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Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S6

The Korean electronics giant will show off its newest devices during an event in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:52:39 PM
    The thing where your phone glows when one of your contacts calls...seems like it's really specific. It isn't clear if you get that glowing notification if the phone is right-side-up or only upside down.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:52:47 PM
    The user experience is simple, fast and intuitive. It's all "design with purpose," she says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:52:53 PM
    Also, you can only have five contacts along the edge display strip.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:53:05 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:53:05 PM
    Now for Justin Denison, VP of the product strategy and marketing team for Samsung Electronics America.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:53:22 PM
    The S6 and S6 Edge now set the performance bar for the entire industry, Denison says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:53:40 PM
    And other than that, there's not much that's "meaningful" to the edge display...night mode (which I love) and also notifications for missed calls, texts, email, but no notifications for Twitter or Facebook (at least yet...)
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:53:47 PM
    The processor has a 64-bit architecture with a 14 nanometer technology, which is smaller and more powerful efficient.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:53:47 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:53:55 PM
    It's 35% more power efficiency than the Galaxy S4.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:54:07 PM
    It uses DDR4 Ram instead of DDR3.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:54:07 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:54:26 PM
    It has universal flash storage 2.0. It happens fast without lag, he says.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:54:27 PM
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:55:06 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:55:08 PM
    The S6 and S6 Edge have the best screens you've ever seen, he says. 5.1-inch quad HD super AMOLED, with 577 PPI. 77% more pixels.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:55:12 PM
    Let's see if Samsung mentions any specifics about the processor...ever. They only told me Exynos (its own), but wouldn't say which model. We're really going to have to compare to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 when that comes out.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:55:39 PM
    Samsung announced a new Gear VR that works for the S6 and S6 Edge.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:55:43 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:55:46 PM
    We have Scott Stein on hand to check out that Gear VR. He's the absolute master of putting things on his head.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:55:54 PM
    The pixel density is 11% more than the Note 4.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:56:20 PM
    Sorry, the power efficiency is a boost from the Note 4, not S4.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:56:28 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:56:42 PM
    The S6 family has an enhanced processor that is faster but more power efficient, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:56:56 PM
    We've invented a battery that charges faster than any in the industry, Denison says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:57:12 PM
    It takes 10 minutes for a charge that can last four hours.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:57:13 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:57:23 PM
    Charging from 0 to 100 takes half the time as the iPhone 6.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:57:33 PM
    Samsung hitting Apple where it hurts: In the battery department.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:57:42 PM
    Pretty much every spec on the S6 and S6 Edge are the same. Only slight differences to = dimensions, battery life.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:57:58 PM
    The battery is built into the smartphone.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:58:16 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:58:22 PM
    The embedded battery isn't the only thing that some people are going to get upset about. There's no microSD card slot.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:58:22 PM
    We've refused to do this for a long time. We didn't want to do this until we felt confident that people were comfortable charging their phone, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:58:30 PM
    Wireless charging is built right in, he reiterates.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:58:36 PM
    It's 6.8mm thick.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:58:51 PM
    Samsung will sell a wireless charging dock, but it will also work with other chargers, say your existing Qi charger.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:59:18 PM
    Ah, Samsung is using both WPC and PMA wireless standards. Hurrah!
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:59:33 PM
    You know that you're covered, he says. "Wireless charging has arrived."
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:59:55 PM
    Samsung's doing a lot to reassure people who love their removable batteries.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:59:56 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:59:58 PM
    Now on to the camera.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 6:00:26 PM
    He is so confident about the quality of the camera that all of the scenes of this video are shot with the G6, he says.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 6:00:47 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 6:00:49 PM
    The key challenge is creating a camera that works in all lighting situations, especially dark.
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