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18-08-2015


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Smartphone Samsung Galaxy S6: review and testing

In recent years, all have become used obtain one of the most technological gadgets on the market due to release of a new flagship smartphone of series Samsung Galaxy S. And it is a rule that each model can meet the needs of even the most demanding user. And if the functionality of all devices of the Korean manufacture was always at the highest level, in terms of design solutions were criticized. This is primarily due to the insignificant differences between the appearance of devices and in terms of used materials.

Samsung Galaxy S6

This year at the MWC in Barcelona admirers of the brand received a pleasant surprise in the form of a presentation of two flagships - Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which got a new design using glass and metal in the structure. For testing we have the first model without the curved screen and prefix «Edge», but this device is no less interesting. All features are described in today’s review. But first of all let’s learn the technical specifications:

Producer and model

Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F)

Type, form-factor

Smartphone, monoblock

Connectivity

2G (GSM)

850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (UMTS)

850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE FDD)

700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 MHz

Broadband data transfer

GPRS (32-48 Кb/s), EDGE (236 Кb/s), HSDPA (up to 42,2 Мb/s), HSUPA (up to 5,76 Мb/s), LTE Cat.6 (up to 300 Мb/s)

SIM-card

1 x Nano-SIM

CPU

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa (7420): microarchitecture ARM big.LITTLE, Cortex-A57 (4 cores x 2,1 GHz) + Cortex-A53 (4 cores x 1,5 GHz), manufacturing process 14 nm LPE

GPU

ARM Mali-T760 MP8: up to 772 MHz, support for OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenVG 1.1, DirectX 11.1

Display

Super AMOLED, 5,1", Quad HD (2560 x 1440 p, 576 ppi), touch-sensitive, capacitive, multi-touch (up to 10 touches), protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4

RAM

3 GB LPDDR4

ROM

32 GB

Card reader

Interfaces

1 x micro-USB 2.0 (OTG)

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

 

Speaker

Mono

Audio codec

Wolfson WM1840

Microphone

Stereo

FM-radio

Camera

Main

16 Мp, module Sony IMX240, aperture f/1.9, AF, LED flash, optical stabilization, video recording in format 4K Ulta HD (30 fps)

Front

5 Мp, module Samsung S5K4E6, aperture f/1.9, video recording in format 1080p

Communication

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2,4/5 GHz), VHT80 MIMO (2х2, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot)

Bluetooth

4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X

Navigation

GPS, Glonass, Beidou

NFC

+

IR

+

ANT+

+

DLNA/MHL

–/–

Sensors

Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, accelerometer, Hall sensor, geomagnetic sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, barometer, LED indicator

Battery

Lithium-ion cell, non-removable: 2550 mАh

Charger

Input: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V DC, 2 А

Other

Support for wireless charging standards WPC 1.1 and PMA 1.0

Dimensions

143,4 × 70,5 × 6,8 mm

Weight

138 g

Color

White

OS

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop + TouchWiz

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Samsung Electronics  

Product page

Design, elements layout  

The appearance of Samsung Galaxy Alpha and series Samsung Galaxy A3/A5/A7 stirred up the smartphone market and caused a new wave of interest in the production of the Korean manufacturer. Such excitement was caused by changes in the issue policy and the emergence of metallic elements in smartphones construction. And if in the "Alpha" the metal edges was side by side with a traditional plastic "under the skin", all Samsung Galaxy A models got all-metal case. But here is a fly in the ointment - the case of new product received a coating which causes association with the plastic, dispels due to the metal chamfer around the perimeter of the front and rear panels. After such high announcements international community rapidly started talking about the future flagship of "Galaxy" series. And Samsung Galaxy S6 did not disappoint. The smartphone is a really interesting and really good.

Samsung Galaxy S6

So we have a typical "sandwich" of aluminum chassis, which includes matte and textured sidewalls supplemented with rib and two glass panels with a color panel (apparently it has a fine structure).

Some would say that all of this we have already seen in the models of the Apple iPhone and Sony Xperia Z. This is partially true, but due to the attention to detail and the preservation of certain heredity between previous models the smartphone is quite distinctive. It has its own unique charm. Even if you seal manufacturer's logo, the classic elements of the front panel (oblong mechanical button "Home" and mesh earpiece) provide the origin of the gadget. In addition, the manufacturer retained rectangular and severe design. 

If you compare the size (143,4 × 70,5 × 6,8 mm) and weight (138 g) of the new product with last year's news flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 (142 x 72,5 x 8,1 mm, 145 g), you may notice minor miniaturization, including due to the lack of protection against dust and moisture. The device is available in a variety of colors: white (White Pearl), black (Black Sapphire), gold (Gold Platinum) and blue (Blue Topaz).

Panels of Samsung Galaxy S6 are made of impervious glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with a small figure rounding at the contour and good oleophobic coating. Despite this, the fingerprints are collected, but are easily removed. In addition, it should be remembered that the glass is quite slippery.

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Frames around the display are quite thin: 3 mm at the sides and 15 mm at the top and bottom (counting from the edge of the case before the first pixels). Protective collars are absent around the screen, so you should take care of a case or bumper. Elements of the front panel are quite common: at the top - the earpiece, front camera, light/proximity sensor and the light indicator (when charging - lights red, when discharged - flashing red, missed events, or is voice recording - flashing blue); under the display - mechanical button "Home" (while holding Google Now is launched) and two touch keys: "Back" and "Running applications controller" (activated by holding the "Mode separation window"). Note that the key "Home" has received an updated integrated fingerprint reader. If in the previous model had to put a finger in a certain position from the top down that does not always work, and increased the probability of dropping a smartphone, for the Samsung Galaxy S6 it is enough to put a finger as it has been implemented in smartphones Apple iPhone 5S and HTC One Max. Now, the process of reading has become more convenient, fast and accurate.

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The controls are located on the successful areas: Power/Lock keys are on the right side and the volume keys are on the left. They are made of metal, are well-found and have a clear travel. The side edges are flat, and the other part is more rounded, with expressive rib in the middle.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Universal audio jack (mini-jack 3,5 mm), the interface micro-USB 2.0 and the main microphone are located on the bottom. The top features infrared port (for control media technology) and an optional microphone. The right side contains a metal tray Nano-SIM.

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The back surface of the Samsung Galaxy S6 contains traditional set of elements: extending camera module, LED flash and the heart rate monitor. Now about bad news - smartphone is nondemountable, so it is impossible to replace the battery yourself. Besides, the novelty has lost the memory card slot. These two points have traditionally been the significant advantages of Korean flagships. The downside is the excellent build quality: all the parts fit fine, and any attempt to pressure or torsion did not show any deficiencies. Smartphone has monolithic structure.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 uses a proprietary 5.1-inch touch screen Super AMOLED-display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (576 ppi). This is more than enough to display incredibly clear and detailed pictures. Subpixels are arranged in the usual way PenTile, but it's hard to notice, except in direct comparison with IPS-matrix color white has a slightly greenish color, which is absolutely not noticeable in real life.

Samsung Galaxy S6

In all other display is perfect. It is one of the best on the market. The maximum viewing angle and perfect contrast range and richer colors left a lot of positive emotions.

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As before there is an opportunity to adjust the picture to suit your taste. There are several ready-made sections, "Adaptive Screen", "Cinema AMOLED», «Photo AMOLED» and "Basic". Subjectively, the most accurate color reproduction is provided by the profile “Photo AMOLED”. 

Samsung Galaxy S6

The maximum brightness level is enough to consider the information on a sunny day. The minimum value is quite comfortable to work in complete darkness. Ambient light and proximity sensors function properly, without any complaints.

Multi-touch technology can handle up to 10 simultaneous touches. It works perfectly. Sometimes even too perfect: at a certain grip the sensor reads the touch of the side faces, though the actual touch was absent.


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