Everything we think we know about the specs, price and release date of Samsung's next flagship phone.
CES 2015 is behind us, which means it's time to start looking forward to the next technology smorgasbord: Mobile World Congress. New phones and tablets make the rounds at the annual conference held in Spain, but Samsung has yet to officially announce any word on its expected upcoming flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6.
So, what can we expect from a Galaxy S6? All of this is conjecture, of course, but here's our best educated guesses on the details of Samsung's next big phone.
Announcement and release dates: Samsung has sent out invitations for an upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event March 1, just before Mobile World Congress. We can likely expect the phone to make its debut there: The Samsung Galaxy S5 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014, and its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S4 got its own splashy (and unintentionally controversial) launch event at Radio City Music Hall weeks after MWC in March 2013. Both phones went on sale a few weeks later.
Expect top-of-the-line guts for the GS6. A Snapdragon 810 quad-core processor from Qualcomm (as found in the upcoming LG G Flex 2) was originally suspected, but reports suggest that Samsung may be opting for its own Exynos 7420 instead. The company could also have different CPUs in different territories -- something it's done with past flagship phones.
The well-regarded Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs an attractive AMOLED display, and it stands to reason that the Galaxy S6 would follow suit. Rumors suggest that the screen size will be anywhere between 5- and 5.5-inches.
Plastic or metal?:
This is anyone's guess, though devices like the all-metal Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, as well as the Galaxy A7, suggest that Samsung might be looking to spruce up its image with premium metal designs.
Camera and more:
We can likely expect a beefy front-shooter, too. Like it or not, smartphones at CES 2015 were all about the selfie, so there's a good chance Samsung will pay close attention to the oft-ignored front-facing camera. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 both sported excellent cameras, though the former lacked optical image stabilization. That's becoming increasingly prevalent on kitted-out smartphones -- see the iPhone 6 Plus -- so it stands to reason Samsung would bake it into their latest phone's rear camera.
February 2, 2015
New Samsung Galaxy flagship phone expected to be unveiled March 1
Well, it won't be long now: Samsung has officially announced a date for its Galaxy Unpacked event, just a day before Mobile World Congress. At last year's Galaxy Unpacked we saw the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit, so it stands to reason that we could expect to see a new flagship device.
Samsung may shrink Galaxy S6 screen size to 5-inches
The announcement of an upcoming announcement isn't enough to slow down the rumor mill: model numbers tied to a mystery pair of Samsung mobile pones have allegedly turned up on an Indian import/export site, and both sport 5-inch displays. This wouldn't be too much of a stretch -- the Galaxy S5 packs a 5.1-inch display -- but it would certainly reverse the trend of increasingly large smartphones. Pair this with the rumored 2,560 by 1,440 quad-HD display and you have a potentially sharp screen.
January 21, 2015
Samsung may drop Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip in next Galaxy S phone
Some early rumors suggested that the upcoming Samsung flagship phone would pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, while others predicted the device would ship with a Samsung Exynos processor. A report from Bloomberg seems to confirm the latter: Samsung is allegedly not using the Snapdragon 810 in its upcoming device, citing issues with the processor overheating during testing.
January 13, 2015
Samsung's User Interface TouchWiz to Become Less Featured in the Galaxy S6 (Business Korea)
Citing remarks from "industry sources," Business Korea notes that Samsung is in the process of dialing down the TouchWiz experience for its upcoming Galaxy S6. Samsung's TouchWiz interface all but takes over the Android experience, and while it adds numerous features and functionality, I've always preferred a cleaner, stock experience. Citing "a delay in responsiveness" from all of the added functionality TouchWiz bakes in, the company will reportedly be streamlining things for future devices. Whenever the Galaxy S6 is announced, there's a chance we'll be treated to a leaner software experience.
January 12, 2015
Samsung reportedly to unveil two versions of Galaxy S6
CES 2015 was still fresh on our minds when a rumor surfaced that Samsung might actually unveil two versions of its Galaxy S6. One would mimic the curved display found on the Galaxy Note Edge, while the other would offer a metal design, as opposed to Samsung's generally plastic wares.
December 12, 2014
Could this be Samsung's Galaxy S6?
A picture is worth a thousand rumors: Dutch blog Toptienmobiel leaked this image of someone holding what's alleged to be the Galaxy S6, with a big screen and a thin bezel. We'll take this image with a grain of salt, of course.
December 5, 2014
Samsung Galaxy S6 already? Alleged specs pop up online
The rumors started to firm up in December, when benchmarking site AnTuTu allegedly displayed some of the specs in its database. Those details showed a device packing the octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor and a 5.5-inch display with a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution. The device also reportedly has a 20-megapixel rear-shooter, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM and a paltry 32GB of storage -- you can expect that to be expanded with microSD cards.
November 4, 2014
First batch of Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors creep online
The rumors started, as always, with sources leaking specs. Samsung is reportedly starting from scratch with the Galaxy S6, which is reportedly codenamed "Project Zero." We learned that it might feature a "Quad HD" display (2,560x1,440-pixel resolution), and pack a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a rear shooter offering between 16 and 20 megapixels. The device is also speculated to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU in some markets, and a Samsung Exynos 7420 in others.