Samsung has faced a lot of flak in the recent past including from us for reasons ranging from their uninspiring phones to their pricing strategy in India. Today, the company launched its flagship Galaxy S6 alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge in the country, and from what we have seen so far, this could very well be the turning point for the South Korean giant. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
Starting with the most basic of aspects the design. While Samsung s flagships have never shied away from boasting top-of-the-line specs and features, it is the design that has let them down. Reviewers have time and again criticized the company for its use of plastics, while rivals moved on to more premium materials. With the Galaxy S6 however, Samsung has finally seemed to have listened to all the feedback and upped the premium factor. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
The use of Gorilla Glass and metals gives the smartphone the look and feel you would expect from a sub-Rs 50,000 smartphone. At the launch event today, we spent some time with the Galaxy S6 and were quite impressed with how it felt in our hands. There is not a hint of plastic anywhere, and it feels just what a flagship should.
On the specifications front, the Galaxy S6 features a 5.1-inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) display, Exynos 7420 octa-core (2.1GHz quad-core+1.5GHz quad-core) chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage.
The smartphone also features a 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel camera at the front, 2,550mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode and wireless charging capabilities, heart rate monitor, an improved fingerprint scanner, and on the software front, it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box, wrapped under an overhauled TouchWiz UI.
But just getting the design and specifications right is not everything, if the pricing is not right. While the likes of the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy A-series and the Galaxy E-series got the former right, Samsung priced it away from potential buyers. But with the Galaxy S6, Samsung has got the pricing spot on as well.
The flagship is available in three storage variants, with prices starting at Rs 49,900. The base price is for the 32GB variant, while the 64GB and the 128GB variants are priced at Rs 55,900 and Rs 61,900 respectively. It is also the base variant that makes all the difference since it is priced nearly Rs 15,000 less than the equivalent Apple iPhone 6 Rs 65,000 for the 64GB variant.
Buyers looking for sub-Rs 50,000 flagship, but not inclined towards the iPhone, finally have a good enough (if not better) alternative. There will be hardcore fans who will complain about Samsung making sacrifices to achieve its industrial design, like the non-removable battery, and the lack of expandable storage and water resistant capabilities. These were the features that set it apart from Apple s iPhones. But these omissions seem to be a conscious decision on the part of the company and the positives far outweigh the missing bits.