Yesterday that lifted the veil on Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, during a special event during which the Korean opened the ball MWC 2015. After a difficult 2014 due particularly disastrous sales of the Galaxy S5, Korean will have at heart to show its know-how in 2015 and it is already feeling as soon as sets eyes on his last two finials
A premium design
One of the most often cited complaints about the Samsung Galaxy S5 was related to its design. Its plastic shell was considered the worst effect at a time when competitors like HTC, Sony and LG were offering products with premium materials.
With his last two flagships, Samsung has finally decided to make the transition metal. A change long overdue from its users and sketched over the last few months with the Galaxy Alpha, the Galaxy Note 4 and of course, the Galaxy range A.
After proposing a range Galaxy A hailed for its premium design, Samsung went even further with its latest flagship and its curved variant. The program, a design combining noble materials that has nothing nothing to envy to competition and touted by Samsung as 50% stronger than the best smartphones on the market. The time when competitors Samsung trollaient design supposedly “cheap” its upmarket finally seems definitely over.
See also: Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung demonstrates its expertise in design
32, 64 and 128 GB of storage
By offering a new generation of its flagship smartphone, Samsung has not only meant to review its storage capacity on the rise, offering three storage options of 32, 64 and 128 GB and integrating its latest memory module UFS 2.0 turns out to be 2.7 times faster than the memory eMMC 5.0 we found so far in the high-end phones.
In return, we lose SD slot, because of the unibody design of the two devices. That said when deciding to opt for the version with 64GB of storage natively, is it really a problem?
A screen 5.1 inch Quad HD resolution
Obviously when a new high-end product is created, the quality of the screen is a strong argument for manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the competition. While it retains the same diagonal of 5.1 inches as the S5, S6 Galaxy screen and Edge S6 goes from a Full HD 1080p definition Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels.
samsung galaxy s6 taking video hand
Both terminals and provide a resolution of 577 dpi, while providing a brightness 600 cd / m. The screen of the two flagships of the glass is covered strongest protection of the market, Gorilla Glass 4, we already found on the Alpha Galaxy and Galaxy Note 4.
Galaxy Edge S6
Like the Note 4, the Galaxy S6 is entitled to its curved variant. The originality of this variant is that the screen is curved, not just the right but in the two groups.
Galaxy S6 Edge Screen
Apart from this feature, the device retains exactly the same specifications as its counterpart, not curved, apart from its battery whose capacity is slightly higher since 2600 mAh against 2550 mAh for the S6.
A Exynos 7420 processor with 3GB Ram LPDDR4
Who says high-end product says latest components. And at this level, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are no exception to the rule. If the past few years, Samsung had relied heavily on Qualcomm today, it will take on a Exynos 7420 processor backed by 3GB of Ram LPDDR4. In other words, what is the best, in terms of RAM.
Engraved in 14 nanometers, the Exynos 7420 processor last two Korean jewels is able to offer 20% more performance and especially reduced energy consumption by 30 to 35%, compared to a processor engraved in 20 nanometers.
Based on preliminary benchmarks identified before and after the special event from Samsung, it seems we do not lose the exchange of the performance side as the Edge S6 already reached amazing scores with more than 60,000 points AnTuTu. Unheard of!
Read: the first benchmarks Galaxy S6 Edge
A battery 2550/2600 mAh with the wireless charging
If the Galaxy S5 proposed a battery of 2800 mAh, those of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are limited to 2550 and 2600 mAh. A decision probably related to the thickness of the two flagships since while the first measuring just 6.8 mm, the second shows a thickness of just 7 mm.
Galaxy S6 wireless charging
Fortunately, Samsung has jumped the gun by proposing two natively compatible devices with wireless charging, the Korean technology seems determined to democratize with its next generation of smartphones. No need to buy a specific replacement shell to make compatible device, which would, in any case impossible with a unibody design.
Fast charging is also present and provides 4 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes of charging. More generally, the battery of the two new models will load 1.5 times faster than the S6.
Autonomy announced by Samsung for the Galaxy S6 is:
12 hours surfing Wifi
11:00 4G Surf
13 hours of video playback
49 hours of audio playback
Faster and more customization TouchWiz
With its latest high-end, Samsung made sure to bring two major improvements to the onboard user overlay, TouchWiz. The new version is lighter and would obviously devoid of lag that has often criticized. More generally, the interface has been simplified and has notably fewer buttons for ease of use
Most of Samsung applications, usually preinstalled on devices not stay gone for two in number: Health S and S Voice. Other securities are offered to the user through the Galaxy Apps. It will therefore be free to download them or not.
In return, we will find three Microsoft applications – Skype, and OneNote OneDrive with 115 GB of storage available over a two year period. Facebook and WhatsApp would also preinstalled
The new UI also offers more customization via the Theme Center. The various topics are used to change not only the visual appearance of its smartphone, but also the sounds. Many topics will be offered for download through the Theme Center. However, it is unclear whether Samsung will authorize or third-party developers to create their own themes.
A latest camera
The year 2015 will be the year of the photographic revolution as Sony and Apple. And Samsung appear again on track to get a place in this race the best sensors. Like that of S5, the photo sensor Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge team of a photo sensor of 16 megapixels, however, its performance should go well beyond.
Launched last year, the photo sensor ISOCELL Galaxy S5 was already offering excellent quality. however, thanks to its f / 1.9, that of the two latest Samsung florets should give great results in low light. Here, for comparison, a first sample S6 Galaxy vs iPhone 6 proposed by Samsung.
Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6
Read: all about the camera of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
A new fingerprint reader and mobile payments
As you may know, each year Samsung unveils new features that some call “gadgets” including a fingerprint sensor improved the like than the last iPhone.
Like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the S6 and S6 Edge inaugurate a mobile payment system called Samsung Pay. However, unlike Apple technology that requires compatible NFC payment terminals to operate, one developed by LoopPay is compatible with more than 30 million payment terminals around the world with secure magnetic transmission (STDs).
Galaxy S6 Edge Home button
In order to develop its mobile payment platform, Samsung has partnered with Visa and MasterCard and is currently negotiating with other banking institutions such as American Express. The service will be launched next summer in the US and South Korea and will arrive in China and Europe later.
Read: to learn more about Pay Samsung, Apple’s competitor Pay
No resistance to water and dust
As we had already seen the Galaxy S6 is not waterproof like its predecessor the Galaxy S5. The firm would actually look back and would use the same technique as for the Galaxy S4 leaving an Active Galaxy S6 version that will be the only one with the waterproof standard.
Read: Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S5, lost functionality
The official accessories
It’s less than 24 hours after his presentation that the first official accessories Galaxy S6 beginning to surface on the canvas. Probably to better highlight the design of its latest phone, Samsung will obviously provide a protective cover flap with translucent and transparent shell.
Galaxy Cover S6
Galaxy S6 transparent shell
We also find an external battery reproducing the shapes of the phone and an audio headphone available in four colors.
Galaxy S6 external battery
Galaxy S6 headphones
For now, the complete list of accessories is not available yet but we already know that one will find traditional S View Cover and wireless charger, the phone is natively compatible with this technology.
Release Date and Price
The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be available as of April 10th. Here are the official prices of the two models
€ 699 for the 32GB version
€ 799 for 64 GB
€ 899 for the 128 GB version
Galaxy Edge S6
€ 849 for the 32GB version
€ 949 for 64 GB
€ 1,049 for the 128 GB version