Samsung today launched its latest and greatest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. The smartphone, Samsung claims, has been reworked from the ground up, right from the materials used to the user interface. A lot of thought has gone into how to make it more user friendly and if we may say, closer to mimic (and in some cases, top) Apple’s iPhone. But more than the iPhone, Samsung has recently faced challenges in justifying users to upgrade to the latest Galaxy smartphone since it didn’t provide significant differentiation. Let’s check if the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5 are indeed galaxies apart. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge get January 2019 Android Security Patch
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From the front the Galaxy S6 is just like any other Samsung smartphone, there’s hardly any differentiation there. However, when Samsung says they have redesigned it from the ground up, they probably meant everywhere but the front. The Galaxy S6 is all glass and metal, and no faux metal this time. The back is made of glass covered with Gorilla Glass 4 to protect it from scratches and ensure it doesn’t shatter. The rear 16-megapixel camera slightly protrudes from the 6.8mm thin chassis. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S6 series stops getting software updates
Overall, the Galaxy S6 feels nothing like the Galaxy S5 or any other Samsung smartphone for that matter. However, there are a few trade offs Samsung has made in order to achieve this design. Unlike the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S6 is no longer water proof. Neither can its battery be removed nor does it feature a microSD card slot. It is shocking for Samsung to discard these features, considering they were the key USPs that gave the Galaxy S5 an edge over the iPhone.
The design might have been a mixed bag where many might think Samsung went for form over functionality when compared to the Galaxy S5. However, the display in the Galaxy S6 makes the Galaxy S5 look a few generations old. Gone is the 1080p full HD display and in comes a QHD (2K) Super AMOLED display! This translates into a pixel density of 577ppi as against 432ppi in the Galaxy S5.
Samsung has powered up the Galaxy S6 with an octa-core Exynos 7420 which is essentially a blend of a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex A-57. The RAM has been increased from 2GB to 3GB. On the contrary the Galaxy S5 sports a octa-core Exynos 5422 chipset that has a quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex A15 and a quad-core 1.3GHz paired together. According to Samsung, the new mobile processor is up to 20 percent faster and uses 35 percent less power.
Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 16-megapixel primary sensor and the company has also bumped up the secondary camera to a 5-megapixel unit that boasts of features like real time HDR and f1.9 lens. The camera application has also been put under the knife in the Galaxy S6 and now it features a simpler and well labelled UI which is easy to navigate. The Galaxy S6 now also gets Optical Image Stabilization and an improved object tracking auto-focus mechanism. The camera can be started in just 0.7 seconds by pressing the home button twice. High fives all around!
The Galaxy S6 will be offered in three storage options 32GB, 64GB and the 128GB. Samsung has ditched the microSD slot and has taken the Apple route by offering non-expandable memory. The Galaxy S5 had 16GB of internal storage but the microSD slot made things much easier.
|Features||Samsung Galaxy S6||Samsung Galaxy S5|
|Dimensions||143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm||142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm|
|Display||5.1 inch, 1440 x 2560p (577ppi)||5.1-inch, 1080 x 1920p (432ppi)|
|Processor||Octa-core, Exynos 7420||Octa-core, Exynos 5422, 1.9GHz+1.3GHz|
|Storage||32GB/64GB/128GB No Micro SD slot||16GB/32GB,expandable up-to 128GB|
|OS||Android Lollipop 5.0.2 with TouchWiz||Android KitKat 4.4 with TouchWiz|