During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, Samsung has released the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S6. The smartphone is much more powerful than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it does have some areas that have already drawn some criticism, such as decreased battery capacity.
The only area where the Samsung Galaxy S6 is actually weaker than its predecessor is the battery. The S5 had a 2,800 mAh battery and the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery has a 2,550 mAh battery. That doesn’t necessarily translate into a worse battery life than the S6, as the operating system could optimize everything to make the battery just as good as the S5’s. The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes preloaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a octa-core processor (a 2.1 GHz quad-core and a 1.5 GHz quad-core), 3 GB of Ram and three variants of internal storage: 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The novelty is that the storage is not expandable anymore, which is why the microSD card slot is gone from the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 measures 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches and weighs 4.9 oz. The screen resolution is increased from its predecessor to 2560 x 1440.
When Samsung created the Samsung Galaxy S6 front-facing camera, they had selfies and video calls in mind. While the rear camera is exactly the same, with 16 MP, the front camera is much improved. The S5 had a 2 MP camera and the new Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5 MP camera. Samsung also improved the software so that users can take better pictures than they did with the predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy S6 features quick launch, improved zoom, low light video, slow and fast motion options, automatic white balancing and a pro mode, where users have granular control over their photos.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a better smartphone than the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it does not bring anything spectacular in the mix. Only time will tell if the decreased battery capacity will indeed affect the battery life, as many suggests will happen.
Aside from the technical specifications mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are very similar. They both offer 4G LTE service, have a plethora of sensors (compass, barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor and fingerprint sensor). Analysts fear that many Samsung S5 users won’t feel like the Samsung Galaxy S6 brings enough improvements to justify a new and expensive purchase.
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