Samsung Launches Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge

Watching the various specs for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge leak over the past few months has certainly kept the internet busy. Now that the phone has officially launched though I thought it would be a good idea to break down all the specs that were confirmed at the pre-brief I attended in London last week.

At the embargoed event there were also some components from the S6 Edge which give a really great idea of how the phone is put together, so I’ve also included them here.

It’s worth noting that the biggest and most significant news is that the S6 and S6 Edge will both feature Samsung’s own processors. This might also go some way to explaining the reduced battery life in these phones in comparison to the S5. Samsung has said that the new, 14nm process – which it has pioneered in phones – can yield a power saving of some 35 per cent in comparison to the Snapdragon 800 in the Galaxy S5.

DSC_1810Processor

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa – Four cores run at 1.5GHz and four at 2.1GHz

64-bit processor built to a 14nm process

Memory and storage

3GB of LPDDR4 RAM
32GB, 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.0 flash memory

DSC06949Wireless

LTE category 6 modem (300mbps download)

802.11ac MIMO 620mbps

Bluetooth 4.1

Cameras

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Front: 5-megapixel, f/1.9 lens and real-time HDR, wide-angle selfie

Rear: 16-megapixel, f/1.9 lens (34 per cent more light reaches the sensor than on the S5), smart optical image stabilization, launch by pressing and holding the home button in 0.7 seconds, tracking AF

Battery capacity

The phone has a fast-charge mode that gives it enough power for 2 hours of HD video playback or 4 hours of “normal” use in 10 minutes.

S6: 2550mAh

S6: Edge 2600mAh

Both phones support the two main wireless charging standards. WPC’s Qi and Powermat, which uses something called PMW (pulse width modulation).

Screen

Quad-HD Super AMOLED display

S6: 1440 x 2560
S6 Edge: 1440 x 2660

DSC06955Speaker

Bottom-mounted, 1.5x louder than the Galaxy S5
Amplifer built in for best quality sound

NFC

Compatible with most payment systems – MST, NFC and Barcode with magnetic stripe storage too

Security

Samsung Knox
Find my Mobile, reactivation lock, remote wipe, remote ultra power saving mode to keep the phone running and trackable for as long as possible

Dimensions and weight

S6: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm 138g

S6: Edge 142 x 70.1 x 70mm 132g

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