Project Zero: is the Samsung Galaxy S6 being built from the ground up?

Project Zero: is the Samsung Galaxy S6 being built from the ground up?With Samsung in turmoil, we were saying just last week that the South Koreans were going back to the drawing board, and that notion is given credence by the internal name for their next flagship.

The inevitable Galaxy S6 is supposedly being developed under the codename Project Zero, suggesting Samsung is completely rethinking its flagship strategy.

Samsung aficionados might recall the Galaxy S4 was internally dubbed Project J, while the Galaxy Note 4 was referred to as Project T.

Call us crazy, but we can’t help but think there’s something more to this story than the ditching of arbitrary letters. Project Zero sounds, to us, like Samsung is essentially starting from scratch.

One of the many problems Samsung faces (in addition to the inexorable rise of Chinese smartphone makers, and the outrageous popularity of the iPhone 6) is convincing consumers to upgrade from one model to the next. Is there much point moving from a Galaxy S4 to a Galaxy S5, or a Galaxy Note 3 to a Galaxy Note 4? Probably not.

As such, churning out a Samsung Galaxy S6 that’s largely identical to the Galaxy S5 – with the obligatory resolution increase and faster processor, of course – won’t cut the proverbial mustard.

One thing a lot of consumers seem to be crying out for is a premium build, something akin to the HTC One. Or, in short: a metal Samsung Galaxy S6.

Samsung has been toying with metal phones in the form of the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5; are they a taste of things to come? A small-scale teaser before the face-punching launch of the all-metal Samsung Galaxy S6? May-be, friend. May. Be.

And hey, let's hope Samsung continues to cut down on unnecessary software features - or "bloatware" as it's affectionately known. We can but hope.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February this year, so logically we can expect to meet the Galaxy S6 at MWC next year. Ish.

via: SamMobile

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 15:39

One thing a lot of consumers seem to be crying out for is a premium build, something akin to the HTC One. Or, in short: a metal Samsung Galaxy S6.

OMG... Guilty! I used to say that, too. But that was to contrast some of the truly rubbish plasti-phones Samsung and others made. I remember before BB's troubles started: the 9780 was a RIM flagship. The battery cover was so bad it was, well, bad. Some of Samsung's WinMo sliders were so poorly designed and constructed it was truly unbelievable.
And while Samsung made great metal (ish) Bada devices, the early Galaxies weren't exactly impressive.

However: they were mostly well built. Call the SGS3 , 4 and 5 ugly or what-not: they are, nonetheless sturdy devices. Nokias highend Lumias also prove that plastic devices can look, feel and act very classy!

Metal guarantees nothing.
And: during "bendgate" Consumer Report actually showed that the over-hyped HTC One M8 was the bendiest. The HTC One models also tend to get dented and scratchy - he*k, most batches shipped with a silicone case. For a reason.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Gorgeous (errrm) and flawless metal thingies. Advantage?
Drop it and see ;) And without a case the 6 is so slippery that even hardcore Apple-friendly sites posted jokes about it.

HTC made one (pun) great metal device: the Legend. It kinda flopped. Losing against HTC's own Desire. They came to rule temporarily with plastic. Samsung came to rule with plastic and faux chrome when Apple used metal and glass.

People are bored. That is all.
The most comfortable iPhone I used was the 5c.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 18:05

Pretty much all of that ^^^

The HTC Legend was a beautiful, but flawed, device. The display was too small and the 600Mhz processor was old and slow compared to the 1Ghz Snapdragon unit in the Desire/Nexus One. The Desire was the last truly amazing phone that HTC made, it was well ahead of its time, in much the same way the Galaxy S2 was the following year.

Ever since then, the top end of the phone market (bar the phablet market) has been much more closely contested, whether the phones are made of plastic or metal/glass or are running Android or iOS.

It's been hard to argue that one phone is outright "best" since phones in general started to outperform the S2. Ever since then, it's been a many horse race, between both high end Android devices and iPhones.

Oh and side note, the Bada phones were lovely, I have no idea why Samsung didn't just use similar outer cases for their Android devices. They clearly had the tooling to do so, maybe on a mass produced scale (as in Android sales vs Bada sales) the cost was significantly higher?

As for the most comfortable iPhone, my vote goes to the 3G/3GS. Nice and chunky, with lovely, rounded edges. I never liked the sharper edges of the iPhone 4 to 5S. The more rounded edges of the new iPhone 6 and 6+ hark back to the rounded, aluminium back of the original iPhone "2G", which was also rather nice.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 19:31

Yes, 3G/S and the 5c. I hated the feel of the 4/4S.

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