As expected, Samsung has launched not one but two flagship smartphone at its MWC in Barcelona.
Samsung has built two marquee phones: the straight-sided, predictably rectangular Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which has slightly rounded right and left edges.
The pairing is modeled after the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge duo.
Both run Android 5.0 Lollipop with 5.1-inch high-resolution displays that’s 2,560 x 1,440, up from 1,920 x 1,080 on the Galaxy S5. But the Galaxy S6 Edge competes for the spotlight with two curved-glass edges, each wrapping the long side of the phone with a smooth, readable display and a matte aluminum alloy frame and Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back
Next is the Samsung Exynos processor, an octo-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.1GHz and another four at 1.5GHz. They have the same cameras – 16-megapixel with optical image stabilisation on the back, 5-megapixel on the front – and every other core spec is more or less the same.
The S6 devices are totally sealed, so you won’t be able to swap out the battery. Lack a a microSD card slot, not to mention the Galaxy S5’s waterproofing. However it’s also increased default internal storage to 32GB, with 64GB and 128GB models also available
It has the same 16-megapixel resolution as the S5 did. There are some improvements, though: the aperture is larger at f/1.9 (the S5’s was an f/2.2 snapper), and the S6 Edge now has optical image stabilisation, which should improve the sharpness of images shot in low light.
In terms of the rest of the specifications the only major change is that the S6 has a slightly smaller battery than the S6 Edge (2,600mAh), at 2,550mAh. Everything else – the size and resolution of the screen, the cameras, processor, RAM and storage options – remain the same.
Samsung even announce an Apple Pay competitor that will debut on the S6 phones called – Samsung Pay.