Built-in charging offers four hours of work time on 10 minute charge
Mobile World Congress: Samsung Electronics has announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. At the Samsung Unpacked event on Sunday evening in Barcelona, the company unveiled the new devices that are available in both 3G and 4G versions, as well as in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options.
Providing higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption for both devices is the world’s first 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory. Also the world’s first 1440P/VP9 hardware based codec enables users to enjoy high resolution streaming video while also using less power.
The 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screens offer users the highest pixel density of 577ppi, which is 77% more pixels than the S5. There is also enhanced outdoor visibility with a brighter display (600cd/mm.
The key feature of the S6 devices for Smart Chimps is the battery capability. For the first time ever, Samsung has created a built in battery for both versions of the S6. Justin Denison, vice president, product strategy and marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said at the press conference: “Others have sacrificed functionality for design, but not us. This battery charges faster than any other in the industry. On a 10 minute charge you can have four hours of everyday use, and to get to 100% charge it takes less than 50% of the time that an iPhone 6 takes.” Additionally, wireless charging using standards WPC and PMA is built into the devices.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are equipped with a vivid, bright and fast front and rear camera. The F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras provide the most superior image quality in a smartphone, even in the dark. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. Furthermore, a new Quick Launch feature gives users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds by simply double clicking the home key button.
JK Shin, president and CEO at Samsung Electronics, commented on Samsung’s philosophy at the press conference: “It comes down to the words ‘relentless’ and ‘innovation’. We have never rested on our past achievements. People want best in class smartphones with best in class design and that’s what we have built, from the ground up.”
On the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Shin said: “These are the most advanced smartphones in the world. No other smartphones can match them, and to coin an engineering term, they are also really cool.”
Samsung also launched Samsung Pay, a new, easy to use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application. It will launch on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the US during the second half of this year.
Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenisation, Samsung Pay works with both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are built on the upgraded Samsung KNOX, end to end secure mobile platform, offering defence-grade features for real time protection from potential malicious attacks. Both of these new devices are also ready for immediate enterprise adoption, with market leading MDMs and KNOX enhancements enabled at launch to simplify and improve mobile device management.
Additionally, the Find My Mobile feature secures lost devices and protects personal information through a number of services, including the all-new remotely controlled Reactivation Lock. With an enhanced touch-type fingerprint scanner, it also provides quick authentication and saves encrypted data in secure device storage.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available in 20 countries globally starting from 10 April, 2015.