Watching the various specs for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge leak over the past few months has certainly kept the internet busy. Now that the phone has officially launched though I thought it would be a good idea to break down all the specs that were confirmed at the pre-brief I attended in London last week.
At the embargoed event there were also some components from the S6 Edge which give a really great idea of how the phone is put together, so I’ve also included them here.
It’s worth noting that the biggest and most significant news is that the S6 and S6 Edge will both feature Samsung’s own processors. This might also go some way to explaining the reduced battery life in these phones in comparison to the S5. Samsung has said that the new, 14nm process – which it has pioneered in phones – can yield a power saving of some 35 per cent in comparison to the Snapdragon 800 in the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa – Four cores run at 1.5GHz and four at 2.1GHz
64-bit processor built to a 14nm process
Memory and storage
3GB of LPDDR4 RAM
32GB, 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.0 flash memory
LTE category 6 modem (300mbps download)
802.11ac MIMO 620mbps
Front: 5-megapixel, f/1.9 lens and real-time HDR, wide-angle selfie
Rear: 16-megapixel, f/1.9 lens (34 per cent more light reaches the sensor than on the S5), smart optical image stabilization, launch by pressing and holding the home button in 0.7 seconds, tracking AF
The phone has a fast-charge mode that gives it enough power for 2 hours of HD video playback or 4 hours of “normal” use in 10 minutes.
S6: Edge 2600mAh
Both phones support the two main wireless charging standards. WPC’s Qi and Powermat, which uses something called PMW (pulse width modulation).
Quad-HD Super AMOLED display
S6: 1440 x 2560
S6 Edge: 1440 x 2660
Bottom-mounted, 1.5x louder than the Galaxy S5
Amplifer built in for best quality sound
Compatible with most payment systems – MST, NFC and Barcode with magnetic stripe storage too
Find my Mobile, reactivation lock, remote wipe, remote ultra power saving mode to keep the phone running and trackable for as long as possible
Dimensions and weight
S6: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm 138g
S6: Edge 142 x 70.1 x 70mm 132g