BARCELONA: SAMSUNG HAS SURPRISED precisely no-one with the unveiling of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge during its Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference.
As expected, Samsung unveiled the duo of smartphones during its Barcelona press conference on Sunday, a pair of handsets which look to turn around the firm's flailing smartphone sales with a revamp "from the ground up."
In a bid to challenge the likes of the iPhone 6 and newly-announced HTC One M9, the Galaxy S6 arrives boasting a metal-body. According to Samsung, this metal body is 50 percent tougher than that use in other smartphones on the market, with the firm taking a dig at Apple with the claim that the S6 "will not bend".
In terms of size, the Galaxy S6 measures in at just 6.8mm thick, while the Galaxy S6 Edge is slightly chunkier at 7mm.
This redesigned, metal casing houses the Galaxy S6's 5.1in 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display, which comes coated in Gorilla Glass 4 making it - according to Samsung - the toughest smartphone screen on the market. With a pixel density of 577ppi, the firm also boasts that this is the highest resolution display available on the smartphone market today.
The Galaxy S6 Edge features an indentically-specced screen to its flagship counterpart, but offers dual-edge functionality, much like the Galaxy Note Edge.
Under the hood, both smartphones feature an octa-core Samsung-branded processor, made up of four 2.1GHz cores and four cores clocked at 1.5GHz, which comes paired with 3GB.
Of course, the Galaxy S6 will ship running Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, and ss rumours had suggested, comes with a stripped-back version of Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. The firm has reworked its interface from the ground up - equipping with a simpler, flatter design and less bloatware.
Samsung's software does debut Samsung Pay, however, a mobile payments service that looks to challenge Apple Pay. Set to launch in the US in the second half of 2015, the NFC-based payments service - much like Apple's - allows users to make payments by scanning their fingerprint.
JK Shin, CEO of Samsung, said: "Samsung Pay will reinvent how people pay for goods and services and transform how they use their smartphones.
"The secure and simple payment process, coupled with our robust partner network, makes Samsung Pay a truly game-changing service that will bring value to consumers and our partners in the ecosystem."
An upgraded version of Samsung's Knox security suite is also included on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, with the firm looking to tackle iOS and Windows Phone in the enterprise. This upgraded security software takes advantage of the handsets' upgraded touch-based fingerprint scanner, and comes with a new remotely-controlled 'Reactivation Lock' feature.
For those not looking to use the handsets at work, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edtouts a 16MP sensor on its rear, similar to that found on last year's Galaxy S5, complete with optical image stablisation, 4K video recording and a new feature called object-tracking audofocus.
There's also a 5MP camera on the front of the smartphone, improving on last year's 2MP offering.
When it comes to battery life, the Galaxy S6 ships with a 2,550mAh battery, while the dual-screened Galaxy S6 Edge ships with a larger 2,600mAh offering. Support for wireless charging is also included, with Samsung boasting that the devices can charge fully in "half the time of the iPhone 6."
The Galaxy S6 will be made available in a number colour options - gold, black, white, blue and green - and will ship with either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB internal storage. Unlike the Galaxy S5, there is no microSD slot included on the Galaxy S6 handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be available to buy in the UK from 10 April, although Samsung has yet to announce pricing information. Keep an eye on our Galaxy S6 price and release date roundup for more details as we get them.
Check back soon for our Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge hands-on reviews. µ
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