Samsung launched two stunning smartphones — the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge last night at its Unpacked event on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress. Despite the Galaxy S6 carrying the flagship tag, the Galaxy S6 Edge too managed to hog quite a bit of spotlight for itself. The smartphone carries curved display on two sides while maintaining all of Galaxy S6’s features. Here are the five things you should know about the Galaxy S6 Edge.
The first thing you will notice while looking at the Galaxy S6 is its curved edges around both left and right-hand edges of the smartphone. The Korean technology conglomerate is utilizing the curved displays to glean handy information such weather report, news, notifications to let users know what’s going on without waking up the phone.
After facing a lot of flaked for years, Samsung finally showed the world that it can do better than that. The Galaxy S6 Edge (as well as the Galaxy S6) sport metal body around them and glass panels at both front and back sides. The glass, won’t shatter so easily as it is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
As for the design, Sasmung’s designers have borrowed heavily from Apple iPhone 6, with similar placement of volume toggle keys, speaker grills and in overall aesthetics. But is it bad for consumers? Sure, Samsung took inspirations from Apple’s new iPhones, but ultimately, it is only benefiting the consumers as they are getting premium looking smartphones.
Finally, Apple’s Touch ID has a decent competitor. Taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, Samsung introduced an improved fingerprint sensor on both of its new smartphones. Make no mistake, the last year’s Galaxy S5 too has a fingerprint sensor, but it requires users to swipe across the pad to get things done. The new smartphones now allow you to simply tap on the scanner, suggesting that it has become more accurate and easier to use.
One of the most notable features of Samsung’s new smartphones is the Samsung Pay. The mobile payment option, which on paper already defeats its stark rival’s Apple Pay, uses magnetic strip terminal instead of solely relying on NFC technology, which only has about 5 percent of adoption in the United States. Samsung has also partnered with Visa and MasterCard, two of the largest American multinational financial services corporations. The company says that Samsung Pay is already compatible with 90 percent of US retailers.
Samsung has always managed to pack in top-of-the-line hardware modules on its smartphones, but the processing power often gets overshadowed by the buggy and unnecessary software it couples with them. But with the new smartphones, Samsung is trying to change that as well. The company says that the new smartphones have nearly 40 percent less bloatware. Instead, the new phones now come with some useful tools like Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive. The company is even giving 100GB of free storage to all new Galaxy S6 Edge users.