For years we have all criticized Samsung for producing cheap, plasticky phones which couldn’t hold a light to devices built using premium materials and finishing like HTC, Sony and well the iPhone. It seems like Samsung has finally caught on (after a not so successful S5 launch) and realized that they can’t keep pushing the same design and build, especially in the face of ever-increasing competition.
The Galaxy S6, also known internally as “Project Zero” (because it was started from scratch) appears to have learnt from previous mistakes and rectifies them. The first and foremost change is the use of premium materials in the build, giving up a removable battery and microSD card slot for an aluminum chassis. The phone looks and feels great but a lot of users are going to be disappointed with the downgrade in terms of features.
Unlike the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S6 will not be having any waterproof certifications either, but is in comparison thinner and much more appealing visually. The camera sensor on the S6 has also been bumped upto 16 megapixels (with object tracking) while the phone is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 64-bit octa-core processor (4 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and 4 clocked at 1.5 GHz).
On the software front Samsung has also done away with most bloatware that was pre-installed on its predecessors (but the S6 is bundled with Microsoft Apps now) and the S6 has 40% less features than its previous iteration. This means Android 5.0 Lollipop shines through and the Galaxy S6 performs superbly, without any lags or freezes thanks to the 3 GBs of RAM.
The Galaxy S6 will be offered in two models, one is the standard one and the other is the Galaxy S6 Edge which has a curved display on both sides. Both these models will have a 5.1 inch qHD display with more pixels per inch than any other top device on the market (including the iPhone 6). Wireless charging is also built-in to the Galaxy S6, which is another first for the Galaxy S line of phones.
The expected release date for the S6 in US is sometime in April and major carriers like T-Mobile, Spring, Verizon and AT&T are expected to offer it. Unlocked versions will also be available on Amazon and Best Buy but pricing details are yet to be confirmed.
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