Samsung Galaxy S6: Design over Performance?

Photo Credit: Samsung
Photo Credit: Samsung

The technology giant, Samsung, previewed its newest models of their Galaxy Line with the introduction of the S6 and the S6 Edge, adopting design considerations that have been trending recently that its predecessor did not possess.

The replacement of the Galaxy S5 comes in two options: the S6 and the S6 Edge, which offers a curved screen. Both variations do not offer the plastic body and removable battery that was a major feature of Galaxy products previously. Instead of plastic, both the S6 and the S6 Edge utilize metal and glass in its place.

The two phones are very similar in terms of operation. Both phones operate on the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and offer a 5.1-inch high-resolution display. In contrast to the S6, the S6 Edge has two curved glass edges that wrap along the side of the phone.

Samsung chose to preview the two devices at the Mobile World Congress, the annual trade show that specifies on portable technology such as phones and wearables, which was held from March 2 to March 5 in Barcelona, Spain.

Some of the main features of the two devices include a clean, metal design, updated fingerprint scanner and a payment system. It appears as if Samsung is taking trends in the market seriously. The updated fingerprint scanner, metal design and payment system could be interpreted that these features have been implemented in attempt to compete with the iPhone, especially with the introduction of a payment system, aptly titled Samsung Pay.

However, not all aspects of the S6 and the S6 Edge are beneficial to its users. Unlike the S5, the S6 and the S6 Edge do not offer a removable battery or a microSD slot; two features to which Galaxy users have been very accustomed. A major feature that was a selling point of the S5 was the waterproofing that had been done to the device. Unfortunately, the S6 and the S6 Edge do not possess that feature, making it seem less attractive to previous Galaxy users. In terms of performance, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be using Samsung’s own Exynos processor, while many of its contemporaries will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. The potential danger with using a new processor is that it has not been tested on a larger scale, increasing performance problems.

Although there are many possible feature failures with the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge, the S6 models have set forth some trends themselves. The Samsung S6 and S6 Edge both deliver wireless charging support and compatibility with a new version of the Gear VR virtual reality accessory. It can also be said that in terms of design, Samsung has considered the critique that was given to the S5 and has applied it to the S6 and S6 Edge.

The two phones will not be officially released until April 10; however, due to growing popularity on the Internet and in the news, it appears as if the new devices will do commercially well for the company.

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