Samsung as a brand has risen up and has become one of the best consumer electronics company in the world. They make almost every consumer electronics and appliances including TV, washing machines, microwaves etc.
They are also one of the best Android smartphone manufacturers and they have their own line-up of smartphones running Android. This line-up falls under the sub-brand name Galaxy.
Each and every smartphone running Android is branded under this sub-brand. Now, they release a flagship device for this category every year which sets records and new benchmarks.
The Samsung Galaxy S series is the series of phones that represents the whole Galaxy series and hence it is known as the flagship phone of Samsung’s Android line-up.
Why does the Samsung Galaxy S series matter?
Each and every mobile company other there has a flagship phone that represent the whole line-up of phones that they have to offer. This phone is supposed to have a good spec sheet and has to provide some extra features (some gimmicky; some useful) that don’t exist in the vanilla version of Android.
Samsung first introduced the Samsung Galaxy S back in 2010 and it created quite some buzz for itself as it carried some really amazing specifications and it was one of the most powerful mobile phones available at that time.
Next phone in the Galaxy S series was welcomed with much more enthusiasm and there has been a phone every year in this series after that.
This phone represents the Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones and hence it is important.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
This year Samsung released two variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6.
One with normal screen and the other that has curved screen on both sides of its bezel.
Now, Samsung is known to do some experiments every now and then and some of these experiments really hit it off.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a 5.1-inch QHD curved panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi), Super AMOLED display while the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5.1-inch QHD flat panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 577 pixels per inch (ppi), Super AMOLED display.
Not much different in the displays other than the fact that the curved display on the S6 Edge is the reason for the name S6 Edge.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Key Specifications
- Exynos 7 Octa-core processor (2.1 Ghz Quad core + 1.5 Ghz Quad core)
- 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Storage options: 32/64/128GB
- 1” 1440p Super AMOLED, Dual Edge
- 16 MP rear camera
- 5 MP front facing camera
- 2600 mAh battery
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with TouchWiz on top of it
- Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.1; USB 2.0; GPS/GNSS; NFC
So these are the key specifications of the device and as you can see the device is quite loaded when it comes to specifications.
What’s so special in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge?
Display & Front
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is basically the same as the normal Samsung Galaxy S6 but it has a curved screen on both sides of the bezel.
The screen is protected by the new Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and this is crucial as the curved displays are kind of exposed even when you keep the phone with screen downwards. The screen is also a high pixel density screen with 577 ppi which is currently one of the best displays on a mobile displays out there.
The back is also layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and this is something new that Samsung is trying with their flagship. As per people who have used the phone, the phone feels better but a bit slippery in hands.
The back houses a new and better 16 MP camera with optical image stabilization and as per Samsung’s demo, the camera performs really great.
The camera is supported by a flash and optical image stabilization which means you will have better stabilized photos even if you have shaky hands.
The front facing camera is of 5 MP which will be great to take some good selfies and there are few modes in the native camera app that you can use to click some good selfie shots.
Body & Build
Samsung has made efforts to make the build quality better in the S6 Edge. They are using Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to protect both the display as well as the back of the phone and the sides of the phones are made with aluminum as compared to the older plastic models.
The phone feels quite solid in hands and with the use of great materials, the phone provides better protection too.
What’s with the Curved Display?
The only reason why the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the term Edge attached to it is because of that curved display which is curved by the sides of the phone.
Now there has to be a reason for these curves and why they are useful. This section of the post talks about that.
First of all, there is currently not much you can do with the curved screen but the software features include similar features that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge carried.
- The curved screen can be used to show the notifications while you are still inside some other app that uses the whole screen.
- Other app can show shortcuts to apps that you can swipe through and choose to launch.
- You can choose to flash different colors for different colors so you can know who’s calling even without taking up the phone and when phone is kept face downward.
Samsung is currently relying on developers to make use of the curved screen and they have also partnered with many app developers to do the same.
Although, there is no exact or official news on the availability or pricing of the device but, it is expected that the device will cost in between INR 60-65k and will be available from May or June.
There is no doubt in the fact that this is one of its own kind of phone. There are many reasons to buy this phone and this device will surely effect the smartphone market. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Samsung S6 Edge has raised the standards for new innovations in smartphones. Although, the price of the device is not easily affordable but if we look at the device, it is totally worth to spend the money.