The most important features in Samsung's sleek new Galaxy S 6 smartphones

Samsung just announced its two new smartphones, the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, which will be available in April.

The company emphasised that it started from scratch when designing both phones, which means they look and feel quite different than the company’s previous Galaxy phones.

The Galaxy S 6 edge (yes, the “edge” is lower-cased) is almost exactly like the S 6 inside and out — except for its curved design. The phone’s screen is curved on both sides, giving it a distinguished design.

But it’s more than just an aesthetic change, Samsung has improved its software and added in a few other important, yet more subtle features.

Let's start with the design. The Galaxy S 6 comes in four colours: black, white, blue, and gold.

The Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in green instead of blue.

Samsung says it used a special colour filament when creating the phones to make them shimmery.

Both the S 6 and S 6 edge are made of glass and metal. You can especially see the metal frame when you look at its edges.

You'll notice the Galaxy S 6 edge's screen is slightly curved on both sides. Samsung says this should make it easier to watch video since the screen wraps over the side.

There is one key software feature the edge has that the S 6 doesn't. This 'People' panel shows your favourite contacts.

And notifications slide out from the side. You can assign a specific colour to a certain contact.

When that contact calls you, the phone will also emit a subtle light of that colour. If you look closely, you'll notice the phone is glowing purple.

Samsung did a lot of work on the S 6's fingerprint sensor, too. You can now hold your finger on the button like you can with an iPhone. On the Galaxy S 5, you had to swipe your finger.

The S 6 and S 6 edge support wireless charging, and Samsung says it's compatible with any wireless charging pad you can purchase at Best Buy.

And both phones come with fast-charging technology, too. According to the company, you can charge the phone to 50% in 30 minutes.

Here's a nice little shortcut: you can launch the camera by double-tapping the home button.

The camera sounds like it will be a lot better. Samsung says it has a wider aperture and can capture low-light images more clearly. It also focuses on subjects as they move.

Samsung's new phones come with Samsung Pay, which can be used at stores with regular credit card readers and those with NFC terminals. It's launching this summer.

The Galaxy S 6 and S 6 edge both come with Microsoft apps preloaded, too.

Compared to previous Samsung phones, the settings menu on the S 6 and S 6 edge seems more simplified.

The new phones also come with this Smart Manager app that helps you keep your battery healthy and your phone clean.

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