According to Samsung CEO JK Shin, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are, "The most beautiful smartphones in our history and the most advanced in the world."
Their introduction on March 1, 2015 certainly caused gasps of appreciation among the world's press. Discover more about them here.
No phone is faster. Lag and stutter are gone. Multitasking is fluid and immediate. The screen responds instantly. The power – and the convenience it brings – is the result of the world's first smartphone 64-bit processor, the latest memory type (DDR4), and a clutch of Samsung-developed innovations. Happily, this speed does not reduce battery life, which is greater than its predecessors.
A rare and strong beauty
It took several years to develop the two edges of the S6 edge, involving applications of 800 degree Celsius to curve the glass.
But there is substance to these desirable shapes: the strongest glass yet, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, forms both front and back surfaces. The metal elements are 50 per cent stronger than that used in other smartphones.
The shopping revolution
Galaxy S6 owners can leave their cards at home and pay at major stores with an application on their mobile phones, Samsung Pay, in the knowledge that defense-grade security guarantees their purchases.
This new payment application allows any store that accepts credit, debit cards or NFC* payments to accept payments on the Galaxy S6. The facility does not store users' card data in the phone nor with Samsung, and it works with a growing range of cards and banks including MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Chase, Bank of America and Citi.
The card options are growing with each month, as are the number of outlets which can use it.
Another legendary Samsung screen
The screen's astonishing clarity and colours, even in bright sunlight, are the result of years of development of Super AMOLED technology.
The facts speak for themselves: Samsung integrated 77 per cent more pixels into the Galaxy S6 than the S5. The resulting 5.1" screen provides a cinematic 2,560 x 1,440 pixel experience, setting new standards and more gasps of delight.
Pioneering Samsung customers will be glad to learn that both mobile phones slot into the revolutionary Gear VR headset, where they add 11 per cent more pixels than the S5.
The end of battery anxiety
The S6 charges faster than any other phone; in 10 minutes you can power it for four hours' use. That's a quick coffee in the mall, and a worry off your mind. General charging time is 1.5 times faster than previous models. And the phones reach full charge in half the time of some non-Samsung mobile phones.
Another revolutionary feature: wireless charging is built into the phone and it supports the two key wireless charging systems (WPC and PMA) – so users can charge at most wireless charging stations. Sleek charging pads are available as extras.
The fastest Samsung smartphone camera
The Samsung Galaxy S6's camera is instantly accessible: with a launch time of 0.7 seconds, you can capture more of your favorite moments as they happen.
As importantly, users are likely to get memorable results with the help of the following features:
- A generous, five-megapixel front camera, for the sharpest selfies
- A 16-megapixel rear camera with a very bright f1.9 lens, allowing vivid photos in the evening
- Instant, perfect exposures via another Samsung first: real-time HDR
- A focus system that moves as fast as the phone: Fast-Tracking Autofocus
- Less camera shake thanks to Optical Image Stabilisation
The video is equally impressive. Samsung are so confident about its quality that they used an S6 to produce the two-storey-high video displays at the S6 launch event.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 means business
The Galaxy S6 fits in at the office as well as it does at home. Integrated with all key company Mobile Device Management systems, any IT department will be happy to support it.
It has defense-grade security built in – Samsung Knox – a strong defense against attacks, viruses and hackers, and one validated by a range of US and European government agencies.
Added to this is, of course, is the fingerprint scanner.
As much attention has been paid to the experience of using the smartphones as to their shape, optics and electronics. Every feature has been re-examined and many redesigned.
The interface is the clearest example: features that were hard to use are discarded, and intuitive screens have been created for the most important tasks. Explanatory text supports each icon while navigation is improved with colours. For example, contacts are presented in orange, while video-related features are in purple.
Another welcome advance: none of the key screens require scrolling.
The list goes on
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge represent the height of smartphone technology and comprise hundreds more features and benefits than those featured here. Come back soon to Samsung.com/ae/discover where we will provide more detail and "How to" articles.
IN OTHER WORDS
"A design that screams 'premium' when touched or held" – TechCrunch
"The Samsung Galaxy S6 is here – and it's lovely" – Stuff.tv
"The S6 and S6 Edge are certainly great phones, with solid performance and finally a design that Samsung can be proud of" – The Verge
"How good is the new Galaxy S6? The short answer is: very good indeed" – TechRadar
"The Galaxy S6 is genuinely fun to hold - small enough to feel like a phone, but with curves and edges that pleasantly surprise you" – PC Magazine
"Samsung has raised the level of mobile photography, and has showcased just how impressive are the new 16MP ISOCELL image sensors with F1.9 lens that produces excellent results, even when on low-light photo sessions and video recording" – Tbreak