Samsung has been counting on 2015 to be a significant year for the company as the smartphone business has been losing ground to Chinese smartphone makers over the last 12-months. Now, the latest leak of specs suggest that the Galaxy S6 will be coming with the outright intent of being the best smartphone on the market – no matter the operating system.
A screenshot from AnTuTu shows the display of the specifications that the device is bringing to the table. The device is called SM-G925F, and many consider it to likely be the successor to the Galaxy S5. According to the rumors, the device features a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. This particular model is powered by a 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7420 processor. However, many still believe that some regions of the world will see the device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. The device is running Android 5.0 Lollipop and depending on who you ask – has a rear-facing camera ranging between 16-20-megapixels. The front-facing camera on the Galaxy S6 is rumored to be 5-megapixels.
This the device that Samsung has been calling “Project Zero,” and promised its customers a complete redesign of the flagship smartphone. The design improvements include a move to an aluminum design that will get away from the plastic bodied smartphones that Samsung’s customers have grown tired of. There will also be a second device that will be launching – and it would appear to be happening simultaneously as of now.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will likely launch at the same time as the Galaxy S6 and while that has been confusing to some – others have pointed out that it is exactly the type of approach that smartphone competitor Apple took when launching the iPhone 6. It’s unclear what the specifications of the Galaxy S6 Edge will bring, but we could assume a different processor variant possibly – since Samsung is already batting around a couple of options for the Galaxy S6 – and even a slightly larger screen. That though is speculation, and nothing will be certain until the device is unveiled or launched.
Speculation right now is that the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge would launch in early March. The other two major flagships are expected to launch in the spring of 2015 as well. The LG G4 – successor to the G3 – will likely launch in May according to speculation right now, and will feature a 4K super AMOLED 5.9-inch display, 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and bring 4GB of RAM to the table. The device will likely come with traditional storage options like 32GB and 64GB with expandable memory possible.
Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra could be announced as early as January – but then not launch until later as spring approaches, or actually starts. The Z4 Ultra will likely feature a 5.95-inch display with QuadHD 2,880×1,440 pixel resolution, and according to Sony, this will be the thinnest smartphone the company has ever designed. A 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and 4GB of RAM and most will begin to see a pattern developing.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched to enter themselves into the phablet market and increase the performance of a smartphone that size. Now, Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, will be working to make the iPhone 6 obsolete, and be a killer to iPhone sales next year. However, while that is entirely possible many are speculating that the launch of the flagship Android devices produced by Sony, LG and Samsung could possibly see a delay with issues surrounding the Snapdragon 810 processor. Though none of the devices have been announced, and it’s entirely possible that those devices are launched without any issue – the point that rumors have been swirling around that as well does beg a few questions.