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Mobile World Congress 2015 Awards

Most Controversial: Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

Although we didn't give it an official award, Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge couldn't escape our scrutiny. Perhaps placing form over function, the sleek, all-metal and -glass construction of its latest flagship phones are like no other Galaxys Samsung has ever produced.

Inside the shimmering exterior, Samsung packed in some serious technology, including an Exynos 7420 SoC built on the latest 14nm FinFET process with four of the fastest 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs we've seen (along with four lower power A53 cores). The speedy SoC is paired with 3GB of high-bandwidth LPDDR4 RAM and up to 128GB of internal UFS 2.0 NAND.

All of the latest wireless capabilities are also onboard, including 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi with speeds up to 620Mbps, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, IrLED, and a LTE Cat 6 modem. There's even built-in wireless charging, covering both the WPC (Qi) and PMA standards.

The fingerprint scanner has been upgraded from a swipe-style to a more user-friendly touch capacitive sensor, which pairs nicely with Samsung Pay, a wireless payment solution supporting both NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). Both cameras are vastly improved, and the Android Lollipop-based OS is more refined and easier to use.

With such a long list of enhancements, you might be wondering why it didn't win a Best of Show award. Although the technology inside the new S6 models is certainly impressive (and might not be matched by any other phone this year), Samsung sacrificed the very features that attracted people to the Galaxy brand — namely, a removable battery and microSD card support (IP67 dust and water resistance is another casualty of the new design).

Will the radical new look of the S6 and S6 Edge attract new buyers to the Galaxy brand as Samsung hopes, or will its betrayal of the Galaxy faithful backfire? It's going to take a while for this controversy to be resolved.

  • g-unit1111
    I definitely thought the Samsung S6 was deserving of the "most controversial" award. However, I feel the biggest disappointment of the whole show was the HTC One M9 - which looks practically identical in every way to the M8 except for a slightly better camera. I'll be looking forward though to the LG G Flex 2 which looks like one of the better phones that was unveiled there.
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  • Eggz
    I love how the HTC Vive VR is listed as "mobile." Can you imagine walking down a busy city block, where there's taxis and people, while wearing that thing on your face? Instant.Death.
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  • coolitic
    I personally do not like the s6.
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  • DeltaProtocol
    I love how the HTC Vive VR is listed as "mobile." Can you imagine walking down a busy city block, where there's taxis and people, while wearing that thing on your face? Instant.Death.


    https://40.media.tumblr.com/c51af2d2365709d6eca3208bc9dd895a/tumblr_nj34exn0X41rv6c48o1_500.png
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  • DeltaProtocol
    I love how the HTC Vive VR is listed as "mobile." Can you imagine walking down a busy city block, where there's taxis and people, while wearing that thing on your face? Instant.Death.

    https://40.media.tumblr.com/c51af2d2365709d6eca3208bc9dd895a/tumblr_nj34exn0X41rv6c48o1_500.png

    Sorry. Let's try that again: http://bit.ly/1NWOSNj
    Maybe that's what HTC had in mind?
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Regarding the M4 Aqua: As an Xperia Z3 owner my ego appreciates that they didn't out-flagship my flagship with a mid-range phone, even though they easily (in my opinion) could have.

    The cap-less and water-proof micro USB port is very nice, although by using magnetic chargers on my phone I feel that I'm extending it's longevity my not using the micro USB port.
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  • avensis
    Mobile is now establishing itself as a key driver for innovation, and as expected Samsung introduces the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge excellent smartphones, designed to better compete with the iPhone 6.
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