Android model citizens: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge specs review

Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are products you will be hearing a lot about throughout the next 12 months. They are Samsung's flagship smartphones for 2015, which means they were designed and spec'd out to make huge sales and get the Korean company's mobile division out of the murky waters the Galaxy S5's underwhelming performance left it in. With hardware curiosities from the likes of an extremely sharp Quad-HD display, or the Samsung-fabricated Exynos 7420 processor, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are beasts worthy of a careful study. But we will do this in our full review when we get the chance. Until then, we'll introduce you to the key elements that define 2015's Android model citizens. Enjoy!

Design


The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are remarkable in that, for the first time ever, devoted Galaxy S owners won't be touching flimsy plastic in their hands. They will finally get to know what a blend of premium materials feels like, as the Galaxy S6 is obsessively crafted from metal and glass. Covered in tough Gorilla Glass 4, and reinforced with a sculpted, sturdy aluminum frame, the smartphone may look safe, but it also looks the part of a flagship. Not only is the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as premium as it gets, but it will also come in a four lively colors. And with dimensions of 5.64 x 2.79 x 0.27 inches (143.3 x 70.81 x 6.8 mm), this guy won't sit in your hand any worse than the iPhone 6 does! The Galaxy S6 edge is basically the same, but its screen gently curves to its sides, making for a flowing, liquid look to the phone!


Display


The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are rolling with the very best today's mobile display technology has to offer - a Quad-HD (1440x2560) resolution AMOLED display that packs a whopping 3,686,400 pixels on its panel - one that's 5.1 inches by diagonal! This results in a mind-boggling pixel density of 576 pixels per inch. With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung's giving everyone more display and more pixels for their money than anybody else right now.


Processor and memory


The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge run on a monstrous 2.1GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset that's also paired with 3GB of super-fast LPDDR4 RAM. In addition, Samsung might have grown a key performance advantage in its labs, in the form of UFS 2.0 flash storage. Said to be 2.7 times faster than the current NAND flash memory standard, it could bring a serious improvement to app and content loading times over smartphones that still sport the older flash memory standard. In terms of built-in storage memory, the Galaxy S6 offers up to 128GB of the stuff - non-expandable via microSD card, sorry. In addition, the smartphones feature a heart-rate sensor, which is able to measure your pulse or double as a shortcut for camera-related functions.


Camera


The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come with a 16MP unit on the back, while the front cam has been upgraded to 5 megapixels. The S6's camera boasts Auto Real-Time HDR, Smart Optical Image Stabilization, and IR Detect White Balance features for advanced light sensitivity. In addition, it's got a brand-new 'Quick Launch' gesture, which lets users simply double-press the home button and launch the camera app in 0.7 seconds. Having had a great ride with the Galaxy Note 4's 16MP camera, we can't wait to take the Galaxy S6 and Edge out on a low-light photo taking spree!


Battery life


The Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 2550mAh unit, and the S6 Edge has a 2600mAh one. This sounds a bit less reassuring than we'd like it to. But still, we will let our proprietary battery test tell us how many hours of on-screen time this baby will get you. In addition, the Galaxy S6 an dS6 Edge come with fully embedded wireless charging, working with any wireless pad on the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. That aside, Samsung also developed a fast wired charging solution that's able to give you 4 hours of usage after just 10 minutes on the charger! We're rather curious to see how this will pan out!

Conclusion


The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be sold globally from April 10, in 32/64/128GB variants. The combination of premium design, potent hardware, and Samsung marketing muscle makes them seem like the most formidable Android smartphones right now. But we won't rush into big conclusions before we've had the chance for a thorough examination of the smartphones' qualities and performance. Stay tuned!

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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16 Comments

1. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Hey, taking a look after-shock, it seems a beautiful phone...I'm recovering a few...

2. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

eagerly waiting for battery results

3. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

It's simply a beauty. Kudos to Samsung & the haters too. Lol... & yes the performance will be stellar.

15. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

If only the normal s6 had the green color...

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

The ultimate phone for 2015, simple as that. HTC have failed miserably with their M8.1 model.

8. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

tbh they went a step back in design xD. i find it uglier.. sure the fixed the camera but...

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

im really digging the blue. its somewhat beautiful

6. seven7dust unregistered

yup it's glass so it should look better than the s5 version , but the black one seems like a fingerprint magnet. I personally want to see how the dual color gold version looks in person. looks promising.

7. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Beautiful phones, but that samsung branding on the front and the earpiece still looks the same and make all samsung phones look the same. but the back, colors and that reflections are gorgeous. this is my next phone.

9. miguelmeza14

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

If battery is better than on my M8, the S6 will be my next phone. That blue is looking good!

10. behnam30

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

S6 is my next phone!

11. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Looking gorgeous..

12. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Notice how they keep showing this ugly phone running with only wallpaper. It's like they don't want you see that fugly touchwiz.

13. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Battery : HAHAHAHAHAHA

14. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I'm using samsung and I have no hope for the battery, 2900mAh HTC m9 1080p screen will destroy mercilessly performance test battery. I remember that with a smaller battery HTC resisted few minutes less.

16. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

But it's on a less efficient processor and a less efficient display. Wait for the results to come out before passing judgment.

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