The Samsung Unpacked event at the MWC
2015 is all about the next generation of
Galaxy smartphones – the Galaxy S6 and the
Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung seems to be
pleased with the limited edition Galaxy Note
Edge market success and will be keeping the
“edged” devices around.
Samsung Galaxy S6 duo have been in the
rumor mill for quite some time and we
already knew pretty much everything there
is to know. The devices are now official and
we can clear up every tiny detail.
The new Galaxy S6 series is a departure
from the previous series, switching from an
all-plastic shell to a dual-glass design
enhanced with a metal frame. The new
combination of materials works great
indeed and the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6
edge are arguably, the most beautiful Galaxy
smartphones to date. We’re sure, many will
forgive the camera hump on the back for
sure. This time around the Galaxy S6 isn’t
dust and water proof though.
Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 5.1″ Super
AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution
resulting into the amazing 577 ppi density.
It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla
Glass 4. The hardware Home key once again
doubles as fingerprint sensor and supports
the new Samsung Pay service.
Samsung Galaxy S6 in Gold
Samsung Pay relies on NFC and Magnetic
Secure Transmission (MST) for mobile
payments. It has already been certified by
Visa, MasterCard, and Samsung is employing
key partners worldwide to participate in the
service, including American Express, Bank of
America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and U.S. Bank.
Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, the Samsung
Galaxy S6 edge has the display glass bent on
both sides of the phone. While the curve
isn’t as impressive as on the Note Edge,
being bent on both sides makes it feel like
an entirely different device. The 5.1″ Super
AMOLED display also utilizes at Quad HD
resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. It is
protected by a curved Corning Gorilla Glass
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
The rumors turned right and Samsung
chose not to opt for the Snapdragon 810
chip, probably due to the overhearing
issues. So, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are
powered by the company’s Exynos 7420,
built on a 14nm process and thus more
energy-efficient and producing less heat
compared to 20nm Snapdragon 810.
The Exynos 7420 chip offers much similar
processor to the Snapdragon 810 – an octa-
core 64-bit CPU with four Cortex-A57 cores
ticking at 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A53
clocked at 1.5GHz. The Exynos 7420 chip
uses a Mali-T760 GPU and comes bundled
with 3GB LPDDR4 of RAM. The new
generation of RAM has already premiered on
the LG G Flex2 and we expect the 2015
flagships to feature LPDDR4 RAM chips.
Samsung Galaxy S6 duo comes with a new
ISOCELL camera sensor with 16MP
resolution. The camera is enhanced with
optical image stabilization, phase detection
autofocus and has a single-LED flash. Quite
expectedly, 4K video recording is supported.
The front camera is 5MP, capable of 1080p
The new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
feature 32GB / 64GB / 128GB storage, non-
expandable though. The storage is of the
new UFS 2.0 variety, which uses “Command
Queue” tech used in SSDs for accelerating
the speed of command execution. The end-
result is 19,000 input/output operations
(IOPS) per second for random reading –
that’s 2.7x faster than the performance of
the eMMC 5.0 memory found in the previous
crop of flagships.
The all-round connectivity package includes
LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS
with GLONASS and Beidou, IR blaster and FM
radio. The Galaxy S6 is powered by a 2,550
mAh battery, while the Galaxy S6 egde has a
2,600 mAh unit.
Finally, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge run
on Android 5.0 Lollipop enhanced with the
latest TouchWiz UI with Material design and
cleaner interface. The TouchWiz on the
Galaxy S6 Edge offers various features and
apps working on the edges of the display,
including a newer and better version of the
Quick Glance info for the lockscreen.
This time around Samsung has partnered
with Microsoft, instead of Dropbox, and will
be offering 115GB OneDrive storage for 2
years to each Galaxy S6 user.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will
launch this spring ( quite possibly this very
month) in Charcoal Black, Copper Gold,
Electric Blue, and Shimmery White. The
pricing is yet to be detailed.
Meanwhile you may want to check our detail
hands-on articles on the Samsung Galaxy S6
and Galaxy S6 edge
The Samsung Unpacked event at the MWC