Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is now available in India and will be selling as top of the line Android offering starting at 58, 900 INR for the base 32 GB variant. Galaxy Edge has the same hardware prowess as S6, but additionally feature dual curved display edges, which make it look stunning, besides adding a few features. Let’s discuss specs and hardware.
Camera and Internal Storage
Samsung is using a true high end 16 MP camera with OIS, which can be fired simply by double pressing home button. The camera shutter key is not present on the edges, unlike Galaxy Note 4 Edge. Camera software is clutter free and simple to navigate through. Initial reviews speak of the Galaxy S6 Edge camera in high regards, which lends it performance credibility. A wideangle 5 MP front camera is also present for selfies.
Contrary to Samsung’s core ethics, internal storage cannot be expanded this time. You can choose from 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB models, depending on your requirement. Instead of eMMC memory management, Samsung is using much faster and advanced UFS 2.0 storage. This is supposed to be 2.7 times faster than eMMC 5.0 and will noticeably improve performance.
Processor and Battery
Speaking of performance, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will use 14nm FinFet process based Exynos 7420 octa core chipset in Galaxy S6. It includes 4 cortex A57 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and another 4 Cortex A53 cores ticking at 1.5 GHz. Chipset also includes Mali T760 GPU and faster LPDDR4 RAM (3 GB).
The highlight here is 14nm architecture which will consume lot less power than 20nm process based rivals like Snapdragon 810. The new FinFET technology allows Samsung to fit more transistor without current leakage issues on Exynos 7420. Samsung claims that the Exynos 7420 is 30 to 35% more energy-efficient than its previous 20nm chips, while bringing up to 20% better performance.
Battery capacity is 2600 mAh, which doesn’t sound like much at first glance, especially considering the fact that there are 577 pixels per inches of that high quality Super AMOLED display, but considering more power efficient OS and Chipset, there is no reason to panic. Battery is not removable for the first time in S series flagships, but wireless charging and rapid charging are supported.
Display and Other Features
The gorgeous AMOLED display is 5.1 inches in size (2K Resolution, 577 ppi), and in our time with the device, we couldn’t spot any flaw in quality. The Super AMOLED display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Out of the two folded edges, you can use either one for displaying night clock, displaying information & notifications, assigning speed dial contacts, notification lighting, etc.
Other features include 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2X2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1 LE & apt-X, NFC and IR blaster. Software is Android 5.0 lollipop with relatively dialed down TouchWiz UI on top. Menus and other options have been further simplified and made more accessible. Even with folded side edges, Samsung has managed to keep power button and IR blaster on side edges, which is admirable.
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will primarily fulfill its destined role as an Android challenger to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It will also compete with other Android flagships like HTC One M9, Google Nexus 6 and Moto Turbo in India.
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge|
|Display||5.1 inch, Quad HD|
|Processor||Octa Core Exynos 7420|
|RAM||3 GB LPDDR4|
|Internal Storage||32 GB/ 64 GB/ 128 GB, Non-Expandable|
|OS||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop|
|Camera||16 MP/ 5 MP|
|Price||58,900 INR/ 64,900 INR/ 70,900 INR|
What we Like
- Improved Design
- UFS 2.0 storage
- Great Camera
What we Don’t Like
- Non removable Battery
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge might appear overpriced, but it is not meant to compete in the mid range specification rat race. With low end competition intensifying, Samsung could either profoundly slash prices or compete in the ultra high end market where Apple presently dominates. Samsung is obviously aiming higher with Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.