As expected, Apple has just announced the latest flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 6s, which will be an update and revision to the iPhone 6. Apple has long used this strategy of releasing a slightly upgraded model at the midway point in a product’s lifetime before the next full iteration arrives. Samsung’s newest smartphone, the Galaxy s6, has also been out for over 5 months now. The Galaxy is well known as one of the premiere Android smartphones and the s6 boasts a very impressive array of features that are the envy of any smartphone. Although the iPhone 6s has the advantage of being released much later, how does the Galaxy s6 fare against it? Take a look at the comparison between their respective specifications to find out.
1. Design and Appearance
Both phone models have a remarkably similar appearance that has become the smartphone default and both are made from high quality materials with a metal body. The Edge version of the Galaxy has a unique curved glass display that extends down the sides of the phone and can be used for additional display and interaction elements.
The new iPhone 6s will have a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 740 resolution at 326 PPI. The Galaxy S6 has a larger 5.1-inch Quad HD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution at 577 PPI. The iPhone 6s will have a new feature called 3D Touch that senses varying levels of pressure for more interaction options. The Galaxy S6 has an option for the Edge display as well as noticeably higher resolution.
3. Processor and Memory
The Galaxy S6 boasts an octa-core processor with a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 and 3GB of RAM. The iPhone 6s will have the Apple A9 processor and 2GB of RAM. Both of these arrangements are very powerful and about the best you can get in a smartphone right now.
4. Software and OS
The iPhone 6s will ship with Apple’s iOS 9 while the Galaxy s6 comes with Android Lollipop. This is one of the major and most important distinctions between the two phones. If you’re a heavy user of Apple products, it’s a clear choice to go with the iPhone. On the other hand fans of Google and Android or PCs might gravitate towards the Galaxy s6 and its Android OS.
5. Battery Life
The Galaxy s6 apparently has slightly worse battery life than its previous model while still being rather respectable for a smartphone. The new iPhone 6s isn’t yet available for full testing but apparently will offer very nearly the same battery life as the iPhone 6.
The Galaxy s6 has a 16-MP camera while the iPhone 6s will have a 12-MP camera. Both cameras are capable of shooting video in 4K resolution. The iPhone 6s has a new feature called Live Photos that captures a very short video alongside any photo you take. While you’ll still have your carefully composed shot, you can also find a brief video clip alongside it with the sound and motion of that moment preserved as well.
In the end, both smartphones are extremely capable devices that any Android, Apple, or general smartphone user would be proud to own and use.