Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge hands-on preview round-up

Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge have now been officially unveiled, by way of Barcelona and Mobile World Congress, and plenty of individuals managed to get their hands on the newest flagships from Samsung. But, what did they think?

The result is, as one might expect, a bit scattered. The standard across publications, though, is that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are the best phones that Samsung as ever manufactured, and that the company’s focus on design has come a long way. However, while it’s a strong leap forward when compared to previous iterations of the Galaxy S lineup, there might still be quite a ways to go.

So, take a look at some of the first takes from those who managed to get their hands on the new flagships:

The Verge

Samsung’s lead designer on the project says the company spared no expense when it came to materials that they could use in the new phones. The front and rear glass panels are Gorilla Glass 4, and the metal frame is significantly nicer than the plastic used on Samsung’s prior phones (and even the metal frame used in the Note 4 and others released late last year). With Samsung competing in the high-end market against Apple and HTC, both of which use premium materials in their devices, it’s important that Samsung shows it can hang. For the most part, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge do.

Android Central

Front-on, the Galaxy S6 looks familiar. Its 5.1-inch display is the same size as the S5, though the overall dimensions of the phone have been reduced — 2mm shorter, 1mm narrower. A standard earpiece speaker sits above the screen next to a new 5MP front-facing camera, and below the screen you’ll see a taller-than-usual home button flanked by standard Recents and Back keys

Pocket-Lint

Being entirely covered in glass you might worry about breaking but Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass should make for a solid handset. Although we’d still be worried about dropping it, especially as the glass does make it feel less grip-friendly in the hand than previous models. That said the metal frame is cut well so it almost feels like it bites your hand, in a good way, so it won’t slip.

So far, it would seem that Samsung’s efforts with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have surpassed what many would have expected, even if the device looks familiar from the front. The changes that Samsung has made were worth the wait, it would appear, so it will be exciting to see how well the devices fare once they launch later this year.

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