Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge
Today at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung revealed new Galaxy smartphones; the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. With the new Galaxies, Samsung has moved away from their traditional plastic builds to produce devices in metal and glass that are surprisingly non-Samsung looking. They clearly want to try to challenge Apple in the design department, and they ARE very attractive looking devices.
They don’t skimp on power though; they’re powered by 64-bit, 14 nm architecture processors that improve performance while reducing power consumption. The phones’ memory is LPDDR4, and they use UFS 2.0 flash memory, a fusion of SSD and mobile flash storage that improves on access speed.
Both phones are equipped with 5.1″ Quad HD Super AMOLED displays with a pixel density of 577ppi, which amounts to 77% more pixels than the Galaxy S5. The main distinguishing feature between the two phones is that the Galaxy 6 Edge screen wraps around both edges, with the edge displays serving as notification systems.
The battery in the S6 is said to charge enough in 10 minutes to run for 4 hours, and charges to full in half the time that the iPhone 6 takes. In another marked change from the past, the S6 battery is built in. The phones offer wireless charging through both WPC & PMA, giving them a significant compatibility advantage with the range of wireless charging options out in the world today.
The cameras on the 6 and 6 Edge are f1.9 on both the front and back, with a 5MP sensor on the front and a 16MP sensor on the rear camera. They also feature real-time HDR and smart optical image stabilization technology, and IR detect white balancing.
The S6 and S6 Edge will be available starting April 10th in 32, 64 and 128 GB capacity units.
This summer, Samsung is launching Samsung Pay. It will allow you to use your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge to pay anywhere NFC or even magnetic secure transmission (think credit/debit cards) are accepted. The magic that allows phones to work like a credit/debit card wasn’t detailed but looks amazingly convenient. The process is secured via fingerprint sensor, so unlike NFC it requires the phone’s owner to initiate a transaction. This is by far the most exciting development I’ve seen in mobile payment options to date.
Samsung Gear VR for S6
They didn’t go into a whole lot of detail on the Samsung Gear VR for S6, but there were some details available. As the name suggests, Gear VR for S6 is optimized for use with the GalaxyS7 and S6 Edge. The headset has been reduced by 15% in size and the straps have been ergonomically redesigned for weight distribution.
They’ve improved the computing power and graphics quality of the Gear VR, and added the ability to power it via USB port for extended use.