Samsung on Sunday (1 March) pulled the wraps-off the company's new flagship smartphone Galaxy S6 and limited edition S6 Edge.
Samsung's new sixth generation smartphone is a major upgrade over its predecessor Galaxy S5 in terms of design language, use of metal in construction and other internal hardware.
To provide a clear perspective between the two Galaxy S siblings, we have done a quick specification rundown of Galaxy S6 ( & S6 Edge) and its predecessor, Galaxy S5.
In late 2013 and early 2014, Apple was under immense pressure from stock holders to come up with something new or else surrender to Samsung's dominance. The Cupertino company's co-founder Steve Jobs had once quipped that Samsung's Note series was too big and consumers would discard it. But his opinion held no appeal as global smartphone market embraced the new 'Phablet' series.
And finally last year, Apple under the new leadership of Tim Cook announced two big screen -- 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch -- iPhone 6 series handsets in to the market. It worked wonders for Apple as it brought record shattering $18 billion revenue in just three months in Q4, quarter ending in December 2014. It is the biggest revenue collection for any company in the corporate history of Wall Street.
Now, Samsung which has been panned by market analysts, critics and fans for launching plastic flagship phone, has launched a true premium phone Galaxy S6 with metal finish.
The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are constructed with a blend of metal and glass with no sign of plastic; it is a sort of Samsung's coming of age moment. Both devices' metallic shiny finish truly embodies the term premium.
2014-model Galaxy S5 flaunts a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED based full HD screen with a pixel density of 440 ppi (pixels per inch).
Samsung has kept screen size to 5.1-inch, same as its predecessor, but has bumped up the resolution from full HD (1920x1080p) to QHD (aka 2K: 2560x1440p) display on Galaxy S6 with a pixel density of more than 577 pixels per inch on the screen.
S6 Edge too features same display resolution, only difference is that the screen stretches to both right and left side edges.
Processor, RAM and Storage:
Last year, Samsung's flagship phone Galaxy S5 was initially released with two chipset variants based on network availability in select regions.
Later in the second half of 2014, the company released LTE-A model in developed countries with faster network connectivity support.
To put things in perspective, Galaxy S5 LTE-A model housed 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, whereas the LTE model packed Snapdragon 801. On the other hand, 3G-variant featured Samsung's in-house built Exynos 5 Octa-core 5422 series chipset.
Now the sixth generation Galaxy S device comes with only one processor model. Samsung reportedly ditched Snapdragon 810 SoC (System on Chip), the one we see in rival HTC One M9, due to some over-heating issue.
Instead, Samsung has used its in-house built 64-bit class Exynos 7 Octa-core, which is said to be more superior to Snapdragon 810. The former is an advanced 14nm (nanometer) class chipset, whereas the latter is 20nm class chipset.
While Galaxy S5 housed 2GB RAM and came with 16GB and 32GB storage options, with additional scope for expansion, the new Galaxy S6 series devices ship with 3GB LPDDR4 RAM and are available in three storage models – 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
What's interesting of storage-disk in Galaxy S6 devices is that it boasts of most advanced UFS 2.0 memory standard, which allows faster booting, faster data input/output response, three times faster file copy, and three times the multitasking capability.
In layman terms, Galaxy S6 users can watch high-quality videos, play high bandwidth games and other entertainment, along with running multiple applications, and downloading or uploading files, all with very less (or no) lag in functionality.
Galaxy S5 ships with a 16.0-megapixel comes with LED flash, and super-fast auto-focus feature with a speed of 0.3 seconds and other notable attribute is the 4K video recording feature.
On the other hand, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge houses the same 16.0-megapixel camera, but comes with photography user-experience enhancing features such as Quick Launch (double press home button to activate Camera), 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 and Selective Focus.
Both Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5 have pretty decent front cameras with ability to record full HD videos.
Mobile Operating System:
Since Samsung has already released the new Android 5.0 Lollipop to 2014 model Galaxy S5, so there is very little advantage owning Galaxy S6.
What's interesting in Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is that its user-interface is said to be clutter-free and simple for normal day-to-day use.
Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Galaxy S5:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge||Samsung Galaxy S5|
||5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD (1920x1080p) resolution having pixel density of 440 plus ppi (pixels per inch)|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop OS||Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS (Android 5.0 Lollipop released)|
|Processor||Model 1: 14nm based 64-bit class Exynos 7420 Octa-core (four Cortex-A53 + four Cortex-A57 cores)||Model 1 (4G): 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPUModel 2 (3G): Exynos 5 Octa-core 5422 series CPUModel 3 (LTE-A): Snapdragon 805 series quad-core processor|
|GPU||Mali T-760||Adreno 330/ARM Mali T628MP6/Adreno 330|
|RAM||LPDDR 3 3GB||993MHz 2GB DDR3|
|Storage capacity||32GB, 64GB and128GB||16GB/32GB , expandable via micro SD card|
|Camera||Main: 16MP with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer),Front: 5.0MPCamera 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||Main: 16.0-megapixel camera with HDR, fast (0.3-second) auto-focus, 4K video recordingFront: 2.1-megapixel camera with full HD video recording|
|Battery||2550 mAh (S6)/2600 mAh(S6 Edge)||2800 mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving ModeTalk time: up to 21 hoursStandby mode: 390 hours|
|Network||3G & 4G-LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)||3G & LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)|
|Value-added 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, and new improved finger-print sensor||Water-proof and dust-resistant IP67 certification, finger print based biometric technology, built-in heart-rate monitor, Kids mode, Private mode, Download booster, S Health v3.0|
|Add-ons||WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot, Bluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC,IR Remote, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic , Samsung Knox security app now upgraded to defence grade||Fifth generation Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO (2x2)), Bluetooth v4.0 BLE/ANT+, NFC, IR Remote|
||142.5 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm|