What You Need to Know About the Samsung Galaxy S6

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What You Need to Know About the Samsung Galaxy S6

March 4, 2015 No comments

After months of rumors and ambiguous images , the wait is finally over. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge had their specs released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 1. Although the general public won't be able to get their hands on them until April, there's still plenty of details and features to analyze from what has been released to us. We're looking forward to seeing if these phones can compete with the already successful iPhone 6. So, lets cut through the fluff and see what makes the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge an upgrade from the smartphone you're already using.

All Metal Design

Translation: It will feel more like an Apple or HTC device in your hand.

Samsung made the undeniably necessary change of using a full metal frame and glass for the front and back panels on both flagship smartphones. It was the cheaper-looking, plastic design of the Galaxy S5 that contributed to a loss of buzz and a pretty disappointing 2014 for the company. It now seems that Samsung placed an importance on the feel and design of their new smartphones, and it represents the biggest improvement ever between the Galaxy models.

Samsung Pay

Translation: You'll be able to make mobile payments using fingerprint technology, rivaling Apple Pay

Following the latest trend in smartphones, Samsung officially unveiled their version of a mobile payment system. Now you'll be able to use your fingerprint sensor to access your credit and debit cards to make payments, instead of swiping your card itself. Although the Android market has seen their share of mobile wallets and payment systems, (think Google Wallet and Softcard) none of them are seemingly as easy as Samsung Pay hopes to be. The company says it will accept all of the major credit and debit card carriers including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and more. If successful, it could potentially be a game changer to gain back strong control of the Android base.

Technical Specs

Translation: Design wasn't the only makeover.

Samsung made internal upgrades to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge so that they will have better speed, capability and user experience. Owners of these two devices will notice improved screen display (1440 x 2560 pixels compared to 1080 x 1920 pixels), faster charging time (including wireless charging), louder speakers, a stronger glass backing with Gorilla Glass 4, and faster processing speed. All that means is it will respond quickly, and move sharply. The company also added a fingerprint sensor to the home button on both devices, eliminating the customary swiping action used to unlock your device. Additionally, they trimmed back on overloading the software features, allowing only the necessary functions to be utilized.

There are some changes that avid Samsung fans might not be fond of. The battery is non removable, the phones won't be safe from water damage, and there's no microSD card slot. That means both models will have either 32, 64, or 128GB of storage, instead of the customary 16GB version that can be upgraded.

 New Camera

Translation: Your photos and selfies will be much improved.

Although the new devices will come with the same 16MP camera as the Galaxy S5, the S6 and S6 Edge will show improvements in low light situations, supporting an advanced aperture ability. If you struggle with a steady hand while taking pictures, you'll be happy to know that both devices will have the Optical Image Stabilization tool to help steady those shaky hands and deliver a clear picture. There are improvements to the front-facing camera as well, with an upgraded a 5MP camera (compared to the 2.1MP Galaxy S5 camera) so your selfie game will be on point.

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