Samsung Electronics has won early praise for its new high-end Galaxy S6 smartphones, with reviewers saying the devices featured premium materials and innovative design.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with a screen stretching from the front across both sides, were unveiled yesterday in Barcelona, with Forbes saying the use of glass and metal represents "great gains in terms of style".
The BGR website called the S6 and the S6 Edge "truly fantastic smartphones". Samsung's Galaxy S range has been criticised for using plastic instead of the metal frames featured in Apple's iPhone and high-end devices by rivals running Google's Android software. The new phones use an aluminium casing, the company's own processor chips, as well as payment software and a fingerprint reader for added security.
"The Galaxy S6 accomplishes something important for Samsung: It's a flagship phone that finally feels like a flagship," said the New York Times. "Samsung is moving in a beautiful and powerful new direction, and has indeed created something that looks and feels new and different."
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While the phones were praised by TechRadar for their design and upgraded camera, it noted that the smaller battery, which cannot be removed, may be a drawback
The phones, which go on sale on April 10, have high-speed and wireless charging capabilities. Samsung has not disclosed prices.