First Look: Samsung Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge

After making its appearance in leaked photographs and sly teasers, Samsung’s latest flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S6, has finally been revealed to the general public. At an event held in Barcelona, Spain, on the eve of this year’s Mobile World Congress, Samsung talked in detail about the latest from its stable. Like it was predicted by several websites including the Inquisitr, this time, Samsung decided to go ahead with two versions of its flagship device to attract a wider set of audience.

Say hello, ladies and gentlemen, to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. We will be taking a look at both of these handsets in detail and see how good/bad they both are compared to competition. Also, are these new devices worth an upgrade if you already own a Galaxy S5?

Let us find out.

The Galaxy S6 can be termed the “true” successor to the Galaxy S5, owing to the fact that resembles the model it replaces. While the design familiarity remains, there are a bunch of huge changes that make its presence felt the moment you see the handset. In fact, the design changes in the Galaxy S6 could be easily termed the biggest changes that Samsung might have undertaken on its flagship devices in the course of transition from one generation to the next. Before we delve into what the changes are, let us dive into the specifications of the phone. Note that the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge have the same internals. There are only minor differences between them that we’ll address later in this piece. For the time being, the specifications listed below hold true for both the devices unless specifically mentioned.

Galaxy S6 Edge design

To start with, the International versions of both these devices are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7 chip. The processor which happens to be an Octa Core beast was the natural choice by Samsung owing to the fact that it is based on a 14nm manufacturing process that, at least on paper, should translate to lower battery consumption. Also, the company no longer had to be dependent on Qualcomm, which is duty bound to supply other players in the field, as well, with top-of-the-line chipsets. That said, the U.S. version of the Galaxy S6 and the Edge is likely to be powered by one of the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. The Exynos chipset also happens to boast a 64-bit architecture. Both the phones would be sold in three versions, starting with a 32 GB variant, a 64 GB version, and a top of the line 128 GB model. There is 3 GB of RAM, as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 features a 5.1 inch, Quad HD(2560×1440), 577ppi, Super AMOLED, while the Galaxy S6 Edge gets a curved display with the same specifications.

Galaxy S6 design

Moving on to the imaging bit, both the new devices feature a 16 megapixel rear camera. There is a front 5 megapixel camera as well. Both the front and rear cameras get an F 1.9 lens and feature real-time HDR. The main camera also gets Optical Image Stabilization. A new feature called the IR Detect White Balance ensures the best white balance for different lighting conditions. Another new addition to the Galaxy S6 is the addition of a “Quick Launch” feature to the devices. The Quick Launch button (which lets you access the camera by double tapping the home button) will ensure that the camera application could be launched on the phone from any screen in less than a second. This new feature, Samsung says, will let you capture those sudden moments which you otherwise might miss. Not bad! Actual image quality — especially compared to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus — is yet to be seen. Like with the case of the Galaxy S5, both the S6 versions support 4K video.

Here is a first impressions video of the Galaxy S6 from folks from over at Android Authority.