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Samsung's Back: Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Wow MWC

News by Luke Jones on Sunday March 01, 2015.

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Galaxy S6
Galaxy S6

The consumer space is generally turning away from Samsung at the moment, but the company may have just righted all the wrongs with its newly launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Korean giant announced the two handsets at the MWC event in Barcelona and the good news is both look to be stunning additions to the smartphone world. Samsung back to its best and seemingly finally listening to customer's needs.

Whether they are enough to entice the masses back remains to be seen, but first impressions suggest these may be the very best mainstream smartphones on the market.

Galaxy S6

Starting with the normal Galaxy S6, a handset that will be Samsung's main flagship for the next year. The Galaxy S5 disappointed on many levels while managing to still be a very good phone, while the S6 addresses those problems to become an excellent one. Samsung promised it was creating this device from the ground up, and that seems to be the case, with the plastic Samsung of old seemingly in the past forever.

In terms of looks, the S6 follows a new design ethos that started with the Galaxy Alpha back in September last year. It feels and looks premium, and oozes a quality Samsung's of the past simply never did, even the flagships ones. Yes, it looks dangerously like the iPhone 6, and I am sure that copying accusations may be levelled at Samsung on message boards and maybe in the courtrooms. However, there are only so many ways that a candy bar design can be made, so I for one am willing to give Samsung the benefit of the doubt.

The machined aluminum chassis sits sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 4 panes, and the device feels solid and the build quality is excellent. The Galaxy S6 gets a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, the newest Samsung built octa-core Exynos chipset, 3GB of RAM, LTE cat.6, a 16 megapixel rear camera, and 32GB of storage. Sadly, Samsung opted not to have a microSD card, which is the only real gripe on first impressions.

As promised, the TouchWiz experience has also been pared down and a UI that has often been accused of being laggy is apparently zippy and smooth now. We will be getting a play with the Galaxy S6 tomorrow, so we will give you a much more comprehensive look at this lighter software, and indeed the phone in general then.

Galaxy S6 Edge

S6 Edge
S6 Edge

If anything, the Galaxy S6 Edge is even better to look at, not least because it ends any comparisons with the iPhone 6 and looks like a standalone device. In fact, it is pretty unique with its curved glass lightly wrapped around the landscape edges. The curve is not as pronounced as on the Galaxy Note Edge, but as a consequence the functionality has taken a hit, with only basic notifications and media controls available. It is aesthetically stunning, but it will be worth weighing up whether the lack of functionality is worth paying the premium price the Edge will command over its sibling.

In almost every other aspect, the Edge is the same as the S6 regular, save for the fact it has a bigger battery to deal with those extra bands of Q HD light.

In one day of smartphone launches, Samsung has delivered a refreshing looking smartphone that is oozing class and quality design, while HTC has let its design ethos slip slightly with an incremental update of the One M8. How times change fast in the smartphone market, but Samsung has just firmly thrown the ball back into the court of every other Android OEM. Sure, Apple will probably shrug a shoulder because Cupertino's model seems impervious to devices of superior quality, but for Android rivals, Samsung has shown why it should still be considered number 1.

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