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March 05, 2015

The Wait Is Over: Samsung Galaxy S6 Unveiled

Anticipation for the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been running wild all year, ahead of the now-traditional April release for new Galaxy versions. Although a solid date hasn't been confirmed just yet, the phone was unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress, and it certainly looks like a winner.

Samsung's flagship smartphone is always subject to much speculation, and the leaked designs that showed up online a while ago turned out to be totally accurate. The S6 has a sturdy metal and glass construction, with a 5.1" QHD Super AMOLED display. The screen is much bigger and with a much higher resolution (2560x1440) than the iPhone 6, despite the handset itself only being a little bigger. It's not waterproof, though – Samsung are saving that development for the S6 Active update, supposedly coming soon after the S6 itself.

The camera is a big step up over the S5. At 16 megapixels and an aperture of f1.9, the rear camera should be great for crisp, high quality images in low light, with the 5 megapixel front-facing camera promising improved clarity as well. The S6 battery, on the other hand, is smaller than the S5s, which casts doubt on how long it will run for with these extra features. It will charge more quickly than before, though, with wireless charging capability too – Samsung are promising four hours of use after ten minutes of charging.

Instead of making the leap to Samsung's Tizen operating system, the S6 sticks with Android, running on the 64-bit-supported Android Lollipop. The user interface has been streamlined slightly, but is still largely the same as before. Disappointingly, the S6 hasn't raised the game to 4GB of RAM just yet, but 3GB should be more than enough to handle anything the phone needs to run.

Samsung have dropped the microSD slot in favour of Universal Flash Storage 2.0, a new type of flash memory that enhances data speeds. For those concerned about storage, the S6 comes in 32, 64 and 128GB variants – it just won't be expandable.

The Galaxy S6 also comes in the S6 Edge variant, much like the Galaxy Note Edge – the screen curves round to the side of the phone, providing an extra little portion of the screen that displays notifications and provides extra functionality, though this feature hasn't been taken advantage of much in the past. Perhaps it's something Samsung are looking to develop with the S6.

Price details haven't been confirmed yet either, although an educated guess would put it slightly above the price of the S5 at launch. This means it will be on the pricier end of the spectrum but, from the first look, the S6 may just be worth it.