The stereo curve! Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 edge - it's real and it's here!

The stereo curve! Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 edge - it's real and it's here!

Well, folks, after lots of rumors, speculations, and a few leaks – the Galaxy S6 edge has finally been announced! A sibling to the Galaxy S6 flagship, this handset has a curved display, wrapping around both its sides – unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, which only has its curve on the right. Samsung's newest top-shelf handsets rock the latest and greatest in smartphone hardware, and are adorned in materials, which have so far been unseen on the company's flagships – a metal frame, sandwiched between two glass panels. Let's take a look at everything that has been said about the Galaxy S6 edge!

The stereo curve! Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 edge - it's real and it's here!
It's all about the looks!


Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, the S6 edge's curved screen does not aim to offer as much functionality, as it does to provide a fresh design look. What we mean is that the sides of the screen will not be treated as an extension to the display, housing various types of panels, but are simply there to provide an almost bezel-less appearance, and a cutting-edge look to the device. The curves are much less pronounced than what we've seen on the Note Edge, allowing the frame of the smartphone to be thick enough to house the power and volume buttons, and of course – to be comfortably held by its user.

The stereo curve! Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 edge - it's real and it's here!
Edge functionality is not totally out the window, however – the side panels still offer limited use, such as displaying a clock. However, they are far from housing app icons and widgets.

Aside from the curved display, we have another unique novelty, at least as far as Samsung is concerned – the S6 edge is wrapped in an aluminum unibody case, with a Gorilla Glass 4 panel on its back – a design language, rather new for Sammy. Needless to say, the phone oozes class and we are impressed by the radical departure from the Galaxy S series so far. Each of the new S6 handsets will be available in four colors, for the S6 edge they are White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Green Emerald.

The stereo curve! Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 edge - it's real and it's here!
Fans of the light, grippy feel of Samsung's flagships may be pleasantly surprised by the S6 and S6 edge – despite their aluminum and glass build, both handsets are actually lighter than the already lightweight Galaxy S5. The S6 edge's body size measures at 5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches (142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0 mm), making it both thinner and less wider than the S5, and it weighs 4.66 oz (132 g) – 0.45 oz lighter than the S5.

Unfortunately, beauty has its price, it seems, as both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have lost their IP67 rating and are no longer waterproof. Whether we will be seeing "Active" versions of the new flagships remains to be seen.

Display


Aside from the very obvious curve on both of its sides, the S6 edge's display doesn't differ much from its "normal"counterpart – the screen measures 5.1" across its diagonal and has a super-crisp QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution. Of course, its made with Sammy's own Super AMOLED technology – fans of accurate displays will probably know that, for the past year, Samsung has been churning out AMOLED displays with very impressive color accuracy; the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are no exception! And, all that beauty is protected by Corning's latest invention - the Gorilla Glass 4.

Processor and Memory


For the first time in a while, Sammy will not be relying on Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoCs to power its flagships, not even for a separate variant of the devices – the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are powered by a Samsung home-made 64-bit octa-core chip. It houses an 8-core CPU, clocked at 1,8 GHz, an ARM MALi T760 to churn the graphics, and is coupled with 3 GB of super-fast LPDDR4 RAM. The handset's internal memory employs Sammy's brand-new UFS 2.0 technology, which should deliver performance speeds up to 2.7 times faster than today's eMMC 5.0 tech. The Galaxy S6 edge will come in three storage variants – 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB, there will be no external SD expansion slots.

The CPU is, of course, the latest and greatest in processor tech, employing a 14 nm process. What this should mean is that these little engines should be much more productive, yet less power-hungry than what we've seen before. Preliminary leaks from various benchmarks showed Samsung's latest handsets to be outperforming everything else in the mobile market, but, of course, their power is yet to be tested.


Interface


The stereo curve! Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 edge - it's real and it's here!
Samsung has been promising a much snappier, faster device, and, while hardware helps to accomplish this, an optimized, bloat-free user interface is just as, if not more-so, important. The new TouchWiz is supposedly thinned out, offering only the very basic Samsung-branded experience from the box. If anyone finds themselves missing a certain feature that used to be on their old Galaxy S handset – the Galaxy Apps store will be the place to find it.

As for what functions will actually be on the handset from the get-go – S Health, S Voice, Quick Connect, and Ultra Power Saving mode will be making their reappearance, and a new Themes app will allow users to customize the looks of the interface to their own liking. There will, of course, be an app for the brand-new Samsung Pay service, and all of Google's apps will be on board. Microsoft's Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote will also be installed out of the box, and users will be gifted 115 GB of OneDrive storage space for two years. New owners should also expect to be greeted by pre-loaded Facebook and WhatsApp applications.

Camera


An all-new camera can be found on the back of the S6 and S6 edge – still a 16 MP sensor equipped snapper, its aperture size has been upgraded to F1.9, which should provide better light capturing, and shallower depth of field for better focus options and effects. OIS, Selective focus, HDR, and 4K video are expected to make a return, and a quick-access feature has been added – users can now double click the home button, which will bring up the camera app in just 0.7 seconds, according to Samsung.

The selfie snapper is also an impressive piece of tech – the sensor has a 5 MP resolution and also sports an F1.9 aperture size, and Samsung promises great performance in low-light conditions.

Battery


The Galaxy S6 edge sports a 2,600 mAh power box and employs a quick charging tech, which, according to Samsung, will allow the user to get a 4 hours worth of charge for just 10 minutes of being plugged in a wall charger. The handset also has wireless charging tech, which is compliant with both major standards – WPC and PMA!

Release date and pricing


The Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015. Pricing is still unknown, but if we had to guess, we'd say something in the realm of $750 off-contract sounds about right, considering how flagships go nowadays.

The stereo curve! Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 edge - it's real and it's here!

Expectations


So, to recap – with the Galaxy S6 edge, we should expect a high-class look and feel, thanks to its metal-and-glass construction. It sports bleeding edge hardware under the hood and the TouchWiz UI has been lightened, so that the handset feels responsive, slick, and super-fast. The biometric sensor has been changed from a swipe-to-unlock to touch-to-unlock, promising better usability. Last, but not least, the already remarkable camera has been upgraded even further, which should solidify Sammy's top spot in smartphone photography.

Does the new Galaxy S6 edge meet your expectations of a premium handset in 2015?


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33 Comments

1. SremmLife

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

the color choices are interesting.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't like the gold one though. The rest look awesome.

13. usermaxthon

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

It really looks unique. But the design doesn't look that attractive to me. But I'll commend Samsung for trying something new.

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

so f ing sexy am sold

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

samsung is tearing into iphone 6 and 6plus hahahaha love it this is the beast of all phones

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

apple finally gets nfc and samsung has it and adds on new tech. past nfc hahahahaa

21. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Looking awesome... Much better than HTC M9... Samsung gonna win again..

32. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

IMO Green/Black/Gold > Blue > White

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well, looks like the S6/Edge is the phone to beat.

4. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Yes!!! No 16GB for the Edge. Take note Apple.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No sd either, take note Apple ;)

30. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes put unlike your mate Apple samsung gives us the new vey fast mem and not cheap 16gb crap, I.e. They have removed the sd card as its to slow

31. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

as much as i love samsung, and i know the new emmc is super fast but sd would still be nice you know?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So the edge, is edge less, other than the edge

6. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

kneel down before the king :D

7. sepultura

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

nice samsung u kick some face but my 3210 is way way way

8. sepultura

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

nice samsung u kick some face but my 3210 is way way way

10. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Now that I have seen it in a better quality. It is a looker!

11. eldyagustius

Posts: 179; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Dat s6 bezel shows that it should be the best iPhone copycat ever! Good job!

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Watch it, you're gonna make someone cry.

33. eldyagustius

Posts: 179; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I don't care because it's a fact. I'm neither an apple user or fanboy. I don't understand why s*ms*ng nowadays tried to copy the bezel of iPhone, starts from Alpha and now the S6.

28. drunkenjay

Posts: 1616; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

just like the ativ s

12. frederick333123

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

now sombody is goona say "skipping S6 waiting for note 5" "samsung keep going" :D

17. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

My brother just said the same thing lolllll

23. frederick333123

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

hahaha

16. Itiskonrad

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Ok, so just to clarify, is it the case that unlike the galaxy note edge which has EXTRA pixels on the bent edge, the S6 just bends parts of the main screen at the sides? So does that mean that 16:9 movies you watch will appear warped at the top and bottom?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It has an edge, just not an edge, so it's not edge less, but its edge less as far an having an edge.

22. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

How do you fit a glass screen protector to protect the edges?

29. drunkenjay

Posts: 1616; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

you dont lol unless someone makes a edge version

24. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Not that cool as the Note Edge. Loving the S6/S6 Edge specs, not the looks.

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