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Samsung announced today their newest flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. There is little difference between the two aside from the curved edges of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

The Galaxy S6 has a uniboy design an a very solid frame, unlike the previous Galaxy S devices. It also has a glass back cover. However, this comes at a cost. The Galaxy S6 has no water resistant, no external SD card option not it has a removable back cover and battery.

Main specifications:
CPU: Exynos 7420.
ROM: 32/64/128GB.
RAM: 3GB LPDDR4.
Display: 5.1 inch, 1440p SAMOLED.
Battery Capacity: 2550 mAh. (2600 for the S6 Edge)

The CPU is Samsung made, design and manufacturing. It's supposedly faster than the Snapdragon 810. Samsung always used Snapdragon chips for their USA devices, and Their own Exynos chips for their international ones. This time around Samsung is using their Exynos 7420 on all Galaxy S6 devices. Samsung claimed that the Snapdragon 810 overheats and throttles and therefore opted not to use it.
The internal storage in the Galaxy S6 comes in three different sizes, 32, 64 and 128 GB. However, it's a lot more interesting than that. The Galaxy S6 uses a UFS 2.0 storage solution, which twice as fast as the eMMC 5.1 solution previously used in their phones. This new storage solution should improve start-up time and reduce loading time for apps. It would also help achieve faster file transfer. This is probably one of the reasons the camera app opens almost instantaneously when double pressing the home button.
The Galaxy S6 comes with enough RAM for a flagship device, with 3GB of LPDDR4. Being LPDDR4 means it's also faster than the previous LPDDR3.
Samsung makes the best displays, and the Galaxy S6 comes with a 5.1" Super AMOLED display with 1440p. The size of the phone is too big for me, but most people like it. The high resolution gives the display an astonishing 577 ppi. But I find it absurdly high and on the cost of the more appreciated battery life.
A battery capacity of only 2550 mAh is very low for a device of this caliber, especially since it has so many pixels to power. I do not expect it to last a whole day, at least for my personal use but that remains to be seen.

Samsung has finally made a smartphone with a great body, they haven't since the Galaxy SII. The S3, S4 and S5 had ugly looking bodies which weren't very solid. The glass back cover is a nice touch. Of course these improvements come at the cost of loosing water resistance, expandable storage via microSD cards and unremovable back cover and battery. The galaxy S6 has a great camera, an improvement over the S5. Great display as always from Samsung, despite the extra unnecessary pixels. Great improvements for internal storage read and write speeds. However, the battery seems to be rather small for such a device.
What are your thoughts of this device? Is it an improvement over the Galaxy S5?
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I want one if they come out on Boost Mobile. My current phone (HTC Desire 510) is nice but it's not the absolute best phone.... do you know if it's coming out on Sprint?

Because if Sprint gets it, then Boost will get it since they're a Sprint-owned MVNO.
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Apparently yes. Sprint will be having it. Source.
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Apparently yes. Sprint will be having it. Source.
Good. I hope Boost doesn't ask for something ridiculous for it, like they do for the S5. I mean, $600, really?
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Wow, that's more expensive than an unlocked phone. You better get one from amazon.
Unlocked phones work with any carrier.
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Wow, that's more expensive than an unlocked phone. You better get one from amazon.
Unlocked phones work with any carrier.
Even with Sprint 4G LTE? I know Verizon and Sprint's LTE use SIM cards but they're CDMA, so I wonder if the SIMs are different since 3G CDMA doesn't use SIM cards...
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Ah right, you guys got different service providers using different technologies. I'm sorry but it will not work. Amazon offers the sprint version for $700 without a service plan.
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Why would I want a Samsung? with all due respect.. Samsung used to make one of the best phones in the market.The S3 was one of the best phones in the market and even now the S3 is still a very standard phone.But the success of the S3 was probably the prelude to its downfall of complacency.
S6 introduced unibody solid frame with glass panel for its S6?Other makers like Sony and HTC have been using this "premium " design for years.At the expanse of a memory card slot for this design? other makers have this exact same design with expandable memory and even made their phones waterproof with IP certification.
the Samsung brand is pushing lacklustre devices at ridiculous prices.
Just because Samsung is "popular ".
Not my choice to buy an device when they are better choices out there.
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Why would I want a Samsung? with all due respect.. Samsung used to make one of the best phones in the market.The S3 was one of the best phones in the market and even now the S3 is still a very standard phone.But the success of the S3 was probably the prelude to its downfall of complacency.
S6 introduced unibody solid frame with glass panel for its S6?Other makers like Sony and HTC have been using this "premium " design for years.At the expanse of a memory card slot for this design? other makers have this exact same design with expandable memory and even made their phones waterproof with IP certification.
the Samsung brand is pushing lacklustre devices at ridiculous prices.
Just because Samsung is "popular ".
Not my choice to buy an device when they are better choices out there.
Never thought about it that way, but.... Exactly. Why would I pay my provider $600 for an S5 when I can pay $60 for a decent HTC running Android 4.4, which I did?

I know others will have other opinions, but that's what I think now.
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Why would I want a Samsung? with all due respect.. Samsung used to make one of the best phones in the market.The S3 was one of the best phones in the market and even now the S3 is still a very standard phone.But the success of the S3 was probably the prelude to its downfall of complacency.
S6 introduced unibody solid frame with glass panel for its S6?Other makers like Sony and HTC have been using this "premium " design for years.At the expanse of a memory card slot for this design? other makers have this exact same design with expandable memory and even made their phones waterproof with IP certification.
the Samsung brand is pushing lacklustre devices at ridiculous prices.
Just because Samsung is "popular ".
Not my choice to buy an device when they are better choices out there.
I agree with you. Samsung overcharge for their devices. But compared to the galaxy S5 I would say Samsung made a step in the right direction. Water resistance is a good thing to have but not a must have, few rain drops won't affect your phone an you can't use a capacitive touch screen if it's wet anyways. For the expandable storage, I never found myself needing extra memory for my Galaxy SII, which has only around 11GB of usable memory. The non changeable battery is something I'd rather avoid though, batteries can have problems and changing them can easily solve that if you ever happen to be the unlucky one.
But the excessive pixel count is ridiculous, the screen is only 5.1" yet they decided to cram 3,686,400 pixels in there. A small visual improvement on the cost of quite a lot of extra power need. I would rather have a 1080p display and save battery life of the already smaller battery compared to the Galaxy S5.
The thing I really love though is the new UFS 2.0, the phone will feel a lot faster with it. Hopefully more manufacturers start using it too, but since Samsung developed it we probably won't see it coming to other manufacturers yet.
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