By Kit Elton P. Pilla
Smartphone afficionados are certainly rethinking about what’s on their grips after the Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) gave a sneak peak of its latest in the series in the Samsung Galaxy family on March 2015 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, and in the Philippines.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are two of Samsung’s latest flagship offerings within its premium lines. Promising aesthetic beauty amidst their ‘next is now’ technology, there are a number of ways these models define the future of smartphones.
New Look and Feel
Samsung made a huge change in its latest flagship device, in response to what their customers have clamored for, and as an application of its learnings and experiences from the fast for the better of their smartphones.
At first glance, a striking improvement is that Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have now veered away from the plastic body of its predecessors as their exteriors are now made of metal frame and toughest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 body, thus exuding a more premium look and feel. ?Five colorful jewel stones were also introduced and they include white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, blue topaz and green emerald.
The green emerald colored Galaxy S6 Edge struck a strong impression upon me because of its unique feature behind its curved edge display. The edge features notifications, news and Twitter feed tickers as well as night clock and color-coded contacts.
With the Samsung S6’s weight of 138g/132g edge aluminum metal frame, it is still lighter than the 145g S5 series.
Both are now equipped the power-featured phones, the key hardware and software feature that made them to the top of the latest smartphones that came out in the market lately. Hopefully this appeases some people who have asked why Samsung? dropped some of the Galaxy line’s features like the removable battery and external memory and the absence of water resistant feature as other contenders already have.
All these features given are all in the paper and can only be differentiated if already felt and experienced.
As the removable battery feature was removed Samsung embedded wireless charging technology and it work with any wireless pad available in the market that support WPC and PMA standards. The S6 and S6 Edge are also faster to recharge versus their predecessor by 1.5 times ?and return to 50% battery strength within half an hour and four hours of usage in 10 minutes charging.
Enhanced security is another new feature of the S6 series, especially since they come with fingerprint scanner that verifies ownership. Similar to the previous series, on the other hand, the curved extensions on both sides are still there.
Both Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are similar in terms of display, both featuring 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, and 2560 x 1440 resolution 577ppi pixel density, comparable to the latest Samsung Note 4 pixel display of 2560×1440 reso 518 ppi and the 1080×1920 reso 432 ppi of the S5. “It’s the best smartphone displays ever,” according to DisplayMate Technologies. Many will ask if the 2,550mAh of S6 and 2,600mAh S6 Edge batteries can perform well with more bright colors, and great contrast, brightness of the phones. According Patty Rodriguez Samsung Product Manager for Premium Smart phones in the Philippines, “Samsung introduce a new 14 nanometer processor that makes the two phones?more energy efficient.”
For me, the camera is always my priority whenever I consider upgrading my cellphone. The Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both 16MP rear-facing camera with smart optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 5MP front-facing camera that can give you a superior image quality in a smartphones. I was able to try the S6 camera for a few minutes and compared to my Note 3. I’d say?it can focus fast even with the moving objects. It can also take better photos and videos in low light conditions. I was not able to try the phones built in, easy camera apps and other advance camera functions, but like the Note 4, the ability to double tap on your home screen to launch the camera app, claimed to happen in only 0.7 seconds was also introduced in S6 and S6 Edge.
Ms. Patty Rodriguez and Mr. Ivan Pua of Samsung Philippines with the Samsung S6 Edge