Samsung has just announced their new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge after a few weeks of teasing, and it’s everything we’ve been expecting so far.
Many articles are talking about these rebooted offerings from the Korean electronics giant, so we’ve narrowed down the six most important points for your easy reading pleasure.
1. These phones are Samsung’s most beautiful, ever
Ever seen a Samsung phone made of metal, without its now-signature plastic look and feel? We haven’t either. And that’s a very big deal, considering that the Korean giant hasn’t had an upscale metal body for its phones since… not ever.
What’s most important on everyone’s minds is that fact that these Samsung phones finally feel as premium as the prices they command.
2. Great design and good materials cannot be important enough
We can probably all agree that Samsung has messed up pretty bad in the design side of things over the years.
Despite flaunting a fantastic system under the hood over the previous Galaxy S phone models, critics and fans haven’t actually been as excited as they are right now about the launch of a phone that has a drastically-improved design and build.
3. The S6 Edge is, quite literally, in a league of its own
There’s that obvious metaphor that we’re tempted to use with regard to the Galaxy S6 Edge’s two curved screens, but we’ll spare you guys the face palms.
Seriously though, there’s no other phone that looks quite like the S6 Edge (save for the larger Note 4 Edge). Although we’re still not convinced on the ergonomics of the phone’s curved design, we can’t deny that the S6 Edge gives a truly unique experience for users, with its useful Edge screens providing an additional display area for icons, notifications and/or live updates from some apps.
We’re curious to see if any other phone maker actually picks up on this strange design.
4. Samsung’s fear of Apple and other Android manufacturers is very, very real
It’s pretty telling that Samsung has actually put design as a priority in shaping its flagship products; that has evidently not been the case over the course of the Galaxy S phone releases (either that, or Samsung’s designers ought to be sacked).
This comes after their botched release of the Galaxy S5, where superpower features did not make up for its drab design.
They’ve also adopted a few features that remind us of Apple: a payments function – unsurprisingly named Samsung Pay, a narrower body for easier one-handed use (something that Steve Jobs used to preach), and a fingerprint ID system that looks very much like Apple’s TouchID.
5. Are the trade-offs worth it?
Samsung’s new improvements to their flagship phones are all well and good, but will the trade-offs be worthwhile in keeping users happy? Gone are the removable battery, microSD card slot, and the S5’s waterproofing – features that hardcore Samsung users hold in high regard, and ammunition often used to fire bullet holes into the Apple products.
6. Would this help Samsung recover from their massive profit slump?
Whether it’s the emergence of the long-awaited larger iPhones, or the constantly bloated software offerings from Samsung, or the incredibly cheap plasticky phones, Samsung’s mobile and IT division have seen 2014 profits slump by 40 per cent from 2013. That’s massive.
This lineup of newly-designed phones are in no doubt an effort – or, depending on how you see it, a knee-jerk reaction – to that slide. Samsung obviously believes that the key to arresting the problem is to have an overloaded emphasis on design features. We’re not saying this may or may not work, but it will definitely be interesting to see how it helps.