Samsung's Galaxy S6: Here's the gorgeous industrial design up close

Behold! Samsung's prettiest phone yet, the Galaxy S6, from every angle.

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Here it is!

Wonder no more. Rumor time is over and Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6.

Inside, it’s powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM. It also has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2,550mAh battery pack.

Unlike previous versions of the Galaxy phones, this one will not come with an expansion slot, though it will be sold in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB variants.

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Back to the drawing board

Samsung spent a lot of time refining its new Galaxy flagship phone. The company said that we should expect this device to mark a “sign of things to change,” and that the Galaxy S6 is “just the beginning.” Now we’re curious to see what else the company launches this year.

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A whole new body

This is Samsung's sixth-generation Galaxy S model, and it's unlike any flagship phone the company has made before, though the camera module still portrudes from the back.

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Look a little familiar?

Now, it does resemble Apple’s iPhone 6 quite a bit, though we’re not necessarily objecting, because the phone looks great. It’s clear Samsung is taking physical design much more seriously than ever before. And at least it’s not plastic, right?

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Thin enough

The Galaxy S6 is light and comfortable to hold. It's seriously one of the more comfortable phones I've held in a long time—even when held up to my ear.

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A solid phone

Samsung finally made its flagship device look like a premium product. Thin, sleek, and glossy, with edge-to-edge glass on the front and back, and metal around the sides.

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A beefed up camera

The Galaxy S6’s rear-facing camera sensor is 16 megapixels with a wide-angle F1.9 aperture lens that aims to capture more light. It also shoots in real-time HDR and features Smart OIS, which can actually track your subject around the room quite nicely.

As for the front-facing camera, it’s 5 megapixels. There’s also an easy shortcut you can use that automatically fires up the camera just by double-clicking the Home button.

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TouchWiz is still in business

While Samsung did a great job overhauling its phone design, it still needs some work in the interface department.

Here we have a Lollipop version of its interface, which Samsung still calls TouchWiz. This is the Quick Settings menu embedded in the notifications shade. It’s still not my favorite, but at least it’s not as busy as it used to be.

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There's a curved one, too

Let’s not forget the Galaxy S6 Edge: It’s a way nicer rendition of a curved smartphone than the previous Galaxy Note Edge. Both of its sides are just subtly curved, and there’s no app dock on either side like on the Note Edge, either.