Today during the Unpacking 2015 Event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona one of the biggest players in mobile market – Samsung has just unveiled their flagship smartphone for this year. The Samsung Galaxy S6 stuffed with cutting edge specs is said to mark a milestone in Samsung’s mobile history, putting to an end to all the criticism accusing the manufacturer of lacking a fresh approach to the Galaxy S line in the past two years. Already hailed the Samsung’s best smartphone ever, the handset fairly exceeds its predecessor in all fields, from body design to hardware parameters.
Samsung Galaxy S6 – Body & Design
Starting from the Galaxy S6 body, Samsung seems to have taken a radically different approach to design language and materials. Instead of omnipresent plastic, now we have a protective layer of extra-durable Gorilla Glass 4 covering the back sides of the phone, available in four exotic colors White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold, Platinum or Blue Topaz.
Moreover, the frame encircling the sides of the phone as well as the buttons are made of metal, just like in the case of the Galaxy Note. Weighting only 4.867 ounces (138 grams) and being only 6.8mm thick the Galaxy S6 appears to be slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. The phone’s corners are curved and there’s also a new button arrangement with a standard, physical “Home” button located below the screen along with a pair of capacitive buttons for navigation. Just like in the case of the Galaxy S5, we will get a fingerprint scanner hidden in the home key. At the back of the phone we will find a camera and heart rate sensor, plus the opening for signal speaker set at the phone’s bottom.
However, despite of the new approach, some of the changes won’t get much applause. Why? Well, the phone’s new design sports an irremovable back cover which translates to an irremovable battery, practically inaccessible for the phone’s user. Additionally, the handset’s users won’t be able to expand the storage either. Going further, if you expected the smartphone to be an adventures-loving companion, you may be seriously disappointed since the device isn’t labeled with high resistance to elements ratings.
Display, Software & Processor
Moving on to the hardware specs, the latest Samsung’s flagship comes equipped with a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch display with resolution boosted to Quad HD (1440x2560p) one, which translates to stunning pixel density of 577 ppi. All these astonishing screen parameters will deliver a sharp and extremely vivid viewing experience with no visible pixilation. Furthermore, the 600 nits of brightness are said to provide the handset’s users with ideal outdoor visibility.
On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with the Samsung’s own improved TouchWiz UI installed on the top of it. The new UI comes with Ultra Power Saving Mode and package of special themes allowing for easy personalization of the phone.
Moving on, the smartphone additionally comes powered by a high class Exynos silicon 64-bit octa-core processor consisting of four 2.1GHz cores and four 1.5GHz cores combined with 3GB of battery-friendly LPDDR4 RAM and up to 128GB of built-in storage (32GB and 64GB options are also available). This combination of memory parameters and one of the most advanced processor provides its users with great processing power. What’s more the UFS 2.0 flash storage guarantees faster access speeds and contributes to longer battery life while consuming less energy than previously implemented technologies.
Camera and Battery
High quality optics have always been the Samsung’s top-end smartphone’s hallmark. This time, the company equipped their flagship in a 16-megapixel main camera with f/1.9 aperture, Smart OIS and automatic real-time HDR. Furthermore, the phone features a white balance detection system using infra-red light. Samsung has also added a special quick access to the camera app, which now can be turn in with double-press of the phone’s power button. The front-facing sensor is a definitely a selfie-friendly 5-megapixel shooter with a wide f/1.9 aperture.
As for the battery, the Galaxy S6 is powered by a 2,550 mAh unit, which perhaps sounds a bit too small as for an Android flagship standards. However, the manufacturer claims that the mentioned battery is able to last a whole day on a single charging. The phone is additionally equipped with a support for quick wireless charging that is reported to charge the battery up to 150 percent faster when compared to the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Pay and Galaxy S6 Availability
In addition, to all these discussed changes in the design and hardware field, Samsung introduces a new way of making payments, called Samsung Pay. Using NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission, Samsung Pay will allow users to pay for goods with just a tap of their smartphone. The new smartphone payment platform will debut supported by Master Card and Visa which should guarantee safe online transactions.
Speaking of availability in the US, you will be able get the new Galaxy S6 from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, Boost Mobile, Metro PCS and Cricket Wireless. Furthermore the device will go on sale via major US retailers Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart and Best Buy. The phone will be available internationally starting on April 10th. So far, the company haven’t unveiled any exact pricing detail.