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Here’s the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and what you need to know about it

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Over the weeekend, the interent was abuzz with news of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and since there have been talks of how this may rattle the sales of devices of its main rivals like Apple. Over the years, Samsung and Apple have dominated the smart phone market and lest I forget, BlackBerry used to be in that category as well.

As for sales of the S5, they were 40% lower than targeted according to NDTV

The S5 was launched in April last year and just as it was then, expectations are high for the new S6 but what’s new in this version? See a comprehensive comparison betweeen the S5 and S6 below as put together by TechnoBuffalo.

 

Display Size 5.1-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display (576 ppi) 5.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (432 ppi)
Display Type Quad HD FHD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 5.0 (at launch) Android 4.4.2 (at launch)
Processor Exynos 7 series Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor 2.5GHz Quad core processor
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
External Storage Specs N/A
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 2MP
Networks N/A
  • LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2550mAh 2800mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
Height 143.4 mm (5.65 inches) 142 mm (5.59 inches)
Width 70.5 mm (2.78 inches) 72.5 mm (2.85 inches)
Depth 6.8 mm (0.27 inches) 8.1 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 138 g (4.87 oz) 145 g (5.11 oz)
Colors Black, Blue, Gold, White Black, Blue, Gold, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, VP9 MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, RV, DivX, Xvid
Other Features
  • IR remote
  • IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
  • IR Blaster
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