Thursday, January 22, 2015
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For quite some time, Samsung sticks to a familiar dynamic when it comes to smartphones: a flagship device in the S line, then a flagship handset in the Note line.
After the release of the Note 4 and the Note Edge, one can only assume that the next big thing from Samsung is the S6. Even though the device is not expected up until late in the first quarter of 2015, there are already rumors spreading regarding the specs of the device.
First things first; unofficially, the device is scheduled to be released in March or April. That is still five months away, so anything can happen until the official release. It would be a surprise if Samsung released the S6 earlier than that, given the fact that the S5 was released in April 2014. A full year is the common life cycle of new smartphones these days. In the past, Samsung was unveiling new handsets from the S line during the Mobile World Congress or closely before/after the MWC. This year, the Congress is scheduled to take place between March 2 and March 5.
Design and Display
While it is not official, many experts suggest that Samsung will finally introduce the metal frame in the S line. The company has used those design lines in the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4. Another direction that Samsung might continue is the thickness. For quite some time the company has been narrowing down devices, with the Galaxy Alpha reaching just 6.7, which is an excellent level. The plastic back is destined to remain in place, but the metal frame should add a dose of premium feel to the handset. In the display section, Samsung has already introduced 2K screen display with the Note 4. So at minimum, the S6 should have the 2560×1440 resolution. Whether the device grows is left to be seen, but every handset in the S line grew a bit. For example, the S4 had a 5 inch screen display and the S5 grew to 5.1 inches. Will that trend continue? We are left to see. On the other hand, Samsung used the same screen size from the Note 3 to the Note 4. One way the device can increase the display size, but keep the phone compact, is to shrink the bezels.
Hardware and Operating System
Considering the fact that the S6 will surely run on the latest Android L, sources suggest that the device will be powered by a 64-bit chipset. Two possible options are the Snapdragon 808 and the Snapdragon 810. The Android L OS offers 64-bit support, and Samsung is expected to take full advantage of it. There is no word regarding built in memory, but the support for microSD card is sure to stay. In regards to RAM, some sources suggest 4GB RAM is in the making, since the new OS and the 64-bit chipset will require a lot of power. However, the S5 sports 2GB RAM, and it is hardly possible for the company to double that.
Samsung always adds an extra pixel or two in the camera. If that trend continues, we can hope for a 20-MP sensor on the back of the device. There is a possibility that Samsung will be hard pressed to choose between Optical image stabilization and thickness of the handset. If the company decides to go slim, it might be possible to ditch the OIS.
Given the fact that the price of the Galaxy S5 was close to $900, we can assume that the S6 will cost at least that much at the time of launch. However, some sources indicate that due to the improved performances, specs and features, the S6 might go as high as $1000.