Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event is going live here at Mobile World Congress 2015, where they’re expected to unveil the next generation Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. We’re covering the event live and will be updating this post as the event continues.
The event has just started and Samsung’s J.K. Shin is on stage showing off the Samsung Galaxy S Edge. Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge are now official. It looks just as all the leaks appeared to depict it. Samsung has worked closely with Master Card, VISA, and many more banks to bring an easier mobile payment experience to customers.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge can charge wirelessly, with the feature built right into the device unlike past versions of the Galaxy S lineup. Just like past devices, Samsung has taken a heavy focus to the design of the products here, Design with purpose according to Samsung. With clean edges, and this time around the devices both feature a metal frame compared to the plastic frames of past devices. The metal used in both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge is 50% stronger than the metal used in other smartphones, and according to Samsung, it won’t “bend” like some other devices.
With the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge, Samsung has made using the camera easier, as they’ve simplified the UI. Getting to the basic camera controls are now accessible with the tap of one button. Communicating with your favorite people on the Galaxy S Edge is also easier. Samsung has built in a feature that allows users to set up to five contact favorites along the edge of the display, each with their own unique color. When calls or messages come in from those contacts, the edge will glow specific to the favorite who is contacting you so you know who it is.
With the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S Edge, the processor is a 64-bit architecture that’s the first of its kind, and it’s 20% more efficient than past devices. Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge will come equipped with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 577 ppi. Along with these two devices, Samsung is also announcing a new Gear VR headset which is compatible with both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge to take advantage of the new more powerful displays of these two new devices. With screens of that power and resolution, both phones will need to have a stellar battery, and Samsung has given users just what they’ll need with a battery that supports quick charge, giving users up to 4 hours of battery life with just a 10 minute charge. The batteries are also built in and non removable, unlike past iterations of the device.
All of this is packed into an incredibly thin form factor set at 6.8mm, making these devices the thinnest devices Samsung has ever produced. As we stated above both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge, wireless charging is built right in just like the battery, and it supports both the major wireless charging standards, WPC and PMA.
When it comes to the cameras, the front facing camera on the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge comes in at 5MP, and is boasting some serious low light capabilities, with it’s equipped f1.9 lens which is said to let in more light. On the back, the rear facing camera comes in at 16MP with the same f1.9 lens as on the front facing camera, and it comes with optical image stabilization feature that was equipped in the Galaxy Note 4. Quality isn’t always the most important factor though, as capturing a great picture requires you to get be able to capture the moment on time. With the cameras in the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge, Samsung has made it so the cameras are always on and on standby, and capture images in less than a second.
Samsung is also introducing Samsung Pay with both devices, which utilizes MST technology. Samsung Pay supports major banks like U.S. Bank, Citi Bank, Bank of America, as well as VISA, and Master Card, and starting this summer Samsung Pay will support more merchants than any other offering according to Samsung. Mobile payments of course mean the devices have to be secure, and Samsung is focusing heavy on security with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge just like with previous devices. Both devices are supported on the top mobile device management platforms like Airwatch, Blackberry, FancyFon, Mobile Iron, MaaS360 and more.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge will be available from April 10th starting in 20 countries, in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB options.