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Say hello to the new Galaxy

The Galaxy S6 is Samsung's new "flagship" phone for 2015.

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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).

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Side by side

Except for the screen difference (and the Edge's higher price), the phones are otherwise pretty identical.

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Screen size

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.

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Color story

Samsung is making the Galaxy S6 in gold and blue to jazz up the usual black and white.

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Emerald edge

The S6 Edge's wild color is emerald rather than blue.

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Flashy backing

Samsung uses a reflective finish to show off the phones' metal back plate.

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Side view

Here's the straight-sided Galaxy S6 in profile.

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Both together

The combination of an embedded (nonremovable) battery and no microSD card slot keep the S6 and S6 Edge slim.

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Bottom-heavy

The headset jack moves to the bottom, joining the  S6's Micro-USB charging port.

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SIM difference

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.

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Home button

Double-click the home button to pull up the camera.

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Brushed look

It's interesting that Samsung went with brushed aluminum rather than a more obvious metal look and feel.

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Speaker closeup

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.

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16-megapixel camera

Both S6 variants get optical image stabilization and a flash for their 16-megapixel sensors.

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Front-facing

The 5-megapixel front-facing shooter takes wide-angle selfies.

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Camera module closeup

Samsung claims that its larger-aperture lens takes better low light photos.

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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.

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Pocket test

Thankfully, the phone hasn't gotten any bigger. In fact, it's thinner.

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Samsung Pay

In a few months, Samsung will launch a mobile payment system that uses your fingerprint to buy goods and services.

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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.

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App tray

The app tray includes some folders to group common apps, like Google and Microsoft services.

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Samsung apps

Samsung apps may not clutter your app tray, but you can download freebies through Galaxy Gifts and Galaxy Essentials mini stores.

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Multitasking

The split screen mode is on by default here. You can launch it easily by picking compatible apps from your Recents menu.

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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.

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Using the camera

The ___ megapixel camera can shoot up to 4K video and has your usual photo editing staples like HDR, panoramic, and more.

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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.

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Battle of the mobile giants

Another look at the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6.

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