The prices? A wallet-busting P35,990 (32GB) price tag for the Galaxy S6 and an even more sweldo-eliminating SRP of P41,990 for the Galaxy S6 Edge (32GB)!
Yeah, they're expensive as heck.
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But before you call these phones mere overpriced chunks of metal and plastic, know this: Based on initial reviews, it looks like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are living up to their hype as true superphones! In fact, numerous reputable tech media outlets are heaping praises on the duo. The Guardian calls the Galaxy S6 the "current king of Android smartphones" while both CNET and TechRadar gave it a very high 4.5/5 rating.
It's pretty much the same story for the Galaxy S6 Edge, with Pocket-lint calling it "the best looking, most radical phone of the year" and The Verge giving it an impressive 8.7/10 overall rating.
Are you ready to throw money at your screens now?
Not that we're convincing you to do so but, you have to admit, the reactions so far are encouraging for anyone who wants to burn a huge amount of cash for Sammy's newest bad boys.
But why are these people giving the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge the thumbs-up, we bet it has something to do with their...
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge's frames are both made with generous servings of glass and metal—a clear departure from the plastic-ky construction that ailed Samsung's previous flagships, like the Galaxy S5.
The result is a better, shinier facade and that pang-mayaman feel you should get when holding a premium device. Hey, if we're gonna pay copious amounts of pesos for an expensive gizmo, it better look the part, right?
Carrying higher-than-Full-HD displays, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge provide crisp and clear eye-candy and animations. Both phones have a resolution of 1440x2560 which makes its pixels look almost invisible. If you happen to snag any of the two (lucky you!), try looking into the display and see if you can spot individual pixels. Or don't—baka mahilo kayo eh.
Both phones also boast of the outdoors- and eye-friendly Super AMOLED display tech, which is geek speak for "I can now be a kitikitexter and use my phone minus the glare outside!"
For the clueless, the Galaxy S6 Edge is Samsung's first-ever phone (and one of the very few ones) to have a curved display. The touchscreen slopes past the side edges to form a feature not found on many other smartphones. Call it needless novelty, but the curved display certainly gives more points to the Galaxy S6 Edge's appearance. It's not just for show, too; the added screen area on the sides serve as additional space where notifications can pop up and tell you what's up.
Tagged as superphones, both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have the hardware to make your jaw drop. For starters, the specs-line of the duo reads: 64-bit octa-core processors, 3GB RAM, and up to 128GB capacity. That alone should be enough to entice more than a few to ride the bandwagon.
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However, as we've said plenty of times during our FHM Tech Review Lab tests, a phone still sucks if it doesn't deliver the performance its hardware promises, no matter how many GBs of memory or cores it has. Which leads us to...
We'll keep this short and sweet. All the reviews (like this one from The Guardian) can be summed up in two words: fast and reliable (read: minimal slow-downs and lags). We don't know about you but isn't that what we all look for in a phone?
FULL WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY
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With Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, 3G, and 4G on board, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have the mobile connectivity options to keep you in the loop, minus the wires. Sure, 4G isn't running mainstream here in Pinas yet, but it's nice to know that your phone can keep up once it does.
BEING LESS IS MORE
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge come with a customized version of Android (as do most other Android phones) called TouchWiz. TouchWiz was also part of previous Galaxy handsets, but the big difference this time around is it now runs the show with less bloatware a.k.a. those annoying pre-installed apps that you don't really need and hogs your phone's resources. The result is a cleaner, faster overall performance and user-interface look. In other words, #LessIsMore!
MORE ACCURATE FINGERPRINT SENSOR
In case you didn't know, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge pack a fingerprint scanner for stuff like secure authentication and wireless transactions. Yeah, that's not exactly new tech. But the good news here is its more accurate now than the one slapped on the Galaxy S5.
The key word here is improvement, and it looks like Sammy's really taking it to heart with the release of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. To this we say, gudjab!
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