Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best ever devices to be made by Samsung. This is simply because it represents the company’s first jump to premium materials of metal and glass.
Initially, Samsung stuck on plastic for its flagship models, including the Galaxy S5, a device that is considered one of the most bought in the history of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. However, 2015 saw the Galaxy S6 come in with wholesale changes to the design, including the specs under the hood, however, there was a price to pay.
The year 2016 has seen the South Korean tech giant come in with further refreshed smartphones in the shape of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, these two have a lot of similarities when compared with the design of the Galaxy S6. Where the company rung the changes is actually under the hood but are the changes significant enough to render last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 ‘unfit’ for purchasing in 2016? Well, let’s take a closer look at this 2015 flagship.
Specifications and features
As mentioned earlier, Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best Samsung devices out there. Powered by the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box), the Galaxy S6 packs some of the best hardware specs on a current smartphone.
Samsung went for an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor that has 8 Cortex cores with four of them clocked at 2.1GHz and the other four with speeds of 1.5GHz. This chipset comes with a dedicated GPU and is also backed by a decent RAM of 3GB, which should feel no different from what you get with the 4GB of RAM used on the latest models. In fact, you will be able to switch between multiple apps without experiencing any form of performance lags, just like the Galaxy S7 or HTC 10.
One huge downside of Samsung Galaxy S6 is the lack of expandable storage. This feature was brought back in 2016 and it also available on several other flagship handsets. However, the device makes up for this shortcoming by offering users more storage options than the Galaxy S7. Users of Galaxy S6 can go for the smaller 32GB variant or opt for the 64GB or 128GB variants.
In today’s smartphone era, not everyone is obsessed with hardware specs of a phone, instead, savvy buyers want more than just processing power and RAM. Samsung Galaxy S6 takes care of this just as you’d wish, with the phone packing a decent 16MP camera on the rear and a 5MP selfie camera, a fingerprint scanner, NFC chip and many other nifty additions.
You will get a decent 5.1-inch Super AMOLED panel with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. This is higher than most laptops in use today, thus promising much better display quality. Of course, the 2016 releases are newer in terms of hardware, software, features as well as specifications; however, this doesn’t write off the older Samsung Galaxy S6, especially now that it is priced lower than its initial asking price.