A couple of weeks ago, a rumour from out east suggested the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch might happen as soon as CES 2015, but we had our doubts, noting that January would be “a little earlier than expected”.
It seems we were right to be dubious, as this latest report says – with just days to go until CES 2015 – that Samsung is still testing various Galaxy S6 prototypes, putting paid to the notion of a launch next week.
According to comments made on Reddit by SamsungRep2015 (now deleted), Samsung is currently juggling a Galaxy Note Edge-style device with one edge display, and a second Galaxy S6 with dual curved edges.
“Project Zero is indeed a real thing,” begins the insider, Project Zero supposedly being the internal codename for Samsung’s back-to-the-drawing-board approach to building the Galaxy S6.
“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.”
Presumably if Samsung does go with a Galaxy S6 Edge, we’ll also see a more orthodox base model, a bit like the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge pairing that launched at IFA last year.
Other rumoured Samsung Galaxy S6 specs include a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 20MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS), and 4K video recording.
Samsung is hoping to turn things around after a disappointing year that encompassed lower-than-expected Galaxy S5 sales, and Samsung’s worst quarter in years.