What is new with the Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge?

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The first time Samsung released a phone that has the Edge monicker was when it released the Samsung GALAXY Note Edge. This time around, Samsung is releasing two phones, one of which is carrying the Edge monicker too—the Samsung GALAXY S6 and the GALAXY S6 Edge. The two phones were unveiled three days ago in Barcelona.

The question most people are asking now is, what makes the GALAXY S6 different from the previous Samsung GALAXY S5? What new things is Samsung bringing to the table?

What’s new with the Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge?

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Firstly, they both come with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box (GALAXY S5 has Android 4.4 KitKat), 3 GB of RAM with internal storage of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, with 32GB being the smallest available storage. According to Samsung, both the S6 and S6 Edge are made from well crafted metal and Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the toughest glass to date. This doesn’t mean the glass won’t break if it drops. You won’t want to do a drop test anyway.

Unlike the previous S5, both the S6 and S6 Edge are have non-removable back. Meaning you can’t replace the battery yourself unless you have some superpowers.

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Fast charging is not new to Samsung Mobile phones. The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 uses USB 3.0 for charging which made charging the phone pretty fast and fast charging was built into the GALAXY Note 4 (even though it has only a USB 2.0 charging port). With the S6 and S6 Edge, it is fast charging. you can charge the phone for 10 mins and have power that can last you for 4 hours. Aha! Did I hear you say “I want?” That will sure be the coolest thing since slice bread.

The Samsung GALAXY S6 and S6 Edge also support wireless charging. The devices work with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards.

Another thing that sets the S6 and S6 Edge apart is, there’s glass at the back. Sounds familiar? That is the design language Apple used with the iPhone 4 and 4S, now abandoned. it is the same designed used my Sony Xperia Z2, Z3, Huawei Ascend P7 and InnJoo One. There is no way to protect the back glass from scratching. But you could choose to put a case on it.

What are the other things packed into the S6 and the S6 Edge?

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Placed side by side, the S6 looks like a close brother of the iPhone 6. It was not long before pictures placing them side by side started springing up on the internet.

the S6 and S6 Edge has a fast 5 MP front facing camera with a 16 MP back view camera. It will be good to put it to the test and see how better it is than the camera that shipped with the Samsung GALAXY S5. I took the Samsung GALAXY S5 on tour of Bonn, Germany and Accra, Ghana. You can view the photos I shot it Germany here.

The chip in the S6 and S6 is edge is claimed to be of superior performance such that its memory provides higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption.

They are both 5.1” with Quad HD Super AMOLED screen offering users the highest pixel density of 577ppi. Samsung keeps increasing the pixel density of its phones. They’re spoiling us and soon anything less won’t look pleasant anymore. I am glad they they did not go beyond 5.1” as 5” is the sweet spot for me, providing a phone I can use with one hand and take with me on a fitness run.

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In concluding, the major difference between the S6  and the S6 Edge is the edge screen on the S6 Edge, most other things are the same. The battery packs more power on the S6 Edge too ( S6 Edge has 2600 mAh and the 2550 mAh)

I can’t wait till I get a review unit and test all these bold claims by Samsung. I am also impressed that Samsung has finally made a premium feel and premium looking flagship device. This reminds me of how excited I was about the launch of the Samsung GALAXY S2.

Would you be getting a Samsung GALAXY S6 or the GALAXY S6 Edge when they become available in April 10, 2015?

Jesse

Jesse

In pursuit of useless knowledge, spotting patterns & connecting the dots at the intersection. | Gadget Freak

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