Since the Galaxy S6 has been announced there has been an expectation on Samsung to produce something with a little more innovation than what was provided with the Galaxy S5. Recently the details of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge smartphones have come to light and Samsung have taken this phone many steps further than previous models. And we are not just talking about ramping up the power of the processor to dell then next phone we have some real innovative features added as well as some design aspects that users of the S range have been asking for, for some time now. Both versions of the phone are set for release on April 10th. Lets get straight into the important details of these two smartphones to see what the hype is all about
Something that Samsung users have been wanting for some time is a better build quality of the premium range phones, its always been noted that the plastic casings on the S range phones have cheapened the feel of what essentially is a flagship phone. Samsung have changed this with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge by changing to an aluminium body and a glass back. This has greatly improved the feel of the device and it looks more like a premium phone. However these things do come with a compromise. The single piece of aluminium to make the body means that the phone can no longer have a removable battery and the MicroSD expansion has had to be sacrificed for the same reason.
The glass back on both devices and the sides on the “edge” will need greater care to avoid damage, I’m sure everyone has seen someone with a smashed iPhone either front or back. While the glass is tough it cant withstand everything you throw at it. How much damage is going to be caused through normal use obviously remains to be seen, but it will be an interesting point. The closed design however has not incorporated a waterproof design, while not a major factor for most phone users, the fact that with no expansion slots adding water protection could of been added may upset a few people.
A weird choice from Samsung here by reducing the capacity of the battery life from the Galaxy S5. The S5 battery had a 2800 mAh capacity while the S6 has been reduced to 2550 mAh and the S6 edge is 2600 mAh. It may not be all bad news however as the size of the battery is only one factor in the overall battery life. Samsung are claiming that the S6 will be 35% more efficient mainly due to the fact that they have changed from the Qualcomm SnapDragon processor to their own Exynos 7 processor along with the Exynos 7420 chipset. By using in house products they have been able to heavily optimise its TouchWiz android overlay (as well as stripping down TouchWiz).
One thing has has had a defitite boost when it comes to the battery however is the charging. Charging time has been reduced with the S6’s battery being able to get upto 4 hours use from only a 10 minute charge. It also comes with built in wireless charging compliant with both Qi and PMW wireless charging standards. This might help ease the blow for those that will be raging about the lack of removable battery (or maybe not).
As we have previously mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be using a new Exynox Quad core CPU with Exynox 7420 chipset
- Exynos 7420 – CPU: quad-core 2.1 GHz and 1.5 GHz CPUs; GPU: Mali-T760
Couple that with a nice 3GB of RAM and you have a decent setup ready to take on the latest games and the latest applications which are demanding the type of power and resources that previously only desktop machines could handle. I’m pretty sure these phones have more power than my laptop.
The display on both models has been upgraded to a point that we think any more would be completely un-noticeable on a 5 inch screen. The displays resolutions are 2560 x 1440 (1440P) on a 5.1 Super AMOLED screen. This gives a pixel density of 576 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) the most of any smartphone at time of writing. Add to this the increased brightness and contrast to an already excellent screen on the S5 and you have a clear winner it comes to the display features of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.
Samsung has upped its game with quality of the camera as well with the Galaxy S6 range, but unlike what it did with the CPU they have decided to go with another company for the Camera sensor. They have chosen the Sony sensor that tested well in the Galaxy Note 4.
- Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – Sony 16 megapixel sensor, F1.9, optical image stabilization, LED flash, 4K video. Front facing 5MP camera, 1080p video
As you can see from the specs above, the new sensor has a 16 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front facing camera (for those great selfies) Its also capable of taking video in 4K resolution, so you have some use for your shiny new 4K television you dont have any content for yet. Even the Front facing camera is capable of 1080P video.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge both have Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. I’m not going to into all the features of the new Operating system from Google, but it does offer a cleaner design and speedier functionality as well as further battery saving features. You can get all the info about Android 5.0 Lollipop here. Mentioned earlier was that Samsung had removed a lot of the TouchWiz, this will also speed up the operating systems functions. The Samsung app store is still present so any bits that’s you liked that may have been removed you can still download, but it wont be pre-installed “bloatware”.
The Bottom Line
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are probably the biggest upgrade to previous models since the S2. Samsung have changed the design for a better quality feel and overall better build quality which will go down well with the public. The compromises of lack of removable battery and no Micro SD expansion will grate at some people though, especially with a smaller battery. Will better efficiency and faster charging capabilities be enough to rectify that problem? that remains to be seen. As for expansion you can buy 32/63/12GB versions of the S6 so maybe you dont need an expansion slot (but having one is always nice).
The display is top quality and watching video content to reading web pages will be a pleasure on this device, extra brightness and contrast will help in outdoor situations as well. Improved processing power and 3GB of RAM does its bit to get the techies on board and the Camera will be sufficient for all but the professional. Seems like Samsung have made a great pair of phones here, and they have. The big downside – The Price. While no UK confirmed prices have been announced as yet the EU suggested prices seem quite steep €699 for the 32GB variant, €799 for the 64GB model and €899 for the one with 128GB. If you want the S6 Edge version you can expect to add a further €150 to each of those prices. Is it worth that money? Possibly, new designs and innovations come at a cost but the S6 has really set its stall out at the very top end of the Smartphone Market. It may be priced out of a lot of pockets.