Samsung unveils Galaxy S6, curved Galaxy S6 Edge

After months of speculation, the South Korean tech giant Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S6 and the curved Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones.

According to tech experts, the new devices are complete redesigns and now use premium materials like the metal frame to support the front and back casing that are wrapped in Corning’s Gorilla Glass.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sport a similar a 5.1-inch, 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display and both come with a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and better low-light image quality.

The camera app opens in less than a second, people who were able to take a hands-on said. Other features include the Samsung LoopPay, wireless charging capability. In terms of specs, both are powered by an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM (random access memory).

The storage options to choose from are 32GB, 64GB and 128GB internal capacity, which are non-expandable since the new smartphones do not have a microSD card slot. However, 65GB of cloud storage will be offered to users via Microsoft One Drive.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which are expected to be available in 20 countries once released, don't have removable batteries, but reports said battery life has been improved.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge specs
  • Operating System: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz
  • S6 display: 5.1-inch QHD (2560x1440) 577ppi Super AMOLED
  • S6 Edge display: Same as S6 but with dual curved edges
  • Processor: Octa-core 4x2.1GHz + 4x1.5GHz 64-bit 14nm Samsung Exynos processor
  • 16MP Rear Camera: OIS, ƒ/1.9, auto real-time HDR, low-light video, high clear zoom, IR detect white balance, virtual shot, slow motion, fast motion, pro mode, selective focus
  • 5MP Front Camera: ƒ/1.9, auto real-time HDR, low-light video
  • Network: LTE Category 6 (300/50Mbps)
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2x2), 620Mbps, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, A2DP, atp-X, ANT+, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, IR remote, USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, compass, fingerprint, gyroscope, hall, heart rate monitor, HRM, proximity
  • Charging: USB 2.0, PowerMat wireless (WPC 1.1, 4.6W output), Qi wireless (PMA 1.0, 4.2W output)
  • Battery: 2550mAh (S6); 2600mAh (S6 Edge)
  • Dimensions: 143.4mm x 70.5mm x 6.8mm / 5.65-inches x 2.78-inches x 0.27-inches (S6); 142.1mm x 70.1mm x 7.0mm / 5.59-inches x 2.76-inches x 0.28-inches (S6 Edge)
  • Weight: 138g / 4.87oz (S6); 132g / 4.66oz (S6 Edge)
  • Video Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, VP9
  • Audio Codecs: MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS
  • Samsung software features: Download Booster, OneDrive (115GB free storage for 2 years), OneNote, Private Mode, Quick Connect, S Health 4.0, S Finder, S Voice, Samsung Pay, Smart Manager, Sound Alive+, Themes
  • Samsung security: One-touch fingerprint scanner, KNOX management software
  • Google Mobile Services: Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Google Settings, Google+, Hangouts, Maps, Photos, Play Books, Play Games, Play Movies and TV, Play Newsstand, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Colors: White, black, gold, and blue (S6); White, black, gold, and dark green (S6 Edge)