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After the failure of the Galaxy S5 model, Samsung is attempting a comeback with the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Expected to replace the S5 as the company’s flagship product, the pair feature an updated design that represents a significant departure from their predecessors.

Rather than having a primarily plastic casing, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are both glass- and metal-based. Although virtually similar at first glance, the two phones do differ slightly. For example, the Edge’s front and rear glass features a more curved design.

“With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” JK Shin, CEO and head of IT and Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics said at the official launch event in Barcelona, Spain.

“By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas,” Shin added. “With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.”

Taking a cue from the Galaxy S5, the S6s include a litany of updated features. Both devices are equipped with 16 megapixel cameras with F1.9 lenses and wired charging that is 1.5 times faster than the S5, and wireless charging capabilities. Additionally, the S6s will be the first Samsung devices to be compatible with Samsung Pay, the company’s new mobile payment system.

As more mobile device developers opt to create lightweight devices for better maneuverability, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge certainly adhere to that standard. The S6 weighs in at 132g, while the Edge is only six grams heavier.

Available with 32, 64 and 128GB worth of storage space, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are slated for an April 10, 2015 release date.

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