The Samsung Galaxy S5 was regarded as the number one contender to the iPhone 6. Within 3 months, Samsung proclaimed that they sold over 12 million units. Due to the fact that the Galaxy series have always been regarded as the most technologically advanced android based smartphone brand year after year, this comes as no surprise. As such, with the introduction of Samsung’s latest release, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, many people are eager to know the specifics of the phone and how it measures up in comparison to the previous models. Here are the major improvements the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has in comparison to the S5.
1) Higher Quality Display
One of the most significant improvements that Samsung has implemented within the S6 series is the display quality. Where as the Galaxy S5 had a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, the S6 and the S6 Edge has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Besides that, it’s also worth noting that while the S5 uses a 1080p screen the S6 and S6 Edge uses a qHD one.
2) Better Performance
Another noticeable improvement that Samsung introduced is the inclusion of an entirely different processor from a different manufacturer. While the S5 had a 20nm Snapdragon 810 processor, the S6 series have an Exynos 7420 processor. And while the difference isn’t evidently clear, simply based off their names, many companies that conduct benchmark test to compare a phones performance in relation to others, proclaim that the Samsung Galaxy S6 processor is significantly faster. To put things in retrospect, at Geek Bench 3 for example, they proclaimed that the Galaxy S5 processor achieved 2900 points, while the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge achieved 5200 points.
3) Higher Quality Front Facing Camera
As far as the camera goes, while the main camera of both the S5 and S6 are able to capture photos in 16 megapixels, the front facing camera of the S6 is 5 megapixels, which 2.9 megapixels higher than the front camera for the S5. It’s also worth noting that while the S5 contained an f/2.2 lens, the S6 contained an f/1.9 lens. These numbers refer to the lens aperture. To put things in retrospect, the lower the number, the larger an aperture the lens will have to let dim light in. What this equates to is that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is able to perform faster shutter speeds, which means that your images will remain crisp, even if you’re taking a picture of a moving target.
4) Better Fingerprint Scanner Technology
One of the biggest frustrations S5 owners had was that they needed to swipe their fingers over the fingerprint scanner in order for it to register. This time around Samsung implemented a different fingerprint scanner technology into the S6 and the S6 Edge. Said in simple terms, as opposed to swiping your finger, with the new S6 series all you have to do is to rest your finger on the scanner.