Samsung Galaxy S6 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

Choose one word to describe the Samsung Galaxy S6. Gorgeous. Powerful. Special. Different. Thank you. That will do. Galaxy S5 has only one of these under its belt and hint... it starts with a P. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the next big thing. It's "project zero". The reboot. But was there...
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Choose one word to describe the Samsung Galaxy S6. Gorgeous. Powerful. Special. Different. Thank you. That will do. Galaxy S5 has only one of these under its belt and hint... it starts with a P.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the next big thing. It's "project zero". The reboot. But was there really anything wrong with the S-line - the standard-setter, the home of the super droids? OK, design needed looking at for sure. But hey, other brands do facelifts - Samsung goes for a complete overhaul.

This must've been the message they wanted to send.

And if it means giving up the memory card slot, the removable battery and the waterproofing, so be it. That's part of the message too.

Anyway, the Galaxy S6 was redone from scratch and bids farewell to plastic. Glass and metal is a critically acclaimed combination. Another way of saying it is - depending on how upset you are with the missing card slot and sealed battery - they're copying Apple and Sony. Alright, memory, battery and waterproofing are easy things to get upset about, so let's see what the Samsung Galaxy S6 offers in exchange.

The new look is impressive and exciting and Samsung's trademark AMOLED is the perfect match. It's an immersive 5.1 incher of QHD resolution, for the amazing 577ppi - though "amazing" doesn't work for Samsung. They'll call it "the best ever" - and will be right. And that's just the beginning.

For the first time in a couple of generations, Samsung is relying solely on its own Exynos platform. This seemed like of nick-of-time decision amid rumors of cooling issues and thermal throttling plaguing the Snapdragon 810 chipset but the fact is the Exynos 7420 (7 Octa) is simply better. The only reason Qualcomm were in the story at all was the uncertainty whether Samsung would be ready for mass production with its own chipset.

Built on a 14nm process, Samsung's chipset allows similar or higher clockspeeds (hence performance) with less power consumption, which by the way means it's easier to cool as well. In the end, the Galaxy S6 is powered by a beastly octa-core processor with four Cortex-A57 cores ticking at 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A53 "efficiency" cores at 1.5GHz. An octa-core Mali-T760 GPU and 3GB of RAM complete the tally.

Samsung worked on the camera department too, equipping the Galaxy S6 with a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a wide f/1.9 aperture. The 5MP selfie cam also got a f/1.9 aperture for superior low-light capabilities.

The connectivity package is better than ever with dual-standard wireless charging support out of the box, Samsung Pay, a better and faster fingerprint scanner and LTE Cat.6 connectivity. Let's get into the details, shall we?

Key features

  • Thin (6.8mm) profile, premium dual-glass design reinforced by a metal frame
  • 5.1" Super AMOLED of QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution, class-leading ~577ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Exynos 7420 64-bit chipset, octa core processor with four 2.1GHz Cortex-A57's and four 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 cores, Mali-T760 MP8 GPU, 3GB of RAM
  • Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz and Samsung Pay
  • 16MP camera, f/1.9 aperture, 4K video recording, LED flash, optical image stabilization
  • 5MP front-facing camera, f/1.9 aperture, QHD video, HDR
  • 32/64/128 GB of built-in storage
  • Active noise cancellation via dedicated mic
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, IR port, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+
  • Heart-rate sensor, barometer, SpO2
  • Wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
  • 2,550mAh battery

Main disadvantages

  • No water or dust protection
  • Rather pricey at launch, including really steep memory upgrade premiums
  • No user-replaceable battery
  • No microSD slot
  • No FM radio
  • No stereo speakers

 

Specification

 

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2015, March

Status

Available. Released 2015, April

BODY

Dimensions

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in)

Weight

138 g (4.87 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 4), glass back (Gorilla Glass 4), aluminum frame

SIM

Nano-SIM

 

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)

DISPLAY

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.1 inches, 71.5 cm2 (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~577 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

PLATFORM

OS

Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo); TouchWiz UI

Chipset

Exynos 7420 Octa (14 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 & 4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU

Mali-T760MP8

MEMORY

Card slot

No

Internal

32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM

 

UFS 2.0

MAIN CAMERA

Single

16 MP, f/1.9, 28mm (wide), 1/2.6", 1.12µm, AF, OIS

Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., OIS, gyro-EIS

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

5 MP, f/1.9, 22mm (wide), 1/4.1", 1.34µm

Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video

1440p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

 

24-bit/192kHz audio

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.1, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC

Yes

Infrared port

Yes

Radio

No

USB

microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

 

ANT+
S-Voice natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 2550 mAh battery

Charging

Fast charging 15W
Qi/PMA wireless charging - market dependent

Talk time

Up to 17 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 49 h

MISC

Colors

White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz

Models

SM-G9200, SM-G9208, SM-G9208/SS, SM-G9209, SM-G920A, SM-G920F, SM-G920FD, SM-G920I, SM-G920S, SM-G920T, SM-G920K, SC-05G, SM-G920L

SAR

1.15 W/kg (head)     1.16 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.38 W/kg (head)     0.50 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 112.99 / £ 195.00

TESTS

Performance

Basemark OS II 2.0: 1641
Basemark X: 22752

Display

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.124 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 68dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 73dB

Audio quality

Noise -95.6dB / Crosstalk -94.5dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 73h

     

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