Phone giant Samsung has finally revealed its new flagship mobile device - the Galaxy S6.
Launched alongside a smaller version with a curved edge screen, the S6 Edge, the new Samsung S6 has some big shoes to fill - both the s$ and S5 were fine handsets with great functionality and design features.
Initial impressions are that the new phone is first rate as well.
The regulation S6 is clad in a metal uni-body that looks and feels expensive, especially due the use of Gorilla Glass instead of plastic for the outer cover. Gorilla Glass is a specialized toughened glass and is engineered to be thin, light and damage resistant.
The S6 features the material both front and back and measures a barely believable 6.8 mm in thickness.
The S6 also continues with Samsung's reputation for excellent screens and features Quad HD resolution and a 5.1-inch display with Super AMOLED.
It's crystal clear and sharp and a huge step up from the S5's screen which was already exceptional.
The phone features Android's Lollipop operating system with a excellently refined version of Samsung's TouchWiz touch user interface which is even more intuitive than before.
The S6 gets a 64-bit octacore processor, 3GB of RAM and storage that can be extended up to a staggering 128 GB. However, the S6 range does away with a microSD card which means you will have to pay extra to upgrade storage space. Incidentally, that super-thin body means there is also no removable battery. The integrated battery is slightly less-powered which means less battery life which is a shame given that the screen and TouchWIZ do drain the battery.
The cameras are brought over from the S6 - 16 Megapixel on the rear and 5MP on the front but both have been upgraded to shoot better in low light. There is also an Auto HDR capability.
The Galaxy S6 Edge features a "dual curve" screen that bends down at the edges of the phone which offers the option of locating different icons on the side for ease of access.
Apart from the design both phones are largely identical; the S6 Edge comes in slightly thicker at 7mm – compared to 6.8mm on the S6 – and the curvier phone has a larger battery (2600mAh compared to 2550mAh).
Samsung has said the Galaxy S6 release date is April 10th.
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