Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Specifications - Galaxy S6 Guide (2015)

Galaxy S6 Guide (2015)

Chapter 3 Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Specifications

We previously tackled on the innovations that were implemented by Samsung Electronics into the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. In this chapter, the hardware specifications of the device will be discussed.

These S6 models utilize a nano SIM card compartment and is LTE ready. The standard inclusions of a WiFi and Bluetooth ready device is also present.

As is with the other Galaxy S devices, the S6models have the usual home button at the facade of the device while the power and volume buttons are at the side. However the placement of the SIM card slots vary between the two devices. For the Galaxy S6, the nano SIM card slot can be found at the side while for Galaxy S6 Edge, it can be found at the upper portion.

The S6 models sport a bigger size than any of its predecessors. It has a screen size of 5.1 inches and the screen display of keeps up with the longstanding use of the Super AMOLED. It has a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with a density of 577 ppi. This means that the screen has a more vibrant color and critics have said that this currently one of the best screen display resolutions in the market.

To those who have previously owned any of Samsung's high-tiered smart phones, the display screen utilizes Super AMOLED. To those who are new to this term, Super AMOLED was developed by Samsung to address the problem of AMOLED displays which cannot be seen or difficult to see when under the sunlight.

Super AMOLED is a marketing term by Samsung that differentiates this AMOLED display from others. The company has said that the Super AMOLED has a digitizer which means that the touch detection has been integrated into the screen instead of having it on top of the screen. The Super AMOLED also reflects one-fifth of the sunlight and the gaps between the layers of screens are minimized. Hence, as mentioned, this make it easier to look at the display when under the sun.

Unlike the previous North American releases of the Galaxy S smart phones that utilized the chipset, Qualcomm Snapdragon, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are using the Samsung Exynos chipset. The company said that the decision to use their in-house chipset was due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating while being run compared to the Samsung Exynos chipset. Also, the company also opted in favor of the usage of Samsung Exynos for the new Galaxy S smart phones because it can accommodate the upgrades better.

The S6 series has an octa-core CPU running with four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and four 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 and equipped with a RAM of 3.0 GB. These numbers mean that the devices are able to run effectively even if several applications are run together. For those who are into mobile gaming, this device has promising hardware specifications. Also for those who are heavy phone users, the device can still have a smooth run for prolonged usage.

Going outside of the inner parameters of the S6 models, both devices are similar in size. The S6 Edge (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.28 inches) is infinitesimally bigger than the S6 (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 inches) but it is lighter weighing only 4.6 ounces (132 grams) compared to 4.9 ounces (138 grams). These values might seem insignificant; Samsung Electronics has said that they are trying to emulate the devices being as close to each other.

There are also differences with the batteries. The S6 has 2,550 mAh while the S6 Edge has 2,660 mAh. These values are smaller than the Galaxy S5 but there are new implementations within the system, particularly the chipset and the lowered values could imply better battery efficiency.

Although the two S6 models are priding themselves with the wireless charging capacity, the devices can still be charged the old fashion way through a USB 2.0 port which can be used to attach the cord to an adapter. The downgrade from Galaxy S5's USB 3.0 port was implemented by Samsung to ensure better performance and speed of the device. Also, there is lack of the IP6 certified waterproofing is not present with the new S6 models.

To reiterate, the downgrades and changes enforced by Samsung to the new line of devices is to improve the S6 and S6 Edge's overall performance and give the consumers best experience with their devices.

In this chapter, the discussion was focused on the specifications, more on the hardware side of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. To an ordinary consumer, these numbers might just be some mambo jumbo but it was placed here to show that Samsung has ante what they were previously known for: an external memory expansion slot as well as removable battery, for a powerful internal system dedicated to performance and speed.

All of the basic components of a smart phone are present with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: WiFi ready, Bluetooth capable, a native Email client, HTML Internet browser, media playback and everything else. As well as the S Health, S Voice and other integral applications of the Galaxy S devices are incorporated.

The upgrades that Samsung applied focused on the overall aesthetic value making the S6 and S6 Edge look like next generation devices and in line to predominantly glass facet, an efficient wireless charging ability; the camera for better low lighting capture; introduction of Samsung Pay and system changes such as the usage of the Exynos chip sets.

The S6 models are setting a new bar within the smart phone industry. In general, Samsung is leveling up the competition with the introduction of their new flagship product.