Samsung Galaxy S6 unveiled with bold new vision and outstanding specs


Today marks a milestone in Samsung's mobile history. Right on cue, the tech giant unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S6 – its latest and greatest flagship smartphone – and boy is it a phone worthy of attention! While Samsung has been criticized for reiterating with every new Galaxy S flagship rather than innovating, the Galaxy S6 seems to put an end to this as it separates itself from its predecessor on many levels. 

Still, if our intuition is not mistaken, some fans of the brand might take the changes brought by the next Galaxy with mixed feelings. Why is that, you ask? Well, allow us walk you through the Galaxy S6 specs and features.

Design 


For the latest Galaxy flagship, Samsung has taken a radically different approach to design and build materials. Most strikingly, plastic is nowhere to be found. It is a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 covering the back sides of the device instead, splashed in one of four distinctive hues – White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, or Blue Topaz. Furthermore, the frame around the sides of the phone, as well as the buttons that reside there, are now made of metal, just like the case is with the Galaxy Note 4. The weight of 4.867 ounces (138 grams) and thickness of 0.267 inches (6.8 millimeters) make the Samsung Galaxy S6 both slimmer and lighter than the Galaxy S5. 

But as we mentioned, some of the changes brought by the Galaxy S6 might spark a riot among the Samsung fanbase. The smartphone's new design does away with the removable back cover, which practically makes the battery inaccessible by the end user. There are no options for expandable storage either. And if you liked the Galaxy S5 for its water-resistant properties, you'd be disappointed to know that the Galaxy S6 does not boast an extraordinary resistance to the elements.

At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has adopted quite a few traits and features from last year's Galaxy S5. Among them are the curved corners and the button arrangement, with a physical "Home" button below the screen coupled with a pair of capacitive ones for navigation. As before, there's a fingerprint scanner built into the home key – thankfully, one you have to touch, not swipe, to get your finger scanned. Around the back of the phone we find little more than a protruding camera and a heart rate sensor as the opening for the single speaker is now at the phone's bottom.


Display


5.1 inches of Super AMOLED goodness – that's what you get with the Samsung Galaxy S6. While the screen's diagonal size has been left unchanged compared to the Galaxy S5, the panel's resolution has been upped to Quad HD, or 1440 by 2560 pixels. This translates to an astonishing 577 ppi of pixel density for a crispy-clear image lacking any visible pixelation. Moreover, the brightness output of the panel reaches 600 nits for ideal outdoor visibility. 

Interface


Android 5.0 Lollipop comes running on the Samsung Galaxy S6, along with Samsung's own software solution known as TouchWiz, and as the rumor mill predicted, the latter has been streamlined even further for a simplified, hassle-free user experience. The interface's clever perks like Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Finder, and Private Mode are still present, however. To make it fun and easy for users to personalize their Galaxy S6 handset, Samsung has implemented themes support into its interface.

Processor and memory


You can't have a great smartphone without a great processor to power it, isn't that so? In that respect, Samsung is right on top of its game as its Galaxy S6 flagship runs on the most advanced Exynos silicon yet. Its 64-bit, octa-core processor consists of a 2.1GHz quad-core cluster paired with a quad-core 1.5Ghz one, together providing a processing punch or power efficiency, depending on the use scenario. As it is the first mobile SoC built on 14-nanometer architecture, its power efficiency is expected to be hard to beat. The silicon is accompanied by 3GB of speedy, yet battery-friendly LPDDR4 RAM. Sure, 4GB of RAM would have been nice, but we guess we'll have to wait for that until the right time comes. 

As we mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy S6 skips the option for expandable storage – a microSD card slot is, surprisingly, absent from the new Galaxy flagship. But on the bright side of things, the handset comes with at least 32GB of built-in storage space. 64- and 128GB models are to be made available as well. The UFS 2.0 flash storage promises quicker access speeds while consuming less power than previous technologies.

Camera


Samsung's high-end smartphones have always excelled in the camera department, which is why our hopes for the Galaxy S6's 16MP camera are set quite high. With its f/1.9 aperture, Smart OIS, and automatic real-time HDR, the snapper is expected to be among the best in its class. In addition, Samsung has added a white balance detection system that uses infra-red light detection to set the white balance accordingly, even in tricky light situations. To make the camera on its smartphone easy to access, Samsung has enabled the camera app to be accessed with a double-press of the Galaxy S6 power button. As for its front-facing camera, the Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 5MP snapper with a wide, f/1.9 aperture. 

Battery life


While the 2550mAh battery seems small by today's standards for an Android flagship, the Galaxy S6 relies on power efficiency to last you through the day. Yet only a thorough battery test will show how good of a performer the Galaxy S6 really is. To make charging more convenient, users may take advantage of the phone's built-in support for wireless charging, or simply use its wired charger, which is said to provide 150% faster charging compared to the Galaxy S5. 

Price and release date


While Samsung has not released any details as to how much the Galaxy S6 will cost, it is safe to assume that the new flagship will be an expensive handset. For the base, 32GB model, we're likely looking at the typical $200 price tag for buyers committing to a two year contract or $650 outright. If you want one, mark April 10 in your calendars as that's when the Samsung Galaxy S6 is launching globally.



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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)

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83 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Honestly, I like the edge way better. It just has a more unique look to it. Im not too fond of the flat front and back look.

72. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Specs are solid and beat iPhone. This is just another market segment for Samsung. It will be interesting to see how the 5.0 - 5.4" handset segment does with: - no swappable battery - no SD card upgrade - no water resistance Maybe these features are trending for the 5.5" and larger phones. Only time will tell.

83. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yes, because the lack of all of the above really hurt the iPhone 6. edit: *heavy sarcasm* Guess samsung haters will hang onto anything to try to put them down.

2. usermaxthon

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

I'll be really honest - Specs are really outstanding but looks is not. Much better looking than S5 but still looks mediocre at best.

52. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

IMHO, these new flagship devices looks promising. I just don't trust why Samsung use glass back cover = fingerprint magnet. I have a sweaty hands. SPECS, NEW FEATURES and TECHNOLOGY are really outstanding. :3

3. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

2550 mAh LOL!

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Still going to get at least 8 hours on on screen time. Watch.

13. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Not at 2K it is not.

31. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Smaller LEDs are more efficient than larger ones meaning that AMOLED screens don't suffer in the same way that LCDs do.

59. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

There is no battery problem with samsung screen as lcd you have to power more back light power as you got more pixels, you have no back light with oled so no power problems, it helps to have more pixes with oled

73. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

If you had any knowledge of the screen technology Samsung uses, you will find out that screen resolution does not affect battery life on Amoled displays. You can clearly see this with the 2k version of the Galaxy s5 which was tested to have the same battery life as the 1080p version of the Galaxy s5. All while having the same screen capacity. Same thing happened with the Galaxy note 4 and galaxy note 3. Surprisingly the Note 4 has a smaller battery, but offers hours more of on screen time compared to the Note 3.

12. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

yeah! What a joke! Good luck getting 6 hours of use out of it!

14. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

The 14nm architecture guarantees the S6 to be the most power-efficient phone around so battery capacity is not a real concern. by the way, samsung newest 2k amoled displays comsume the same power as 1080p panels, it was confirmed in Note 4 by Displaymate.

49. seven7dust unregistered

so what thats just lab tests , once you add a screen/power hungry O.S to it all that 14 nm power efficiency B.S ends , lets wait for real results.

61. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The S5 has a processor that's double the size of the S6 so I battery life will be at least as good as the S5

19. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yeah, very very disappointed they reduced the thickness for smaller capacity of battery. By the way, even the battery life isn't bad, it is still much better to give user an excellent , for exemple, 14 hours of screen on time.

70. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

hehe exactly my thoughts, but Sammy wouldn't put 2550 in it if it didn't beat the note 4 with screen on time

4. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Shame on you samsung only 2550mah battry only 3gb of ram what the f**k

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comment #8.

22. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yeah, 2550 mah is totally a stepback spec.

25. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

So u want what..?? 3GB RAM is more than enough for anybody to make things done smoothly.. And battery could he more but is good enough..

60. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The battery will last longer the the one htc is using also it's ddr4 I.e. Faster than any 4gb phones going at this time

5. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Well it looks good, but with no removable battery or micro SD slot: my S5 will be my last premium Samsung phone. The two details that set it apart from the rest are gone. Might as well wait on the next Nexus device. Rip Samsung, your two WMD's are MIA. There isn't a clear cut feature to fend off the iPhone now.

40. GenericFanboy

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Well the note 4 is still a good upgrade.

62. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Due to the speed of the mem in the phone I.e. 2.7 x faster then the s5 your sd card will lag your phone down to a very slow speed, I.e. Why it's been removed, that and it's now starts at 32gb and 64 and 128 on day one, plus there is no others got the battery change and samsung got the fastest charge, 10m for 4 hours, why do you need to change the battery, samsung made a big deal about they was only doing this due to the tech they are using

6. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

I just wish it had micro sd slot

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The only thing I'm disappointed about. Like I said in another article - I miss the feature, but I'm getting used to on board storage.

45. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

same. after ive been using my iphone 6 i have been forgetting micro sd as long as i can get the 128gb version. ill be happy

63. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The speed of the sd card is to slow it was slow on my note edge, with the mem being used being 2.7 x faster then that that sd card we make thing load slow so they just removed it. Good move if you ask me

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring on 2016

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