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And there are even a few extras, with the heart rate sensor returning on the back from last year (though in a different place), cloud storage included (this time via Microsoft’s OneDrive), wireless charging built into the body, and the phone also supporting fast charging from select microUSB chargers while an ultra-low power saving mode can offer extra battery life if you need to make the battery last longer.

Finally, there are the buttons and ports, and these are also a little different this time around, but only marginally, with all ports moved to the bottom, showing the 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB jack found at the base of the unit without any covers.

Buttons are all pretty standard for a Samsung phone, with individual volume rocker buttons on the left edge of the phone, a power button along the right edge, and the standard Samsung home key under the screen on the front.

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A fingerprint sensor can be found under this home screen button, different from the previous generation of the technology found in the S5 due to it no longer needing a swipe of the finger.

The phone is manufactured from glass and metal and takes a nanoSIM using a pin-ejectable tray found on the right edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a non-removable battery that is rated at 2550mAh.

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Performance

Every year around this time, we see the first few flagship smartphones make their way out to consumers eager for the latest and greatest, keen to ditch their old phones for something new and sit on the cusp of technology for at least the next few minutes.

They’ve seen the releases at Mobile World Congress, read our initial hands-on pieces, and hopefully heard the good news because these products can make their way out from the factory lines into their hands.

This year is no different to previous years in that regard, and just like we’ve seen for the past couple of years, HTC and Samsung are there first, revealing their hands for the first major smartphone releases for the first half of the year, with the next major release likely happening in the second half of the year, or somewhere between August and September if you need a more confirmed date.

That time is normally reserved for the bigger screens, at least for Samsung, and if you like a smaller handset — one that’s pocketable — now is the time to take a look at what manufacturers are doing.

We checked out HTC’s new model recently, and we suspect the Taiwanese manufacturer had to move quickly to get in before the Korean giant Samsung, but it may have been for moot, and only to say “we got there first”.

Unfortunately, getting in first isn’t always such an important claim, and this year’s release for Samsung looks and feels a lot better from a technical point of view, with better specs, a better screen, and a design found in the Galaxy S6 that aims to be thinner than Samsung has previously offered and just as well made as other competitors.