While the S6 is a very compelling proposition, there are a few compromises. One is that the S6 loses its IP67-rated dust and water resistance, which was a great feature on the GS5. This is likely because of the new aluminium and glass materials used to create a much more premium looking device, and may disappoint some. Fortunately, the GS5 will still be sold for those who need a more robust option.
Secondly, there’s no USB 3.0 cable interface, reverting back to a USB 2 micro-connector, meaning cable-based data transfers will be slower but for most, this isn’t such a big deal.
Next, also likely due to the new front and back glass construction, the battery is no longer removable, and, lastly, there is no longer an expandable Micro SD memory option, so now, like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, customers will need to choose between 32, 64 and 128GB models.
Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on April 10 globally. Australian pricing details have not yet been revealed, but will probably be in line with other premium phones around the $900 mark.
Overall, Samsung’s has been under considerable pressure by Apple’s iPhone 6 for the lion’s share of the Australian premium mobile phone market, so its next move is a very important one. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are definitely going to be contenders, and offer a great combination of powerful features, unique and beautiful design choices and a simplified, streamlined interface. However at the end of the day, like the iPhone 6, both models have that rare ‘x-factor’ that just makes you want one, which can only be a good thing for Samsung.
Galaxy S6 edge
LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED
5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED, Dual edge
Quick Launch, Tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR(Front & Rear) , F1.9, Low Light Video(Front & Rear), High Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus
Ultra Power Saving Mode
S Health 4.0
Microsoft Apps(OneDrive 115GB for 2 years, OneNote)
S Finder, S Voice
Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspotBluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+USB: USB 2.0NFCIR Remote