With the Galaxy S6 Edge and the iPhone 6 running on completely different operating systems, it’s safe to say that Samsung’s flagship phones is the iPhone 6’s biggest competitor.
It’s a trend that ran through Samsung’s press conference, and it’s also one mimicked somewhat in the S6’s unibody design of metal and glass. You would have thought that after an expensive court case Samsung would have shied away from some of Apple’s design ethos, but it appears not as by just looking at the bottom of an S6 you can see striking
resemblances to Apple’s iPhone 6.
Design aside, the S6 should easily perform as well, if not better than the iPhone 6. With it’s 14nm octa-core processor it should be more energy-efficient than Apple’s custom ARM chip, but until we can benchmark the S6 we won’t know for sure how much better it is at performing tasks.
Display and Design
In terms of display, the S6 Edge has 0.4in on the iPhone 6, and the standard S6’s 576ppi display delivers a higher-resolution image than the iPhone 6’s 326ppi or 6 Plus’ 401ppi.
It’s unsurprising though, due to Samsung equipping both its phones with a quad-HD Super AMOLED display (1,440 x 2560 pixels compared to the iPhone’s 750 x 1,334 pixel screen).
In terms of battery life, it’s unknown just how long the S6 will last, but iPhones are known for delivering decent runtime despite only having a 1,810mAh battery. The S6’s 2,600mAh
battery could mean that it trounces Apple’s device if its energy efficient chip works as intended. Failing that, Samsung’s power-saving software really does deliver long battery life, and with the addition of wireless charging, it’s unlikely S6 owners will need to worry too much.
The two new Galaxy phones will also come equipped with Samsung Pay, Samsung’s foray into the payments market to tackle Apple’s Apple Pay head on. Already it could be a big
contender in the US due to supporting the nation’s backward infrastructure of mag-stripe readers, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens when the service expands into the UK.