Samsung Galaxy S6
A 5.1” screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and a Super AMOLED panel
With a brushed metal frame and 2 panels of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the Samsung Galaxy S6 boasts a brand new design, but keeps the same screen size as its predecessor. With a 5.1” screen, Samsung grabs the title of highest ppi on the market whilst keeping the same level of handling comfort and portability that Samsung buyers love.
The display of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the highlight feature alongside the new design and chipset. The diagonal remains unchanged at 5.1″, but the resolution got a massive boost to QHD – 2560 x 1440 pixels. This means that despite its ample surface, the Super AMOLED panel offers a mind-blowing 577ppi.
Under The Hood
Beneath the glass and metal exterior lurks a concept that Samsung have shied away from the last couple of generations. Instead of the Snapdragon chipset, Samsung have used the in-house Exynos 7420 – a chipset built on a 14nm fabrication process.
The battery life of the S6 is higher than average with 17 and a half hours on 3G calls, almost 9 hours non-stop web browsing and 10 and a half hours looped video playback.
Lollipop and TouchWiz work fluently together in the S6
The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and the latest incarnation of TouchWiz. Samsung has been on a mission to simplify its software recently, but there are brand new features too. Most of the new stuff is now available to the Galaxy S5 as well via the recent update to Android Lollipop, but there are still features available only on the Galaxy S6.
The TouchWiz software on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 is silky smooth with no slowdowns.
TouchWiz gets a lot of hate over perceived lag, but there is none on the Galaxy S6 and it features smooth Lollipop-like animated transitions, which makes the experience even better.
An arsenal of apps
The Samsung S6 comes armed to the teeth with a variety of awesome apps, one of which is Samsung Pay. Already certified by Visa and MasterCard, Samsung is now also teaming up with financial institutions around the world to provide more flexible services and coverage. It is also Knox-secured, meaning Galaxy S6 should be getting government grade protection for their personal data.
My KNOX can also be used to create separate spaces for personal and work apps. KNOX Active Protection promises to safeguard you against hacks – it’s disabled by default for casual users, and enabled for enterprise users.
Another cool app is Interview mode, which uses the mic to suppress sounds from the sides and can also mute one side of the conversation, so only the answers of your interviewee are audible.
The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 borrows the 16MP Sony IMX240 sensor that the Galaxy Note 4 uses, but puts it behind a lens with a wider, f/1.9 aperture. This lets more light in and makes for much improved bokeh effects. The camera software is highly sophisticated too.
With the best screen and chipset in business, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is bringing its A-Game to the table. This new overhaul might not be to the taste of every Samsung user, but change is good and by mixing it up Samsung are keeping their product new, fresh and exciting.
Thin (6.8mm) profile, premium dual-glass design reinforced by a metal frame
5.1″ Super AMOLED of QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution, class-leading ~577ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Exynos 7420 64-bit chipset, octa core processor with four 2.1GHz Cortex-A57’s and four 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 cores, Mali-T760 MP8 GPU, 3GB of RAM
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz and Samsung Pay
16MP camera, f/1.9 aperture, 4K video recording, LED flash, optical image stabilization
5MP front-facing camera, f/1.9 aperture, 1080p video, HDR
32/64/128 GB of built-in storage
Active noise cancellation via dedicated mic
LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, IR port, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+
Heart-rate sensor, barometer, SpO2
Wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Length: 143.4 mm
Width: 70.5 mm
Depth: 6.8 mm
Weight: 138 g