Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

Apr 27, 2015 | Deep Dives

Released earlier this April, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are curving the way towards the future of smartphones. When it was announced in March 2015, a hardware redesign excited the tech community as Samsung expanded the touchscreen of the Galaxy phone to include touch edges. This new space phone the latest in the Galaxy series along with its sister phone the traditional, non-edge S6. Unlike previous versions, Samsung has done away with the removable plastic backing and opted for Gorilla glass and metal detailing. While the new materials are a highly anticipated change for Galaxy fans, many are disappointed the battery is no longer replaceable and the option for an external memory card is gone. In addition to the upgrades, Samsung announced they will release a second Gear VR innovator edition headset to accommodate the S6 series. While the Gear VR is not yet available for consumer purchase, the $200 price tag makes purchasing a Samsung smartphone an appealing option for virtual reality enthusiasts.

 

Galaxy S6 Edge 1          Galaxy S6 Edge 3

 

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Visually, the phone is very exciting, but the edges lack functionality to really be a ‘wow’ factor. Although the edges seem somewhat novel, the Edge is a much better phone than the standard S6. I am more impressed by the new features of the phone than by the curved screen itself. The messaging app pops up when I get a text and I can reply without leaving the screen I am on. The split screen, quick launch camera and multi-screen window are three of my favorite features. The camera takes amazing pictures and the high definition screen is stunning. Emily

 

MORE CONTEXT

Release date: April 2015

Usage data: Estimated 70 million S6 & S6 Edge phones sold worldwide

Platform / Tech: Android OS v5.0.2 (Lollipop)

Features: 5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED 577 PPI curved edge touchscreen, 16 MP rear camera, fast charging capabilities, 64-bit Octa-core processor, finger printer and heart rate scanner

Watch the Official Introduction

 

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