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Galaxy S6 designer says GS6 phones are 'new face of Samsung'

Al Sacco | March 3, 2015
Last week, Samsung held a small press event in New York City to brief members of the media on its two latest smartphones, the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, ahead of today's official device launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Yeo, who spent his two years prior to joining Samsung as a lead designer for luxury sports car maker, McLaren, according to his LinkedIn page, appears to have drawn some inspiration from the experience; the design elements that pop when viewing a McLaren automobile are the long, sweeping curves, the glass, the metal and, very often, bright colors.

The same elements draw attention to the new Galaxy S 6 phones, and both models are available in four different color options. Both the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 edge are available in the quirkily named "white pearl," "black sapphire," and "gold platinum" color options. Each model also comes in an exclusive color; the S 6 is available in "blue topaz," while the S 6 edge comes in "green emerald."

The new Galaxy S 6 phones use Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front displays and rear sides, and they all glitter and shine under bright lights, thanks to that reflective undercoating, not unlike a piece of high-tech jewelry.

"Some of the colors we used are colors that you haven't seen before on a mobile phone," Yeo says, referring to the blue and green color options. "It really is a very gorgeous use of color, material and finish."

Inspiration for Galaxy S 6 edge's Curved Sides

Both sides of the Galaxy S 6 edge are curved, and though the right side appears to be slightly more curved than the left, due to the presence of additional keys on the left side, the phone is actually symmetrical, according to Philip Berne, Samsung's marketing manager of technical media.

The idea of using a curved side panel on a smartphone isn't new. Samsung announced its first device with one curved side, the Galaxy Note 4, last September. However, the design and function of the Galaxy S 6 edge is very different.

"We took a step back, we listened to what our customers were saying, and from the design point [of view], we wanted to reevaluate and refocus on what we wanted to communicate in term of our design philosophy and our new design language."

Yeo says that meant reevaluating the smartphone display to consider how people really use it, as well as how they look at their screens during regular use. The exercise eventually translated into making a phone with not one, but with two curved sides.

"What we [came up with] is an emotional form wrapped around a very different product than the world has ever seen before."

Galaxy S 6 Software UX Complements Hardware Design

Yeo says the hardware designers worked hand-in-hand with the software and user experience (UX) teams from the start of the Galaxy S 6 project.


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