The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge premiered at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) yesterday in Barcelona, Spain. The MWC is a tech conference, were all the latest gadgets can be put on display for the press and for consumers. Samsung is now in the driver’s seat for the next wave of the smartphone wars. Samsung grabbed some headlines with the new smartphone’s impressive specs. With a resolution of 557 ppi the S6 has a higher resolution than any smartphone on the market. The phone also features a 16 mp camera, Gorilla Glass 4, an Exynos 7420 processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, and LPDDR 3 3GB RAM. The new phone also has a very sleek design. This design includes a mixture of glass and metal that gives the phone a very modern and sleek look.
The one major downgrade from the Samsung S5 to the Samsung S6 is the battery. Samsung has decided to go with a 2550 AH non-removable battery with the S6. Another downgrade would be the fact that the S6 will not support a micro USB. As well as a lack of waterproofing, which was available for the S5.
The specs do look amazing for this new phone there is no doubt about that, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge definitely deserve the hype they received following the premiere at the MWC. The only thing that could hold Samsung back now is what would appear to be a serious hardware issue. It seems as though the edges of the Samsung S6 screen are not registering any touch. Which, for a touch screen phone, is pretty bad. Although, the issue is apparent in the S6 the problem does not seem to be quite as bad on the S6 Edge, but the problem still exists. This is not a problem that can be fixed by a simple patch either. This is an issue that is, unfortunately, in the touch screen components built-in to the product and could affect millions of products already built.
This is a huge problem for Samsung. Samsung is already downsizing all business fields, including the electronics sector after years of steady declining sales. The company’s top communication official, Lee Jun, told reporters at the Korean Harold “As far as I know, each affiliate is conducting a reshuffle of their staff, depending on its business situation.” Reports coming out seem to suggest that close to ten percent of the Samsung Groups workforce could be shaved off. This would seem to indicate that things are not going too well with the Samsung Group, and the last thing that they would want to see is a mass recall on a defective product. Or worse a delayed launch of the new S6.
Even with this unfortunate news about the S6’s hardware, the phone is still impressive. It will boast the highest resolution of any phone and include a high-definition camera. Let us hope that this setback wont stop them from delivering a great product. It would seem that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge’s premiere at the Mobile World Congress was a great success.
By James Dixson
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