We are just days away from witnessing the official unveiling of the much awaited Galaxy S6 at Unpacked event on 1 March in Barcelona.
The World Wide Web is already flooded with so much speculation that there is very little left for imagination of what we can expect from the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone.
Even the company has begun the countdown for the unveiling, with a slew of cryptic video teaser clips sparking off excitement among the fans.
From what we have heard so far, Galaxy S6 will be a major upgrade over its predecessor Galaxy S5 in terms of design language and internal hardware as well. We have come with six compelling credible reports, which says Galaxy S6 will be a bigger hit than 2014 model Galaxy S5.
1. All-metal uni-body design:
If we go by the claims of the two videos above, Samsung has hinted Galaxy S6 will be laced with metal body, which the critics and market analysts have for long advised Samsung to introduce in its flagship smartphones to compete with arch-rival Apple.
In late 2013 and early 2014, Apple was under immense pressure from stockholders to come up with something new or else surrender to Samsung's dominance. The Cupertino giant's co-founder Steve Jobs in 2010 mocked Samsung's Note series as too big and consumers would discard it. But, it turned to be false, global smartphone market embraced the new 'Phablet' series.
And finally last year, Apple, under the new leadership of Tim Cook, succumbed to that temptation, announced two big screen models ― 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch ― iPhone 6 series handsets into the market. It did wonders for Apple as it brought record-shattering $18 billion revenue in just three months in Q4, quarter ending in December 2014. It is the biggest revenue collection for any company in the history of Wall Street.
Now, time seems ripe for Samsung to ape Apple (this will not be the first time) or else it won't be able to arrest the steep decline of profits any further.
It is learnt that Samsung Galaxy S6 will boast of metal-based unibody design language, which until now was seen in Apple iPhones (and later in HTC devices).
[Note: Samsung has used metal in Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy A series phones but it is present only around the edges.]
2. Samsung Exynos 7 Octa-core Processor:
In 2014, flagship phone Galaxy S5 was released with two chipset variants based on network availability in select regions.
However in 2015, Samsung is expected to release only one model running on the company's in-house built 64-bit class Exynos 7 series Octa-core model.
The company has apparently ditched new Snapdragon 810 CPU in its flagship smartphone owing to technical limitations.
Bloomberg citing sources inside Samsung reported that the company faced over-heating of the Snapdragon 810 chipset during the test run of Galaxy S6.
The good news is that Exynos 7 is said to be more superior to Snapdragon 810 as the former is an advanced 14nm (nanometer) class chipset which comes paired with Cat 10 LTE connectivity support, whereas the latter is 20nm class chipset with Cat 9 LTE support.
In terms of storage, we expect the new Samsung smartphones to ship with 3GB (or 4GB) RAM and 32GB/64/128GB inbuilt memory having expandable options via microSD card.
3. Advanced Camera Specifications:
Early in the month, Samsung's very own Camera R&D division head officially disclosed that the upcoming Galaxy S6 will not only have a bump in mega-pixel count, but also some value-added 'intelligent' features to enhance photography experience.
"We (Samsung) meticulously evaluate every single facet of our smartphone cameras by taking over 10,000 photos in every imaginable lighting environment for analysis. The same passion and dedication has been put into building the cameras for the release of our 2015 flagship model. It will be intelligent and do all the thinking for users, allowing them to take amazing pictures under any conditions, without having to worry about anything more than just pressing the shutter button," said DongHoon Jang, Senior Vice President and head of Camera R&D Group at IT & Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics.
Internally known as Project Zero, Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) will boast of 20mp camera on the rear side with value-added features OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), HDR and other photography user-experience enhancing features.
Samsung Galaxy S Series Camera Evolution Chart:
|Pixels||Galaxy S||Galaxy SII||Galaxy SIII||Galaxy S4||Galaxy S5||GalaxyS6[Expected]|
4. Android 5.0 Lollipop with simplified TouchWiz UI:
Galaxy S6, in all probability, will run Android 5.x Lollipop OS, but what is interesting about user-interface is that Samsung has off-loaded most of the company apps (we like to call it the bloat-ware) to make it less cluttered and simple to use.
If sources of Business Korea are to believed, Samsung wants the Galaxy S6 user interface to be as smooth as stock vanilla Android on Nexus 6.
5. Improved Finger-print sensor:
In 2014, Samsung for the first time introduced the finger-print sensor in Galaxy S5. However, critics and fans alike were disappointed with the design of home button. It had very little space to house the sensor and this faulty swipe based finger-print resulted in frustration for user who were forced to repeatedly swipe their fingers on the home button to get access in to phone.
Now the reports from the South Korea say that the Samsung has dumped the swipe-based system to touch-based sensor which can enroll whole finger-pattern on the Galaxy S6.
"The sensor will work in the same manner as on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and the iPhone 5S / 6 / 6 Plus," reported SamMobile citing reliable sources inside the company.
New finger-print sensor can be used for smart-screen unlock, web sign-in, authenticate log-in mode for Samsung account, unlock private-mode and more importantly be used for secured payment transaction mode for PayPal account.
Beside the enhanced finger-print sensor, Samsung is likely include couple of S-Health app features SPO2 (peripheral capillary oxygen saturation) sensor and UV sensor on the camera LED module, which were last seen in flagship phablet Galaxy Note 4. The former measures oxygen concentration in the blood and the latter measures harmful UV rays and provide tips to users on how to avoid sunburn and how much exposure to light will be harmful to your skin and other details.
6. Dual-Edge Display:
Rumour has it that Samsung Galaxy S6 will be accompanied by a limited edition variant, Galaxy S6 Edge.
It has come to light that Galaxy S6 Edge will have dual-edge display, where-in phone's screen will be curved on both right and left side.
Extra space on the both edges are said to be utilised to house illuminated icons (shortcuts) for easy access to users' favourite apps.
[Note: Galaxy Note Edge has curved screen only on one side]