The Samsung Galaxy S6 is arguably one of the biggest announcements that will be taking place during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Many would argue that the Galaxy S6 would be a turning point for Samsung in the mobile space; allowing Samsung to regain its glory or slip into the ether.
In weeks preceding, we’ve gotten numerous leaks and teases of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and what appears to its curved brethren, the Samsung Galaxy S Edge; of particular interest is the confirmation of the names “Galaxy S6” and “S6 Edge” in a trademark filed on behalf of Samsung in South Korea. It would have been expected that Samsung would have applied for this trademark years ago, but it seems like the South Korean tech company has waited until now to file the trademark which could indicate that it was considering rebranding the Galaxy S lineup.
Rumours of the S6’s specifications began surfacing as early as December last year. However, new leaks point to the Samsung Galaxy S6 ditching the initially rumored Snapdragon 810 for the latest and greatest from Samsung’s semiconductor arm in the Exynos family of processors. Initial rumours speculate that the Exynos 4720 will be used.
In addition to that, it appears that the Galaxy S6 will be taking advantage of Samsung’s Electro-Mechanics division which will apparently be supplying the impressive 20-MegaPixel sensor that will be coming with the smartphone. According to reports, the Galaxy S6 will be coming with a 20-MegaPixel back camera with optical image stabilisation and a 5-MegaPixel front facing camera. The 20-MegaPixel camera will apparently be able to shoot in 20-MegaPixel (5952 x 3348 pixels), 15-MegaPixel (4464 x 3348 pixels), 11-MegaPixel (3344 x 3344 pixels), 8-MegaPixel (3264 x 2448 pixels) and 6-MegaPixels (3264 x 1836 pixels) and 2.4-MegaPixel (2048 x 1152 pixels) modes. SamMobile is quick to point out that the 20-MegaPixel sensor being used in the final release will be influenced by the cost and Samsung’s Electro-Mechanics division’s ability to mass produce the sensor.
Other than this, the S6 is expected to come with a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory with no word on microSD expandability. Earlier leaks place the screen size of the Quad HD Super AMOLED display at 5.1-inches but Samsung Norway may have hinted that the S6 may be sporting a bigger screen.
The biggest difference between this generation of Galaxy S and the previous ones will be its build. The Samsung Galaxy S6 will apparently be ditching the plastic build of yesteryear for a more refined metal build. Numerous leaks have pointed to this including alleged renders of the Galaxy S6.
However, the most convincing leaks came in the form of the leak of the purported chassis of the upcoming Galaxy S6. The images (in the gallery below), show that the may indeed be coming with full metal body with speakers at the bottom. Rumours initially surfaced of front facing speakers coming on the Galaxy S6, however, according to the chassis leaks, it looks highly unlikely. Rumours also point to Samsung opting to use the touch based fingerprint scanner rather than its current swipe based scanner.
In addition, leaked schematics of the Galaxy S6 also show that the device will be slimmer than its predecessors. Apparently, to achieve this, the removable back and battery which has become a staple of Samsung devices will be sacrificed. In its place, Samsung is opting for sealed Lithium Polymer battery which is known for its longer lasting battery life. It looks like Samsung may be trying to capture the premium feel which other devices such as the Apple iPhone and HTC One M8 have been praised for.
Also leaked were the colours in which the S6 will allegedly be available. Like previous iterations, the S6 will be coming in a few colours. As with all Samsung devices, the S6 will be coming in white and gold. In addition, the Galaxy S6 will also be coming in dark blue, similar to that seen in the Galaxy A series, and a blue-green colour.
There are some rumours that the S6 will adopt the glass back design although we don’t expect that this is true. It will be interesting if Samsung does. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is also rumoured to come with wireless charging which comes as no surprise given its increasing popularity. However, the main difference between Samsung and the rest of the competition will be the ability of the Galaxy S6 to support multiple standards of wireless charging. Coming along for the ride is new antenna technology which will apparently help prevent “antenna-gate” which was seen in the iPhone 4 when Apple decided to release their first metal iPhone.
Software & Applications
In addition to the build, Samsung is apparently taking a radical twist when it comes to their TouchWiz interface and will be scaling it down – substantially. Samsung’s TouchWiz interface was put on a much needed diet with reports claiming that the slim down has resulted in huge amount of RAM being freed up promising better performance and user experience. Further, reports have also surfaced that a lot of the bloatware which comes bundled in the TouchWiz skin have been made downloadable alternatives from the Samsung Galaxy Apps market or the Google Play Store.
Aside from the camera sensor, the camera application in Samsung’s TouchWiz will apparently be getting a major upgrade. The application will apparently be utilising the Camera API (application programming interface) which shipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop to bring more granular controls to the camera in the form of a “Pro” mode. The Pro mode will allow for things like manual focus and also the ability to control shutter speed and also the ability to save RAW image files. Also, the gallery application will also be getting a much needed upgrade with more intuitive interface making the app easier to use.
The Galaxy S6 will also be compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR. This will allow Galaxy S6 users to experience virtual reality in a manner similar to that of the Note 4 with the Gear VR accessory. In addition, Samsung’s rumoured Samsung Pay service may see its official announcement and release with the release of the S6.
According to reports, the Galaxy S6 is getting a lot of praise from carriers in the U.S.. The praise apparently goes as far as to claim that the S6 and S6 Edge have better designs than that of the Apple iPhone. However, carrier praise may not necessarily translate to consumer praise. This point was reiterated by Korea Herald who also cautioned that carriers have led the South Korean company to overestimate demand and over produce their flagships.