Samsung Galaxy S6: The Preview

By Jay Jay

Samsung are in a strange place at the moment... The company had placed a lot of hopes on Galaxy S5- hopes that the phone could not live up to.

Since then the Korean behemoth has cranked out several phones, none flagships, mind- all aimed at the high-end part of the market. Middling sales figures show that the paying public has not believed the hype. The next flagship is thus going to be an acid test for the company to see if it can hold its own in an over-crowded and competitive market.

And so, going with the usual cycle of ‘Galaxy S’ releases, we should expect the flagship-in-waiting Samsung Galaxy S6 to be released at the next Mobile World Congress between 2-5 March 2015 in Barcelona, Samsung have been known to release their flagships around that time of the year.

And will the Galaxy S6 re-invent the wheel, so to speak? Going by the previous updates, there may not be much as far as product upgrades are concerned.

Galaxy S5

The S5, launched at the Mobile World Congress this year, was barely a few touch ups over the Galaxy S4. While storage, RAM, camera and display features remained largely intact, the Galaxy S5 introduced the Snapdragon 801 quad core processor which was a welcome change over the Snapdragon 600.

Also introduced were the IR Blaster, the Heartrate Monitor and the Fingerprint sensor.

Samsung S6: Software & Performance

What may seem to be obvious would be Samsung’s venture into the 128GB internal storage space already captured by the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. Samsung will either increase the current 32GB to a more modest 64GB storage, or go shoulder-to-shoulder with Apple and upgrade to 128GB while doing away with the MicroSD slot. Word is out that Samsung has already begun mass producing the 128GB, 3-bit multi-lever-cell NAND memory chip.

So the latter may be a more obvious possibility.

Another remarkable feature would be as a consequence of the release of Android 5.0 (Lollipop) operating system. This allows Android-based phones to operate internal memories in excess of 4GB. Samsung's Galaxy S6 is sure to upgrade to the 4GB RAM space, if not more.

In terms of the processor outlay, the Galaxy S6 may almost-certainly upgrade to the 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 over the current 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 powering the Galaxy S5. This would double the memory bandwidth from 14.9GB/s to a staggering 30GB/s.

However, with the Snapdragon 805 being an essentially 32-bit processor, Samsung may have to wait a bit longer to transition to the ‘Applesque’ 64-bit systems. This would mean the phone’s RAM would continue to be tied down to the region of 4GB.

Samsung S6: Display

The display is another feature where predictability will follow its course. On the lines of the Note 4 and the Note 4 Edge, the Galaxy S6 is expected to be launched with a qHD Super AMOLED display. This would complement the plastic OLED screen which enables the phone to bend towards the edges aka the Note 4 Edge. So, are we talking of a curved phone like the LG G Flex? Possibly not, but the curved edges are a very distinct possibility.

Samsung S6: Design

Plastic is definitely not fantastic, atleast not in the premium phone market and with the Galaxy S6, we could see the first all-metal Samsung mobile device. Indeed, it will be a first for the Galaxy S series may be the all-metal frame that the Galaxy S6 could be launched with.

Even though this may increase the durability of the phone, what the overall weight would be is hard to predict. If Samsung does intend to raise the dimensions of the Galaxy series similar to those of the iPhone 6 Plus, we may as well see the Galaxy S6 weighing in excess of 150 grams.

Samsung S6: Pricing

As far as the weight on the wallet is concerned, the Galaxy S6 is expected to be priced around the same as its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S5 at about £529. Even though this may sound like a wild guess and admittedly it is, as the Galaxy S5 cost the same as the Galaxy S4 at the time of its launch.

We may very well get all our doubts answered in Barcelona next year.

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