SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 AND S6 EDGE ANNOUNCED
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are officially here. After months of rumours and weeks of teasers, we can now see just how big of an upgrade the new Galaxys are over last year’s Galaxy S5.
The most obvious thing about the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is that Samsung has gone with a much more premium design. While its old smartphones were made of plastic, the new Galaxy is crafted from a blend of glass and aluminium. It makes it feel solid and more like a high end smartphone. And, of course, the S6 edge has its unique dual-edged screen that doesn’t just look amazing, it gives an easy new way to check notifications at a glance.
Unfortunately, because of the new design, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge aren’t water resistant like the Galaxy S5.
But the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are the first phones to have a processor built on a 14 nanometre architecture. In layman’s terms, that means the Galaxy S6 is much faster than the Galaxy S5, yet it still uses less battery. The general rule is the smaller the processor architecture, the more efficient it is.
The efficient processor is great for extending battery life, but the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have a trick up their sleeves so you can charge them up really quickly too. New fast chargers should give you enough energy in 10 minutes to watch two hours of HD video. And the new phones have built in wireless charging so you won’t have to fiddle with wires all the time. But they don’t come with a charging pad, so you’ll have to buy one separately.
Samsung hasn’t upped the megapixel count for the Galaxy S6’s main camera, the new phones have the same 16MP sensor as the Galaxy S5. But everything else has changed about it. There’s now optical image stabilisation, which keeps the camera steady even if you’re moving, and a super-wide aperture that lets in more light to make night photos look better. Plus the camera will now launch in just 0.7 seconds so you won’t miss a moment.
And as selfies are becoming bigger business, Samsung has given the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge a 5MP front camera, up from 2.1MP on the Galaxy S5.
We’ll be taking a more detailed hands on look at the two new Galaxys soon, so keep popping back for the latest. Or register your details and we’ll keep you up to date with exclusive news and the date the Samsung Galaxy S6 goes on sale.
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