Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Unveiled

aaSamsung unveiled their new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones earlier in the week at the Mobile World Congress in Spain as the Korean company attempts to compete with the rising popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and a host of lower cost smartphones that are gaining ground in China.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge models are identical except for the screen and look more like Apple’s iPhone 6 models with an upscale metallic appearance.

They have 5.1 inch Quad HD Super Amoled screens, run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and have an updated fingerprint scanner.

The S6 Galaxy Edge comes with a dual edge curved display that features a slick metal bezel while the Galaxy S6 has a simpler flat metal frame.

Both models have a 5 MP front 120 degree wide angle camera for taking selfies and a wider 16 MP rear camera that has auto real time HDR. Optical image stabilization is featured as well.

Samsung reports that the rear cameras start in 0.7 seconds.

Wireless charging is built into the S6 and S6 Edge but they lack the Galaxy S5’s waterproofing and don’t have a removable battery or microSD card slot. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge use a lightning fast 64 bit Octa core processor.

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Samsung announced the adoption of Samsung Pay which is similar to Apple Pay and allows for the smartphone to be used as a mobile wallet for payments. But it won’t be available for use until later this summer.

There are built in Samsung apps in the new Galaxy S6 models, including Milk music and video which is essentially Samsung’s version of Apple’s iTunes.

The speakers in the new Galaxy S6 smartphones are 1.5 times louder than the Galaxy S5’s.

The new Galaxy S6 smartphones won’t be available until April 10th and come in platinum gold, sapphire black, and pearl white.

The S6 also comes in blue while the S6 Edge has green emerald.

-Johnathan Schweitzer                     schweitz31@gmail.com

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