Today at the very first day of Mobile World Congress Samsung has officially introduced two new flagships, the already discussed Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Remember the times when we were wondering whether the Galaxy S6 will come with one or maybe two curved edges? Well, now we feel glad to confirm that the phone debuted with two rounded display edges which according to Samsung is a more uniform solution. Dressed in metal and glass, the phone sports basically the same specs as the standard model of the Galaxy S6.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – Design
As we already mentioned the plastic body of the Galaxy line devices has been now replaced by a fusion of glass and metal. The aluminum trim bezel and Gorilla Glass 4 layer covering the phone’s body give the phone a premium look and comfortable feel in the hand, additionally improved by the revolutionary rounded edges of the display which makes the phone fit more naturally into the hand. However, this beautiful body design has also its downsides, the glass cover is apt for smudges, battery is irremovable, plus the body shell didn’t receive high water-resist ratings.
Display & Software
Moving on, the Galaxy S6 Edge, which undoubtedly is the display. The curved on both sides screen comes as a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch display featuring quad HD resolution of 1440x2560p and 576ppi of pixel density. Popularized by the manufacturer Super AMOLED technology this time also provides the phone’s users with sharp colors and vibrant viewing experience.
Naturally, the biggest difference distinguishing the Galaxy S6 Edge from the Galaxy S6 are the curved edges of screen. However, while the curved edge found in Galaxy Note Edge is highly functional, in this case the rounded edges have more aesthetic characters. They give the phone a bit more streamlined shape. The only functionality the new curved display design is to offer is a quick access to contacts, notifications and information from various apps. Additionally, when you receive the phone call, one edge of the screen will shine in a specific color previously connected with a contact.
Working on Android 5.0 Lollipop the Galaxy S6 Edge is said to come with the best TouchWiz UI ever. The new version of the Samsung’s UI has now a cleaner looking interface, but the app and notifications panels remain almost the same, as well as the classic multi-widow mode delivering a great multi-tasking experience.
Processor & Memory
When it comes to processor parameters, the LTE-capable Galaxy S6 Edge will be powered by the top-notch 64-bit Exynos octa-core chipset paired with 3GB of battery-friendly LPDDR4 RAM. This superb combination of processor and memory features makes TouchWiz-based device far more responsive.
Just as in the case of the Galaxy S6, the handset’s future users won’t be able to expand the storage via microSD cards. Luckily, the phone is available in three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, which should be capable enough to store all the necessary files and apps.
Camera & Samsung Pay
Going further, there’s also the same a bit protruding 16-megapixel main camera with f/1.9, OIS and IR Detect White Balance, accompanied by a wide-angle 5-megapixel front-facing shooter that should delight all selfie enthusiasts.
Moreover, the device just as the Galaxy S6 debuts with Samsung’s new way of making payments, the so-called Samsung Play that thanks to NFC enables its users to pay for their shopping with a simple tap of the smartphone, approving transactions with the scan of the user’s fingerprint from the fingerprint scanner traditionally located in the home button. Samsung Play is said to hit the market with Visa and MasterCard backing, which should guarantee safe online deals.
Galaxy S6 Edge Availability
If you want to get yourself the Galaxy S6 Edge, you will be able to pick one straight from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular. Offering White Pearl, Sapphire Black and Emerald Green color options, the handset will also hit the US stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Amazon and Target starting April 10th. At this point, neither Samsung nor any of the mentioned carriers announced the phone’s official pricing.