If HTC’s One M9 was more about carrying the same design language forward, Samsung had to take a step away from its traditional use of plastic for its flagships. Did that pay off well? too early to judge about the overall device but for the design, Samsung deserves a lot of appreciation. What should it be if not plastic? obviously the other material would be a metal, but here, it’s a mixture as the metal frame joins the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panel on the front and back. We’re talking about the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Almost always, there was criticism about Samsung using the same design and material, but now, one would actually want to have this same thing on the future devices as well. Radical changes to the hardware, both external and internal, and still, not making it so drastic to piss off the fans (like Apple did, with iPhone 6 being excessively large for iPhone 5s and previous users).
Samsung Galaxy S6 Photos
The Galaxy S6 has the same screen size, and looks similar from the front, but on the other hand, the Galaxy S6 Edge has received more attention with its beautiful curves on both the sides of the display. In fact, while holding it in the hand, the S6 Edge doesn’t feel much different, but in actual, is much more beautiful.
While we’d still say it isn’t really a time that we start seeing high resolution displays on smartphones, but the company seems to be left with no choice than doing that, compromising with battery drain. HTC, on the other hand, has chosen not to upgrade and that is a wise choice. 577 PPI is the pixel density, and would you really be able to make out a difference? it still seems like a brilliant display with great color output, and credit should go to Super AMOLED display tech, not the pixels in this case.
Talking of the core specs, Samsung has opted to ditch Snapdragon for its flagship, and thus the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, both use the company’s homegrown Exynos 7420 chipset, octa-core and with 14nm manufacturing process, it runs with 64-bit architecture. According to Samsung, the heating will be lesser, and the processor will be responsible in reducing the battery drain as well.
Too early to take a call about the battery performance as well, though we hope it does, because the Galaxy S6 comes with a 2550 mAh battery, while the S6 Edge has a 2600 mAh one. Too much of a compromise again, for the thickness and look of the phone. I wouldn’t have minded a little thicker phone if it could pack in a better battery.
The TouchWiz UI still stays, but there are noticeable changes to the interface with some material design-like implementation. The phone seems very fluid, easy in the hand and smart with good functions, but it has been a trend of seeing Samsung smartphones, even the top-end ones slowing down with time, when more apps are filled in, media files coming in, and then the sluggishness gets evident.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Photos
If Samsung manages to tackle that and with its own processor taking up the load and negotiating with the animations and graphics to keep it swift, the S6 and S6 Edge will be something new, from every way, not just the design.
For the same 16-megapixel camera, Samsung has managed to include optical image stabilisation, and the initial few captures seemed so good, and comparatively even brighter and having lesser noise when compared to the predecessor’s 16MP captures. At the same time, Samsung did show some samples (which seemed non-real) at the conference to compare the camera with that of the iPhone 6, and it will be interesting to see if the results are so different really.
The concerns here are about the battery life, the interface and with the functionality of the edge screen on the Galaxy S6 Edge, as paying about $100 for just the extra curve will need some good reason. But what’s good here, is the build quality as both the devices feel complete, comfortable and perfect in size.
[Contributed by Pradeep Neela]