You have been waiting for this, we are sure. Samsung finally coming up with something new, refreshed and different from what it had always produced. The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge smartphones are launched officially in India, and we are seeing at a fresh unit with a glass body on the back, unlike the plastic that has always been covering the device from the back and sides. This time, there is a metallic construction on the side that holds the front and black glass sheets together.
Check: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge hands-on.
End of cheap plastic, and Samsung is already getting applauded for the attempt to do this. But it hasn’t been something for us, that might claim a cent percent positive response. Sony’s glass body flagship devices as well, have been known for being fingerprint magnets, and prone to heat up quite easily. How well does the Galaxy S6 do in that aspect, is yet to be known. Sturdy, the phone indeed is, with the Gorilla Glass 4 protection on both the sides, and the 5.1-inch display now has a 1440p resolution display, that only gets much better because of the Super AMOLED technology that Samsung retains from the predecessors.
I’d reserve the comment on whether this is something that might get the title as the best smartphone of the year already, but this for sure is the best Galaxy flagship ever made. The S6 Edge feels different and better in a way, though, and it is a special variant like the Note Edge. I’ve been a fan of Super AMOLED displays, with beautiful color output and sharpness, but I’m still not convinced with the 2K resolution that has been a trend since last year.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is what comes packed with the TouchWiz UI that has most of the features that Samsung has always used in the previous smartphones as well, but there is a fresh look and some unnecessary options are hidden deep under the settings , making the interface interesting and even more easier to navigate through. There are one-handed operation settings, and Samsung’s new Samsung Pay feature won’t be much advantageous in India, at least for now.
What will be interesting to see this time, is whether Samsung’s decision to not use a Snapdragon SoC, and going with its own Exynos processor is going to pay off well. It indeed was a very smooth device, with the quickest responses for simple-to-heavy user commands. The Exynos 7420 is an octa-core chipset, with 64-bit architecture, and it is made using the 14nm process, that Samsung boasted about, at the launch. 3 gig of RAM and storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB are available, and a couple major compromises I see, that users might be concerned about – a non-removable 2550 mAh battery, and the removal of MicroSD card slot. That is what Samsung was preferred for, against the brands that didn’t allow access to the battery.
Samsung has upgraded the camera with not the megapixel count, but the actual sensor from Sony having OIS, and a f/1.9 aperture that will help in bright captures, and assist in low light conditions. The front-camera as well, now is a 5-megapixel one and we did try to take a few selfies, not being disappointed about the quality. One very much interesting part is that Samsung has kept the camera always running in the background, so it does open quite swiftly, and the capture speed is vert quick.
Having a same camera as the Galaxy Note 4, which was the best Android device in 2014, with the camera being one of the factors, the Galaxy S6 surely will be in contention for claiming the spot for the best camera smartphone this year.
There is a lot to expect from the Galaxy S6, especially from its new chipset, the camera and the excellent design that makes the phone look attractive. Samsung cannot deny the fact that compromise are made with battery capacity, to keep the slim profile for comfort, but the absence of MicroSD card slot, taking away the water resistance and the battery drain by 2K display will be at question and that’s what we will be letting you know about, very soon when the Galaxy S6 review is up.