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Samsung reveals sixth-generation Galaxy S6 and curved Galaxy S6 Edge

Florence Ion | March 2, 2015
One is flat and one is curved, but both are resplendent in metal and glass, and both run Samsung's octa-core Exynos processor.

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Its here. Samsungs brand new metal-and-glass Galaxy S6 is finally here, and its like no smartphone the company has ever released. The flagship device overhauls the Galaxy lines down-market design aesthetic to spectacular effect, fixing one of our most longstanding complaints about Samsung hardware.

Inside, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is powered by 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and its own octa-core Exynos processor. Samsung didnt specify the processor name during our pre-briefing (well update this article when we get details), but it did mention that this is a 64-bit, 14nm system-on-a-chip. The company also claims its processor is about 30 percent more power-efficient than before, and that two separate quad-core sets are for two very specific purposes: One set is geared toward battery efficiency, and the other set is for performance.

It's really fast
Inside, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is powered by 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and its own octa-core Exynos processor. Samsung didn't specify the processor name during our pre-briefing (we'll update this article when we get details), but it did mention that this is a 64-bit, 14nm system-on-a-chip. The company also claims its processor is about 30 percent more power-efficient than before, and that two separate quad-core sets are for two very specific purposes: One set is geared toward battery efficiency, and the other set is for performance.

It's got a bright screen
Samsung packed the Galaxy S6 with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of about 577 pixels-per-inch (ppi). Samsung also said that the Galaxy S6 should be easier to see outdoors-about 20 percent brighter than the Galaxy S5.

It still only has one speaker
This is sort of a bummer, but the Galaxy S6 doesn't have stereo speakers. Rather, it uses one mono speaker that's a tad enhanced. Samsung calls it a "power speaker," and it's supposedly 1.5 times louder than its predecessor. The device also comes equipped with ergonomic earphones in the box.

It still has a 16-megapixel camera
Samsung beefed up its preexisting 16-megapixel camera sensor instead of bumping up the megapixels just for megapixels' sake. The rear-facing camera features a F1.9 wide-angle lens, which should allow more light to hit the sensor when shooting in low-light situations. The camera is also capable of real-time HDR and Smart OIS, which Samsung says has been refined since introduced in the Galaxy S4. Also, the Galaxy S6 uses an IR sensor to automatically detect and adjust white balance.

As for selfies, Samsung equipped the Galaxy S6 with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that also utilizes automatic real-time HDR and a wider lens.

It can charge almost anywhere
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The Galaxy S6 supports WPC and PMA standards.

 

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