The Galaxy S6 rumors can finally be put to rest because Samsung unveiled the real thing on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As expected, the S6 sports updated hardware specs like 3 gigabytes of RAM and an improved screen resolution of 2560 x 1440.
Galaxy S6 versus Galaxy S5 specs
Marshall Honorof of Tom’s Guide put compiled a list of the specs of both smartphones to compare and contrast them.
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The Galaxy S6 features two processors, an octa-core processor and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, compared to the S5’s 2.5 GHz quad-core processor. The new model also adds a gigabyte of RAM, bumping it from two up to three.
In terms of storage, the Galaxy S5 offers 16- or 32-gigabyte models with the option to expand it via a microSD card slot. The Galaxy S6 does not have a microSD slot, but it does come in 32-, 64- and 128-gigabyte options. The display on the S6 is 5.1 inches in size and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, compared to the S5’s 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
The dimensions of the two smartphones are unnoticeably different, with the S5 at 5.6 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches and the S6 at 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches. The weight difference probably isn’t noticeable either, as the Galaxy S5 weighs in at 5.1 ounces while the S6 weighs 4.9 ounces.
Galaxy S6 has a smaller battery
The battery on the Galaxy S6 is 2,550 mAh, while the S5 has a 2,800 mAh battery. This statistic is interesting, as it means Samsung has actually reduced the capacity of this year’s model. It will likely mean one of two things: either the phone’s power will be reduced more quickly than that of the S5, or Samsung has managed to make the battery so much more efficient that it was able to reduce the capacity of the battery without affecting overall performance.
The Galaxy S6 also has a slightly better front-facing camera, as it has 5 megapixels compared to the S5’s 2-megapixel camera. The rear-facing camera is the same at 16 megapixels, although it has some additional features that should improve the quality of the photos it takes. Some of those features include selective focus, quick launch, auto white balancing and others.