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For Samsung, releasing a new version of its flagship device is something that brings a lot of things into consideration. The use of the latest technology is not an option. So also is the design. In the final analysis, what Samsung always attempts to do with a new Galaxy phone is to present the world with perfection. The road to perfection could as well be the tag of the Samsung Galaxy series journey so far. With the new Galaxy S6, they almost achieved perfection.

The Galaxy S6 photo:samsung.com
The Galaxy S6 photo:samsung.com

With the S6, Samsung proved to the world that they are ready to reclaim their place as the number one smart phone makers in the world after losing the plot starting with the S4 right up to the plastic encased S5. This time around, they did everything from scratch, starting with the formation of a new design team to make sure the device has a totally new look and feel. Even a new marketing strategy was deployed to wow US consumers to buy the phone.

Announced in March 2015, the 5.1 inch phone was finally released a month later in April. The corning gorilla glass is still there which means there is no new technology in the glass department to upgrade this variant of the gorilla glass. It seems the new direction for mobile phone OEMs is to fuse the battery to the phone making it non-removable. I will have almighty rant on this issue of non-removeable battery some day. That is exactly what Samsung did with the S6, giving it a capacity of 2550 mAh, which is surprisingly smaller than the S5.

Galaxy S6 edge samsung.com
Galaxy S6 edge                                  samsung.com

The fact that the phone has no memory card slot should not be a worry since the internal storage is a whooping 32GB with 3GB of RAM. There are also the 64GB and 132GB variants which naturally meant there would be a price differential here. The operating system is the Android lollipop 5.0 upgradeable to the 5.1. The device is powered by the octa-core Exynos 7420.

In the last year Samsung has been making a lot of noise about the Exynos chipset. The Exynos was Samsung’s chipset of choice in the early years of the Galaxy series. But the last time it was used was in 2012 in the Galaxy Note 2, after it became clear that Qualcom’s krait-based CPU’s proved to be better. So this time around, Samsung decided to exclusively built and design its own Exynos chipset and Samsung described the finished product as the most advanced processor. According to comparisons and analysis done by the experts, the Exynos 7420 performed very well when stacked up against Qualcom’s latest chipset, the 810 series.

 photo:phonearena.com
photo:phonearena.com

But the majority of consumers really don’t care about the technical aspect of their devices. It is the user experience that matters to them. The S6’s battery leave a a lot to be desired especially given the screen resolution of the phone which is right now the sharpest in the world. Wouldn’t that kind of resolution be a drain on the battery? The Exynos chipset is suppose to solve that problem. But that is doubtful because things like multitasking and menu take a second to open which is one problem that has dogged Samsung devices all these years. Even the Exynos 7420 couldn’t fix that.

Apart from these, the S6 is almost perfect. It is wonderful for multimedia with super sharp screen and an amazing camera. Of course no phone review would be complete without mentioning the price. It would cost you quite a handful to obtain this phone. The 32Gb variant starts at $600, while the 64 and 128GB variants would set you back $700 and $800 dollars respectively.

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