On Thursday, we brought you leaked photos of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and it’s curved-screen brother Edge. Samsung finally revealed their two new flagship phones during a their “Unpacked” presentation on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The first thing you will notice is the new design of the Galaxy S6. It’s a more sophisticated look with a metallic frame featuring rounded edges and covered in Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides. During the presentation one of the Samsung spokespeople took a jab at Apple by saying that their metallic handsets are so durable and “will not bend.” The S6 Edge has a curved screen that presents more screen for more information and will glow certain color for a phone call for specified contacts. So if your boss calls, you can have it illuminate red for a warning. They will have phone color options of White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum color options for both, plus a special Blue Topaz for the Galaxy S6, and Green Emerald exclusive for the Galaxy S6 edge.
The South Korean company claims that their new charger is faster than any in the industry; it only takes 10 minutes to get four hours of every day use. That is pretty fucking insane. The S6 is the first Samsung to have a built-in battery and they justify this decision because they are completely confident in this battery, rapid charger and the phone’s energy conservation. Another first is wireless charging, which includes support for both WPC and PMA standards, meaning you can use it with Starbucks, as well as with the more prevalent Qi-enabled home chargers.
There is no swappable memory card support, but the company offers a 128GB model for those who need a shit-ton of space, as well as cloud services for remote storage.
Here are the crazy specs that will make tech heads drool.
- 5.1-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display with 577 ppi
- Exynos Octacore processor, 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 32/64/128GB UFS 2.0 internal storage
- Android 5.0
- F/1.9 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and live HDR
- F/1.9 5MP front camera with live HDR
- Category 6 LTE with 300 Mbps down/50 Mbps up max theoretical speeds
- Wi-Fi 802.11 AC with HT80 MIMO, Bluetooth LE, NFC, IR blaster
- 2,550mAh (GS6) and 2,600mAh (GS6 edge) batteries
The company is so confident in their camera that they filmed their entire presentation using a S6 phone. They promise 60% more light is let in by the F/1.9 lens, which is on both the front and rear camera. The 16-megapixel rear camera has optical image stabilization, plus continuous autofocus. The camera promises to be quick because it is always on standby and is ready to take a photo in .7 seconds. Perfect for when your drunk friend is about to fall.
The new phones have a new streamlined camera interface allowing you to edit photos quickly and easily.
Samsung showed a comparison of cameras and video between the new S6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
The flawed fingerprint scanners in Samsung’s phones have been revamped in the Galaxy S6. They ditched the sliding of your fingerprint across the button to pressing your finger on it like the iPhone.
Speaking of the fingerprint scanner, it will be used in Samsung Pay, their answer to Apple Pay. You will enter in your credit card information into Samsung Pay will and create a tokenization that protects your credit card info (creating a unique credit card number for each device) and payment data. It will even come with physical authentication in the form of a re-engineered fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S6. Samsung Pay, which is to rolls out in a couple of months, is said to have “Defense-grade security against malicious attacks, viruses and hackers.”
Samsung bought mobile payment company LoopPay a few weeks ago to help them create Samsung Pay. “The LoopPay technology is part of the Samsung Galaxy S6. “[It’s a] wire built into the back panel of handset. If you can’t do contactless, put the wire near magstripe head, [it] pushes a transaction that emulates a swipe (like a card),” explained Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard’s Chief Emerging Payment Officer.
The release date for the new handsets will be on April 10th in 20 countries. They will be offered at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon, as well as Samsung’s micro-stores within Best Buy locations, Amazon.com, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart.