First look: Samsung S6 finally unveiled

First look: Samsung S6 finally unveiled

Yesterday, we wrote about Samsung's unveiling of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the brand's flagship handset. And today, we're back with an in-depth look at the two phones.

With the S, Samsung seems to be taking a page off Apple's playbook, offering two flagship models, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, which will both be available for sale on April 10 this year. And while Samsung has yet to confirm the actual prices of the phones, it's evident that S6 Edge will be priced higher than the S6.

That said, here's what I have to say about the S6:

I wasn't a fan of the Galaxy aesthetic. I've always thought that all that beautiful hardware and software was wrapped in flimsy looking, brittle plastic featuring a design that has barely evolved since it was first introduced.

This is why I wasn't expecting much by way of design with the S6. It seems however, that the makers went back to the drawing board. Both the S6 and S6 Edge look cooler, sleeker and definitely better than its predecessors. More to the point, it looks like it's going to be worthy of whatever price tag Samsung is set to slap on both devices.

The standard S6 features a metal frame, a glass front and flat display-it doesn't veer away too much from the classic look but the new materials does make for a sturdier, sleeker finish. Now, the S6 Edge, has all the elements of the S6, but with a curved glass on the front and back, which adds to the device's character and style.

Obviously, the S6 Edge is set to become the more superior handset, but because both are now made of metal and Gorilla Glass 4, that tacky plastic from the Samsung phones of yore are no nothing but a memory. It's also being offered in numerous colour options, with the S6 availble in white, black, gold and blue and the S6 Edge in white, black, gold and green.

Of course, design-while it really did need a major revamp-wasn't the only thing that Samsung focused on for their latest release. After all, their S6's had to compete against the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the HTC M8 and the Nexus 6. So for everyone who was wondering, yes the phones are packed with all the latest technology. Octacore Samsung Exynos processor, 5.1in QHD Super AMOLED displays, 3GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of internal storage, 16MP camera, fingerprint sensor, wireless charging, fast USB charging, better speakers, Samsung Pay support.

If the features seem familiar, again, it might be because they were flipping through the Apple playbook to boost their features list as well. Some of these new found Android perks have long been offered in many iPhone predecessors.

Nevertheless, in the few minutes I spent checking out both units, it does look like both will be great additions to the smartphone market, one that will likely give even the iPhone competition. The phone's performance is impressive, feels great in your hand and with a very much-improved camera.

And while the S6 and S6 Edge aren't set to arrive in the market until April, I'd say it might be worth taking a look at. If you're ready to retire your smartphone or considering an upgrade, hold off on picking up the latest iPhone, Samsung might have just what you need.

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