Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Review

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Introduction and Specifications

About a year ago, we were in a similar spot. We had the latest Galaxy smartphone in hand, rand were comparing it to rivals from LG, Motorola, Apple, and Sony (just to name a few). Twelve months have passed, and as fate would have it, we've got yet another pair of Galaxy phones in the labs. This time, however, Samsung's got something that clearly stands out for previous generations.

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After years of success, Samsung's profits began to lag right around the launch of the Galaxy S5. The press largely criticized it for being too plasticky, not innovative enough, and not fast enough to set it apart or justify its price tag. Many wondered if the company's next flagship Galaxy would get Samsung back on track, and after handling the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, we're certain that the new power duo has indeed put the company back on the path.

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Part of what makes the new phones so nice is the hardware within. Samsung has packed in an Octa-Core SoC, relying on a bit of in-house silicon mojo to bring its latest Galaxy handsets to life.

Although, Samsung also built in many other upgrades as well, which you can get a sense for in our video walk-around of both devices...


Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
Specifications & Features

OS
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with TouchWiz Overlay
CPU
64-bit 2.1 GHz quad-core + 1.5GHz quad core (Exynos 7420 Octa-Core)
GPU
Mali-T760MP8 
Memory
3 GB RAM
32/64/128GB storage
Display
5.1-inch Super AMOLED (1440x2560 pixels)
Rear Camera
16 MP Rear-facing Camera
Optical Image Stabilization
BSI image sensor
1080p video recording
Front Camera
5MP Front-facing Camera
Network
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700) - G920T
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800) - G920A
Wireless
NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), A-GPS, GLONASS
Ports
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
Size
138 grams
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in) - S6
142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm (5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 in) - S6 Edge
Battery
2550 mAh
Color Options
White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz
Price
$649.99 off-contract; $200 - 299 with 2-year agreement: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular
 

In terms of their specifications, it's easy to see why folks are excited for the S6 (and the S6 edge, which boasts the same innards save for the display). It's not just a hero device for Samsung, but the mobile industry at large. Android 5.0 is easily the most polished version of Google's mobile OS, and the S6's hardware is the sleekest in the line's short history. Does it all add up to create a phone you should call your own? Let's dive in.

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