Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With new design, craftsmanship and performance, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge seamlessly blend premium materials with advanced Samsung technology with aim to offer consumers an unmatched mobile experience.
Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed “Project Zero”, the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung’s plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three years in 2014. Samsung’s previous flagship Galaxy S5 was outsold in its second full month of global sales by Apple’s older iPhone 5S, according to researcher Counterpoint.
“With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.”
Beauty meets purpose
Crafted from metal and glass, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge blend purposeful design with powerful features. The Galaxy S6 Edge, with unique design, provides a solid grip and an immersive viewing experience with the world’s first curved display on both sides. Its glass body, made from the toughest glass to date, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, is available in an array of colorful jewel tones, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald, which elicit a visual texture as it reflects natural light. This design required first-of-its-kind glass crafting technology, setting the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge apart from other mobile device. The premium device aesthetics are complemented by a totally new and lighter interface that enhances usability and functionality.
Fast, Bright Camera
The samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are equipped with a fast front and rear camera. The F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras provide the superior image quality in the smartphone. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. Furthermore, a new “Quick Launch” feature give users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds by simply double clicking the home key button.
Charging and Cord Free
Both Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge work with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. They also sport fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging, as claimed by Samsung.
Cutting-edge Core Technology
The thin (6.8 mm/7.0mm edge) and lightweight (138g /132g edge) Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge integrate the advanced and cutting-edge Samsung core technology available today. The 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. Moreover, the 1440P/VP9 hardware based codec enables users to enjoy high resolution streaming video while also using less power. In addition, the 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen offers users the highest pixel density of 577ppi.
Mobile Payment and Enhanced Security
Samsung Pay, a new, easy-to-use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application, will launch on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the United States during the second half of this year. Both smartphones are protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenization. Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are built on the upgraded Samsung KNOX, end-to-end secure mobile platform, offering real-time protection from potential malicious attacks. Both of these new devices are also ready for immediate enterprise adoption, with market leading MDMs and KNOX enhancements enabled at launch to simplify and improve mobile device management. Additionally, the Find My Mobile feature secures lost devices and protects personal information through a number of services, including the all new remotely controlled “Reactivation lock.” With an enhanced touch-type fingerprint scanner, it also provides quick authentication and saves encrypted data in secure device storage.
Samsung is yet to disclose pricing. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015 with 32/64/128GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 edge only).
Samsung Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 edge specifications
Network: LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
Galaxy S6: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED
Galaxy S6 edge: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED, Dual edge
- DimensionGalaxy S6: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g
Galaxy S6 Edge: 142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0mm, 132gBattery
Galaxy S6: 2,550mAh
Galaxy S6 Edge: 2,600mAh
RAM: 3GB, LPDDR4
Internal Memory: 32/64/128GB, UFS 2.0
AP: Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor
OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Camera: 16MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)
Camera Features: Quick Launch, Tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR(Front & Rear) , F1.9, Low Light Video(Front & Rear), High Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus
Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, VP9
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot
Bluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+
USB: USB 2.0
(*Average speed based on internal testing conducted by Samsung. Results may vary by device or situation.)