Today, Samsung announced its much awaited flagship the Samsung Galaxy S6 along with much anticipated sibling the Galaxy S6 Edge. Both these handset pack some very good material built quality with glass panels and some excellent new features. After knowing all about the Samsung Galaxy S6, here are some details about the dual-curved Galaxy S6 Edge.
Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy Edge curves don’t seem to offer much functionality as we have seen the Galaxy Note Edge but gives complete new design looks and the edges at the screen sides look very much like an extension to its display offering almost bezel-less looks to the handset. Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, the curves here are less pronounced offering a thick frame for the smartphone to easily mount the volume and power buttons. This helps in providing a firm grip to the handset. However, Samsung has still retained the Edge functionality for limited use like displaying a clock, but it would not accommodate the app icons or widgets.
Besides the curved display, the good thing about the Galaxy S6 Edge is that it is made up of aluminum unibody case with its back covered with the toughened Gorilla Glass 4. This helps to give the device the much needed premium look in terms of design and built quality. Both these Galaxy S6 handsets come in four different colors of Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Green Emerald. The thickness of the handset is still reasonable measuring 7mm.
Some disappointment for the users would be that both the handsets are not IP67 certified which means they are not waterproof. Now talking about its display, the device hosts a 5.1” panel with QHD resolution having 1440×2560 pixels. The display for the handset is made with the company’s own Super AMOLED technology the prowess of which we have been witnessing in many premium Galaxy flagship smartphones. Samsung is said to have worked a bit to tweak and enhance the brightness and color accuracy over the display panel.
Hardware and Software
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S6, the edged sibling too has the home baked Exynos 64-bit chipset to its heart. The chipset comes with a 8-core CPU clocked at 1.8GHz and is supported by Mali T760 GPU to take care for multi-tasking and graphic controls. The RAM is similar with 3GB super-fast LPDDR4 type and internal memory comes with the company’s own UFS 2.0 technology offering 2.7 times higher transfer rates compared to eMMC 5.0 tech. The device is said to have three storage options with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB and does not have additional microSD card support. The chipset is made with the 14nm process and is said to be less power consuming delivering outstanding results as confirmed by different benchmarks.
The device runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop on-board skinned with the TouchWiz UI. The TouchWiz UI has been worked upon a bit to make it more responsive and faster. The Galaxy S6 Edge would come with the traditional S Health, S Voice, Quick Connect and Ultra Power Saving mode. There is a new Themes app offered which would allows users to customize the looks of the UI as per the user’s choice. An app for the Samsung Pay service is also said to be coming Google apps. Microsoft OneDrive, Skype and OneNote are also said to be installed that would offer users more 115GB of OneDrive storage for two years.
Both the Galaxy S6 handsets have got the same camera with 16MP sensor with its aperture upgraded to F1.9 offering more better light capturing, shallow field depth and better focus options and effects. Some more features include Selective focus, OIS, 4K video, HDR and quick-access to camera with double tap of home button turning the camera on in just 0.7 seconds. The front hosts a 5MP selfie snapper with the same F1.9 aperture.
Release date and pricing
Samsung would release the Galaxy S6 Edge globally next month on the April 10th 2015 and it is said that it would priced for around $750 off-contract. Take a look at some of the official images for the device.