Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Review

This is a tech review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. I hope you enjoy it!

– Abdullah Raza Butt

Today 1st of March at Samsung’s pre-MWC (Mobile World Congress) event, Samsung announced two new successors to the Galaxy S5 – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge feature a 5.1 inch 2560 x 1440 QHD Super AMOLED display, which makes the display pump out 577ppi. This display is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at (the manufacturer of the processor not yet confirmed) 1.5 and 2.1GHz. This phone accepts nano-sims only. The Galaxy S6 has a beautiful exterior, too.

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64bit architecture has also been added into the mix – with 3GB of RAM, too. There is a 16MP rear camera, with 3456 x 4608 video resolution, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), 4k video recording (at 60 frames per second), the ability to take HDR photos, an aperture of f1.9 (for all those photography people out there) and one thing that Samsung really pointed out in the press conference, the Camera is excellent for low light photos. They compared to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and in both cases the camera turned out amazing.

The front facing camera has also improved extremely. There is now a 5MP camera, also with f1.9 aperture, also extremely great in low light. This is incredible for a front facing camera.

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A lot of new features were also announced for both variants of the S6 today – one of them being Samsung Pay – which allows the user of the phone to add their credit or debit card number into the application, allowing NFC (or Wireless) payments. You can simply place the back of your phone onto an NFC-enabled credit card machine, place your finger onto the home button and the transaction will be completed. This feature will only be accepted at selected retailers, but will slowly make its way all around the world, starting off in America and South Korea first.

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Three size variants are available for these phones, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, removing the base option of 16GB and replacing it with 32GB. Even if you do take the 32GB option, when you first turn on the phone, you will be given the option to register with OneDrive – thus giving you a free gift of 115GB free storage with OneDrive.

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While no-one has invented the never-ending battery, as stated in the press conference Samsung hosted, they have improved the battery significantly. It takes 10 minutes of normal charge to allow the user for 4 hours of usage. Wireless charging is also equipped in this phone. There is a 2550mAh battery, instead of 2800mAh of the Samsung Galaxy S5 of last year. Unfortunately, the battery is built-in (or non-removable), but for a good reason, due to the NFC features. There is no USB 3.0, but a USB 2.0 port.

The build quality has also improved by 50%. There is now Gorilla Glass’ new Gorilla Glass 4 – making it very durable. A fingerprint sensor has also been added to this phone. There is also a dual-curved display, instead of the singular-curved display on the Note Edge of last year. The phone is also extremely thin, at 6.8mm thick. Prices are rumoured at €749 for the 32GB model, €849 for the 64GB model and €949 for the 128GB model. The release of this phone will be on April the 10th of this year.

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