Samsung’s most anticipated smartphone, the Galaxy S6 is barely 2 weeks short of release at MWC 2015, and leading media houses have already received invites for Samsung Unpacked event on March 1st. Similar to past couple of years, people have huge expectations from Samsung Galaxy S6, but this time around more is riding on Galaxy S6 owing to Samsung’s recent dismal performance.
As the release date comes near, more and more news and rumors are appearing every now and then. We would cover you on all the most trusted news and rumors on Galaxy S6 in this blog post. As we write this post, reports are coming about Galaxy S6 supporting wireless charging. Another rumor suggests Galaxy S6 might be coming with a smaller 2,600 mAh battery, and an overhauled TouchWiz UI, notoriously known for its heaviness on Samsung phones.
Samsung Galaxy S6 display
Smartphone displays have grown to humongous sizes, with likes of Google Nexus 6 going to as much as 6 inches and thereby blurring the thin line between a smartphone and a tablet. According to a blog post on a Korean blog news.mydriver.com, Galaxy S6 will be limited to a decent and pocket friendly size of 5.3 inches and will sport an ultra-HD display with (3840 x 2160) pixels resolution. This blog post also claims that Samsung is expected to go with its favorite super AMOLED display tech in Galaxy S6 as well.
Samsung Galaxy S6 wireless charging
Recently in a blog post Samsung made its plan very clear about wireless charging. It has proclaimed 2015 to be the year of wireless charging in this very blog post. Obviously, Samsung can’t afford to miss wireless charging feature on its flagship after making such a bold statement. So rest assured, Samsung Galaxy S6 will come all power packed with wireless charging feature.
More so as Galaxy S6 reportedly will have a smaller 2,600 mAh battery and will need more convenient ways to charge it quickly.
Samsung Galaxy S6 design
Based on what what mobile case manufacturer Verus has to say, we don’t expect any significant change in Galaxy S6 design except for size. The image we have posted below are ”renderings of how the GS6 would actually look like,” and company has done it based on specs and measurement sent to them.
If what we see in the renderings above is true, then Samsung fans looking ahead for some radical change in Galaxy S6 design may be in for a disappointment. Some reliable sources have revealed that Samsung would come out with two version of S6: the standard Galaxy S6 with metallic uni body design with non-removable battery, and the the second one named Galaxy S6 Edge, which will come equipped with a plastic rear plate and a removable battery.
It is also rumored that S6 has been made water-proof and also without the choice of expandable memory. It will probably come in 64 GB and 128 GB variants, and thereby providing for expandable memory makes no sense at all!
Samsung Galaxy S6 software and OS
Even the Samsung hardcore fans would admit that the TouchWiz bloatware is like pain in the ass. It is dumped on your smartphone and there is pretty not much you can do about it. But this is an area where Galaxy S6 is reportedly trying to improve upon by not pre-loading Samsung apps like S-Health and S-Voice. But some rumors doing the round reveal that S6 may come pre-loaded with Skype and Microsoft Office Mobile. But this move may cause serious heartburn for Google.
According to blog Sammobile, TouchWiz will carry a keyboard which is hybrid between Galaxy Tab S and iOS keyboards. The ‘Endless Cycle’ feature found in the app drawer on earlier TouchWiz has been done away with. Now swiping past the last app drawer page won’t take you back to first page and vice-versa. Samsung Galaxy S6 will surely be powered by Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
Samsung Galaxy S6 specs
According to some sources Galaxy S6 may come in two SoC variants, namely Exynos variant and Snapdragon variant. According to gforgames.com the next gen Exynos chip will offer LTE Cat 10 speeds, which are 50% faster than current lot of Snapdragon chip offering LTE Cat 6 speeds. If this rumor is true, then your Galaxy S6 with Exynos chip can support as much as 450 Mbps, if mobile network is compatible.
A Chinese website CNMO has recently leaked the AnTuTu benchmark details for Galaxy S6, along with screenshot. AnTuTu is a smartphone performance measuring software program and once the AnTuTu test is done, it reveals the exact specs that a device is carrying.
If we go through the Samsung Galaxy S6 AnTuTu test screenshot, it become clear what S6 specs sheet looks like. We have a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, 20 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory.
Samsung Galaxy S6 camera
We are likely to see a beefier camera with more megapixels pumped in. It is expected that Galaxy S6 would feature a 20 MP camera as compared to 16 MP found on it predecessor Galaxy S5. Galaxy S6’s camera is also expected to get Sony Sensor in place of Samsung ISOCELL. S6 will definitely come with optical image stabilization tech. Another 5 megapixel shooter for selfies and video chats may find its place on the front of Galaxy S6.
Samsung Galaxy S6 release date
We all know that Samsung Galaxy S6 would be unveiled in all glory at this years MWC. However, the actual market release may vary depending on various factors. As last time Galaxy S5 took almost 6 weeks to reach market. On a similar trend, Samsung Galaxy S6 may actually come to a store near you probably by end of March or very first week of April.
Samsung Galaxy S6 battery
As previous Galaxy S5 came all power packed with a 2,800 mAh battery, our expectations from the next version are expected to be much higher. However, as per Korean blog ITcle, the all new S6 is expected to come equipped with not too impressive 2,600 mAh battery, and this doesn’t sound good with a bigger 5.3-inch display and a more powerful octa-core processor. However, on a positive note the wireless charging feature may spare you from the pain of repeatedly connecting your smartphone with charger cord.
Samsung Galaxy S6 price
We don’t think Samsung will sell S6 any cheaper than S5, so we should at least expect a price tag of 600 USD. If S6 comes with a metallic body and 64-bit chipset, which we believe it will, that will further add up to component and labor cost, thus pushing up the price further. Some blogs have even speculated the price of 64 GB version to be around 729 euros or 860 USD. The very same blog pegs the Galaxy S6 Edge at 849 euros or 1,000 USD!
What are you expectations from Samsung Galaxy S6? What do you expect to see in the next Samsung flagship? Please share your opinion!