The Galaxy S5 is dead, long live the Galaxy S6! After months and months of rumors and purported leaks, Samsung is letting its current generation of smartphones go gently into the good night with the announcement of a pair of new slim, sleekly designed phones: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the curved-screen Galaxy S6 Edge.
Set to hit store shelves on April 10, this new generation of Galaxy phones will finally bid farewell to the ergonomic plastic casing and removable battery of previous generations. The new phones, which both run Android 5.0 Lollipop and offer 5.1-inch high resolution displays, are ditching their old plastic bodies for new ones of glass and metal. The S6 Edge’s screen offers a customizable, curved screen display. What exactly this adds to your user experience seems negligible, but like their curved TVs, it does look awfully cool.
While the removable battery will be sorely missed, the battery is said to last for up to 12 hours on Wi-Fi and charges “faster than any other smartphone in the industry,” according to Samsung CEO JK Shin. In just 10 minutes of charging time, the S6 will get 4 hours of battery life. Getting it to 100% can be achieved in roughly half the time it takes the iPhone 6 to accomplish the same task. The new generation of Samsung phones will also offer built-in wireless charging support, Gear VR compatibility, and contains Samsung’s new Exynos processor (as opposed to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 that is found in many of its Android competitors).
The S6 Edge and Note Edge | Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET
In addition, the phones offer enhanced fingerprint scanners, 16-megapixel back-mounted cameras, a micro-USB charger port, IR capabilities for those who want to use their phone as a remote control, and industry-leading 2560×1440 pixel AMOLED displays with a density of 577 ppi. If that sounds like a lot to take in, it is. Just know that while Samsung is ditching the removable battery and waterproofing of the S5, they are trying to deliver some bang for your buck as they move into their next design phase. Exactly what that buck will be, though, is still to be determined as Samsung has not yet announced pricing on the new models.
Is this the redesign Samsung needs to corrects its course? For many, the S5 was regarded as a bit of a misstep thanks to its plastic build and its marked visual similarities to the S4. People latched on to what they perceived as a lack of aesthetic innovation, rather than its advanced graphical capabilities and bountiful features. As a result, profits plummeted last year, and so Samsung is looking to reinvigorate its flagship phone line with slick new designs. Whether or not it will work is a story for the coming days and weeks ahead, but it definitely seems like a step in the right direction if they’re going to go toe-to-toe with Apple’s aesthetic.
Just make sure not to drop this one in the pool.
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