Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors have long been doing the rounds. As we get closer to the most-anticipated launch of the upcoming Samsung flagship device this year, here's a quick look at all the major upgrades we are going to see over the current flagship, Galaxy S5. Samsung announced its flagship at the Mobile World Congress last year, the Galaxy S6 smartphone is likely to set foot at the same event.
Internally referred to as Project Zero, Samsung is pinning its hopes to rejuvenate its lost position in the flagship race with the release of Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 roundup brings all the unofficial details of the handset, everything from design, specs, release date and pricing.These are just rumors and there is a good chance that Samsung's plans might change between now and the release of Galaxy S6.
Samsung is taking great care in designing its next iteration of Galaxy smartphone. The company's 2014 flagship did not generate enough buzz among buyers with its overall design but that is likely to change with the S6. According to an Italian blog HDBlog.it and a French site Nowhere Else, Samsung Galaxy S6 will feature an aluminum chassis, marking the first for the company's flagship design. Other details include improved sensors, slim design among other tweaks.
Samsung Galaxy S6's display is definitely going to be an upgrade over Galaxy S5. Rumors suggest the smartphone will have a 5.5-inch Quad HD resolution display, much like the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and LG G3. Other sources also suggest Samsung might boost the resolution even further but a Quad HD will be a bare minimum choice.
At 5.5 inches, Galaxy S6's display is going to be just 0.2-inch smaller than the Galaxy Note 4 and bigger than the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5. This is just another sign where the difference between smartphones and phablets is vanishing. In terms of resolution, Galaxy S5 packed 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The camera in the Galaxy S6 will not see a major upgrade, if the rumors are to be believed. Earlier benchmarks for the device showed Samsung will take up 16MP or 20MP for its rear camera. The Galaxy S5 had a 16-megapixel rear camera. But a leak suggests Samsung will add advanced camera features like Optical Image Stabilization, similar to Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. The front camera, however, will get a boost with 5 megapixels compared to the 2MP shooter in the current Galaxy S5.
Processor and software
There has been quite a buzz around the Galaxy S6's processor. There are reports suggesting two variants of the Galaxy S6 differentiated by their SoC. In one version, Samsung will use Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 810 while the other model will pack a 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa processor. This will be a major upgrade from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor found on the Galaxy S5.
Other features powering the S6 will be a 3GB RAM, Adreno 430 GPU and LTE Cat. 6 modem with 32GB built-in storage and expandable memory option.
Apparently, Samsung will have three storage options, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
The timing of the Galaxy S6 release fits Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop running right out of the box. Notably, the new OS version will give a new look to the flagship with updated TouchWiz along with other new features and design tweaks.
Release and pricing
Going by the looks of it, Samsung is giving CES 2015 a miss for the launch but it is certain to hold the launch event at the Mobile World Congress in March. As for the pricing, there aren't many details to go by. However, it will take the flagship pricing model. In the U.S. carriers are likely to sell the device for $199.99 with a standard two year contract.