BUILD: VERY METAL
The world keeps questioning when Samsung will ditch polycarbonate (that’s “plastic” to you and us) and be part of the likes of Apple, Sony and HTC in delivering a flagship phone with a slinky metallic or glass physique – and but the company doesn’t appear to take the hint.
There’s nothing incorrect with plastic smartphones per se. Nokia’s higher-end Lumia Home windows Phones are plastic and quite glorious, as iPhone 5c and new HTC Desire Eye, however the Galaxy S vary has at all times fallen just a little in need of expected standards. That could and should change with the samsung Galaxy S6.
Some sources have hinted at a ‘more premium build’ for the galaxy S6, with Samsung going for an aluminium construct, and even utilizing super-advanced material graphene (which the company has found a solution to manufacture in better quantities than beforehand). Whereas the latter can be a daring, memorable transfer, it’d most likely push the S6’s manufacturing prices a bit too excessive, and to be sincere at this level we’d be proud of metallic reasonably than one other year of uninspiring plastic.
We’d additionally count on to see some measure of mud and waterproofing. The S5 is sealed in opposition to the weather, and its successor is bound to observe. It’d even kick issues up a notch so you may take it even deeper ‘neath the waves: bumping the spec to IP68 from the S5’s IP67 ranking would imply you may fully immerse the phone for a protracted time period with out water getting inside. No extra determined luggage of rice and crossed fingers in case your phone tumbles into the tub or the bathroom.
The render above is an idea created by 3g.co.uk. It is only one instance of what the Galaxy S6 may seem like, however for now, we’re restricted to speculation and guesswork. Till the rumour mill delivers more , that is.
SCREEN: TIME FOR 2K?
The Galaxy S5 has a very solid display: 5.1in; 1080p decision; AMOLED technology. We like its lush, vibrant colors rather a lot – however we very a lot doubt Samsung will keep it up for the S6.
The corporate’s nice Korean rival LG has already launched a phone with a 2K display (the G3’s show has a grand complete of 2560 x 1440 pixels), you see, and Samsung likes to be seen to be outdoing – or no less than matching – its compatriot. We predict the possibilities of a 2K display screen making its means into the S6 are very excessive certainly, particularly because the Note 4 2K display screen proves that Samsung’s obtained the aptitude to churn them out.
The display screen will in all probability get a slight measurement bump too, however perhaps not an excessive amount of. It would not wish to compete with its Word 4 brother, in any case.
We’d personally be more than pleased with 2K and 5.2in – going any bigger risks making the cellphone too large for the fingers of regular of us and going sharper strikes us as pixel overkill on a display screen this measurement, particularly as extra pixels require extra power and put extra strain on the battery.
CURVED SCREEN? SURE, WHY NOT
The Note 4 Edge (pictured above) has a curved display, with the precise of the show bending around previous the edge of the device.
It isn’t that uncommon to entertain the opportunity of Samsung blessing the Galaxy S6 with an identical display screen.
The chief Observe Edge designer Kim Na-su himself lately said that “a change within the platform can result in a wide range of new issues [and] a curved display screen is a giant resolution for overcoming these challenges”.
Jerry Kang, a senior analyst at IHD has beforehand acknowledged that the Galaxy S6 can have a dual-edged display which curves on each side.
Add the entire above collectively, and curved display within the subsequent Samsung flagship might be an actual risk.
POWER: QUAD-CORE, YOU KNOW THE SCORE
Many are predicting that the samsung Galaxy S6 will include a brand new Qualcomm chipset – both the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Each are quad-core, 64-bit and extra highly effective on paper than any smartphone processor on the time of writing, and we’d be fairly happy to see both of them on the S6 (they appear more likely to require extra energy than the S5’s Snapdragon 801, nevertheless, which might put further pressure on the battery life – see under for extra on that), particularly in the event that they have been paired with no less than 3GB of RAM.
Samsung has type in launching its flagship phones with octo-core Exynos chipsets too, albeit not within the UK. Whereas 8 cores may sound twice as powerful as 4, in actuality it doesn’t fairly work like that: in benchmarks, the Exynos-equipped S5 solely performs marginally better than the Snapdragon 801-equipped S5. We predict Samsung can keep on with a quad-core Snapdragon 808 or 810 and nonetheless provide the efficiency a phone just like the S6 would require.
We’ll speak about storage right here too. If it goes down the removeable backplate design route, Samsung is more likely to help expandable storage by way of microSD, and thus the constructed-in storage doesn’t must be huge – let’s say 32GB. If, nonetheless, the phone is has a metallic unibody design and memory isn’t user-increasable, we’d wish to see 64GB and possibly even 128GB as an choice, simply to maintain tempo with the Apple iPhone 6. And Samsung does prefer to be seen to be making an attempt to maintain up with Apple.
BATTERY: BIGGER AND BETTER
The Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery that matches as much as nearly all of its Android rivals by lasting round a day in regular use circumstances (however not all: the Sony Xperia Z3lasts at the very least half a day longer battery life), and it holds an advantage over most too in that it’s person replaceable. If Samsung decides to go together with a seamless metallic physique that would change, and if it does we’d prefer to see higher battery life, both owing to a bigger battery capability or elevated effectivity.
The LG G3 has a 5.5in 2K display screen and markedly longer battery life than the 5.1in, 1080p Galaxy S5, so it’s actually possible for Samsung to enhance its energy effectivity. A lot of it will rely on the processor it chooses for the galaxy S6, and if that’s the Snapdragon 808 or 810, neither appears prone to provide decrease power use than the S5’s Snapdragon 805. So it may effectively be that a bigger battery is required.
After all, Samsung might need to retain its user replaceable battery selling level, during which case it’ll in all probability hint that these looking for extra battery life might merely purchase a second battery to hold round with them.
CAMERA: BETTER IN LOW LIGHT, PLEASE
Had been we betting sorts, we’d put a big wedge on the S6’s digicam outstripping the S5’s in relation to megapixel depend. The S5 has a 16MP sensor, and we’d be shocked if the S6 doesn’t take issues above 20MP.
However megapixels alone don’t make a great picture, and we’d a lot somewhat see some measures taken to spice up efficiency in low mild situations: bigger megapixels (Apple’s favoured methodology), optical picture stabilisation, a wider aperture, or a mix of these. Optical picture stabilisation is a definite risk, we’d say, as Samsung has already used it within the Galaxy Notice four.
We’re not personally a lot inclined to take selfies, however we hear plenty of “the people” are, and Samsung could properly try to entice them to the S6 with the next decision entrance-going through digicam. The HTC Need Eye manages to squeeze a 13MP snapper on its front aspect, and whereas we wouldn’t expect (or need) Samsung to go to these lengths, we wouldn’t be surprised to see one thing within the 7 or 8MP range.
RELEASE DATE: NO HANGING ABOUT
With Mobile World Congress 2015 operating from 2nd-fifth March, we’d count on Samsung to make its massive Galaxy S6 reveal round that point (March/April is the interval when Samsung historically unveils its flagship Galaxy S units). Value-clever, we’d anticipate it to be on a par with earlier Galaxy S fashions – so don’t anticipate it to be low cost and don’t anticipate it to be vastly pricier than the £579 the S5 price at launch.
As is conventional in Android circles, we additionally count on to see many a leak in regards to the S6 between now and its possible launch date. So keep visit compsmag.com for all of the information as we get it.