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Noted: Samsung Galaxy S6 ditches plastic for stylish design

Samsung also unveils premium model, the S6 Edge


 
JK Shin, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, shows off the new Galaxy S6 and S6 in Barcelona. (AP photo)

JK Shin, CEO of Samsung’s mobile division, shows off the new Galaxy S6 and S6 in Barcelona. (AP photo)

NEW YORK — Samsung is departing from its signature plastic design and producing its next flagship phone with a metal frame and a glass back. The new Galaxy S6 phone looks stylish, not cheap.

Samsung also unveiled a premium model, the S6 Edge, with side displays. Both models will have technology for mobile payments, though Samsung isn’t unveiling a service to rival the iPhone’s Apple Pay until this summer.

Previous Samsung phones had removable plastic backs, which made it possible to replace the battery with a spare. Samsung now joins Apple, HTC and others in favouring better design over that replacement capability.


 
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