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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Samsung Pay at Mobile World Congress

Whereas the HTC One M9 is getting early flack for being too similar to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are entirely new phones, boasting new hardware, new software, and a user experience built anew from scratch.

The big difference between the two phones is in the name. The Galaxy S6 Edge features a curved display that curves towards the back on both sides of the handset. Both phones feature 5.1-inch quad HD Super AMOLED displays, 64-bit octa-core Exynos processors, 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, 16MP rear cameras, 5MP front cameras, and between 32GB and 128GB of internal storage. On the software side of things, both feature a new, reinvented version of TouchWiz over Android Lollipop.

The battery isn’t replaceable, a departure from earlier Samsung phones, but if Samsung’s new fast charging technology works as well as they claim, that shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. Charging either phone for just 10 minutes will give you 2 hours of HD video playback and charging it for 30 minutes will bring the battery from empty all the way to 50% power.

Both phones will use Samsung Pay. It’s Samsung’s foray into the mobile payment market, which is currently dominated by Apply Pay – though Google is trying to make a comeback. Samsung Pay will use NFC for mobile payments, just like Apple and Android, but users will also have the option of using MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission), which generates a signal that’s readable by swipe terminals, even older ones. The service won’t debut until the summer, so we’ll likely learn a lot more between now and then.


There is no specific pricing or release information for the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge yet, outside of a U.S. release sometime in April. Both phones will be available in white pearl, black sapphire, and gold platinum, and the Galaxy S6 will get a blue topaz variant and the Galaxy S6 Edge will get a green emerald variant.

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