Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge


High-end metal cased smarthpones to go on sale from April 10 in 20 countries as manufacturer also announces Samsung Pay

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones at Mobile World Congress.

The manufacturer took the wraps off the devices in front of a packed auditorium of some 2,000 people at the Centre de Convencions International de Barcelona.

They will go on sale from April 10 and initially be available in 20 countries, although Samsung did not specify which. Details on pricing was also not revealed. There are five colours: black, white, gold, blue (Galaxy S6 only) and green (Galaxy S6 edge only).

Both smartphones are 6.8mm thick and are powered by quad 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz processors.

They are cased in metal and have 5.1-inch quad HD Super AMOLED screens made from toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The screen on the S6 edge curved around both vertical sides of the phone.

Both have 16 megapixel rear and five megapixel front cameras, with F1.9 lenses that Samsung says provide the most superior image quality on a smartphone.

It added that Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilisation and IR Detect White Balance provide “advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions”.

Both come with 3GB of RAM, 2,500mAh (Galaxy S6) and 2,600mAh (Galaxy S6 edge) batteries, a fingerprint scanner, Samsung’s S Health software and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal memory.

Samsung has also included wireless charging. From a security perspective, both are built on the upgraded Samsung KNOX software, which offers protection from malicious attacks.

The manufacturer also revealed details behind its new mobile payment offering. Samsung Pay will launch on the two devices and will enable people to pay for items at point of sale terminals in stores.

To deliver this, Samsung has partnered with both Visa and Mastercard, as well as American Express, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and U.S. Bank, which it said provides greater choice for customers.

It will launch in the second half of this, initially in the US and Korea.

Samsung CEO and head of IT and mobile JK Shin labelled Samsung Pay a “truly game-changing service”, attributing this to the simplicity of the service and its “robust” partner network.