In some parts they see the iPhone confusingly similar, in terms of quality they can be a real iPhone competitor: the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and the S6 Edge. Yesterday, Samsung has introduced the two high-end smartphones. We compare the technical data with the Apple devices.

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is running and Samsung has let the cat out of the bag right at the beginning: Galaxy Galaxy S6 S6 and Edge are two new flagships. Technically, the two units of the same, except for small details. But different is the case: while the S6 is designed “conventional”, the S6 Edge has rounded longitudinal edges – even the screen is curved. A design feature that could bring a better handling.

Who wants to get a first impression of the hands-on videos of our Android colleagues consider. You are currently at MWC in Barcelona.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versus Samsung Galaxy S6 (Edge)

While the Galaxy Alpha was a very half-hearted attempt to lure Apple customers to its own products, Samsung is now clearly on the offensive: The two new Galaxy S6 are thoroughly premium models, with metal frame and a rear side of Gorilla glass 4 . There are also technical refinements such as a rapid charging function or induction charging.

The existing features has improved significantly the manufacturer. Prominent examples: the new 8-core Exynos 7420 processor, the camera with a bezel of f1,9, the fingerprint sensor, which is now as good as the work of Apple.

But even with the drawbacks Samsung pulls in two points equal to the iPhone: The memory of the two new Galaxy models can no longer expand via SD card, the battery can not be replaced and the price of the Edge, even surpassing the Apple smartphone cost depending on memory size.

If we now face the specifications of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in a comparison table. The two Samsung models are largely the same, they are therefore summarized in a column.

Samsung Galaxy S6 (S6 Edge) iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6
Year 2015 2014 2014
Dimensions S6: 143,4 x 70,5 x 6,8 mm
S6 Edge: 142,1 x 70,1 x 7,0 mm
158,1 x 77,8 x 7,1 mm  138,1 mm x 67 x 6,9 mm
Weight S6: 138 Grams
S6 Edge: 132 Grams
172 Grams  129 Grams
Material Material and colors  Aluminium & Glass in Black, White, Gold and Blue Aluminium in in Black, White, Gold Aluminium in Black, White, Gold
Waterproof, dust-proof No No No
Processor Exynos 7420 Octa-Core-SoC architecture plus M8 for sensors A8 with 64-bit architecture plus M8 for sensors
Memory 3 1 1
Operating system Android 5 Lollipop with TouchWiz iOS 8 iOS 8
Storage 32, 64 oder 128 GB 16, 64 oder 128 GB 16, 64 oder 128 GB
Diagonal Display and pixels 5.1-inch; 2560×1440 Pixel 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 Pixel 4.7-inch, 1334×750 Pixel
Display Resolutions 576 ppi 401 ppi  326 ppi
Camera resolutions  16 Megapixel 8 Megapixel 8 Megapixel
Camera Features opt. Image stabilizer, slow motion, and more (not yet known) True-Tone flash, opt. Image stabilizer, face detection, HDR; Slow motion 240 fps True Tone flash, image stabilizer, face detection, HDR. Slow motion 240 fps.
Video resolution 4K 1080p (Full-HD) 1080p (Full-HD)
Front Camera 5 Megapixel 1.2 Megapixel 1.2 Megapixel
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes Yes
Heart Rate Monitor Yes No ( Camera + apps) No (Camera + Apps)
LTE Yes Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac a/b/g/n/ac a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1 4.0 4.0
NFC Yes Apple Pay Only Apple Pay Only
Infrared transmitter Yes No No
Dock Connector  USB 2.0 (Micro-USB) Lightning-Connector Lightning-Connector
Battery performance (2550 and 2600 mAh) max. 24 / 14 / 384 hours (2.915 mAh) max. 14 / 11 / 250 hours (1.810 mAh)
Price without contract S6: $781, $893, $1004
S6 edge: $849, $949, $1049
$781, $893, $1004 $781, $893, $1004

Samsung donated the new models an impressive technical equipment – but this comes at a price. As always in these comparisons, I would like to point out: Specification does not mean anything. How to beat the new devices in practice?

Ultimately, the personal decision to purchase is very dependent on the preferred operating system: Android or iOS?


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