Items tagged with Galaxy S6

In the Android space, Samsung has found its form and is once again kicking tail and taking names. That wasn't true of the previous generation Galaxy S5 handsets, a solid offering in its own right, though an overall underwhelming upgrade that failed to excite even loyal fans. Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both sporting a new premium design that has Android users tripping over themselves to grab one. Counterpoint Research's data puts the Galaxy S6 series (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge) in second place worldwide, trailing only Apple's iPhone 6 series (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) in sales, making Samsung's offerings the third and fourth bestsellers in April.Image... Read more...
Many would argue that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are the best Android phones on the market. If nothing else, it's certainly in the conversation. At the same time, there's room for criticism, and chief among the complaints is the lack of expandable storage. If that's a concern, you'll be happy to know that Samsung has a special offer for this Memorial Day weekend -- get a 64GB Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge for the price of a 32GB model.According to the leaked information obtained by TMoNews, the offer is valid from May 23 to May 25 (Saturday to Monday) for both postpaid and prepaid customers. If 32GB is enough storage, you can still buy either handset with the reduced storage allotment, and... Read more...
Over two weeks have passed since the second most hyped movie of the year — Avengers: Age of Ultron — bowed in cinemas worldwide (c'mon...nothing is going to get close to December's grand return of Luke, Leia, Han, et al), and the merchandising march continues with the news that Samsung is prepping a special Iron Man-themed edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone for release. First rumored back in April by The Korea Times, Samsung put 'Paid' to the hints and innuendo today with an official announcement via the company's official Twitter account.  The tweet presents what seems to be the box for a Special Edition "The Avengers" version of the... Read more...
“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” Qualcomm is sick and tired of the trash talking revolving around its high-end Snapdragon 810 processor and is now looking to set the records straight. If you’ve paid any attention to the tech scene over the past six months or so, you’ve no doubt heard countless reports on how the Snapdragon 810 is a beastly chip that is prone to overheating. It was reported that Samsung initially was going to incorporate the Snapdragon 810 in its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but was troubled by overheating concerns and instead went with its homegrown Exynos 7420. And reputable sites including Ars Technica have shown in testing that the Snapdragon 810 (when used... Read more...
One key reason for all of the buzz surrounding Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is the terrific results that users (myself included) are getting from the onboard 16 megapixel rear camera. Lightning-fast boot up and response, sharp images loaded with vibrant color, remarkable low-light performance...the GS6 camera has taken its rightful spot at the top level of cameras fitted to a mobile phone device up until now. Clouding that rosy picture, though, is the revelation that not all Samsung S6 rear-facing cameras are the same.  Not the same? I'll explain. Galaxy S6 owners might be shooting with the very impressive Sony IMX240 camera sensor, or they might... Read more...
Relationships. Some go the distance. Others are of a more mercurial nature, such as the one between me and my iPhone. As much as I loved my iPhone, I've always found iOS to be somewhat immature and not quite serious (a problem that plagues most Apple-produced software), which probably explains why my eye has wandered towards Android phones from time to time. I resisted the urge to explore Android's potentially greener pastures for years, though, opting to stay in my comfort zone rather than navigating the travails of adopting a new OS and workflows, the exasperation of manufacturer-included "bloatware" (Samsung's TouchWiz, for example, was said to be particularly headache-inducing), and... Read more...
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. 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... Read more...
Surging demand for Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge has led the company to ramp up production of their new curved screen smartphone, with the early opening of their A3 production line. Though originally set to come online in June, the A3 plant — the third that the company now has in place for making OLED displays — will help Samsung to increase production of the Galaxy S6 Edge by 150%, from the current 2 million to 5 million units produced monthly.  Since its worldwide release on April 10th, the demand for Samsung's latest iterations of its flagship smartphone has exceeded even the heady pre-release predictions made by the company. The company's new offering is available in two... Read more...
The one real knock against Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition headset is that it's only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, leaving owners of every other handset sitting on the sidelines to watch in envy. Everyone except for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners, that is. Samsung has designed a new model specifically for owners of its latest flagship Galaxy phones, and it's available to pre-order from Best Buy's website. While Best Buy gets exclusive dibs on pre-order sales, you'll be able to buy an updated "Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6," as it's called, online at Samsung.com/GearVR and BestBuy.com on Friday, May 8. In store sales at Best Buy retail locations will kick off Friday, May 15, with... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge — the very essence of HOT hardware in the smartphone space today — will go on sale in Japan this Thursday (April 23) without the company's logo on the devices, and will instead sport the monikers 'Docomo Galaxy' and 'au Galaxy', named after their Japanese telecom carriers. Samsung made the decision to white-label their raging new entries into the smartphone space amid persistent rumors that the company was planning to entirely pull its smartphone business out of Japan. The company has had a difficult time trying to establish any kind of a foothold in the Land of the Rising Sun, and with only a sliver of the Japan's smartphone market share... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter and speculation as to how many Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices Samsung has racked up in pre-orders and how many combined units it will ship by the end of the year. However, they've mostly come from outside sources, like market analysts. At least until know -- Samsung has reportedly spoken up on its sales expectations.According to a report in The Korea Times, Samsung believes that combined Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sales will reach "70 million plus" by the end of the year. Based on what we know to date, like Samsung have a tough time supplying enough flagship phones to keep up with demand, that 70 million figure really isn't far fetched."The Galaxy S6 and... Read more...
Samsung's mobile boss J.K. Shin can breath a sigh of relief, exhale, wipe his forehead and exclaim 'Phew!', pat himself on the back, and anything else he wants to do in celebration of turning around the South Korean handset maker's stale Galaxy smartphone line. After all, it was just months ago that several of his colleagues were asked to exit stage left by management who had been bitten by the restructuring bug. And now? Following a significant redesign of Samsung's flagship phone, the company is having trouble keeping up with demand.It was a week ago that Mr. Shin warned of a short-term shortage of the Galaxy S6 Edge, an intriguing handset because of its curved display that wraps around both... Read more...
After all the hype, hoopla, and anticipation, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets are finally here! Well, they will be shortly, depending on when you read this -- Samsung's new flagship phones will go on sale in the U.S. today at 12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 AM Pacific. To celebrate the occasion, Samsung is holding "S Carpet" events at its flagship stores around the world.If you live in the U.S. and want to take part in the festivities (and perhaps win a prize), you can head over to the Samsung Galaxy Studio in SoHo, New York. Up in Canada, the S Carpet event will take place at the Samsung Electronics Store on Kingsway Drive in Vancouver.This is a big moment for Samsung. After see profits dip... Read more...
Samsung announced the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in early March, and the smartphones are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this week. Despite the fact that the Galaxy S6 Edge is billed as Samsung’s ultimate flagship, most reviewers have cautioned potential customers to skip it entirely as its curved display is more gimmicky than useful and its $100 price premium is a bit much to swallow. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, it doesn’t appear that customers are listening to reviewers. Instead, Samsung is facing shortages of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The immense demand coupled with the difficulty in producing the display — which curves on both the left- and right-hand side — makes for... Read more...
The next few quarters will be extremely telling for Samsung and its effort to turn around its mobile business. What the top dogs in charge are most interesting in finding out is whether or not the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, due out this Friday, have the moxie to push Samsung's mobile profits in a positive direction. So far, the signs are promising. Reviews around the web are mostly positive, and pre-order figures look solid for Samsung's flagship handsets. As the company's mobile marketing boss Lee Young-hee told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview, the new handsets are "more design-focused than function-driven," and that decision has sparked renewed... Read more...
SquareTrade raised more than a few eyebrows last week when it posted a video showing a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cracking under pressure during its torture tests. SquareTrade applied force to the center of the display, and began recording how much pressure was required to bend the device (110 pounds). The Galaxy S6 Edge’s display also cracked at 110 pounds (while still remaining functional) and the device gave out completely at 149 pounds of pressure. As someone who doesn’t put my smartphone in my back pocket (it always stays in my right, front pants pocket), I don’t really pay much attention to such tests, and consider them mere fodder for fanboy wars. Samsung, on the other hand, is downright irate... Read more...
Things are starting to look up for Samsung after launching its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones to much fanfare. Ditching the plastic chassis that had been a staple of prior Galaxy phones and switching to a premium metal and glass design proved popular, both in terms of pre-order numbers and projected sales. And just like that, the gloom and doom talk has dissipated. According to Reuters, investors are confident that Samsung's new flagship handsets will see strong sales throughout the year. Putting their money where their mouths are at, shares of Samsung have skyrocketed to the highest they've been in more than 21 months. That includes an 8.6 percent... Read more...
Samsung isn’t about to let HTC hog the spotlight today with the announcement of One M9 availability in the U.S. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Samsung is now announcing that its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will both be available for pre-order starting tomorrow -- the smartphones will be available in brick and mortar locations beginning April 10. Like HTC, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be available on all four major U.S. carriers (although Samsung has also added in U.S. Cellular). Samsung is also blanketing the retail space as both smartphones will be available from Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart. “We have completely reimagined the Galaxy experience... Read more...
If you’re looking to purchase a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 (and it appears that many are looking to take the plunge), T-Mobile CEO John Legere has just announced a deal that may just be too good to pass up. Legere took to Twitter today to announce that if you purchase a Galaxy S6 though T-Mobile, you will receive a free year of Netflix. Netflix Standard costs $8.99 per month, so T-Mobile would be throwing in a value-add worth just over $100. Once you throw in other “Un-carrier” initiatives like Data Stash, unlimited 4G LTE data, and Un-contract (which locks in rates for life), T-Mobile is really looking to stick it to the big guys — namely AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Although we don’t have... Read more...
When Samsung announced its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones earlier this month, the electronics giant confirmed previous speculation that it would preinstall a bundle of Microsoft apps. Both flagship smartphones will come with OneNote, OneDrive (complete with 100GB of storage, free for two years), and Skype already installed fresh out of the box. Samsung announced today that it is expanding its partnership with Microsoft and will preinstall its apps on “select” Android tablets. In addition to the apps that are preinstalled on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung tablets will come with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint starting in the first half of 2015. Samsung will also offer... Read more...
More heads among top level executives were surely going to roll if Samsung botched its Galaxy S6 launch and ended up with unsold inventory like it did with the Galaxy S5, but luckily for mobile boss J.K. Shin and company, sales have jumped out to a quick start. It was reportedly earlier that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge combined for over 20 million pre-orders, and now it's estimated the premium duo will notch more than 55 million unit sales by the end of the year.That's coming from the latest report by DRAMeXchange. In it, the outfit revised its outlook upwards by over 20 percent after witnessing the early success and high praise Samsung's flagship phones have been receiving, much of which is centered... Read more...
Just weeks ago, Samsung was freezing salaries amid falling profits and handing out pink slips to high level executives, all while trying to figure out what to do with stacks of unsold Galaxy S5 handsets. There was a sense of fear and uncertainty among employees as Samsung readied to hit the reset button, but through it all, the company never lost faith in its mobile boss J.K. Shin. Now it's paying off as the South Korean handset maker increases production on its recently announced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.Samsung redesigned its flagship phone, ditching the plastic construction that had become a staple of the Galaxy line and going with a premium metal and glass motif. Though doing so... Read more...
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