As per the schedule, Korean tech giant Samsung pulled the curtains over its much awaited 2015 flagship the Samsung Galaxy S6 at the MWC 2015. Needless to say that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is launched against its arch rival Apple iPhone 6 which was announced past September 2014 and has managed to grip the tech world in an excellent manner. Just when Apple is going extremely strong with its iPhone 6 sales breaking every previous record, Samsung Galaxy S6 is here put the competition straight and clean. Whether it would be able to give Apple a run for its money or not would surely be decided by users and customers. As of for now, let’s take a detailed look in the specs for the handset.
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Design and Display
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is something the company is said to have worked upon a lot after it received much heat for its very conventional and standard design of the Galaxy S5. Well, this time the company seems to have worked over the plastic parts and as replacement for this have come with two tampered glass pieces of toughened Corning Gorilla Glass with a solid metal frame to its sides. The frame has been very carefully designed leaving no sharper edge and offer firm grip over the device. Due to the front and back glass panels, users surely will have to look after the fingerprints but in all it gives a very premium feel to the handset. With a 5.1” screen the device has been perfectly sized and would snugly fit in your pockets easily.
Looking to its display, the Galaxy S6 sports a 5.1” touch screen which is pumped with plethora of pixel i.e. it’s a QHD display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. This amounts to a pixel density of 577ppi which is really very sharp. Well, Samsung even prefers to stay with its own traditional Super AMOLED screen and as we know, it offers a very good color accuracy. It is said that Samsung has even worked a lot upon the maximum brightness level for the screen which is said to be reaching the 600 nits mark.
Hardware and Software
As all the earlier rumors had said, Samsung would be baking its own home made 64-bit Exynos chipset. However, there is no news as of for now whether some Snapdragon baked versions of the Galaxy S6 are going to be released or not. Samsung has not at all compromised in its chipset as the Exynos 7420 is an octa-core chipset made with the company’s own 14nm manufacturing process. The Exynos 7 series chipset could be expected to be seen in the future flagships coming this yearahead and we would not be surprised it giving a chase for its money to the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. The memory options have been quite topped up. The RAM for the device is now a whopping 3GB RAM and yes the handset will have three storage options only with no microSD card slot. This means we would be getting the Galaxy S6 in three storage variants of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 would undoubtedly be running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop and would be skinned over the company’s own TouchWiz UI. The latest version of the Samsung TouchWiz UI comes with many more enhancements and simplifications. Other TouchWiz features like air gestures, dual window mode, and other which has been offered previously are still present, but have now been kept under settings and menu screens.
Well, Samsung has always managed to design its TouchWiz in a way to allow users to have one handed usage and this time too it has kept the curve going. The UI has got a compact size besides its UI elements and sizeable icons make it easy for quick usage and good experience. However, of-course not all taks are one hand operation but overall it offers a good and easy maneuver of the finger over the screen.
When it comes to flagship models, Samsung has a very good hold over the camera department. With the Galaxy S6, Samsung seem to have worked a bit more towards this area and now comes with a 16MP camera snapper with many new features. Some of the most expected features are auto-focus for video camera, optical image stabilization and the real-time HDR. The device is said to have a infrared white balance that is said to be working much better over the standard white balance. The camera lens has a F1.9 aperture offering better low-light image quality. The camera app is more fast to launch and a double-tap on the home button offers more quicker access to camera. The camera app always runs in the background and is never cleaned from the system memory and don’t worry as Samsung has confirmed that this would not affect the battery life in any case.
This is the feature for which everyone was eagerly waiting for! After its recent buy-out of LoopPay, the Samsung Galaxy S6 would come with Samsung’s new pay service. Putting a competition straight against the Apple Pay, Samsung has already partnered with MasterCard and Visa, but is said to extend its for over other major players like Bank of America, American Express or Chase. The good thing about Samsung Pay is that it has got its own Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology, which is said to expand Samsung Pay’s compatibility to many shopping terminals across States. This means that Samsung Pay besides using its own proprietary magnetic strip terminal technology would also support the NFC payments mode for contactless payments, a similar technology that Apple follows for its Apple Pay.
With the baked in fingerprint sensor in the home button, the payment method via Samsung Pay will be a lot more easier. For e.g. during payments, a swipe at the bottom bezel or tapping on the Samsung Pay app would ask you to choose your desired registered card for payment. This would be followed by authentication via the finger-print sensor and the payment would be proceeded further in just mere seconds. The unfortunate thing is the Galaxy S6 will not support Samsung Pay for the moment as the service is said to be resumed later this summer first in US followed by South Korea, Europe and China. For the meanwhile, take a look at all the official images.