Samsung has officially unveiled its two latest and greatest smartphones in its ‘UnPacked event’ just hours ahead of MWC.
In typical Samsung fashion, the world was greeted with a glitzy pre-MWC show to show off the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Both devices were paraded on-stage, but also through a live stream held by Samsung – giving us a full introduction to both of them.
Samsung’s obvious and expected follow-up to the Galaxy S5 – The S6 was the ‘dead cert’ to appear at MWC this March.
Samsung has definitely made plenty of changes with this flagship handset, most notably switching to a metallic construction at long last. This echoes the style shown in almost all other flagship handsets including the iPhone 6 and HTC One M9, which has also been revealed.
The front of the phone is dominated by a brand new 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED display, which despite being the same size as its predecessor is a major improvement.
The standard home button finds its way underneath the screen – allowing for fingerprints to be read as they were before, as well as giving you swift access to the main display.
The construction itself is smoother, slimmer and gives the product a much more premium feel overall – something which has been missing from previous Samsung efforts.
Inside the S6 we find a Exynos 7420 chipset, an octa-core processor and 3GB RAM, whilst upto 128GB of internal storage can’t be boosted by using a MicroSD Card.
The 16 megapixel camera from the S5 is at the same level with some great improvements, whilst the selfie snapper grows to 5 megapixels for better Snapchat shots.
A 2550mAh battery is also included on the S6, with the S6 Edge boasting 2600mAh, shrinking marginally from the 2800mAh effort of last year. Both devices also charge faster than ever - with 10 minutes of plug-in time accounting for 4 hours of battery life. Each battery is also built-in for the first time on the Galaxy S product line.
Finally, Android Lollipop is now included as standard on the S6, with Samsung likely to support the device for several years.
The second handset unveiled by the South Korean company, The Galaxy S6 Edge takes its design input from the Note Edge which was unveiled at IFA in September.
Boasting the world’s first three sided display, the S6 Edge comprises of one main screen like the S6 which curves on both sides.
The display size is the same size as the standard S6 – whilst it might not look that way with both edges curved inward.
Internally we don’t see any major changes, with the majority of the internal kit being identical, as was the case between the Note 4 and the Note Edge.
The design mantra is similar to the S6 as well, with the metallic construction being implemented on the S6 Edge. This does result in the loss of the IP68 certification, however it’s probably something people are happy to accept considering the better quality overall.
Both the S6 and S6 Edge both also offer wireless charging built-in, meaning that users won’t be forced into buying a wireless case or hunt for cables to recharge their batteries.
Plus, a new user experience design has also been implemented to make things easier to use on both the S6 and S6 Edge – with a smart colour coding being used between apps.
Samsung has also given Apple Pay a warning as well, by announcing Samsung Pay, which works similarly to Apple’s feature on a larger level.
Samsung has partnered with MasterCard and Visa to bring contactless payments to its new handsets, working anywhere which allows for debit and credit card payments.
The feature will be available for US and South Korean users this summer, with other markets set to receive the feature in the future.
Both handsets are set to be on show throughout MWC 2015, however last year Samsung decided to keep the S5 behind a ‘press-only’ door, so if you’re not a member of the press you may get denied access.
Both phones will be available from April 10th, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated if this changes. You’ll be able to pick up a device with up to 128GB storage, which is much needed considering the lack of a MicroSD card slot on either device.