Samsung Announces Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Samsung Pay

Visitors and journalists take pictures of the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Credit: Getty Images

Visitors and journalists take pictures of the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Credit: Getty Images

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The new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge represent a major redesign for the company's flagship smartphone. Both devices will arrive in April and support Samsung Pay starting this summer.

Good Monday morning, I hope your week is getting off to a great start. 

Samsung came out swinging yesterday with two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The company also announced Samsung Pay, its own mobile payment system. Here’s what you should know.

Samsung Galaxy S6

For years, Samsung’s Galaxy S phones have improved on the same tried and true formula: a device with top-end specs and a best-in-class display, wrapped in a plastic frame. While often criticized, the plastic body allowed for some pretty useful features, including a removable back—with access to a replaceable battery—and waterproofing. 

With the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung went back to the drawing board. The new device ditches the plastic body for an all-new metal and glass design. The user interface, which is Samsung’s take on Android 5.0 Lollipop, has an new, simpler look as well.

Price will vary by carrier and is still unknown at this point, but early reviews have been exceptionally positive. Here’s what the people who had a chance to get their hands on the device are saying:

Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a slightly curved screen that wraps around the left and right sides of the device. It sports mostly the same specs as the S6, but the curved screen allows for some cool additional features—like the ability to quickly see who’s calling even when the phone is upside down.

Samsung Pay

Samsung’s answer to Apple Pay will arrive this summer, and will be supported by nearly all US retailers that accept credit cards. Unlike Apple Pay, which requires retailers to have NFC-enabled registers, Samsung Pay will work with traditional magnetic strip card readers. 

Just tap a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge to the side of the card reader, touch the fingerprint sensor, and your transaction is completed. Samsung Pay already has support from American Express, MasterCard, Visa and most major US banks and is expected to launch in June.

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