Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones are expected to star at company’s pre-MWC ‘Galaxy Unpacked 2015’ event in Barcelona on Sunday, an event that will also be live-streamed. The launch of the flagships by the world’s largest smartphone maker will certainly set a benchmark for other manufacturers. With reported poor sales of the Galaxy S5 and a slowly declining market share, the South Korean giant will be hoping the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will help regain its dominance.
While photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge alongside have been doing the rounds from earlier this week, the latest leaks have revealed the Galaxy S6 Edge from all sides in rendered images. The dual curved display variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, would further help the company showcase innovation in the design sphere, and recent leaks have shown a rather sleek handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be available globally starting April 10 and will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage variants. The company announced that the new Galaxy smartphones will come in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 edge only). The South Korean giant touts that the Galaxy S6 Edge has the “world’s first curved display on both sides.”
Display & Processor:
Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature 5.1-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577ppi. The only difference being the latter sports a dual-edge display.
The new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge run Android 5.0 Lollipop and feature a 14nm octa-core mobile processor with 64-bit capability. The company writes, “The world’s first 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory provides higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption.”
Both the handsets are powered by octa-core (quad-core 2.1GHz+ quad-core 1.5GHz) processor (chipset not specified, possibly Exynos) coupled with 3GB of RAM (LPDDR4).
There is a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and LED flash while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on board. Both the handsets come with a slew of camera features such as quick launch, tracking AF, auto real-time HDR, f/1.9, IR detect white balance, low light video, high clear zoom, virtual shot, slow motion, fast motion, pro mode, and selective focus.
Much like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the new premium Galaxy handsets also pack fingerprint scanning with an enhanced touch-type fingerprint scanner on the home button. Additionally, both the handsets will come pre-installed with upgraded Samsung Knox. As rumoured previously, Samsung’s premium handsets come preloaded with Microsoft apps such as OneDrive offering 115GB for 2 years, and OneNote. The Galaxy S6 is backed by a 2550mAh battery while the Galaxy S6 Edge comes with 2600mAh battery. For connectivity, both the handset support LTE Cat. 6 that supports up to 300Mbps of download speed. Both phones support wireless charging built-in, with support for WPC and PMA standards. The fast charging batteries charge (only when wired) 1.5 times faster than that on the Galaxy S5, and provide “about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.”
The only real differences between the two are the inclinations of the screens they sport, the batteries lurking inside and their price tags. We don’t know how much they’ll cost, but the edge will carry a notable premium over its pedestrian cousin. And there are, as always, some caveats you need to know. You’ll be able to choose from 32, 64 or 128GB variants, but choose carefully: There’s no room for a microSD slot anywhere. You can’t remove the battery (the one major downgrade from the GS5). You’ve got a whopping four colors to choose from. One looks hugely better than the other. Other than that, though, Samsung is sending one message loud and clear: “Don’t count us out.” Lesson learned.