IntroductionFirst thing to get down is the two variants, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. They are similarly named and their internals and overall build is relatively identical to one another, it's just the Galaxy S6 edge is like the Galaxy Note edge but has a curved display on both sides opposed to only on one side on the latter. This move by Samsung came to no surprise as the rumors mills and trusted sources cited Samsung's plan to release such a device along with their flagship Galaxy S6. Given the big push for the edge variant, Samsung must've experienced some degree of success with the Note Edge or not they would not be that confident in releasing yet another curved screen device or maybe they just want to claim the title of being first but either way the new Galaxy S6 edge is near identical to the mainstream Galaxy S6.
HardwareSpeaking of similarities, both the edge and normal variants have identical hardware specifications. They are both powered by
The commonality on both camera modules is that they have a large f1.9 aperture which in theory will help the camera perform better in poor lighting conditions. Additionally, besides featuring a non-removable battery, the two Galaxy S6 edge variant has wireless charging built right into the device (no special case required). This is something Microsoft/Nokia has been pushing quite extensively in the recent years but yes, you'll still need a wireless charging plate to make this all happen. But something unique about Samsung's solution is that it will work on both Qi and PMA which means that the Galaxy S6 will work on virtually any wireless charging plate out there. Other specifications can be referenced from the chart below.
SoftwareAlong with Samsung's ambition to regain customer trust with their devices, the physical hardware is just half of the equation. The other half is the software which ships with the device. TouchWiz has been with Samsung devices way back in the Symbian days and the latest iteration on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge doesn't look too different from the one found on the Galaxy Note Edge. Yes, Samsung did tone down on the bloatware (pre-installed apps) and when you turn on your brand new Galaxy S6, you'll only see a couple Samsung branded apps.
"OneDrive replaces Dropbox for 2 year's worth of cloud storage"Speaking of themes, like on the HTC One M9, the Galaxy S6 will feature a theme-ing engine which will allow users to tweak the entire interface with either pre-loaded themes or a custom one. With this release Samsung did not introduce any radically new software enhancements, rather they improved on what was available. Take for example the multitasking, it now works similarly to how the snapping feature on Windows 10 works. No longer is there a sidebar to pull out multi-window capable apps, all you have to do is click on an icon located on the header of the application on the multitasking view and you'll be on your way to using two apps at a time.
Another thing Samsung is improving with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is the speed of the camera. Firstly, the interface is now simpler than ever before and wherever you are on the phone whether it's playing a game or chatting on WhatsApp, all you have to do to activate the camera to capture the moment it to double tap the home button and viola. Samsung claims that this gesture has a response time of 0.6s and early hands on does not the speed of the camera launching to be true.
"Samsung Pay is coming this Summer to Korea and US"The story with Samsung pay is that it Is not only a software kind of thing, the service is made possible with the fingerprint sensor on the home button of the two new devices. Unlike on the Galaxy S5, Samsung has tweaked the software to make scanning/inputting your fingerprint as easy as on the iPhone like literally, no all you have to do is put your finger on the home button and that's it. No more doing that perfect vertical swipe to unlock your phone, a welcome change.
Besides featuring a bevy of different cases, Samsung is also offering a wireless charging plate as one of the main accessories alongside the two new device. This is not the first time Samsung is offering customers a wireless charging plate to buy but it is the first time the company is bundling the device with part of the wireless charging solution. No special case is required to enable wireless charging for the Galaxy S6, all you have to do is just put it on a wireless charging plate and you're on your way to a full charge.
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"The Galaxy S6 is only 6.8mm thick"With the flimsy plastic and 'glam' design from the Galaxy S5 gone, the premium feeling Galaxy S6 thrives with a one of a kind glass back which is undoubtedly a fingerprint magnet. But that's not the point, Samsung didn't just glued a colored glass onto the back of the device. Depending on the lighting and the way you look at the device, the back shines out a different color giving that majestic glass look.
Other details to the design includes the color coded glass fronts and the protruding camera module is also colored respective to the device color. The aluminum frame of the device is contoured on the sides for a better grip and Samsung has moved the earphone jack to the bottom to join both the bottom firing speakers and the microUSB port.
Also the decision to take away the IP rating on the Galaxy S6 is a bit of a mixed reaction for me, it's not like it's impossible to make glass and aluminum water resistant, Sony did it with the entire Xperia Z lineup. Again, I think that in the coming months Samsung is bound to release a Galaxy S6 Active which intros IP certification on to the Galaxy S6 and we'll be like 'why didn't Samsung do that in the first place'.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be facing competition from both HTC and LG later this year and for it seems that the devices are off to a un-innovative start in terms of radical changes. The Galaxy S6 will be available in 20 countries on April 10 and global expansion will continue throughout the month. Pricing of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is yet to be released but early reports show it being about the same as the iPhone 6 for the standard Galaxy S6.
What do you think of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, will you be willing to pay the extra dollar to play around with the extra software features on the curved screen or you outright prefer the HTC One M9's design or you're waiting for either the LG G4 of Xperia Z4? Tell us in the comments section below or tweet to us @TTOT9.