Say hello to the new Galaxy
The Galaxy S6 is Samsung's new "flagship" phone for 2015.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
It's actually available in two versions: the S6 Edge (top), which features a wraparound screen, and the standard Galaxy S6 (bottom).
Side by side
Except for the screen difference (and the Edge's higher price), the phones are otherwise pretty identical.
Like last year's model, the S6 features a 5.1-inch display. This time, it has an ultrahigh resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels.
Samsung is making the Galaxy S6 in gold and blue to jazz up the usual black and white.
The S6 Edge's wild color is emerald rather than blue.
Samsung uses a reflective finish to show off the phones' metal back plate.
Here's the straight-sided Galaxy S6 in profile.
The combination of an embedded (nonremovable) battery and no microSD card slot keep the S6 and S6 Edge slim.
The headset jack moves to the bottom, joining the S6's Micro-USB charging port.
The S6's SIM card lives on the right spine, below the power/lock button. On the S6 Edge, the SIM card resides up top.
Double-click the home button to pull up the camera.
It's interesting that Samsung went with brushed aluminum rather than a more obvious metal look and feel.
Samsung says its Galaxy S6 speaker is 1.5 times louder than the previous generation of mono speaker and can fill a room with sound.
Both S6 variants get optical image stabilization and a flash for their 16-megapixel sensors.
The 5-megapixel front-facing shooter takes wide-angle selfies.
Camera module closeup
Samsung claims that its larger-aperture lens takes better low light photos.
Integrated wireless charging
Support for Qi wireless charging built right into the phone means that you can top up your power without plugging in the phone.
Thankfully, the phone hasn't gotten any bigger. In fact, it's thinner.
In a few months, Samsung will launch a mobile payment system that uses your fingerprint to buy goods and services.
Lighter TouchWiz interface
Although the Galaxy S6 runs Samsung's custom TouchWiz interface over Android 5.0 Lollipop, the company has scaled back the number of controls and preloaded apps you see.
The app tray includes some folders to group common apps, like Google and Microsoft services.
Samsung apps may not clutter your app tray, but you can download freebies through Galaxy Gifts and Galaxy Essentials mini stores.
The split screen mode is on by default here. You can launch it easily by picking compatible apps from your Recents menu.
S6 and S5 together
The Galaxy S6 is more elegant stylings than its predecessor, however, unlike the S5, its battery is non-removable and doesn't have expandable memory.
Using the camera
The ___ megapixel camera can shoot up to 4K video and has your usual photo editing staples like HDR, panoramic, and more.
Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6
Compared to Apple's flagship phone, the Galaxy S6 is bigger. But a new design initiative from Samsung does make the phones look similar.
Battle of the mobile giants
Another look at the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6.