What We Know: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors and leaks thus far (UDATE)

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Rather than passing along every single rumor that comes across our plate we’ve opted to cover only those devices that we find most relevant. To that end, the “What We Know” column aims to highlight the flagship smartphone models that are looming on the horizon.

What you’ll find below is a list of rumors, leaks, speculation, images, and other stuff that pertains to the Samsung Galaxy S6. We’ve done our best to gather up the juiciest stuff floating around, even if it conflicts with other reports. Unless otherwise noted, this is all to be considered unofficial and unconfirmed.

Note: this post will be updated continually until such time that the device is announced by Samsung.

Look

A number of accessory manufacturers have been slowly leaking product designs online, some possible on purpose. These images should give you a good sense as to what we might be looking at, more or less.

A SamMobile source claims the Edge (see below) screen will be “30 to 50 percent less curved” than that found on the Galaxy Note Edge. This is attributed to the device’s smaller size

Display

According to a BGR source, the screen will be 5.1-inches and will have a Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 557 pixels per inch. Like other recent models from different manufacturers, the screen should be protected by Gorilla Glass 4.

Skip below to the “Edge” section to learn about a potential variation that includes additional display space.

Camera

A tipster close to BGR says we should look for a 20-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and 5-megapixel (f/1.8) front-facing camera with real-time HDR.

Samsung has take to its SamsungTomorrow blog to spell out the future of its smartphone cameras. Considering the timing we’re 100% sure it’s a sign of what’s in store for the Galaxy S6.

A SamMobile report tells us the camera could use APIs which were introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop and offer a “Pro mode”. Allegedly, it will enable options to choose between three focus modes and possibly ab ability to save RAW images and control the shutter speed.

Internal Hardware

Details passed along to BGR suggest a 64-bit octa-core CPU is in order however it’s not clear as to who manufacturers the chip. According to a separate Bloomberg report, Samsung will not tap Qualcomm for its processors, citing overheating as an issue.

Qualcomm has confirmed that a flagship smartphone expected this year will no longer offer the Snapdragon 810 processor. Without mentioning which, it’s pretty much assumed it is the Galaxy S6.

Storage capacities are alleged to include 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB options, up from the previous generation’s offerings.

Battery, according to BGR, is listed at 2550mAh, and will include built-in wireless charging. What’s more, Quick connect charging should allow for four hours of usage of a simple ten-minute charge.

OS

We should expect Android 5.0 Lollipop with Samsung’s custom software touches, commonly referred to as TouchWiz.

According to a SamMobile report, Samsung could be stripping down the TouchWiz experience. Indicating that Samsung may remove features which can be later downloaded, the words “Near Nexus” are being tossed about.

Other Details

A source close to Korean outfit DDaily says the Samsung Galaxy S6 will feature glass on both the front and back, connected by a metal rim. Long-held rumors have suggested we could see a metallic design not unlike the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5, the next-gen model is not expected to be waterproof. Instead, we might look for the waterproof feature to be included in a variant; perhaps the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is in order. Other features tossed about the rumor mill include Cat 6 LTE support as well as Samsung Pay.

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Colors

Samsung will offer the Galaxy S6 in no less than four colors, reports SamMobile. Allegedly, the options will include dark blue (like that in the Galaxy A series), blue-green, gold, and white.

Galaxy S6 “Edge” Variant

Details stemming from SamMobile indicate Samsung will offer a variation of the Galaxy S6 that offers dual edge displays. Like the Galaxy Note Edge, these extra bits of screen will bleed over to the side of the device and allow for extra functionality.

Glance Lighting… will light up the Edge area when you receive a call or notifications, when you turn your device over… option to choose favorite contacts and an ability to assign specific colours to them… Calls and notifications… show designated color lighting…

According to Bloomberg, Samsung plans to introduce two models of Galaxy S6. One will be more traditional while the other features a display covering three sides.

Launch

As was the case with last year’s flagship release, the Galaxy S6 could be introduced at a Samsung Unpacked event. According to Chinese outlet The Chosun Ilbo, March 2 could be a possible launch date.

Invitations sent out in early February indicate Samsung will debut the device, and a possible variant, at an Unpacked conference scheduled for March 1.

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