MWC: Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S6 to launch in April

BARCELONA: Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, in a bid to regain face following lower than expected sales of the 2014 Galaxy S5.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge at its 2015 Mobile World Congress Unpacked event, ending weeks of speculation about its conference plans.

Samsung CEO JK Shin listed the devices as Samsung’s most advanced to date claiming they were designed based on feedback from its Galaxy S5

“We are here because we’re passionate about technology, we’ve learned from our successes and missteps, and have pushed forward new technologies and ideas,” he said.

“That’s how we work and push things forward. It’s a crowded market and we have some companies have set themselves apart through design, others through practicality. But we know people want both. That’s what we set up to build.”

The Galaxy S6 is the first Samsung handset to come with Google Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed and features a metal as opposed to plastic chassis.

Samsung claims the metal used is 50 percent stronger than other high end smartphones and “unlike other smartphones, will not bend.”

Samsung has added its Touchwiz and enterprise focused Knox mobile device management services to both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Shin said he expects the Knox service to prove a key selling point for business users.

“With Knox and MDM these handsets will give businesses the best security and data protection available,” he said.

The Samsung Pay contactless payment service is also set to appear on both devices. Samsung Pay offers equivalent services to other payment services, but is based on NFC and MST.

The “MST” tech used in Samsung Pay reportedly lets users make mobile payments “even when a merchant only accepts mag wipes”. Samsung has already inked deals with payments services including Mastercard, to support Samsung Pay.

Both phones also have reworked user interfaces that alter the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge’s user interfaces and add new features to key services, such as the camera app, which features a “pro” mode.

The pro mode offers manual controls over things like ISO and whitebalance.
Backing this up the Galaxy S6 features completely reworked internal components.

The Galaxy S6 will feature a 5.1in quad HD 2560×1440 577ppi screen, Samsung claims displays 70 percent more pixels than the Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy S6 also houses a “one of a kind” 14nm, 64bit octa-core processor that combines quad core 2.1GHz and quad core 1.5GHz parts.

Samsung’s worked to improve the Galaxy S6’s camera loading it with a 16MP rear, F-1.9 with RealTime HDR and Optical Image Stabalisation (OIS) camera.

Backing this up is a 5MP, F-1.9 Real Time HDR front camera.

Samsung claims the F-1.9 lens lets in 60 percent more light than the Galaxy S5’s sensor and will radically improve low light performance.

The real time HDR shoots several images and combines them to create a more consistent and accurate photo.

The Galaxy S6 will be offered with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB in built storage options and also features custom eMMC, as opposed to SSD, storage technology. Samsung claims the tech will radically improve performance and write speeds.

The Galaxy S6 includes fast charge battery technology Samsung claims “charges four hours worth of life in 10 minutes” and “takes half the time to charge than the iPhone 6”.

Backing this up it will come with WPC and PMA wireless charging technology built in.

The Galaxy Note Edge features close to identical specifications to the Galaxy S6 but adds Super Amoled “Edge Screens”, like those seen on the Galaxy Note Edge. The curved screens wrap around both the left and right hand sides of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5 Edge are set to be release on 10 April. Samsung has not disclosed either handsets’ price.

Check back with V3 for hands on reviews of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

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1 March 2015 | 6:47 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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