NEW YORK (The Street) -- Samsung (SSNLF) really needed a winner, as its recent smartphones haven't attracted potential buyers in overwhelming numbers. Its rivals, including Apple (AAPL), HTC and LG, have done a much better job at producing blockbuster phones that people actually want.
Well, Samsung listened.
Its Galaxy S flagship smartphone has been completely redesigned. This new phone is slimmer, lighter and just better in nearly every way. It's arguably the best phone that Samsung has ever made.
The S6 measures 5.65 by 2.78 by 0.27 inches and weighs a scant 4.87 ounces. Unlike previous Galaxy S models, there is no cheap-looking plastic to be found anywhere. Built on a strong but lightweight metal frame, the Galaxy S6's new design incorporates a Corning (GLW) Gorilla Glass panel on the back. The look is stunning.
Although the new phone doesn't have largest display among Samsung's models (that honor goes to Samsung's Galaxy Note 4's 5.7-inch monster) the new S6's touchscreen measures 5.1 inches diagonally. Samsung calls it a high-definition, Super AMOLED design capable of offering 2560 by 1440 pixels (Quad HD) resolution. It looks great in almost every lighting condition we tried it in, including outdoor use on super-bright days.
Samsung has chosen not to use a Qualcomm (QCOM) processor this time around. Samsung had been using its own processors in previous Galaxy S models in phones sold in some Asian markets, and decided with a homegrown, 8-core Exynos 7420 chip for everyone. Without going into techno-speak, this new Samsung chip is fast and efficient.