On 1st March 2015 5:30 PM GMT (6:30 PM CET), less than a year after the launch of the Galaxy S5, Samsung will be introducing the new generation of their smartphone with the Galaxy S6. What kind of changes can we expect? Will it be worth updating? Let’s analyse the rumours to find out!
Following the steps of its main competitor, it is very likely that the South Korean brand will release two versions of its new smartphone: the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. On pictures that have recently leaked, we can see both versions of the new phone presented next to each other. The main difference between these two devices is that the GS6 Edge (on the left) is said to feature a curved display.
Regarding the screen size, it is said that the GS6 shouldn’t have a bigger screen than its 5-inch previous version. The main difference will be the resolution: many sources indicate that the new generation will feature a 2K screen (2560 x 1440). This would be a very significant improvement to the GS5’s 1080p (1280 x 1080). According to Bloomberg, the main improvement for the GS6 will reside in the phone’s design. It has been said that the plastic body that was used for the last generations will disappear to give way to a wrapped metal edge with glass back. Such a design could easily include a dual curved-edge display such as featured on the Galaxy Note Edge, introduced last year.
Software and features
Samsung’s next flagship phone’s software should not be very different from its predecessor’s. But we can still expect some improvements with the TouchWiz interface (i.e. user interface) that is said to be more customisable and with less Samsung applications built-in. And of course, the new 5.0 Lollipop version of Android will bring major enhancements to both GS5 and GS6 interfaces. Earlier this month, Samsung Mobile’s twitter account released a promotional video with the hashtag #TheNextGalaxy confirming the shape of the GS6’s new camera and implying some of its new characteristics such as low-light photography.
What about wireless charging? Until today, all Samsung devices require a wireless receiver in order to be compatible with effortless and wireless chargers. However, recent speculations suggest that the Galaxy S6 will include Qi built-in. If this turns out to be true, Fonesalesman's QiStone+ and WoodPuck would be the perfect companion for any fledgling GS6 owner. Furthermore, built-in wireless charging could be a major improvement for Samsung’s flagship phone. And a significant step forward as it becomes a more accessible and effortless way to charge all sort of electronic devices.
The excitement surrounding the release of Samsung’s newborn is real and justified. It is extremely likely that the Galaxy S6 will outperform its precursor at all levels, but at what cost? What will happen to the durability, dropability and water resistance of the new samsung S6? Will the glass back allow users to access the battery? Many questions will still remain unanswered until Sunday...