Following months of leaks and countless rumours, the S6 has finally entered the realms of reality as a major overhaul on the 2014 released Galaxy S5.
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“This is the most advanced smartphone in the world. No other manufacturer can match it,” Samsung CEO JK Shin, said in unveiling the device.
He added: “The best display, the fastest processors, the best cameras under any conditions. It also looks really cool.”
Samsung Galaxy S6 Features
As expected, the Galaxy S6 is a major update on the S5. From a more detailed screen and faster processor to improved camera and more refined software, the S6 is an across-the-board refresh.
This screen sits within a dramatically redesigned body, with Samsung having finally pushed its flagship phone range in to the realms of metal-bodied high-end appeal.
Taking more than a few design pointers from past Apple handsets, the S6 pairs its new metal edging with a Gorilla Glass rear. What’s more, the handset, which lines up at a mere 6.8mm thick will be available in a selection of ‘translucent’ colour options.
Beneath the surface Samsung has, as expected, shunned Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip in order to forge its own path.
The S6 is powered by a 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset. This chip pairs a 2.1GHz quac-core cluster with a 1.5GHz quad-core set. Backing this is up is 3GB of DDR4 RAM.
Due to the lack of a removable rear, and thus no microSD expansion, Samsung has adopted Apple’s approach to storage options, confirming 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models will be released.
Another effect of the nonremoveable rear is the addition of a smaller battery. The handset is powered by a 2550mAh Lithium-Ion power pack. Despite being down on the S5’s 2800mAh battery, this should still comfortably see you through a full day’s use.
If you’re battery is running low, enhanced quick charge options mean the device can be returned to full power 150 per cent faster than its predecessor.
Retaining the same optical heart-rate sensor as its predecessor, the S6’s fingerprint scanner has been boosted compared with last year’s model.
The device’s imaging abilities have also been enhanced, with a 16-megapixel, OIS-enhanced primary camera being pared with a secondary, 5-megapixel snapper up front. Both are said to offer improved low light shooting.
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It’s not only the hardware which has been upgraded either. Running Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, the S6 is the first handset to run Samsung’s heavily reworked TouchWiz UI.
A UI that has been criticised in the past for its overblown additions, the interface has been stripped back and streamlined
Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date and Price
If you covet Samsung’s latest flagship offering, we’ve good news, the handset is heading to market in a matter of weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 release date has been confirmed for April 10. This will see the handset land less than two weeks after the March 31 HTC One M9 release date.