News by admin on Thursday April 23, 2015.
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are fantastic smartphones, and they are widely expected to breathe new life into the company after a worrying 2014. The handsets have already made their mark in Samsung's South Korea homeland, with the devices shifting 200,000 units within 10 days of being released. However, Samsung believed it would move 300,000 units based on pre-order numbers, so the Galaxy S6 range is not performing quite as well as predicted.That said, 200,000 units is not exactly bad news for Samsung and represents a good showing over a 10 period in the Korean market, one that is already overrun with smartphone options. There is also the small fact that globally the Galaxy S6 is expected to do very well. Indeed, analysts originally pointed to sales of around 45 million units for this year, while Samsung offered 50 million. The reaction to both devices has been strong enough to make some analysts bump their estimates significantly to 70 million. Usually the numbers are somewhere between analyst low predictions and high ones, so Samsung may see the GS6 break its own 50 million estimate through 2015.
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.