Samsung is looking at a dire future if recent trends continue. Recent reports put the Korean tech behemoth in dangerous waters with slipping market shares in key markets like China and its flagship S5 failing to hit sales targets. It seems like Samsung’s glory days may be drawing to a close.
However, we can’t discount the fact that the Galaxy S5 was just one device in a year of many for Samsung. In fact, the Galaxy Note 4 remains a solid performer. Samsung is bound to put up a big fight before going the way of the dinosaurs.
The Big Reboot
Their first step is to start from scratch when it comes to the Galaxy S6. This indicative of the unique codename given to the Galaxy S6: Project Zero; unlike codenames from previous devices such as Project J (S4), Project H (Note 3), Project K (S5) and Project T (Note 4). From what we’ve heard earlier on, Samsung is trying to live up to expectations which it didn’t meet with the Galaxy S5.
Starting from scratch means meeting the initial expectations for the Galaxy S5 for Samsung. This seems to ring true with what we’re hearing from SamMobile. Their exclusive report hints that the Galaxy S6 (Project Zero) will come with a 64-bit capable Exynos 7420 and/or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and a QuadHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It’s more than likely that Samsung will be sticking to either a 16- or 20-MegaPixel camera and a 5-MegaPixel front facing camera. More likely the latter and bolster their low light performance. In addition, it is more than likely that Samsung will be replacing the Intel LTE chip they currently use with their own in house Exynos Modem 333. Another change is the use of Broadcom’s new BCM4773 chip which combines GPS and other sensors on a single chip, an industry first.
The Rumours: Specifications
Rumours indicate that the Galaxy S6 will also be getting an Edge variant in addition to the Exynos, Snapdragon and carrier variants. This comes as no surprise as Samsung has been one of the major players when it comes to curved displays. However, as with all rumours, there are also contradictory reports saying that the Edge variant may not see the light of day. This has indicated to many that the uniqueness of the Note 4 Edge may come in another form to the Galaxy S6. Some have speculated that instead of one curved edge, the S6 will come with 2.
Leaked benchmarks seem to correspond with initial reports by SamMobile. AnTuTu Benchmark indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be coming with a 5.5-inch QuadHD display and the 64-bit Exynos 7420 clocked at 1.8GHz with 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage. In addition, the device will apparently come with a20-MegaPixel camera with a 5-MegaPixel front facing camera. It will also come with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
However, we also have conflicting reports on the camera with another AnTuTu Benchmark citing that the device will be sporting a 16-MegaPixel shooter instead of a 20-MegaPixel camera.
In addition to this, we have also come across pictures of what is allegedly the metal unibody of the upcoming S6. We have no indication whether the S6 will indeed have a unibody or follow the design of the Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha with a removable back.
A Samsung representative has confirmed that Project Zero is indeed a real thing. He goes on to confirm that there is more than one Galaxy S6 prototype and variant being tested. He goes on to say that the refinements and redesigns Samsung is looking at is not just in physical design. Instead, they are looking at improving memory consumption and software performance. In fact, he says that some variants of the Galaxy S6’s software takes a hefty gig off the memory consumption of Samsung’s TouchWiz.
“Project Zero is indeed a real thing. I’ve also seen two different GS6 Edge variants, one with the normal Youm display on the Edge, and one with dual curved edges. However, when I went to my orientation, a few weeks before the S5 came out I got to physically see the 5.2 inch version. Samsung prototypes a lot and things change extremely rapidly.”
“As far as performance, benchmarks are noticeably higher but not by earth shattering amounts. Overall device responsiveness is vastly improved, and memory consumption is way down. Some build have freed over a gig of memory consumption from cold boot..”
“[It’s] not just specs Samsung is focusing on this time around. I’ve heard lots of rumblings about crazy new designs (and I’m not just talking Galaxy Alpha ‘redesigns’ either.) Spec wise though, that all lines up with what I’ve seen/heard, but again there’s quite a good chunk of time between now and April..”
The Rumours: Launch
Rumours indicate that the Galaxy S6 could be seeing an early launch at CES. However, in the past, Samsung’s Galaxy S series launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) which takes place in March. In addition, the spokesman from Samsung in the statement above indicates an April release date. That said, there are rumours that the S6 prototypes maybe on display at CES.