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Tech specs: Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung has finally unveiled its long-awaited and much-rumored flagship smartphone. Well, two smartphones to be accurate. Joining the standard Galaxy S6 is the Galaxy S6 Edge that features a dual-curve display.
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Tech specs

Samsung has finally unveiled its long-awaited and much-rumored flagship smartphone. Well, two smartphones to be accurate. Joining the standard Galaxy S6 is the Galaxy S6 Edge that features a dual-curve display.

First, let's take a look at the basics:

  • 5.1-inch 2,560×1,440 Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577 ppi
  • Exynos Octacore processor
  • 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 32/64/128GB UFS (Universal Flash Storage) 2.0 internal storage
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 16MP f1.9 rear camera with optical image stabilization and live HDR
  • 5MP f1.9 front camera with live HDR
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Category 6 LTE offering up to 300 Mbps down/50 Mbps up data transfer speeds
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 AC with HT80 MIMO, Bluetooth LE, NFC, IR blaster
  • 2,550mAh (S6) and 2,600mAh (S6 edge) batteries

But these are just the bare specs, let's take a deeper look at some of the changes.

Availability: April 10.

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Fast charging, wireless charging

Got stuff to do, you're in a hurry and your smartphone is almost flat? The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge features a fast charge function that gives you 4 hours of usage from a 10-minute charge.

The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge also feature wireless charging, supporting WPC and PMA standards, as well as offering support for Qi-enabled chargers.

One downside is that you'll have to purchase the wireless charging pad separately, which is a bit of a rub.

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Camera

As well has having a larger f1.9 aperture front and rear camera – which should dramatically help low-light performance – Samsung has worked on making the camera faster to access. Samsung claims that you can launch the camera in 0.7 seconds no matter whether you are using the smartphone or it is locked.

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Crisp display

Both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are equipped with a 5.1-inch 2,560×1,440 (QHD resolution) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577 ppi.

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Construction

With the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung has moved away from plastic to adopt a seamless, full metal and glass construction. The glass comes in the form of the highly durable Gorilla Glass 4, and the glass has been treated with a special reflective material on the inside to give it a highly jeweled finish.

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Designs

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be offered in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, and Gold Platinum options, along with a special Blue Topaz for the Galaxy S6, and Green Emerald for the Galaxy S6 Edge.

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The Good and the bad

The upsides:

  • Beautiful construction
  • Powerful hardware
  • Broad support for wireless chargers
  • Dramatically improved camera hardware
  • Improved fingerprint reader (a touch reader as opposed to the awkward-to-use swipe system)
  • Less pre-installed bloatware

The downsides:

  • Expensive
  • Wireless charging pad is an extra purchase
  • No microSD card slot for expansion
  • 3GB of RAM and not 4GB
  • Battery is smaller than present in the current S5

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