Mar 01 AT 1:15 PM Dustin Earley 10 Comments

Samsung announces the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge; set to release April 10 worldwide

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This is it folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Samsung has just officially announced the Galaxy S6 and very similar Galaxy S6 Edge and they are mighty impressive. This is the successor to the Galaxy S4 we truly deserved when we got the Galaxy S5 — QHD display, Optic Image Stabilization, premium design and all.

As soon as you see the Galaxy S6 and Edge, you know exactly what kind of device it’s going to be. It’s both shorter and narrower than the GS5 thanks to its new non-removable Gorilla Glass 4 back and the solid metal band that wraps around the device. It looks incredible and by all accounts feels fantastic. Inside, it’s an upgrade in every way from previous Galaxy S devices:

  • 5.1-inch QHD 2560×1440 SAMOLED display (Edge features Dual edge technology)
  • Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor
  • 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Up to 128GB internal storage
  • 16-megapixel OIS F1.9 rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • One touch finger print scanner
  • LTE Cat.6
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2550mAh battery

As expected, the S6 does come with a handful of Samsung only software including Samsung Pay (we’ll touch on this more in a separate post), a suite of Microsoft apps, Samsung Knox, new themes and more. Thankfully, the Galaxy S6 also now includes an updated finger print scanner built into the home button. Samsung has ditched the swipe method for a much more elegant one touch design.

According to Samsung, “the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015 with 32/64/128GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 edge only).” That’s just over a month away now, better start saving. We will have much more on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to come, so keep it locked to Android and Me for the latest.

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BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Creating a new standard for design, craftsmanship and performance, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge seamlessly blend premium materials with the most advanced Samsung technology to offer consumers an unmatched mobile experience.

“By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.”

“With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.”

Beauty Meets Purpose

Carefully crafted from metal and glass, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge blend purposeful design with powerful features. The Galaxy S6 edge, particularly, shows unique and outstanding beauty while also providing a solid grip and an immersive viewing experience with the world’s first curved display on both sides. Its glass body, made from the toughest glass to date, Corning® Gorilla Glass® 4, is available in an array of colorful jewel tones, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald, which elicit a unique visual texture as it reflects natural light. This timeless design required first-of-its-kind glass crafting technology and unmatched quality control, setting the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge apart from every other mobile device on the market. The premium device aesthetics deliver true value and are complemented by a totally new and lighter interface that greatly enhances usability and functionality. A refined and fully optimized user experience simplifies applications and offers features and settings in a more intuitive way.

Vivid Images with a Fast, Bright Camera

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are equipped with an incredibly vivid, bright and fast front and rear camera. The F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras provide the most superior image quality in a smartphone, even in the dark. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. Furthermore, a new “Quick Launch” feature gives users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds* by simply double clicking the home key button. These advanced camera functions enable users to capture their most precious and personal moments in uncompromising quality, however and wherever they want.

Super Charging and Cord Free

With fully embedded WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are setting a new industry standard for universal wireless charging. The devices work with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. They also sport incredibly fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.*

Cutting-edge Core Technology

The thin (6.8mm/7.0mm edge) and lightweight (138g/132g edge) Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge integrate the most advanced, cutting-edge Samsung core technology available today. The world’s first 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory provide higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption. Moreover, the world’s first 1440P/VP9 hardware based codec enables users to enjoy high resolution streaming video while also using less power. In addition, the 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen offers users the highest pixel density of 577ppi. Enhanced outdoor visibility with a brighter display (600cd/mm) lets consumers experience content without compromise – anywhere, at any time.

Easy and Protected Mobile Payment

Samsung Pay, a new, easy-to-use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application, will launch on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the United States during the second half of this year. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.

Enhanced Security

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are built on the upgraded Samsung KNOX, end-to-end secure mobile platform, offering defense-grade features for real-time protection from potential malicious attacks. Both of these new devices are also ready for immediate enterprise adoption, with market leading MDMs and KNOX enhancements enabled at launch to simplify and improve mobile device management. Additionally, the Find My Mobile feature secures lost devices and protects personal information through a number of services, including the all new remotely controlled “Reactivation lock.” With an enhanced touch-type fingerprint scanner, it also provides quick authentication and saves encrypted data in secure device storage.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015 with 32/64/128GB storage options** available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 edge only).

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com.

*Average speed based on internal testing conducted by Samsung. Results may vary by device or situation.

** Portion of memory occupied by existing content

Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 edge Product Specifications

Galaxy S6 Galaxy S6 edge
Network LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
Display
5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440)
577ppi, Super AMOLED

5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440)
577ppi, Super AMOLED,
Dual edge
AP Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Camera 16MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)
Video MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM, VP9
Audio
Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+,
WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS

Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA,
AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL,
RTX, OTA
Camera Features
Quick Launch, Tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR (Front
& Rear), F1.9, Low Light Video (Front & Rear), High
Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot,
Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus
Additional Features Ultra Power Saving Mode
Download Booster
S Health 4.0
Samsung Pay
Smart Manager
Microsoft Apps (OneDrive 115GB for 2 years, OneNote)
Sound Alive+
Themes
Quick Connect
Private Mode
S Finder, S Voice
Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google
Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games,
Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play
Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Connectivity
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2)
620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot
Bluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+
USB: USB 2.0
NFC
IR Remote

Sensor
Accelerometer, Light, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass,
Barometer, Fingerprint, Hall, HRM
Memory RAM: 3GB, LPDDR4
Internal Memory: 32/64/128GB, UFS 2.0
Wireless Charging WPC1.1 (4.6W Output) & PMA 1.0 (4.2W) compatible
Dimension 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g 142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0mm, 132g
Battery 2,550mAh 2,600mAh

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

* Android, Google, Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems and semiconductors. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Digital Health and Smart Home initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries. To discover more, please visit our official website at www.samsung.com and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com.

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Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • steve

    This phone is such a fail.
    1 no replaceable battery
    2 no sd card slot
    3 16 mp camera, now over 20 plus
    4 no snapdragon 810
    5 Microsoft bloat apps
    6 same design
    7 2550 mah battery with a QHD screen, way too small
    8 Samsung voice. Bloat we have google
    9 tons of apps that if we wanted, would just download from google store
    We will have tovwait for reviews on this so called nexus like ttouchwiz, but Samsung made all the wrong changes with very little of the right ones. I usually would buy a Samsung over HTC, but the m9 is better in every way.

    • SGB101

      I like this, with as long as you get the 64gb plus, you don’t need a sd.

      I’m loving that fast charging, 4h in 10m. Great.

      My only concern (and this is with all) is the non removable battery . Batteries deteriate and it’s nice to not void the warrenty to replace the battery after 12 months.

      Over all its a super phone. I wouldn’t get it because of the proprietary cpu means hard rooting, and zero drivers for roms.

      So if you like TW it’s a win, a real decent upgrade to your sgs4, (and even 5 as that was a lame upgrade to the 4). If you want real freedom to rom, this won’t be for you.

      • Subx

        Get over the non removable battery argument! Just deal with the fact that the days of removable batteries is over!

    • 3456

      Samesung….wtf are they doing

  • lee1234

    It look like apple phone !!!

    • Subx

      Looks like an Apple? You need new glasses dude! Looks nothing like an iPhone.
      I don’t like Galaxy but this is the best looking one yet!

  • Anadrol

    I’m mostly interested by this phone because it has a 14nm processor,
    otherwise I prefer the HTC M9 design, even if the S6 is better than the S5 in that department.

  • Subx

    Best looking Galaxy to date! Still wouldn’t own one though!

  • Bart

    I just read the reviews of these twins on 3 different sites. It amazes me that writers that sang the praises of the Note4 Edge are now saying what they really feel. Now the writers are singing the praises of the Galaxy 6 Edge. Honestly, it is LESS functional than the Note4′s. I have to agree with other posters that lamented the loss of expandable memory (MicroSD) and removable batteries. If they pull that crud with the upcoming Note5, I’ll be looking elsewhere for my next phone. Seems like Samsung is trying to be like Apple in all the wrong ways. I have been loyal to Samsung through a total of 7 phones, but they are slowly removing all the benefits of having their brand. Time and again I’ve changed batteries in front of users that had other brands without removable batteries and they were duly impressed. But now, there really is no benefit to having Samsung over LG or HTC or any other brand.

  • Anna

    So the next generation of Smartphone is here with curved screen on both sides…Samsung’s own processor…direct qi wireless charging compatible…and faster charging compatible with quick charge 2.0.