MWC 2015: Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 range
South Korean smartphone champ wheels out next-gen handsets
Samsung Electronics launched its latest headline range yesterday at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona during a pre-show Unpacked event.
The South Korean smartphone leader unveiled the Galaxy S6 and also, as expected, introduced the Galaxy S6 Edge variant, which incorporates the oblique-edge interface that debuted in the latest Note range.
Both units come with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 577ppi and a tweaked brightness output aimed at enhanced outdoor viewing.
The S6 is 6.8mm thick and weighs 138g, and the S6 Edge measures 7mm and weighs 132g. This around the same thickness as the Apple iPhone 6 (6.9mm), and the iPhone 6 is a little lighter at 129g.
Samsung claims "the world's first" 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, a new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory for both S6 models. The company also touts a world-first for its 1440P/VP9 hardware-based codec, designed for HD streaming video with a lower power-consumption cost.
"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 and 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."
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The S6 Edge, unlike the Note Edge, employs a slanted display surface on either side of the main display, catering to both right- and left-handed users. The screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for both the S6 Edge and the S6. Both models come in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald.
The S6 range uses F1.9 lenses and high-res sensors on both their 5MP front and 16MP rear cameras, along with auto real-time high dynamic range (HDR), smart optical image-stabilisation (OIS) and IR detect white balance, each of which is designed to optimise image elements.
The S6 handsets also come with embedded WPC and PMA-certified wireless charging technology, which means the devices can charge on any wireless pad that also supports WPC and PMA standards. According to Samsung the new handsets also offer significant speeds on wired charging, doing so 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after 10 minutes of charging, based on Samsung's own tests.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are built on the latest version of Samsung's mobile security platform KNOX. Samsung said both handsets were "ready for immediate enterprise adoption, with market leading MDMs and KNOX enhancements enabled at launch to simplify and improve mobile device management". Also included in the S6 range is the Find My Mobile tool, built to "secure lost devices and protect personal information".
GALLERY: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally from April 10, 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).