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Samsung Galaxy S6 unveiled at MWC 2015

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Samsung Galaxy S6 unveiled at MWC 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been officially unveiled at MWC 2015, with the hotly anticipated handset shaping up to be a true powerhouse of the smartphone space.

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.

Watch our Galaxy S6 hands-on video

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Shaping up as a direct rival to the iPhone 6 and newly unveiled HTC One M9, the S6 features a new, QHD display alongside improved camera optics and a new, 64-bit processor.

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.

Kicking off with the jump to a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, the S6 boasts an LG G3 and Galaxy Note 4 rivalling QHD, 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. This means a 577 pixels-per-inch image density.

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.

Related: Galaxy Note 5 rumours

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.

Oberoth

March 1, 2015, 7:12 pm

Can't believe they have dropped the microSD card!

Bugblatter

March 1, 2015, 7:17 pm

True, you can have a fixed back and still have a microSD slot.

pixelmike .

March 1, 2015, 7:26 pm

Yeh a flagship phone like that as well

mothergoose85

March 1, 2015, 7:30 pm

And HTC added one (and a bigger battery - be interesting to see how this all plays out).

shnatiw

March 1, 2015, 8:12 pm

Well. Here we are. No great shocks as we knew most of the specs weeks ago. The aluminium alloy edging and buttons are a welcome addition. The Gorilla Glass rear less so. Much more prone to damage in a drop compared to the flexible back panel on my S5. Less grip as well. Although in fairness I have always used a protective case on all of my Galaxy's. Of course the other drawback in using a glass panel on the back is the fact that it is now a sealed unit. No access to the battery. Or expandable storage. Both major plus points in a smartphone. And once lost, unlikely to make a return in the future. Now I guess Samsung fans will be paying the same extortionate price hikes for higher storage options that Apple fans do. Samsung using their own latest chip is understandable. More profit for them. But will it be class leading? They have always taken pride in having the most powerful and up to date chipset. Overall, Samsung have clearly made a premium looking smartphone. However, in doing so they have embraced a fair few Apple concepts while losing a lot of what made their own flagship models unique. And thats kind of a shame. It really is.

MikeL

March 1, 2015, 10:59 pm

after the M9 announcement and this, I'm left with the feeling of blah...and meh..... Can't really see how much improvement these phones are compared to the LG G3 from 12months ago other than the 64bit cpu.

Johnny Walker

March 1, 2015, 11:19 pm

oh dear. if they release the Note 5 without a removable back, removable batteries and a micro SD card, I will not buy Samsung again. The Galaxy S6 is just greedy, it's not as if their S5 did that well.

BikerBen

March 2, 2015, 12:59 am

The latest version of Android (called KitKat) remove the ability to use a microSD card for apps. Instead it uses a so called virtual microSD card, a portion of main storage. I suppose one can still use a "real" micsoSD card for the storage of music, movies, etc., but that's about it. It's a security issue, explained elsewhere on the web.

Oberoth

March 2, 2015, 7:55 am

I never used my card for apps, they are usually so small i had no need to. The people who that does annoy could pretty easily root their phone and use the card again.

No, what I used my extra storage for was storage. By the time you have put all your current music, a few films for a journey and all your camera's photos and video you are looking at the 128GB being need minimum phone I could look at but I an not going to £200 extra for 96GB when you can buy a 128GB card for about £50!!

BikerBen

March 2, 2015, 10:01 pm

I don't store a lot of music or films, but I did get used to the idea of being able to backup apps to a card. Unfortunately, I now have a Sharp Aquos Crystal 306SH phone with KitKat, and which is (as yet) unrootable. I live in hope that someone will figure out a way but, as yet, no one has..

brownie vegas

March 3, 2015, 8:05 pm

Exactly. Xperia Z Ultra has a fixed glass back and provides a microSD slot. It certainly can be done.

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