Samsung Unveils Pair of All-New Galaxy S6 Smartphone Models
Both smartphone models support 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks and will support future LTE networks as they are adopted by mobile carriers, according to Samsung. The S6 measures 5.64 inches in length, 2.77 inches in width and 0.26 inches in thickness, while the S6 Edge measures 5.59 inches by 2.75 inches by 0.27 inches. The S6 weighs 4.86 ounces, while the S6 Edge weighs 4.65 ounces. The S6 will be available in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and White Pearl, while the S6 Edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Green Emerald. The faceplate and backplate colors are actually created through the use of thin colored foil-like materials that are positioned on the backside of the glass on the front and rear of each phone. Both smartphones are equipped with Samsung KNOX and upgraded Find My Mobile security features that help users keep their work and personal content separate on their devices.The user interfaces in the S6 models have also been improved and simplified as product designers worked closely with the user interface team to refine and streamline the phones, according to the company. Function menus were reduced by some 40 percent. Hong Yeo, a Samsung senior product designer based in Seoul, told eWEEK that developing the S6 models, which had been code-named Project Zero, has been the most exciting design project his team has ever worked on. "Everyone involved got together to really come out with a complete package," said Yeo. "We took a step back and listened to what customers were saying and what they wanted to communicate" about features they wanted to see. "We wanted to create a device with a lot of warmth and character. Both models represent a new design era for Samsung. It's something we've been working on for years." Creating the thinner, more futuristic and more stylish S6 devices shaved 1mm in thickness and 2mm in width from the previous S5 smartphones, according to Yeo. "In our world, that's a massive difference." The design team was free to use any materials for the phones, as long as the materials met the design standards for the project, he said. A key highlight of the project became the use of glass and metal in the new devices. "It's not just any glass," said Yeo. "We added a reflective structure under the glass to capture light. It's an emotional form wrapped around a different product that the world d has never seen before." The new S6 phones will ship in the second quarter of 2015. Pricing information has not yet been released. The previous Galaxy S5 version was released in April 2014.
An integrated mobile payments system will be included in both phone versions in the future, but it is not ready at launch, according to Samsung. The system will include support for near-field communication (NFC) wireless payments and Magnetic Secure Transmission transactions as used in today's magnetic card swiping systems for credit cards, according to Samsung.