Have a good summer day, friends!
As you may have noticed, our Habr blog went on vacation for six months. However, in July we are back – already on Geektimes – to tell you about everything interesting that comes out of the bowels of Samsung Electronics.
Despite the huge delay, we see no better reason to start from scratch than a post about the main mobile novelty that went on sale this spring and which, not to be afraid of such a loud statement, in many ways was the best smartphone of this year…. Yes, yes, we are talking about Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge!
According to the tradition that has been established in the recent years we are not going to stoop down to the device reviews which all the same will look biased in the corporate blog (there are specialized blogs and information resources for that). We’ll sing the “glossy” praises in the press release style but in a calm and impartial format analyze everything new that this year flagship brought into our world, what makes it different from the previous devices in the line and where it has no equal at the present moment… Hereby we finish the introductory part and ask everyone who is interested to pass under the cat.
As it is believed, the first impression is often a key factor in choosing this or that gadget, and therefore the importance of the design of a new smartphone is difficult to overestimate. After several attempts to create a distinctive and stylish appearance, which, to be honest, were received very ambiguously by the audience, Samsung designers decided to move away from the usual textures and materials, which resulted in one of the best looking mobile devices in the entire line of Samsung GALAXY S.
Glass and metal are the very materials that have been relied upon in the design process of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge devices. Thanks to this, the Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge has an excellent margin of safety: they do not bend, even with great force. To meet the demands of the most demanding aesthetes, Samsung offers several colors to choose from: white pearl, black sapphire, dazzling platinum and noble emerald (only Samsung Galaxy S6 edge). These colors are painted on the back of the mobile device, hidden behind the impact-resistant tempered glass of the new generation of Corning – Gorilla Glass 4. The same protective glass stands for the front surface of the smartphone.
The overall design of the flagship’s body has undergone two key changes: the back panel and, consequently, the battery, are no longer removable, and the memory expansion card slot has also gone into oblivion. To be fair, it should be noted that it is not much needed now, given that the smartphones will carry on board from 32 to 128 GB of internal memory. The metal frame on the sides of the case has small recesses, which adds to the convenience of using the device.
A characteristic external difference between the two versions of the smartphones is the presence of the world’s first curved screen on both sides of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. It is worth noting and emphasizing this point, because the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge today is a unique mobile device of its kind: curved edges screen have not only an aesthetic component – they have their own functionality (including notifications of calls and messages, color indication of the call, favorite contacts, news, weather and battery levels, clock, and much more), and are extremely easy to use, both for right-handers and left-handers.
On the front of the smartphone, to the left of the speaker is a LED indicator, which glows in different colors, informing the user about the level of charging, incoming messages and other events. Also above the screen is a proximity sensor and a front camera with 5 megapixels. In the center of the bottom, just below the screen, there is a home button and two touch buttons on each side of it.
The home button has a built-in fingerprint scanner, which has been significantly redesigned and improved: it now reads your fingerprint at the same time as you press it and unlocks the screen instantly. The power / lock button is placed on the right side of the device under the thumb, here you can find the tray for nano-SIM-card. A single two-position “rocker” to adjust the volume on the left side for the first time is implemented in the format of two separate metal buttons. On the top end is a peephole of the infrared port, which traditionally serves to emulate the remote control of various household appliances – for this purpose, the smartphone pre-installed proprietary application Smart Remote. On the bottom edge you can find a second microphone, microUSB-connector (USB 2.0), 3.5 mm audio output for headphones and speaker output. On the back of the smartphone is the main 16-megapixel camera, LED flash and heart rate sensor.
Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge have a screen with a diagonal of the most popular nowadays standard of 5.1 inches. We can safely say that this is the best screen the company today, although, otherwise you would not expect from the flagship of the year, it is a Super AMOLED-screen with Quad HD resolution (2560×1440), the pixel density indicator 577 ppi, brightness to 600 cd/m2 and adaptive mode, which automatically optimizes its brightness indoors and outdoors, based on the indicators of the light sensor.
It’s no secret that Samsung has long followed the unspoken rule that applies to all of the company’s flagships: each new model must be equipped with a better camera than its predecessor. In fact, the update occurs every six months, while other manufacturers do it no more than once a year.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge are equipped with improved, fast, high-resolution cameras with F1.9 lenses. The front camera is equipped with a 5-megapixel module. You can take pictures with it even without touching the screen (which is not always convenient) – with an open palm gesture or a simple voice command. Similarly, you can press the shutter by touching the heart rate sensor on the back of the smartphone with your finger.
The main 16-megapixel camera boasts a tracking autofocus, optical image stabilization and LED flash (it can also act as a flashlight). Tracking autofocus is a very interesting innovation: just activate the mode in the camera settings, to focus on a specific object (eg, a person’s face), and when the object begins to move, the focus will not lose it out of sight.
It’s now possible to instantly start the camera: the user can start taking pictures instantly by just double-clicking the “Home” button. It only takes 0.7 seconds! This allows you to quickly take a picture even at the most unexpected moment.
Video camera Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge is capable of shooting in high resolutions up to UHD (3840×2160). It should be noted the ability to shoot at 60 frames per second with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution.
The settings menu has been completely redesigned: the matrix and the interactive square boxes have disappeared, leaving only one button for selecting the shooting mode, while all other settings are combined into one long list that can be expanded as needed.
In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S6|S6 edge cameras feature a number of additional features that improve the clarity and brightness of photos : these include HDR (High Dynamic Range) real-time automatic image processing mode that adjusts to your surroundings, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), as well as an infrared sensor.
Among the new “tricks” appeared mode of selective focusing on the foreground and background with the ability to later switch between them, as well as a mode of shooting 3D-image, which is created by rotating the smartphone around the object.
- Two cameras : 16 Mpix and 5 Mpix;
- Aperture : F1.9;
- OIS (optical image stabilization);
- LED (light emitting diode flash);
- Enhanced night mode;
- Improved digital zoom (x8);
- HDR in real time (HDR result is immediately displayed on the screen);
- ISO 100/200/400/800 in manual mode, 50-3200 in auto mode;
- Trailing Autofocus
- Fast camera startup in 0.7 seconds
- Video recording in QHD, Full HD (60 frames per second), slow motion shooting 240 frames per second, accelerated shooting, recording stereo sound from two microphones.
The Galaxy S6/S6 Edge hardware platform is based on Samsung’s latest proprietary Exynos 7420 single-core system, manufactured using 14nm process technology. The configuration of the processor on the 64-bit platform includes two clusters of four cores: ARM Cortex-A57 at 2.1 GHz and ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.5 GHz.
As the GPU is used a powerful video gas pedal Mali T-760. Also, “under the hood” of the smartphone is 3 gigabytes of LPDDR4 memory with a maximum bandwidth of 3.2 Gbps to date and an optional 32/64/128 gigabytes of built-in Universal Flash Storage 2.0. UFS 2.0 is the world’s most advanced JEDEC-compliant specification for next-generation flash storage. In addition, the new flagship has implemented a 1440P/VP9 hardware decoder for the first time, allowing consumers to view high-definition streaming video and save on power consumption.
The built-in battery capacity is 2, 550 mAh (2, 600 mAh for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge). The smartphones work with any wireless charging devices on the market that support WPC (4.6W power output) and PMA (4.2W) standards. Special mention goes to fast wired charging technology – 1.5 times faster than the Samsung GALAXY S5. Just 10 minutes of charging – and the smartphone is ready to go for the next 4 hours. If you use a standard 2A charger, the battery charging time will be no more than 2 hours.
▌ FEATURES AND FUNCTIONS
Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge confidently works in all modern networks: from 2G GSM and 3G WCDMA to 4G LTE (Cat. 6) networks with a maximum speed of 300 Mbit / s in reception. Other networking capabilities of the smartphone also at the highest level: support for NFC technology, Bluetooth 4.1 supports profiles A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+. The Wi-Fi module 802.11n/ac, HT80 MIMO 2×2 (up to 620 Mbps) operates in the frequency range of 2.4 and 5 GHz, and supports Wi-Fi Direct technology (the ability to create a wireless access point through Wi-Fi channels or Bluetooth). In addition, you can connect external devices to the smartphone via a USB port (USB Host, USB OTG). It is possible to connect via OTG-adapter. The navigation module works with both GPS and the domestic system GLONASS, and also sees satellites Chinese Beidou (BDS). Also, the smartphone is equipped with a magnetic field sensor, on the basis of which the navigation program compass functions.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge are equipped with upgraded Samsung KNOX and Samsung MDM mobile security platforms that provide advanced real-time protection against potential attacks and simplify mobile device management in privacy. In addition, Find My Mobile not only helps you to quickly find your lost device, but also protects your personal information.
The S Health fitness and wellness app has been completely redesigned. There are motivational rewards for completed tasks and exercises. A sensor on the back of the smartphone allows you to measure heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, stress and emotion levels. It is now possible to enter a food diary, there is a database of foods and their caloric content. Also, training records became available and a virtual trainer appeared to help with workouts. Overall and overall, this app has become richer and more interesting.
It’s also worth mentioning the Smart Manager application. This is a new utility that combines several programs from different companies into one interface: Clean Master (cleans application cache), a utility for efficient battery life, a utility for cleaning RAM, McAfee antivirus and a number of other useful little programs.
▌ APPLICATIONS AS A GIFT
It’s become a good tradition for Samsung to give buyers of flagships subscriptions to paid services and apps; sometimes it yields quite tangible savings.
The main gifts waiting for Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge owners are easier to publish a list :
- The Economist – subscription for 6 months;
- Audible – audiobooks, 3 month subscription, one book free each month;
- NY Times – news, 12-week subscription;
- Parallels Access – 6 month subscription, access from 5 computers maximum;
- Evernote – premium subscription;
- Fleksy – keyboard;
- Entrenador – personal trainer;
- Magisto Video Editor – Three months subscription to the service;
- Keepy – Notes service, 6 month subscription;
- Shazam – Version without restrictions and without ads;
- Hancom Office 2014 – Unlimited Time License;
- Kindle – 12-month subscription, you can get one book each month.
▌ ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
The sixth generation of Samsung GALAXY S flagship line will please its owners with a wide range of useful accessories. In addition to the headphones of new design, it is worth mentioning such additional devices as wireless charging (available in two colors – white and black), transparent and opaque protective covers (all possible shades – to combine with any available housing color), cover-cover, branded S View Cover with a window for the screen (fabric or leather options, a large range of colors), mirror cover-cover case (a wide choice of colors, built-in NFC tag).
Sound enthusiasts should also consider the Samsung Level On headphones – wireless headphones with good, balanced sound, great design and intuitive controls.
For gadget lovers, it is recommended to pair their Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 edge with the new generation of virtual reality glasses Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (more about them later), as well as a smart watch Samsung Gear S with a curved Super AMOLED screen All of these devices will work seamlessly together thanks to Samsung’s thoughtful ecosystem of mobile and wearable devices.
▌ GALAXY S6 EDGE MARVEL & SPECIAL EDITIONS
In March of this year, a curious series of Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Marvel Edition renders leaked online. This is a special version of Samsung’s flagship, designed in the style of characters from the main Marvel Studios “Avengers” franchise: Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Colonel Fury, Thor, Black Widow and Falcon Eye.
In addition to the themed colors of the body, a limited edition smartphone will get a unique case, stylized hero wireless charger and a set of exclusive content from Marvel.Just look at the first swallow of a limited edition superhero Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, dedicated to Iron Man :
There is no doubt – this impressive symbiosis of Samsung and Marvel can become a real hit for all fans of the “Avengers” and the world of comics in general. However, it is still unknown whether this Galaxy S6 edge series will get an official release in Russia. Fingers crossed!
And while we wait for the arrival of the superhero gadgets, you can already become the lucky owner of a limited edition (only 1000 copies) set of Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Special edition, which consists of a smartphone Samsung Galaxy S6 edge in 128 GB color “Noble Emerald” and a set of accessories. Each piece of this limited edition is personalized with a serial number.
▌ GALAXYS6 | S6 EDGE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Screen : 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 2560×1440 resolution, 577 ppi pixel density, up to 600 cd/m2 brightness rating
Cameras : 16MP primary (optical image stabilization, autofocus tracking, real-time HDR); 5MP front
Processor : Exynos 7420 (64-bit), 8-core (four cores each: 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A57 and 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53)
Graphics Core : Mali-T760 GPU
RAM : 3GB LPDDR4
Operating System : Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Built-in memory : 32 / 64 / 128 GB, UFS 2.0
Communication : GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; 3G WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz; 4G LTE Cat6 (up to 300 Mbps)
Interfaces : Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, IR port, USB OTG, GPS/A-GPS, Glonass, BDS
Sensors : Position, proximity, light, barometer, fingerprint sensor, Hall and heart rate sensors
Battery : 2550 mAh (S6); 2600 mAh (S6 edge)
Dimensions and weight : 143×70×6.8 mm; 138 g (S6); 142.1×70.1×7.0 mm, 132 g (S6 edge)