What to expect from S6, S6 Edge

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The ‘dual edge’ screen features the People Edge that displays five favorite contacts

The ‘dual edge’ screen features the People Edge that displays five favorite contacts

A GIF image of the evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S has recently gone viral in the online world. Created by gadgetlove.com and picked up by sites of international news outfits Time and Huffington Post, the “moving stills” anticipates the upcoming launch of the latest smartphones under the said line: the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

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The Manila Times was fortunate to get first dibs on Samsung’s much-awaited devices via a press event in March at Niu by Vikings in Taguig City’s SM Aura Premier.

According to Patty Rodriguez, product manager for premium smartphones of Samsung, both phones are the first of their kind to have a glass screen and body—this in fact is the much-talked about new look of the phone.

“Inspired by gems,” the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come in jewel tones of White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald, which elicit a unique visual texture as it reflects natural light.

Yet despite their intricacy, these devices are crafted with the toughest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to date and encased with a metal frame. These qualities make for a totally new interface combined with usability and functionality.

Adding to the phones’ aesthetic is its thinness, only 6.8 mm for S6 and 7.0mm for S6 Edge, as well as its light weight at 138g and 132g respectively. Moreover, both carry 5.1-inch Quad HD Super Amoled screen offers users the highest pixel density of 577ppi. The outdoor visibility is enhanced with a brighter display allowing consumers experience content without compromise anywhere, at any time.

Rodriguez further talked about how Samsung “really improved” the device’s camera to be more vivid, brighter and faster. She began by explaining that the F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras provide the most superior image quality in a smartphone, even in the dark.

In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range, Smart Optical Image Stabilization and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions.

Lastly, the new “Quick Launch” feature give users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds by simply double clicking the home key button.

Rodriguez was also proud of the fact that Samsung has once again addressed the unending battle against poor battery life in advanced smartphones. The company’s solution, fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about four hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.

On top of the fast charging, Samsung also embedded both devices with the WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology—enabling them to charge with any wireless pad available in the market that supports the same standards.

When it comes to the core specifications, both Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge offer nothing but the best as they are officially the first in the world to be powered by a 14-nanometer mobile processor with 64-bit platform—considered to be the fastest mobile operating system.

And although the phones’ internal memory cannot be expanded by external micro-SD cards, they come in 32- or 64-gigabyte storage options.

Meanwhile, the difference of the two smartphones is most apparent in the Edge, which offers a “dual edge” screen with a unique feature called the People Edge. This displays five favorite contacts on the edge screen for easy access when messaging and calling. Each contact can also have their assigned color, which will light up the edges whenever they have a notification.

To sum up the presentation, Ivan Pua, product marketing head of Samsung Philippines, confidently announced, “This is our best smartphone to date.”

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are now available via pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores and authorized dealers with a retail price of P35,990 (32GB) and P41,990 (64GB), and P41,990 (32GB) and P47,990 (64GB), respectively. The gadgets officially hit the market on April 18.     

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