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Samsung at Mobile World Congress on Sunday announced its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, each compatible with a new mobile payments service called Samsung Pay. The smartphones are a significant refresh to the Galaxy lineup, featuring a slimmer and lighter metal and glass design, all-new front and rear cameras, improved hardware specifications under the hood and more.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge (via The Verge)
The Galaxy S6 Edge is notable in that it is the first smartphone to feature a curved display on both sides of the device, constructed from Gorilla Glass 4. Both smartphones have 16-megapixel rear-facing cameras and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras with f/1.9 lenses for improved low-light photos, Auto HDR, optical image stabilization, IR white balance and a "Quick Launch" feature for accessing the camera from any screen in less than one second.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have improved hardware specifications in most areas, each featuring a 5.1-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display at 577 ppi, Exynos 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM up, 32GB to 128GB of internal storage, Category 6 LTE, 802.11/a/c Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, NFC and 2,550 mAh and 2,600 mAh batteries respectively. The devices will run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

Notably absent from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is a MicroSD slot for expandable storage, waterproofing and a removable battery, three features that Samsung often promoted over the iPhone in the past. The smartphones do gain a feature that the iPhone does not have in wireless charging with support for WPC and PMA standards, allowing you to charge the device at Starbucks or using Qi-enabled chargers.

Samsung introduced a new fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, to be used for Samsung Pay, that functions like Touch ID on iPhone by no longer requiring swiping. Samsung Pay will be available this summer and rival Apple Pay with NFC and magnetic secure transmission (MST) technologies that make the service compatible with both NFC-enabled payment terminals and older magnetic swipe readers.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be available April 10 across several countries worldwide in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, and Gold Platinum color options. A special Blue Topaz edition will be exclusive to the Galaxy S6. The smartphones will be available on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S., and will also be on sale through Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Target, Walmart and Sam's Club.

Article Link: Samsung Announces Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Samsung Pay
 

Kariya

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Replaceable battery gone (welcome to the 'wall-huggers' party). SD card slot gone.

Similar storage options as a certain fruity company. Emphases on curves...like a certain fruity company. Glass back...like a certain fruity company.

Mobile payments...you get the idea.

So they mock Apple, then do a u-turn and blatantly copy them.
 
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ipedro

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Of course, only Samsung would fragment their flagship phone. The indecisiveness of that company results in a "Let's just release all of our ideas" attitude.
 
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Rogifan

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Samsung Pay? Really? All things considered I think they should have used Samsung Wallet instead.
 
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aerok

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In before someone says Samsung copied the rounded sides of iPhone 6

Samsung Ativ S (2012)

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Non removable battery, no MicroSD-slot, metal sides with antenna breaks and glass back, rounded sides with familiar bottom layout.. The all new Samsung 6 and 6 Plus, err, Edge.
 
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Mlrollin91

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Let me get something straight. Samsung criticized Apple about the iPhone 6/6+ saying welcome to 2012. The S6 is made with a front and back glass design with an aluminum frame, no longer has expandable storage, moved the speaker from the back to the bottom and is no longer water resistant. So it's a larger iPhone 4/4S. Good job Samsung, welcome to 2010.
 
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It's great to see some of the new features (battery charging, wireless, etc)....but I don't understand what is the point of the edge? They're the same device (the battery difference is negligible) but....there's a curve?

Why?:confused:
 
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Rogifan

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Replaceable battery gone. SD card slot gone.

Similar storage options as a certain fruity company. Emphases on curves...like a certain fruity company.

Mobile payments...you get the idea.

So they mock Apple, then do a u-turn and blatantly copy them.

But the battery charges really fast so there's that.
 
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Seoras

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Still only 32bit

I'm sure I saw a rant from Linus recently in which he said that only a maximum of 4 cores was of any use.
Still no 64bit? What a shame.... ;)
 
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aerok

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It's great to see some of the new features (battery charging, wireless, etc)....but I don't understand what is the point of the edge? They're the same device (the battery difference is negligible) but....there's a curve?

Why?:confused:

Check out some of the features present for the sides. One of which is colored notifications when the phone is face down.
 
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magbarn

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Look on the bright side people, at least it'll hopefully encourage to Apple to drop the ridiculous 16gb of base flash memory on their flagship... let alone finally going above 1gb of ram too.
 
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Davk87

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No SD and removable battery are interesting. are they THAT confident in their new stores that they can replace the faults in these? Having worked for 5 years as a phone salesman in the UK, the amount of faults these samsung phones have out the box is incredible. It will be a significant increase in costs if they have to replace the whole unit just for the battery issues.

Doesn't look anything special however. much the same as the previous from the front.
 
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markfc

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Brilliant. Samsung just took away the the two most bragged about features I regularly get abused for not having.

Removable storage and battery.

Bravo Samsung.
 
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