Well, it’s 2015 and with each new year comes a new Mobile World Conference (MWC) and the introduction of new flagship devices. Samsung usually gets out in front of MWC, bringing its newest tech forefront, this year, the unpack event brought forth the S6 and S6 Edge.
As I sat watching Unpack 2015, my mindset was one of, don’t plan anything for the next hour plus along with the wonder of what showtime would be brought to this year’s event. Surprisingly, the event was short (45 min) and devoid the major fluff seen in past unpacks. Not lacking though, was the loud and clear message to the world from Samsung, “we hear you and we’re not going anywhere”. Next is Now!
Short of having a hands on, if one were to simply go with the presentation and the live post show, coupled with the sprinkling of hands on throughout the web, one would be safe to say, Samsung did listen and are here to stay. Both the S6 and the S6 Edge reflect a “zero” mentality within Samsung of going back to the drawing board and placing design first and foremost.
Gone is the plastic build, removable back and micro-sd card slot. Welcomed by Gorilla Glass 4 front and back with an aluminum band adorned, a battery with built-in wireless charging and storage variants starting at 32gb up to 128gb which seeks your forgiveness for taking away the sd-card. Immediately, many have taken the various airwaves, expressing frustration at the lack of micro-sd card and removable batteries. While valid concerns, only because we’ve grown accustom to certain features, in the end, with the internal storage offering and the cloud availability, I see the argument valid but short of life.
My current phones are the iPhone 6 Plus and the OnePlus One. Both fall into that phablet category and I like them. However, the S6 line, coming in at 5.1 inches is allowing for serious consideration of going back to more traditional sized phones. This unpack didn’t highlight many of those features that sounded nice yet rarely, if ever, were used in the real world or caused either serious battery drain or lag. Seems Samsung’s back to ‘zero’ mentality was also one of let’s make a solid device with min interference from us (Samsung) giving room to let the many existing and coming applications to highlight the phones goodness.
The features that were shown were ones that evoked smart productivity and functionality with a no-kidding emphasis toward business and personal wrapped in one package. Contacts linked to colors that glow when the phone is face down and running a finger across heart rate monitor to send a quick reply. Like myself, I’m sure many of you have been in meetings and watched or even yourself, picked up your vibrating phone, lowered below table to see whose calling or sending text.
I’m no photo expert, but there seems to be much accolade being expressed for the cameras, front and back. The front-facing this go round didn’t get left out in the pasture; 5 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR. Improved processor, 3gb of memory (DDR 4), 571 pixels, 32gb min storage, charge anywhere battery and less Touchwiz influence should mark a return of high sales and a hearty well-done from the masses. Complete specs linked below.
Both the S6 and S6 Edge will be available April 10th, price unknown, but you can rest assured, they’ll be tagged at the high-end, similar to pricing seen on iPhones. Welcome back Samsung!
Specs (provided by GSMArena):