The next device in Samsung’s Galaxy S series will be an amazing device. Given the recent decline in profits, the Korean company decided to turn a new page in its history, and make its 2015 flagship smartphone the best device money could buy.
Samsung is not only facing competition from other major brands like LG, HTC and Motorola; but also from fast-growing Chinese vendors such as Xiaomi, Meizu, Gionee and Oppo. So again, the Galaxy S6 has to be much better than anything else offered at the time it hits the market. Here’s what we’ve heard so far about the S6.
1. Revamped from the ground up
Samsung will break the tradition of incremental updates and design the Galaxy S6 from the ground up. Internally, this model is codenamed “Project Zero,” indicating it will be revolutionary rather than evolutionary update to the series. We still expect top-notch specs, which leads me to the next point.
2. Metal body
The Galaxy S6 could easily emerge as the first device in Samsung’s portfolio to use an all-metal unibody design. The current Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy A device rock metal frames, and the SGS6 will take this to the next level. No longer will users go for an HTC-made product to get a solidly built phone.
3. Dual-edge QHD display?
An interesting piece of information was brought to our attention by the good folks of G4Games and SamMobile. Quoting various sources around the web, they say Koreans will use the dual-edge screen on the Galaxy S6. This is a Quad HD screen (2560 x 1440 pixels), which unlike the one Galaxy Note Edge has, is curved on both sides. Amazing. 🙂
4. Snapdragon 810
We expect the next device in the Galaxy S series to use the fastest chip that is available at that time. Chances are it will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, but we may also see some variants using Samsung’s own Exynos 7 Octa SoC.
Given that the current Galaxy S5 (pictured above) has a 16-megapixel camera, we expect the S6 to take this to the next level and perhaps include a 20MP module with Optical Image Stabilization. For one reason or another, OIS was missing on the S5, and was only later included in the Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung has some serious plans for the fast-growing mHealth space with the idea to emerge as a serious contender in the space. Koreans are by no means alone in this market, with Apple and Google also looking for users with their HealthKit and Google Fit services, respectively. Samsung’s S Health app/platform has been recently updated to accommodate new types of information gathered from different sensors, devices and apps.
7. Announcement in March, launch in May?
The Galaxy S5 was officially announced on February 24 during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Next year, the big mobile show kicks off at the beginning of March and we hope to see Samsung taking a central stage to show us what’s shaping up to be the best phone of 2015. As for the launch date, we’re betting it will happen in May.
I must add that we have no inside information on Samsung’s plans; we’ve scattered the Interwebs for information and prepared this list. If you have anything else to add, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments from below. 😉