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How sharp can a smartphone screen be? Let’s find out, as we pull out our microscope for a quick look at the display of the Galaxy S6 due out in early April.

The fourth month of 2015 looks to be a busy one when it comes to gadgets coming out.

If you’re into your Apple goods, you’ll know all too well that two things are on the way, with the Apple Watch due out in late April, as well as a new super-slim portable from Apple that manages to out-Air Apple’s other thin computer.

Asus has a watch coming, and we’re sure there will be other gadgets too, as April is generally the time when home theatre gear — TVs and whatnot — get refreshed.

But April also means something else, as it’s generally the time when smartphones get refreshed in Australia, with March to May being the wonderful time when we see the first lot of new smartphones for the first half of the year.

And with the HTC One M9 out of the way, that can only mean Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will be next.


Launched this week, the S6 is nearly here, arriving on store shelves on April 10 and coming in a variety of prices with a bunch of new specs and features aimed at impressing.

For instance, there’s a glass and metal design, wireless charging, high-speed connections both at home (802.11ac) and while in transit (4G), and a camera that aims to really impress with low-light sensitivity and speed when you switch it on.

Samsung's Galaxy S6

Samsung’s Galaxy S6

There are even two distinct models, one with flat edges and another with a thinner look to the edge and a curved screen, with this last model aimed at the premium end of the market that want something a little more future-friendly and individual. In case you’re curious, these are the Galaxy S6 (flat edges) and Galaxy S6 Edge (thinner edge, curved screen), with each carrying a different pricing model.

In the hands, both are very sleek pieces of gear, eliciting a feeling very much like the quality you get when you pick up an iPhone, even though the product has been made by Samsung.

If you sat on the sidelines all this time and wondered why Samsung didn’t include premium materials in its design, and hoped the company would wake up to that fact, the Galaxy S6 is that product, with metal and glass and a weight that is very comfortable to hold.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge

Our time with the Samsung Galaxy S6 has thus far been very short, but the camera is fast and very good at focusing quickly, even working in a macro mode the way few phones can (the way few cameras can, even), with the operating system snappy, and the overall feeling positive.