This week at WMC 2015 Samsung announced two new flagship devices: the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (pictured above). The devices represent a drastic change for the Galaxy line as Samsung has rebuilt the devices from the ground up. While the phones are essentially the same on the inside, the S6 Edge sports a beautiful, slightly curved screen with rounded vertical edges.
Samsung designers have finally have abandoned that cheap plastic feel for a solid metal body, sandwiched between two sexy panes of Gorilla Glass 4. Under what is arguably the strongest glass in the world is arguably the best screen in the world. The S6 touts a Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 QHD display but with a more power hungry screen and smaller battery than years past. It remains to be seen if this is a net positive for average users. Samsung has also jacked up the specs on the camera for both devices. The rear camera now has a 16MP sensor with an aperture of f1.9 (amazing for low-light photos), auto HDR mode, and an upgraded version of the optical image stabilization. The front facing camera has also been upgraded for better low-light performance.
Both flavors will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB of ram that can handle the new Android Lollipop 64bit architecture with ease. Early benchmark tests indicate that these devices will beat the performance of any other device on the market today.
However, it’s not all sunshine and roses for the long time Galaxy fans. Samsung has opted to ditch the sweet, removable battery this time around. Not only that, but the Galaxy family will no longer offer the removable storage via the micro SD slots found on previous models. Users will now have to choose between 32GB / 64GB /128GB variants. The S6 will however feature upgraded finger print scanners, heart rate monitors, and it’s very own “Samsung Pay” mobile device payment system to rival the popular “ApplePay”.
While an exact release date has not yet been announced, the completely redesigned S6 will hit all four major US carriers sometime this April. Also, with Samsung trying to regain ground after the underwhelming Galaxy S5 release last year, all eyes are going to be on these beautiful devices. Rightfully so.