With Mobile World Congress (MWC) a little over a month away, it means that Samsung is gearing up to launch its latest all-singing, all-dancing flagship phone, the Galaxy S6. The rumour mill has already started, but the latest whispers from Korea say that the S6 might actually come with a glass or metal non-removable rear.
Samsung has always allowed users of its smartphones to change the battery themselves, simply by removing the back panel, but it seems that the new version may herald a change for the Galaxy lineup. Much like Apple’s iPhone, having a non-removable battery will annoy legions of users who like to keep a spare battery with them for times when you just can’t get to a charger.
We already know that there is likely to be two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 – the normal version, and the second one will be an enhanced “edge” version which has a wrap-around screen that extends to the sides of the device, much like the Galaxy Note Edge. The extra screen real estate is for things like notifications and alerts, and it already seems to have gone down well with most tech pundits.
Possible Galaxy S6 specs
According to our sources, the new information is from Korea Investment and Securities, who have in the past been fairly reliable in terms of Samsung-related predications. The device is also slated to come with a huge 4 Gigabytes (GB) of RAM and 5.5-inch QHD (1,440×2,560 pixels) screen. The same sources claim that the Galaxy S6 will boast a completely redesigned unibody metal frame, which would certainly appeal to those people who don’t like the plastic back on current models.
As for the camera, it looks as though the S6 may sport a decent 20 megapixel rear snapper and a good 5 megapixel front facing one. It was originally thought to have come with the latest 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (8 cores, and 4K video output capabilities), but Samsung may actually opt for their own custom Exynos 7420 octa-core CPU, as they have equipped some variants of the S5 with precursors to that chip.
Pretty much the entire tech industry expects the Samsung Galaxy S6 to be announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona, Spain between the 2nd and 5th of March. Whenever it ends up being released, Samsung will be hoping to pull of a more impressive event than last year’s lacklustre launch of the S5, after which the company reportedly sold 40% fewer of the devices than anticipated, contributing to a very tough year for the South Korean technology giant.
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