At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung today unveiled two new smartphones, a new virtual reality headset, and a mobile payment system that will compete with Apple Pay.
The tech giant showed off the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, successors to the Galaxy S5 that feature new metal casings. Both are quite similar in specs and looks, but the Edge has a curved design on each side of the device.
The devices, which have a 16-megapixel rear camera and new wireless charging capabilities, will be available worldwide on April 10 for all four major U.S. wireless carriers. Pricing has yet to be announced. See the full specs here.
The phones also have an updated fingerprint sensor that will enable a new payment system called “Samsung Pay,” which will work just like Apple Pay and allow users to purchase items by swiping their devices over a payment terminal. Samsung has already partnered with Visa and MasterCard for Samsung Pay. One differentiator from Apple Pay is that Samsung Pay will work with older credit card terminals that use traditional magnetic stripe technology. Apple Pay requires retailers to have NFC-enabled terminals.
Samsung also debuted a new, smaller version of its Gear VR headset that was built to work with the new S6 smartphones.