Samsung has unveiled the design and specifications of its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. With the sleek new looks, Samsung looks to improve upon the weak showing for the Galaxy S5.
— SamsungMobile (@SamsungMobile) March 1, 2015
Samsung’s newest mobile devices boast “Next-Level Performance” in the promotional video that Samsung tweeted. Going back to the drawing board after a less-than stellar 2014, which included lagging sales and the ongoing legal woes against Apple Inc., the new designs add a factor of durability that was an issue with the previous plastic frame.
The Galaxy S6 is entirely made of metal and Gorilla Glass, which provides the design with its slender look and durability. The Galaxy S6 Edge has an almost identical look, with the addition of a functional curved screen. Samsung tested out their application of metal-framed devices early last year with the Galaxy Note 4.
While the company updated its appearance to compete with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, some of the redesign’s attributes favor their competitor’s style more closely than their previous Galaxy models. Major specs that discern the Galaxy series from their Apple counterparts like the memory card slot and removable battery cover are now things of the past.
In addition to a new physical presentation, the Samsung Galaxy has also added other features in order to compete with their rivals. Most notably, the introduction of improved charging, a new 16 megapixel camera, smoother apps and Samsung Pay, an answer to the iPhone’s Apple Pay.
One of the complaints of smartphone users is answered during the reveal of a special plug for quick charging, in addition to the Galaxy S6’s new compatibility with wireless charging. The plug is said to make the charging speed twice as fast as the iPhone 6.
Samsung also revamped its TouchWiz system to make their apps seem more exclusive to their brand, as well as improve the performance. It has included some Microsoft software, like Skype and OneDrive, to provide a better Android experience.
While much of the redesign goes a long way towards differentiating the Galaxy S6 from the previous models, it may have taken a step back in separating the company from the widespread allegations of copying Apple. Despite this, Samsung’s latest debut will be one of the biggest talking points from the MWC 2015.