There’s no shortage of imminent new Android smartphone flagships (HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z4, LG G4, Xiaomi Mi 5…), but one of the most discussed is the Galaxy S6, partly on account of genuine anticipation (Samsung being the world’s number one), and also because the naysayers wonder how Team Shin will follow up the disappointing Galaxy S5.
There’s been no shortage of Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours, and here we’re putting it all together in six easy-to-digest points: six things we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Quick disclaimer: none of these Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours is confirmed, of course, so I'll pop a little score in brackets for likelihood. Perhaps we'll revisit after the Galaxy S6 launch and see how accurate I was. In the meantime, go go go!
1. The Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a metal body (9/10)
While Samsung has continued to extol the virtues of plastic (it would, obviously), metal rivals like the HTC One M7 and One M8 have generally received more praise – in terms of design, anyway – than the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.
This year, Samsung is widely tipped to embrace the notion of a premium-looking Galaxy S6 flagship, ditching plastic in favour of metal.
Some smartphone users actually prefer plastic on account of its durability, but a metal Samsung Galaxy S6 wouldn’t be compared to a Band-Aid, at least (ouch).
2. The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be exclusively Exynos-powered (4/10)
For years, Samsung has churned out Qualcomm Snapdragon versions of its high-end phones, alongside units rocking its own in-house Exynos processor.
An LG exec has denied there’s a problem with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (Reuters), but regardless, it makes sense for Samsung to become more self-reliant.
Realistically, we figure Qualcomm will be phased out rather than severed entirely with one swift chop.
3. The Samsung Galaxy S6 will have top-of-the-range specs (10/10)
Needless to say, Samsung Galaxy S6 specs will be emphatically top-of-the-range, including a Galaxy Note 4-matching QHD resolution on a 5.2in (give or take) display, up to 4GB of RAM, optical image stabilisation on the 20MP rear camera (a step up from 16MP), and at least 32GB expandable storage (i.e. no 16GB Galaxy S6).
4. The Samsung Galaxy S6 will run near-stock Android (6/10)
Back in 2013, Samsung upset Watchdog’s Anne Robinson when it materialised that the 16GB Galaxy S4 had only around 9GB of user accessible storage – just over half the advertised amount.
More recently, the humble Motorola Moto E was proven to be slicker than the Samsung Galaxy S5, the latter costing five times as much.
Bloat is to blame in both cases; that’s nonsense software features that Samsung includes in a bid to stand out from rival Android manufacturers, but that – let’s face it – no one actually uses.
Rejoice, then, with the news that Samsung will (supposedly) cut down on bloat to Google Nexus 6-style near-stock levels. That’ll mean smoother performance, and hopefully faster software updates.
5. It’ll be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (9/10)
In September 2014, Samsung revealed the intriguing Galaxy Note Edge (right) alongside the Galaxy Note 4, a giant 5.6in phone with a bonus display down the right hand side. Why? It can house shortcuts to favourite apps and news tickers, and function as an always-on alarm clock as the main display sleeps.
Word on the street suggested the Galaxy Note Edge was released to test the waters, and with the niche device proving relatively successful (it was initially presumed to be a South Korean exclusive, but went on to be released across the globe), we can supposedly expect a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with not one but two edge displays.
It’ll be interesting to see how Samsung pitches the beast at launch; we’re wondering what the benefit of two edge displays is, for example.
6. The Samsung Galaxy S6 will launch in March at Mobile World Congress (8/10)
January’s CES 2015 came and went without a hint of the Galaxy S6 (though it was said to be kicking around backstage), so the next logical candidate is Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in March, Samsung having launched the Galaxy S5 at last year’s show.
That being the case, expect the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date to fall in mid-April. Ish.