MWC 2015: Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge!

The Samsung Unpacked event at the MWC 2015 is all about the next generation of Galaxy smartphones – the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung seems to be pleased with the limited edition Galaxy Note Edge market success and will be keeping the “edged” devices around.

Samsung Galaxy S6 duo have been in the rumor mill for quite some time and we already knew pretty much everything there is to know. The devices are now official and we can clear up every tiny detail.

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The new Galaxy S6 series is a departure from the previous series, switching from an all-plastic shell to a dual-glass design enhanced with a metal frame. The new combination of materials works great indeed and the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are arguably, the most beautiful Galaxy smartphones to date. We’re sure, many will forgive the camera hump on the back for sure. This time around the Galaxy S6 isn’t dust and water proof though.

Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 5.1″ Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution resulting into the amazing 577 ppi density. It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The hardware Home key once again doubles as fingerprint sensor and supports the new Samsung Pay service.

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Samsung Pay relies on NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) for mobile payments. It has already been certified by Visa, MasterCard, and Samsung is employing key partners worldwide to participate in the service, including American Express, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and U.S. Bank.

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Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has the display glass bent on both sides of the phone. While the curve isn’t as impressive as on the Note Edge, being bent on both sides makes it feel like an entirely different device. The 5.1″ Super AMOLED display also utilizes at Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. It is protected by a curved Corning Gorilla Glass 4, too.

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The rumors turned right and Samsung chose not to opt for the Snapdragon 810 chip, probably due to the overhearing issues. So, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are powered by the company’s Exynos 7420, built on a 14nm process and thus more energy-efficient and producing less heat compared to 20nm Snapdragon 810.

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The Exynos 7420 chip offers much similar processor to the Snapdragon 810 – an octa-core 64-bit CPU with four Cortex-A57 cores ticking at 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5GHz. The Exynos 7420 chip uses a Mali-T760 GPU and comes bundled with 3GB LPDDR4 of RAM. The new generation of RAM has already premiered on the LG G Flex2 and we expect the 2015 flagships to feature LPDDR4 RAM chips.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 duo comes with a new ISOCELL camera sensor with 16MP resolution. The camera is enhanced with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and has a single-LED flash. Quite expectedly, 4K video recording is supported.

The front camera is 5MP, capable of 1080p video capturing.

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The new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge feature 32GB / 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable via a microSD slot. The storage is of the new UFS 2.0 variety, which uses “Command Queue” tech used in SSDs for accelerating the speed of command execution. The end-result is 19,000 input/output operations (IOPS) per second for random reading – that’s 2.7x faster than the performance of the eMMC 5.0 memory found in the previous crop of flagships.

The all-round connectivity package includes LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS with GLONASS and Beidou, IR blaster and FM radio. The Galaxy S6 is powered by a 2,550 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S6 egde has a 2,600 mAh unit.

Finally, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge run on Android 5.0 Lollipop enhanced with the latest TouchWiz UI with Material design and cleaner interface. The TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 Edge offers various features and apps working on the edges of the display, including a newer and better version of the Quick Glance info for the lockscreen.

This time around Samsung has partnered with Microsoft, instead of Dropbox, and will be offering 115GB OneDrive storage for 2 years to each Galaxy S6 user.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will launch this spring (quite possibly this very month) in Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, and Shimmery White. The pricing is yet to be detailed.

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MWC 2015: HTC Officially Unveils the One M9, HTC Grip & HTC Vive!

Surprise! After months of speculation and leaks, HTC is finally ready to show the world its latest flagship, the One M9. Sorry to disappoint, but those leaks were, for the most part, spot on. As they suggested, there’s no major change in terms of industrial design here; the M9 looks a lot like the M8, which in turn looked a look like the original One.

That means you’re getting an aluminium unibody design with a 5-inch 1080p display framed at the top and bottom by HTC’s trademark BoomSound speakers. Sure, it’s a bit narrower, a little shorter, and a shade thicker than the M8 it replaces, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell the handsets apart at first glance.”What about watching video?” Drew is just jumping through features in a hurry now. Showing off the three-finger upward swipe for sending media from your phone to a nearby connected TV.

Available starting in the middle of March in Asia Pacific, EMEA, and North America.

Four colors: gold, silver, pink, and gunmetal.

Sense 7 will be Available to the One M8!

The spec sheet sees a number of incremental bumps. Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU is doing the heavy lifting here, supported by 3GB of RAM, and the M9 also sees the welcome addition of Android 5.0 Lollipop, although the presence of HTC’s Sense skin means users won’t see such a dramatic aesthetic change between 4.4 and 5.0. The battery capacity has also been bumped up from 2,600mAh to 2,840mAh, which, when combined with the new Snapdragon, will hopefully see the M9 last a full day with ease.

Perhaps the biggest change comes in the form of a new rear-facing camera unit. HTC called an abrupt stop to the megapixel wars with the introduction of its UltraPixel tech, which used large, less densely packed pixels that absorbed more light. That’s all gone this time around, as there’s now a more conventional 20-megapixel sensor set in a square camera unit at the rear of the phone. HTC is promising big things from this camera, touting its f/2.2, 27.8mm lens and, thanks to the bump in pixel count, 4K video recording. It’s not abandoning UltraPixel entirely, however, as it’s using that technology for its front-facing camera.

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All told, the M9 looks like a good, if incremental, upgrade over its predecessors (especially if you’re coming from the original HTC One). We’ll get back to you with some more detailed impressions as soon as possible.

HTC Wearable!

Under Armour partnership, pictures of people jogging in the background…

“Ladies and gentlemen, HTC Grip.”

“Designed to seamlessly sync your training data with Under Armour Record. You will now have access to an interactive network that tracks progress and provides training advice. All directly from fitness experts. You can invite up to 20 friends to compete in customized fitness challenges.”

“We will bring you a VR experience no one has seen before.”

“We believe VR will totally transform the way we interact with the world. The possibilities are limitless.”

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Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 leak out 3 Days ahead of Official Debut!

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UPDATE: New leak by Sprint! (Photo Above)

Purported live photos of Samsung Galaxy S6 made the rounds on the web. The Korean giant’s next flagship smartphone is scheduled to make its debut this Sunday, on March 1 alongside an Edge model with curved display.

Related Story: US Carriers teases the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6!

The photos reveal Samsung’s new design language for the upcoming Galaxy S5 successor. The newcomer appears to sport metal frame with front and back covered by glass. Overall, the device looks like a massive step forward for the company in terms of design and tactility.

If the images are to be believed, Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer non-removable back cover. Its camera will be protruding, with the heart rate sensor sitting on its right side.

The SIM card slot of the smartphone is located on its right side, below the power/lock key. Its 3.5mm audio jack has been moved to the bottom this time around – there is nothing but an IR blaster, microphone pinhole, and antenna strips on top.

We will be covering the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 launch. Be sure to tune in to find out everything about the smartphone.

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S6 and S6 Edge side by side

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US Carriers teases the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6!

Samsung Galaxy S6 photo leak T-Mobile

What do we have here? Yes, that is what appears to be the best teaser photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 we’ve seen yet, as found on the T-Mobile website.

The page itself on the T-Mobile site offers little more than the image, embellished by the cheeky words “Six Appeal,” and a note to check back on March 1st. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Samsung will be officially announcing their latest flagship device next week, and that U.S. consumers will be able to at least pre-register, if not pre-order, from T-Mobile without delay after the announcement.

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The device we are seeing in the T-Mobile image, appears to be the Edge variant of the device. With the curved sides of the display that wrap around just a little way. There is a touch of class borrowed from the Galaxy Note 4 here as well. Just look at that backing, that appears to be metal, and the shiny chromed metal looking ring garnishing the glass of the display, looks like metal to me.

Here’s the same device in AT&T blue, from here. Coming Spring 2015. Verizon red and Sprint yellow shouldn’t be far behind.

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Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Sprint has now put up the same image.. now we’re just waiting to see if Verizon follows suit:

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