Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on, first impressions

Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on, first impressions

We go hands-on with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S6. The units that we have are still pre-production design and could have some slight changes once released.

Samsung went all out with the Galaxy S6, putting solid aluminum and glass together to build a premium and elegant construction.

This is an engineering unit so there are some cosmetic sketching/engraving in them.

The Galaxy S6 combines the shape and form of the Galaxy S4, the glass on glass treatment of the Xperia Z3 and the refined aluminum chassis of the iPhone 6. Samsung is perhaps the first one to employ Gorilla Glass 4 at the front and back of the device. This makes the Galaxy S6 tougher and more scratch resistant.

With a 5.1 inch display, it’s still of the right size for a comfortable and firm grip, even feels better to hold than the Z3.

The unibody design has a slim profile that’s just 6.8mm thin. The corners have wide curve that’s pretty close to the shape of the Galaxy S4.

The rear camera slightly protrudes away from the flat glass back panel. Like the 5MP front-facing camera which has an f1.9 aperture, the 16-megapixel rear camera also inherits the same f1.9 feature.

Wireless charging is now incorporated into the Galaxy S6 and is compatible will all Qi chargers in the market.

The power button is on the right side together with the SIM slot, the volume controls are on the left side while the 3.5mm audio port, microUSB port and speakers are at the bottom end.

The chiseled metallic corners are reminiscent of the Xperia Z3


The placement and design is very similar to that of the iPhone 6.

The Galaxy S5 will come with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop right out of the box but with a heavily reduced TouchWiz UI which means less bloatware. The unit we has was very snappy (similar to the Note 4) and the graphics are vibrant and very sharp, considering that it comes with a quad-HD resolution or a pixel density of 577ppi.

Samsung is only releasing an Exynos 7 Octa version and no Snapdragon (due to over-heating issues we reported here earlier). It also supports LTE Cat 6. and the dual-SIM model that will be released in the Philippines will have one LTE support and the other just HSPA+, both of which are nano-SIMs.

Both the black and white colors will be available upon release which is expected to be in the middle of April 2015. The blue variant will come later along with the 128GB version (only 32GB and 64GB on release). With storage up to 128GB, the S6 Edge no longer has microSD card support.

Samsung Galaxy S6 specs:
5.1-inch Super AMOLED quad-HD display @ 2560 x 1440, 577ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (front and back)
Samsung Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core CPU
32, 64, 128 GB internal memory
Dual-SIM, 4G/LTE Cat. 6
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
16 megapixel rear camera, OIS, dual-LED flash, f1.9
5 megapixel front-facing camera, f1.9
Qi Wireless Charging
2,550mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
Black, White, Blue
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz
6.8 mm (dimension)

Here are some sample photos taken with the Galaxy S6 we took earlier:

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These are all low-light photos taken with the rear camera on auto mode.

Below is a sample of full HD 1080p video recording set in auto mode.


Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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29 Responses

  1. pauldiapz says:

    Not water resistance or dust? Does not support memory expansion. Anyari? Is what Sammy have become? haha… sayang…

  2. Jacob says:

    2,550mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery? Disappointed i’d rather go with Note 4.

    • archie says:

      Na-explain naman nila na lumiit at naging power efficient ang bagong exynos chipset at universal flash storage system kaya tingnan na lang natin ang upcoming reviews kung fully optimized ang gadget para sa battery.

  3. edi wow says:

    Walanya.. They start from scratch eh? Halos pinag combine lang nila yung mga features ng sony at apple.. Pinaka masaklap pa jan eh yung OS, kung eexamin na mabuti parang walang nabago sa UI starting from Gingerbread, parang na improve lang yung icons to a 3d effect.. Specswise speaking di naman nakaka disappoint, kaso wala yung original/premium feel or yung parang pagkakaiba nya sa lahat, hayayayyyy.. Dahil sa kasikatan ni Samsung, madami padin tatangkilik sa S6.

  4. louieboy says:

    Very nice, very original the aluminum case is way better than the iphone 6. Plus the memory is integrated which is faster no more expansion card. great innovation samsung

    • jm says:

      great innovation?? di nga? nahulog ako sa kinauupuan ko nung nabasa ko comment mo ahahhaaha

    • archie says:

      @jm internal hardware ang innovation na sinasabi niya. Samsung ang gumagawa ng sarili nilang memory at nakaDDR4 ram na din ang S6. Kung i-aapply sa SSD ang universal flash storage ng Samsung, magiging mura din ang SSD para sa mga computer. Hindi laging sa physical design nakikita ang innovation di tulad ng iPhone.

  5. SpiderWak says:

    same old boring look.. f u samsung!!

  6. mark says:

    Dami na naman reklamador dito.

    Pag dust / water resistant, sasabihin kinopya sa Sony. Kapag wala naman, heto reklamo.

    Nag glass / aluminum sila kasi reklamo kayo sa plastic. Heto naman reklamo dahil non-removable battery.

    • Mr. Orange says:

      the worst thing is yung mga nagrereklamo can’t even afford to buy a brand new unit only a 2nd hand (used) one. To be honest I’ve had a S3 for over 2 years, no issue with the battery, so i really welcome the non-removable battery and Qi wireless charging. I just wished they introduced that into the A-Series as well. but what the heck, I have a Note 4 with Samsung Original Qi Back cover.

    • To mr. Orange says:

      Eh di wow. Ikaw na may note 4 with original qi back cover. Congrats

    • archie says:

      @Mark Madami kasing batang hamog na walang ibang alam kundi magreklamo sa internet kahit ang kaya lang ng bulsa nila ay cherry sirain mobile. Karamihan sa kanila ay mga inggitero na walang alam sabihin kundi e di wow at ikaw na teh. Galit sila sa mga taong tumitingin sa tech blog sites at may pambili ng mga nasa article, tingin nila sa lahat ng may pera at mayaman ay masasamang tao. Mga utak talangka kaya sobrang insecure sa wallet nilang bente pesos lang ang laman.

  7. erros says:

    agree ako kay @mike.. dami nyo reklamo. pag lahat naman ng gusto nyo nasa phone, rekalamo nyo siguro yung price.

  8. mike says:

    parang iphone ah hahaha

  9. Tony says:

    Very nice! Ok na rin yung non removable battery para iwas damage sa mga apps na nasa sd card pero sana nilakihan yung capacity. About the UI, hindi na binabago kasi ok na. Body Design lang ang dapat i improve at ginawa nga ng samsung. Bakit reklamo ng reklamo sa internal memory e ok na yun.

  10. JOE says:

    a supreme phone.
    tama lang lahat yan.. GG4 pa front and back.. wow..

    benta mode na sa s5.. hahaha

  11. pauldiapz says:

    pero. ok na rin to. naninibago lang.. OTG capable po ba? hehe.. dual sim pa cya ha.. hehehe….

  12. SpiderWak says:

    Naghahanap ako ng ibang brand na ipapalit ko kay Old Man Z. Right now I feel nothing can replace a Sony but another Sony. Bakit pa kasi magwiwithdraw ang Sony sa smartphone market eh.. :(

    • Cyril says:

      di yan totoo Sony already denied being out of the mobile market may article yan dito sa yugatech

  13. lllbenjolll says:

    OMG. Samsung is getting stupid and has forgotten what made them no. 1.

  14. caelyohann says:

    I think this is still the best Samsung to date and could easily over power other flagship phones in the market today. Wag nang bitter, buy kayo then try it… pag na try nyi na u can complain na

  15. effy says:

    hindi talaga maintindihan mga tao. dati puro reklamo na kesyo plastic ang material na gamit ng Samsung at kesyo di premium lookin ang flagship tapos ngayon glass, metal na amg materials puro reklamo pa rin. ewan ko sa inyo che

  16. Keyceetee says:

    Parang nagkaka identity crisis na ang GS6 hehe.sayang lang wala na ung sd card slot. Note 4 na lng.

  17. poor and lonely says:

    Time to upgrade my s5.

  18. igniculus says:

    “The Galaxy S5 will come with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop right out of the box but with a heavily reduced TouchWiz UI which means less bloatware. The unit we has was very snappy (similar to the Note 4) and the graphics are vibrant and very sharp, considering that it comes with a quad-HD resolution or a pixel density of 577ppi.”

    pa-ayos po ng spelling/info and grammar, para maganda naman siya basahin. :p

  19. wired_boy says:

    i’m still happy with my Note 4, still waiting for the Lollipop update.


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