These are Samsung’s flagships for 2015: The Galaxy s6 and Galaxy s6 Edge

Galaxy s6 and Galaxy s6 Edge

Today Samsung has unveiled its Flagship smartphones for 2015, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The pair of S6 phones will succeed the Galaxy S5, and as expected the Galaxy S6 Edge will be priced higher than the standard S6, with a price currently but will be available starting April 10th.

Samsung has truly rebooted this Galaxy line of devices and has this year split its flagship model into two distinct, but very similar designs. The Galaxy S6 has a flat display, metal frame, and glass front and back panels. Its twin, the S6 Edge, has all of the above, but throws in a curve to the sides of its front and rear glass, giving it a distinctive character.

Gorgeous Hardware

The front and rear glass panels are Gorilla Glass 4, and the metal frame is significantly nicer than the plastic. Samsung didn’t just focus on design for the new phones either. In typical Samsung fashion, the Galaxy S6 phones are packed with the latest technology including:

  • An octacore Samsung Exynos processor
  • 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED displays
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32, 64, or 128GB of internal storage;
  • 16-megapixel cameras with optical image stabilization
  • A new fingerprint sensor in the home button that no longer requires a swipe
  • 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
  • Fast USB charging that’s 4 times faster than the iPhone 6
  • Aa speaker that’s 1.5 times louder than the S5’s
  • Integrated support for Samsung Pay, which uses either NFC or MFT (LoopPay) technology for transactions.

No more MicroSD slots, removable batteries, and waterproofing

Galaxy s6 Edge_1The Galaxy s6 and Edge had to sacrifice some features in order to have the beautiful design,  gone is Samsung’s Hallmarks, such as removable batteries, microSD card slots, and waterproofing. That will likely upset some die-hard users and Samsung loyalists that relied on those features, but it’s clear that Samsung prioritized the phone’s design and its look and feel over things that appeal to a smaller segment of its customer base.
Samsung has also trimmed back the software features, claiming that there are 40 percent fewer features in the Galaxy S6 than the S5. Overall, the software feels largely the same as before, however. (It’s based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.)

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge both support Samsung’s new mobile payments program, called Samsung Pay. It also works with NFC tap-to-pay systems and is authenticated with the fingerprint sensor in the phone’s home button. Samsung is also announcing a version of the Gear VR that will work with both the S6 and S6 Edge. It’s 15-percent smaller than the Gear VR for the Note 4.

 

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