that can make a premium look and feel finish," Greengart said. "This is the first time in a while that Samsung’s flagship Android phone really looks and feels like a flagship. The metal frame is solid. It feels pretty good in your hand."