samsung galaxy s6

Samsung just took the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday to unveil its answer to the iPhone 6, its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagships. Succeeding the Galaxy S5, which Samsung had trouble selling, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will ship April 10 on all four major US carriers.

Samsung is remaining mum on pricing for either handset, but has revealed specifications for the devices. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature a 5.1-inch quad HD display, 2.1GHz quad-core processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 16-megapixel OIS rear-camera, and 5-megapixel front-camera.

The introduction of both handsets wasn’t in the company’s typical fashion. Samsung’s event at Mobile World Congress wasn’t a theatrical affair, instead the South Korea-based company got to the point when it came to ushering in its reinvigorated product line. It was quite refreshing. 

The screen size hasn’t changed from the Galaxy S5, but the resolution has been increased from 1920×1080 pixels to 2560×1440 pixels. According to Samsung, it’s 25 percent brighter than the Galaxy S5’s display, and packs better outdoor visibility.

The Galaxy S6 keeps with similar designs that Samsung has chosen in the past, however this time, it’s included an improved fingerprint scanner on the home button and has opted to enclose the battery and take away the removable microSD card that many Android fans seemingly can’t get enough of. As we saw in leaks, the bottom of the smartphone looks a lot like the iPhone 6 and the headphones look like Apple EarPods.

galaxy s6

The Galaxy S6 Edge is a different approach by Samsung. The smartphone features a display that curves and wraps around the left and right sides of the phone. Not just for looks, the curved portion serves as a secondary display where users can view notifications and launch applications with one hand.

Samsung says both smartphones can charge in half the time as an iPhone 6, getting four hours of battery charge in just 10 minutes of being plugged in. They both have wireless charging.

Samsung also took its Mobile World Congress event to introduce Samsung Pay, its head-to-head approach to Apple Pay. Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S6 with two mobile payment options: NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). Users open the Samsung Pay app, select a card, and authenticate with Samsung’s built-in fingerprint sensor.

Using the MST technology, which Samsung got through its LoopPay acquisition, the company believes it has a leg up on Apple being compatible at more stores. Samsung expects Samsung Pay to work at 30 million stores, by holding the phone near a traditional card swipe reader, essentially making it backward compatible for nearly all payment terminals.

Samsung Pay will launch in the US and South Korea in the summer, with Europe and China to launch later. “Samsung Pay will reinvent how people pay for goods and services and transform how they use their smartphones,” JK Shin, Samsung’s mobile boss, said.

What do you think of Samsung’s new approach?

  • Tim

    With the ability to work with almost all traditional payment terminals, Samsung pay is something I’m looking forward to. Mind blowing the general population everytime you have to swipe

  • Inseltraeumer

    Samsung’s answer? Seems more like an echo to me

  • Tommy

    At first exposed antenna lines were ugly, but apple did it and it became a trend.
    At first cameras that stuck out were annoying, but apple did it and it became a trend.
    At first gold was only a color you talk about when buying jewellery, but apple did it and it became a trend.
    People complain about not having expandable storage with other phones but with Apple, its OK.
    People complain about not having IP57 with other phones but with Apple, its OK.
    People complain about not having a removable battery but with Apple, its OK.
    People complain about low res front facing cameras but with Apple, its OK.
    Conclusion: Apple = God and no manufacturer will be able to beat Apple.

  • Ayman Abdellaoui

    Here we go again, court lawsuits and Jonathan Ive testimony (facepalm)

  • singhay559

    How the iPhone 6 should have been. The design of the 4s/5s combined but with way better features. I just hate the fact that they removed the sd card option.

  • waqass

    No expandable memory.
    No removable battery.
    Aluminum body.
    Glass front and back.

    Welcome to 2009, Samsung. The iPhone has been kicking that since the 4
    Samsung pay? Really ?!

  • Rami Tabaa

    Samsung, please just stop!

  • Clear

    Close enough?

  • 24mh12

    I think its a very nice phone but I don’t see what appeal this would have to average people walking into a phone store they will see it looks like a iPhone and just get an iPhone instead, nerds and tech dummies will go for the s6 but that’s a small percentage overall. The average consumer won’t pick this over the iPhone because of the looks if you want something ths looks like an iPhone why not just get the iPhone

  • Martin

    holy faken burger, that s6 looks like and iphone 6

  • Is this the Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6? LOL

  • tariq

    People who say water resistance is not important, I disagree. I bought Sony XZ1, it was okay phone, not too much bragging since the microphone goes OFF for a whole day after some swimming. But Xperia z3C is perfect and waterproof is a big deal (IN MY OPINION) and samsung should of kept this feature too cuz now it looks like they just downgrading… And android phones most definitely need SD card!!!

  • Beulah Sanders

    Yeah. I suppose my storage gets the very best of my in regards to when it did well or not. But you think they would have a hint and only produce an additional film just to have in and get out. I cant envision which they are likely to make a lot of income off of the when their all said and performed