So the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have finally arrived. Their most striking feature is the new premium design, but there’s lots more that’s been upgraded since last year’s Galaxy S5. So how do they compare?
Let’s start with that sleek new design. Samsung has pulled out all the stops with the Galaxy S6s. Their metal and glass bodies seamlessly blend into the 5.1 inch screens. Compared to the Galaxy S5’s plastic body, the S6s are a revelation. And the size of the new phones is perfect for holding in one hand. Everything about the Galaxy S6s feels more solid, smoother and more like a high end phone than the Galaxy S5.
The screen on the Galaxy S6s is the same size as the one on the Galaxy S5 at 5.1 inches. But now the resolution has been upped from Full HD to Quad HD. That means the new Super AMOLED screen can show twice as much detail. And the difference is pretty obvious as soon as you look at it. Images are sharper, clearer and have even more beautiful, life like colours.
Of course, we can’t talk about the screen of the new phones without talking about the S6 Edge and its dual curve. This doesn’t just look cool, it adds some unique features that make using the phone a little easier. For example, it can light up different colours depending on who’s calling or texting you so you have a subtle new way to check if you need to pick up the phone.
Inside both Galaxy S6s is the world’s first mobile processor built on a 14 nanometre scale. That basically means the phone can run faster while using less battery than it the Galaxy S5 could. The new processor produces far more power than you’ll normally use, but it’s nice to know you’ll always be able to run the latest games and apps.
The advanced new processor isn’t the only thing that’ll help you stay away from your charger. Both of the Galaxy S6s come with a fast charger in the box. It provides enough energy in just 10 minutes to let you watch two hours of HD video, much better than what the Galaxy S5 could manage. And the new phones have wireless charging built in too.
Finally, whether you’re into taking photos of sunset or selfies, the new Galaxy S6s have fantastic cameras. The rear camera shoots in the same 16MP resolution as the Galaxy S5. But now there’s optical image stabilisation to keep the camera steady even if you’re moving, and a bigger aperture that lets in more light to make your night time photos look much better. On the front, the camera’s been upped to 5MPs from 2.1MP so selfies will be a lot sharper. And both cameras launch in a record 0.7 seconds so they’re ready for action the moment you are.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge bring a great new design from the team at Samsung. And if you’re contemplating an upgrade from your current Galaxy S5, or any other Samsung device, you won’t be disappointed.
Want to see how the Samsung Galaxy S6 compares to its other predecessors? Check out our Galaxy S3 comparison and Galaxy S4 comparison. Or take a look at the differences between the S6 and S6 edge.