‘Project Zero’. ‘The Reboot’. Both of these words describe the new Samsung Galaxy S6. While other brands go for upgrades, Samsung chose a complete overhaul. That is, if Overhaul means getting rid of the micro-SD slot, waterproofing the device and putting in a non-removable battery.
Samsung has finally done away with the plastics. No, it’s not Faux leather, either. Instead, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 has a metal chassis, complete with glass front and back. The finish is much better than the previous generation, and the phone doesn’t really feel like a Samsung anymore.
Described by Samsung as ‘Jewel like’, the S6 comes in Charcoal, Gold, White and Blue. Thankfully, there’s not a Band-Aid edition this year. The Glass back and screen edges curve slightly into the chassis, and there’s only a very thin bezel. The 5.1 inch QHD display, although Super AMOLED, is not 4K. Yep, that’s one rumor that went bust.
Despite the addition of all that glass and metal, the S6 manages to be lighter than the outgoing champion. It feels balanced, and solid. The power button is at the centre of the right hand side (Opposed to near the top on the previous generation models). The volume buttons are high though, on the left hand side. The Top side has a mic and the IR blaster, as always.
The bottom has the headphone jack, a Micro USB port and a new, Power boosted speaker, which the manufacturer claims is 1.5 times louder. They can claim all they want, I’d still pick HTC’s (And now Motorola too!) front facing speakers.
Now for the bad news for you Samsung fan(boy)s out there: No removable battery, and no Memory card slot. The lack of a microSD card may be an issue for some, but the S6 will come with 32, 64 or 128GB of memory built in (Ahem). The battery is 2550mAh, compared to the larger 2800mAh which was powering the Galaxy S5. But it comes with wireless charging, which is nice.
The front camera is just a measly 5MP, nothing compared to the 16MP, f1.9 shooter on the back. Both should do fairly well in all situations, but we are yet to see.
Powering this Bad(ish) boy is a Quad-core 2.1GHZ 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor, with 14nm architecture. Plus, Samsung have thrown in 3GB of LPDDR4 (Long, huh?) RAM, which they claim is 88% faster than the previous model. Oh, did I fail to mention there’s a second “Low power” 1.5GHZ quad-core processor powering the phone when it doesn’t need full power?
Software-wise, the device comes with Android lollipop. While touchwiz does come installed, Samsung is promising a more streamlined interface this year. They have reduced clutter and pre-installed apps by 40%, and you have the option to install these apps manually.
While Samsung hasn’t officially announced the pricing of the device, T-mobile unofficially gave away the $699 figure. We’ll have to wait and see on the 10th of april. Stay tuned for our full review of the device!