Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge in a press event here in new Delhi today. Both the devices were shown to the world at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier in the month, and it is remarkable that Samsung has brought the phones to India in about twenty days of the International launch. The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are the biggest leaps in terms of the design language for Samsung as the device comes with a glass and metal construction, finally outing the dreaded creeking plastic construction.
In terms of specifications, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are fairly identical, though the Edge obviously comes with a dual curved displays which surround the primary 5.1 inch 2K display in the centre. The Galaxy S6 is the same device, just without the curved edges and a slightly inferior battery capacity. Both the devices have their batteries in a sealed back panel, as a result, no more can you replace them. Also, there is no expansion via a Micro SD slot, though both the devices will come in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB configurations, which should be good enough for you to store all those fancy games and multimedia files.
Both the S6 and the S6 Edge comes with Exynos 7420 OctaCore SoC that Samsung has developed in-house. The battery capacity on the S6 is 2550 mAh, while the S6 Edge packs in a 2600 mAh unit. Both the phones run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box and we must say that we were really impressed with the TouchWiz skin on top. No more is TouchWiz the crippling confusing multicoloured skin, as Samsung has really put in a lot of effort optimising it. The apps were a breeze to one here and apps switched almost instantly. In our little time, there were no issues with overheating, though obviously we did not get to play any high-end games in the gallery. The mono speaker at the bottom sounded loud and clear sufficiently in the overcrowded review area. We are concerned with the protruding camera as it is significantly more than say on our iPhone 6 Plus and just feel that hitting the phone down hard will leave scratches on the lens.
The soft curved edges of the phone, make both the devices feel smaller than other phones with 5.1 inch displays and definitely helps in gripping it better. The display is really crisp on both the phones and there is no over saturation thing going on, though you can enable them in the Settings. Coming to Settings, Samsung has really done a good job of organising the Settings pane after the clutter it was on the S4 and the S5. Things are easier to find and things overall the experience is not like being lost on the JFK airport on a sunny warm afternoon. The curved Edges on the Galaxy S6 Edge currently only shows you three bits of information, including the E-Mail, Messages as well as the Missed Call alert, other than that you can set it to show the clock at the night. Much of how the device will do, will depend upon how well the third party apps will utilise the display. Also, we were a bit at surprised, when at closer inspection we found that the curved display is 50% bezel with the display part really small. It definitely adds a bit of ergonomic feel when swiping across menus from the side and we had no issues with the grip of the device. We can obviously not comment on the battery life of the phone or on things like call quality or even the camera quality as we did not have the phone for sufficient time. We will keep all those parameters to be covered when we get the device for a full review.
During our time with the device, we have clicked a fair few images for you so that you can have a closer look at the phone, and the same are attached here.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will go on sale in India starting April 10th, with the S6 32 GB version selling for Rs 49,900 while the S6 Edge 32 GB version will sell for Rs 58,900. The probing for both the devices will go live today on the likes of Amazon.