Meet Samsung’s latest flagship
After tons of leaks, Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S6, is now official. While company has promised a redesign of the flagship from the ground up starting last year, it seems that some design cues won’t ever die, even with Sammy. Even then, the Galaxy S6 represents Samsung’s commitment to creating a new flagship experience for its customers at a time where its dominance of the smartphone market is being challenged by both old and new competitors.
Samsung Galaxy S6 specs
- Exynos 7420 octa-core processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 2560 x 1440 resolution
- 32/64/128GB of storage
- 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS
- 5-megapixel front camera
- 3G, LTE Cat. 6
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC
- 2550mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop, TouchWiz UI
- 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm
The exterior of the Galaxy S6 uses a combination of metal and glass in its design, which is a big departure to the plastic material that Samsung used to favor. The design is similar to Sony’s Xperia Z series of smartphones, which sandwiches plastic under glass. This time around, metal is the material of choice that gets sandwiched under Gorilla Glass 4 panels, which gives the phone a very premium look compared to the past iterations.
This also means that the Galaxy S6 no longer has the water-resistant capabilities of its younger brother, which may or may not be a fair tradeoff depending on who you talk to. The design also means an end to removable batteries, as well as expandable storage. The Galaxy S6 comes with wireless charging out of the box, using the Qi wireless standard.
The home button that houses the fingerprint scanner has been redesigned to function much like the ones in the Huawei Ascend Mate7, Meizu MX4 Pro and Apple’s iPhone 6 – it’s no longer the inefficient and inaccurate swipe design – you just simply put your finger on top and the phone unlocks. Easy peasy.
Turning the phone over, you’ll see the prominent camera module placed at the back, along with the heart rate sensor that was present in the Galaxy S5. The camera itself is a 16-megapixel deal, with an aperture size of f/1.9
Samsung’s upgraded the display of the S6 to a QHD panel, but retains the same screen size (5.1-inches) and AMOLED panel of the previous iteration.
As far as internals go, Samsung’s officially dropped Qualcomm as a major chip supplier for its latest flagship, and the new device will come with the company’s Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, along with 3GB of RAM. The battery capacity for the S6 is 2550mAh. Samsung Philippines has confirmed that they’ll be bringing the 32GB and 64GB version of the device to the PH, no word yet on the 128GB version. The S6 willl be available in the PH at the middle of April.
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