The new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can be differentiated with the Galaxy S6 by its bigger battery size. The S6 Edge also comes with a fast charge capability.
It’s finally official, after weeks of leaks and speculation we have our first look at the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Just before the press jumped on planes to head out to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona I got to take a look at the phone at a London hotel shrouded in some not inconsiderable security and an NDA promising not to write anything until now. That has been even harder seeing the leaks about the phone, known which ones were accurate and which were not but having to keep quiet on it.
Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have similar specifications. In fact the only real difference between the two phones is the battery capacity. The Edge has a slightly larger battery, at 2600mAh, the S6 has 2550mAh. Both are down from the S5, which has a 2800mAh battery. Some of Samsung’s first words at the briefing were that it has put battery life at the top of the list of priorities.
One nice feature is the fast charge, which competes with a similar feature on Qualcomm QCOM +0.13%-powered devices. Here a 10 minute charge will give you two hours of HD movie playback or four hours of normal use.
The big question though is how will Samsung’s Exynos processor compare, both in performance terms and battery consumption, to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810. Only time will tell, but Samsung is using an octa-core processor which runs four cores at 2.1GHz and four at 1.5GHz. When the firm first announced this new generation of processors, it said that battery savings of 35 per cent were possible. If that’s true, then the slightly downsized battery shouldn’t make a huge difference.