Secrets aren’t so secret anymore. That couldn’t be truer for Samsung’s new Galaxy line, which had everything but a few software features leaked earlier this week. Yes, there are going to be two flagship devices this year. Yes, Samsung is still giving their curved edges lots of love. And yes, the Galaxy range looks exciting for the first time in years.
Samsung has formally revealed the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which are identical apart from one major design difference. The Edge, as was the case with the Note Edge, will feature Samsung’s premium curved edges. Both sides of the phone have a curved Gorilla Glass finish, which can have its own set of app icons and message bars. The S6 itself looks very different too. Samsung has woken up to the fact that metal is in, casing both S6 models in an aluminium finish that is to die for. The 5.1’ Gorilla Glass and QHD displays round off what has to be one of the sexiest smartphones on the market right now. A testament to how Samsung wants to stay relevant.
These exterior changes come at a price though. Say goodbye to MicroSD memory, removable batteries and waterproof design. The S6 is a lot like an iPhone now, with internal memory being your only option. There’s 32, 64 and 128GB versions being made available, stacked with an octacore processor and a lighting fast 3GB of DDR4 memory. There’s also going to be fully wireless charging now – in case you have issues with plugging things in the correct way around. Samsung claims that 10 minutes on charge will give you four hours of battery life as well, which sounds pretty incredible.
Samsung has also scaled back their horrendous TouchWiz UI, redesigning some icons and generally taking out a lot of the bloatware. Both S6 models will ship with Android 5.0, with a cleaner Samsung touch up than previous years. The S5 was notoriously filled with a substantial amount of useless software, so it’s great to see the S6 not making the same mistakes. Speaking of which, the S6 will sport a 5 mega-pixel front facing camera, while a new 16 mega-pixel camera with optical image stabilisation takes up the rear.
It’s no surprise then that the S6 is one of the most exciting smartphones Samsung has revealed since their S3 dominated the market three years ago. It’s going to be out in South Africa on April 10th, so keeps your eyes peeled on service provider pre-orders. I would expect orders to sky rocket this year.
Last Updated: March 1, 2015