By Vivek Vaidya
Well, it's that time of the year again - Mobile World Congress, Barcelona - where major tech companies come out in full earnest to showcase their flagship devices and quirky innovations for the year. Amongst the slew of announcements came the Galaxy S6, and was joined by the newest iteration in Samsung's "Edge" lineup: the S6 Edge.
The Galaxy S6 is Samsung's attempt at winning back the coveted #1 position in the North American market, one it lost to Apple a few months ago - and for good reason - the Galaxy S5 simply wasn't a flagship phone. This time round though, things have changed - and for the better.
Here's what's changed in the new Galaxy!
The S6 now has an all-new (and slightly iPhone like) design language that looks uncannily similar to previous iterations of the lineup, yet has a sense of freshness to it. The back is now made entirely of Glass: Gorilla Glass 4, to be more precise. The edges of the phone are now made of real premium-feeling metal, unlike earlier versions. The Glass does feel slippery in the hand, but Samsung's thought over it - they've curved the back panel just a bit, which means that when you hold the phone, you don't really hold the phone - you hold the metal edges. In the hand, it resembles the feel of a sized-down Galaxy Note 4. At just 6.8mm thin, it doesn't match up to the iPhone but still feels nimble and easy to operate.
Display & Camera
The Galaxy has a brand new 5.1' Quad HD display with in an incredible pixel density of 577ppi. Images and Videos look excellent on the display, which has pretty good viewing angles and amazingly high brightness levels, along with vivid colors and deep blacks. The optics, on the other hand, have received a boost too - a 16MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization come together to produce some excellent looking images, almost on par with the iPhone.
Processor & Memory
For 2015, Samsung has decided to completely forgo the Qualcomm Snapdragon series and has thrown in Exynos chipsets that it manufactures itself. The S6 is powered by a 64bit Octa Core CPU running at 2.1GHz, which, combined with an updated version of TouchWiz + Android Lollipop seems to be doing an excellent job in the processing department. Memory too has been bumped up, with 3GB of LPDDR2 RAM as standard. Storage is now running off the Flash 2.0 standard and is all fixed - like the iPhone - and cannot be expanded since there is no MicroSD expansion slot.
Other COOL Stuff
Samsung has finally done a good job with a phone. The S6 and S6 Edge showcase what the innovation hub in Korea is truly capable of. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying buy them the day they're available - which, incidentally, is the 10th of April. But they've got things like proper multitasking, true octa-core, an IR sensor that doubles up as a selfie shutter and a fingerprint scanner that's about as easy to use as an iPhone's. The phones also come packed with a ton of LTE and FDD LTE bands, which means you have access to superfast wireless internet globally. While there is no removable battery or expandable storage, there sure is QI wireless charging and, optionally, a fast charger.
All in all, the new Galaxies seem like the long lost light at the end of a tunnel. It's a step in the right direction; we only need to wait and see how far they go!
Props to MKBHD for these awesome 6K shots of the new S6 & S6 Edge! Here's his video:
More from MWC 2015 coming soon! Keep Technonerding!