It's that time of year when the world's hardware manufacturers start pulling new, award winning, devices out of the hat.
Samsung has done it again with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smart phones, Android operating system based smart phones designed to eclipse the popularity of the Galaxy S5 and the four other models to come before it.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 announced early this month (March 2) quickly won "Best New Handset, Tablet or Device" at the Mobile World Congress 2015, the second year in a row Samsung has won the accolade.
The Galaxy S6 will be released here in New Zealand in April
For the technically minded, the flag ship Android handsets improve on previous models' processing power. They integrate the world's first 14nm 64-bit mobile central processing unit technology in combination with the 64-bit Android operating system, new LPDDR4 fourth generation memory system and Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 flash memory.
They also have a high quality 16 megapixel super-fast back loading camera which starts in just over half a second as well as a 5 megapixel front loading camera.
Charging is 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, giving two hours of high definition (HD) video play after 10 minutes of charging. You can also charge the new phones wirelessly, something Nokia has been doing with its Lumia Windows Phones for a while now.
They come in glass and metal designs. The glass body is available in white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, blue topaz, and green emerald. This design required unique glass moulding technology.
Samsung president and head of IT & Mobile Communications Division JK Shin said, in a press release, "By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and our missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and truly innovative services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer two completely differentiated products that deliver the ultimate in smartphone options."
Samsung Head of Telecommunications Stefan Lecchi said, "We set out to create a smartphone that could do more, faster, so that our customers can give more time to the people and things that make a difference to their lives - whether that's work, play or just simply staying in touch. We've absolutely delivered that - and what's more, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge also have a stunning look and feel. Smart has totally invented beautiful, and we're excited to see how Kiwis will respond."
New Zealanders will shortly be able to enjoy the convenience of mobile payments. Samsung has a partnership with Semble - a ground breaking New Zealand industry collaboration, bringing together Paymark and mobile network operators (2degrees, Spark and Vodafone) with banking partners (ASB and BNZ) to offer an integrated mobile wallet experience to Kiwis. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and more than 700,000 Samsung devices will be able to make smartphone payments using Semble. This is set to launch early 2015.