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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Handsets - Our Review
So the rumours were true, Samsung have unveiled not one but two versions of their new flagship smartphone. Here's the lowdown on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Galaxy S6 Handset
First up is the Galaxy S6, Samsung claims that their S6 handsets are currently 'the most advanced smartphones in the world' and its specs are certainly very impressive. With the same size display as the S5 at 5.1-inches, the flat screen of the S6 is a stunning Super AMOLED QHD with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 which means it's pixel per inch density is a pin sharp 577.
As expected Samsung have overhauled the design with a metal and glass frame instead of the plastic design of previous S series smartphones. Both the front and the rear of the Galaxy S6 are made from the latest Gorilla Glass 4 (os less chance of them smashing when dropped) and they are joined together by a curved metal band. The S6 is also very slim - at just 6.8mm - and light - weighing in at only 138 grams. The inside of the glass panels have a reflective coating which gives an appealing shimmering metallic look and the S6 will come in a range of colours - Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Blue Topaz.
The rear camera on the S6 is also an improvement on the S5 - it still has 16-megapixels but it's been upgraded and includes optical image stabilisation, an LED flash and auto HDR (which shoots multiple images and combines them for the best results. The f/1.9 aperture on both the rear and front cameras means that it performs much better in low light conditions and the front-facing camera is an excellent 5-megapixels for better selfies. It's also now possible to fire up the camera in record time by just double-pressing the home button.
On the inside, the S6 features a Samsung Exynos octa-core, 64-bit processor and 3GB of RAM - that's a fast processor and plenty of processing space so your phone is going to react superfast. There is no longer a micro-SD slot but the S6 will come in a choice of three different storage options which are 32, 64 or 128GB. The 2550mAh battery may be a bit smaller than the one in the S5 but it charges 50 per cent faster so you will have around 4 hours of use out of a mere 10 minute charge. The S6 also features wireless charging technology which is compatible with pretty much any Qi-enabled charger.
Other notable features worth a mention are the upgraded fingerprint scanner which is just touched rather than swiped and will be used for the new Samsung Pay which is scheduled to be launched later this year and will rival the Apple Pay equivalent (although Apple Pay is still only available in the US). The S6 will run on Android Lollipop 5.0 and uses the overhauled and streamlined Samsung TouchWiz User Interface which has been pared back by around 40 per cent for a faster, slicker experience for users.
Galaxy S6 Edge Handset
Specifications-wise the Galaxy S6 Edge is almost identical to the original Galaxy S6 with the main difference being its display. The screen on the S6 Edge is a real head turner as it curves and extends over both edges of the smartphone.
The curved edges enable the user to keep on top of important news and notifications with a news-alert feed, quick access to most frequently used contacts and it will even glow a different colour according to which of those contacts is trying to contact you.
The Galaxy S6 Edge also features a slightly larger battery at 2600mAh, wireless charging and it's a shade thicker than its sibling, measuring 7mm. The S6 Edge will be available in a similar range of colours to the S6 with the Blue Topaz option replaced by a Green Emerald model.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available in the UK from early April, you can pre-order your S6 or S6 Edge handset here.