The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is underway and Samsung started things off with a bang!
The South Korean electronics company unveiled two new smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung has been paying attention to its customers and have finally done away with the plastic backing of previous Galaxy devices. The two new devices are made mostly out of metal and the toughest glass to date, Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The company is boasting that they will have the “fastest, brightest camera on the market” and have even done away with power cords; both devices will utilize wireless chargers. Samsung says the devices can last up to four hours off of a ten minute charge! That I have to see!
The S6 and the S6 Edge will be rolling out this summer in an array of colors including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald.
The larger announcement was the unveiling of Samsung Pay. Just as Apple Google have done, Samsung is now looking to jump into the mobile payment game and boy are they looking to make a splash.
Samsung Pay will allow those who own a Samsung smartphone to make in store payments with their phone anywhere that credit cards are accepted.
Unlike Apple Pay and Google Wallet which use contactless payment terminals that can communicate with devices that use near field communication (NFC); Samsung Pay will use a magnetic strip.
Adding this capability is key for Samsung. Currently only about five to ten percent of the merchants in the U.S. can accept contactless payments which makes using Samsung Pay a very viable option.
Samsung Pay will come pre-installed on both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge beginning this summer.