The inexorable drumbeat of the Galaxy S line marches on. With the Galaxy S6 naturally expected to arrive sometime next spring, the fact that it’s already in development was a given.
But SamMobile has some tantalizing info regarding the upcoming Samsung flagship, and given their track record, we think it’s worth taking a look at even if these are very early days for the S6, or “Project Zero” as it is currently known. With our grains of salt firmly in hand, here we go.
The display resolution will surprise no one as WQHD (2560×1440) is the resolution de jour for flagship devices, although perhaps it’s worth feeling thankful that they won’t be trying to escalate things further. The screen size remains a mystery, but it would seem safe to assume it will fall somewhere shy of the 5.7-inch Note 4 and perhaps a slight bump up from the 5.1-inch screen on the S5.
The camera is pegged as the same sensor found in the Galaxy Note 4, with the megapixel count up in the air between 16 or 20. Regardless of which Samsung chooses, we would hope to see the optical image stabilization found in the Note 4 also make it into the S6. Chasing the megapixel number is less important than producing solid photos in more varied conditions, and OIS makes a big difference there.
The front-facing camera should see an upgrade to the same 5-megapixel sensor seen in some of the most recently announced devices from Samsung. The selfie isn’t going anywhere, so the fact that the front-facing cameras will be encroaching on parity with the rear cameras of 2-3 years ago should come as no surprise.
Reportedly, Samsung will be dropping a 16GB option with the S6 (bless you Samsung) and sticking to 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. I can’t personally see needing that top end option, but I know there are digital hoarders that will welcome it.
The Galaxy S6 will be powered by the Exynos 7420, finally stepping the Galaxy line up to a 64-bit chip and being able to take advantage of it with Android Lollipop. The Snapdragon version of the S6 will be relying on the 810, a 64-bit chip from Qualcomm that we will no doubt be seeing plenty of next year.
Lastly, we have a few rumors regarding the sensors and radios inside the S6. Apparently Samsung will be using their own LTE modem, perhaps hinting at a Qualcomm-free future for Samsung in the coming years. And finally, a Broadcom chip that offers GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and more on a single chip, with Broadcom reporting an 80 percent power savings at approximately 66 percent of the size of current offerings.
There aren’t any truly mind-blowing specs in there, but taken as a whole, the Galaxy S6 as presented would be an impressive mainstream device. A few things that grabbed my attention were sticking with a camera sensor that they will have already had a good 6 months to work on optimizing, internal storage options that make sense for devices with 4K video capture and power savings that could hopefully mean extended battery life.
Did anything in these rumored specs grab you? And for anything (battery size, screen size, etc…) that wasn’t specified in the leak, what would you hope to see Samsung do with the S6?