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How the Samsung Galaxy S5 & the Samsung Galaxy S6 Measure Up


At the beginning of March, the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 was launched. We were expected a revamped flagship smartphone from Samsung as promised by them some months earlier and they certainly delivered. Let’s look at how the Galaxy S6 measures up when compared to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S5.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Galaxy S6 is its new look and design. Samsung were keen to move away from the polycarbonate design of the S5 (and its predecessors) and the S6 is made from an attractive combination of glass and metal. The removable rear cover which housed the microSD slot has gone and in its place is two pieces of shimmering Gorilla Glass 4 joined together by a curvy metal frame. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is also ultra slim and sleek, measuring just 6.8mm in depth (1.3mm slimmer than the S5) and it’s slightly lighter in weight.

As well as it’s looks, the display on the S6 has been improved. Samsung have kept the 5.1-inch size of the screen the same but the S6 boasts a stunning 1440 x 2560 Quad-HD display offering 577 pixels per inch. This tops the 432 pixels per inch, 1080 x 1920 full HD screen on the Galaxy S5 and it’s a great resolution for looking at images, video or playing games. As well as giving a sharper image, the display brightness on the S6 has been increased by 20 per cent.

Both the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 have a 16-megapixel camera on the rear. However, the rear-facing camera on the S6 has some new enhancements which include a f1.9 wide-angle lens, better performance in lower light, smart optical image stabilisation (no more blurry images because your hand was shaking) and a camera which can be ready to take shots in 0.7 of a second. The 2-megapixel front-facing camera on the S5 has been replaced by a 5-megapixel camera on the S6 and can shoot video in 4k.

The inside specs of the Galaxy S6 have also been upgraded. Samsung have gone with their own Exynos 7420 quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM compared to the Snapdragon 801 CPU in the S5 with 2GB of RAM. This means that the S6 will be significantly faster, more powerful and efficient. As the onboard storage is no longer expandable, the S6 comes with a solid 32GB of memory compared with 16GB in the S5. The battery in the S6 is a bit smaller but the it offers fast charging as well as wireless charging – just a quick 10 minute charge can provide around 4 hours of use.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 will have the latest Android Lollipop 5.0 straight from the box. The TouchWiz user interface has had a make-over and has been streamlined so it’s faster with improved efficiency and less clutter. The fingerprint scanner has been improved so you no longer need to swipe, there are some new and pre-installed Microsoft apps and Samsung will be providing their own mobile payment service called Samsung Pay.

Got you salivating? If so, the good news is that you can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 from Direct Mobiles now!

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