Well after a whole lot of buzz and anticipation, Samsung finally presented the newest models of its flagship Galaxy S line at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. While the S3, S4, and S5 were incredibly popular among the public when they first came out, the Galaxy line has fallen off its pedestal somewhat as of late. Still, it looks like Samsung is taking a stand against naysayers with its new S6. What people want to know, however, is what differences the new model has from its predecessor, the S5. Our Screen Fix Brisbane office examined both devices to provide you with information on how the Samsung Galaxy S6 has improved since last year’s phone.

The Design

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The aesthetics of both models don’t differ quite that much, especially in the front. Like the S5, the S6 has a tactile home button with capacitive back and recent app keys next to it. The volume rocker and power button are on their respective sides as well. The main difference found in the S6, however, is the position of certain ports. The previous model has an audio jack at the top of the phone and a microUSB charging port at the bottom, while the S6 has placed both ports at the bottom. The new model also has no waterproofing flap that covers the charging port.

The Display

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Multimedia enthusiasts will love that Samsung has kept the same 5.1” Super AMOLED display, and will be even happier with the resolution change. The S6 has now been improved from the Full HD to a Quad HD resolution, which means the pixel density has risen from 432 to 577 ppi.

The S6’s Super AMOLED display offers the same amazing view angles, colors, and deep blacks as any Galaxy phone provides. Users will just experience an even more attractive high definition resolution. While some might say a Quad HD isn’t necessary for such a small display, Samsung begs to differ. The high quality resolution will indeed offer a visible improvement, especially for people who use their phones for multimedia entertainment.

The Brains and Hardware

Samsung prides itself on developing their Galaxy phones with only the best and lately processors, and this stands true with the new S6 as well. The new model is packed with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (Exynos 5 Octa in certain regions) and 2 GB of RAM.

Qualcomm isn’t included in the most recent device, but Samsung has instead combined 3 GB of RAM with the in-house octa-core Exynos 7420 chip. This change, along with Samsung’s TouchWiz, allows the phone to perform at its peak.

As with the previous Galaxy S models, the S6 will be offered in 32 or 64 GB. However, the lack of an extra microSD slot can be managed with an alternative 128 GB option. Users who are disappointed in not being able to add extra space can enjoy this choice. Another bonus Samsung offers (included in the touch-based S6 version, not the swipe-based model) is a fingerprint scanner for extra security.

As previously mentioned, the S6 doesn’t have the removable battery with an IP67 rating for dust and water. However, we anticipate a future release of a more robust S6 model that gives you this ability.

Some might find the Galaxy S6’s battery worrying, as it has gone down from 2800 mAh to 2600. Combined with the higher resolution Samsung has installed in the S6, this could mean a shorter battery life. Still, Samsung has claiming that the Exynos 7420 utilizes less power than the processors in the previous Galaxy S models, so you may not feel any diminished capability. We’ll just have to wait and see whether this statement stays true.

The ‘Specs’

Model Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Galaxy S6
Display 5.1-inch Super AMOLED
1920 x 1080 resolution, 432 ppi
5.1-inch Super AMOLED
2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
Processor 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Adreno 330 GPU
Exynos 7420
RAM 2 GB 3 GB
Storage 16/32 GB, expandable 32/64/128 GB
Camera 16 MP ISOCELL camera
2 MP front-facing camera
16 MP rear camera with OIS
5 MP front-facing camera with 90 degree wide angle lens
Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS+GLONASS
WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS+GLONASS
Networks 3G/4G LTE LTE cat 6 300/50
Battery 2,800 mAh 2,550 mAh
Fast charging
WPC and PMA-compatible wireless charging
Software Android 4.4 Kitkat (upgradeable to Lollipop) Android 5.0 Lollipop
Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
145 grams
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
138 grams
Colors Black, white, gold, blue Black, white, gold, blue

The Camera

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While the S5 has a 16 MP ISOCELL camera in the rear that provides amazing colors and detailed images, Samsung has turned to the Galaxy Note 4 this time. The S6 now includes the Note 4’s 16 MP rear camera, along with the many camera apps Note users have enjoyed. The new camera is meant to be a vastly improved version of the S5’s. There’s no need to worry about using a new version, because the S6 will include the many modes and features the S5 also offers.

Shortcuts and new abilities have been added to the Galaxy S6, including a 0.7 second camera launch by double tapping the home button. The rear facing camera will provide a “tracking autofocus,” allowing users to focus on any moving objects when taking pictures. There is also an Auto HDR Mode that will turn on whenever the camera requires the added quality.

The Software

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Galaxy S5 users enjoy Samsung’s TouchWiz and Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system, or a Lollipop upgrade. The OS is indeed quite smooth and capable, but does include quite a lot of miscellaneous features that many users might find overbearing. This includes the new S Health app (with heartrate monitoring), MyMagazine, multi-window, and numerous gesture controls. Apart from the notifications menu and Recent Apps screen, the S5’s UI wasn’t changed quite that much from the previous models.

The Galaxy S6, on the other hand, will run the Android 5.0 Lollipop and TouchWiz while containing a considerably lower number of pre-installed apps. Samsung seeks to provide users with a sleeker and lighter smartphone experience, all the while making sure avid Galaxy users will find the physical UI quite familiar. While it’s a bit too early to claim the S6’s TouchWiz is as good as or even better than its predecessor, we are hopeful that Samsung has utilized the slimmed down OS to improve the overall user experience.

Our Thoughts..

There was a lot of disappointment surrounding the release of the S5, considering how similar it was to the S4. The people who said this will be pleasantly surprised at how Samsung has changed and improved its new Galaxy S model. It has the same recognizable Galaxy S look with highly enhanced features and build. While our Galaxy screen repair team personally believes that the S5 is an amazing smartphone that can satisfy any user, the S6 is just so much more. Still, people might love to hear that they can grab the S5 at discounted prices once the S6 is released worldwide.

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