Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours
For the first time with the S6 we will see Samsung address the plastic build quality concerns and ditch the bloatware. The super-slim Galaxy S6 will be significantly faster than anything before it, and come with a gorgeous Quad HD screen. It's got Six Appeal. Here we find out when is the Samsung Galaxy S6 coming out, and round up the GS6 UK release date, price and specs rumours. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge UK release date, price and specs, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active UK release date price and specs, and Samsung Galaxy S6 mini UK release date, price and specs predictions
Here's where you can find out first about the Galaxy S6: Samsung Galaxy S6 launch live video stream: Unpacked 2015 at MWC.
Samsung Galaxy S6: Samsung responds to S6 hype
The web is awash with Samsung Galaxy S6 hype right now, and Samsung is clearly enjoying the attention. It's unveiled its Is This The Next? website which in essence takes the mick out of all those S6 enthusiasts. We're not annoyed, though, Samsung - you made us smile.
Samsung Galaxy S6 UK release date: When is the Samsung Galaxy S6 coming out?
Samsung, like other hardware manufacturers, has got into a rhythm of launching a new flagship smartphone once per year. As with previous Samsung Galaxy S-series smartphones, we expected the Samsung Galaxy S6 to be unveiled the day before MWC 2015. This has since been confirmed with invites sent out for a 1 March 2015 Samsung Unpacked event at 18:30 CET. Also see: What to expect from MWC 2015.
PhoneArena has a memo from Samsung suggesting a release date (on sale) of 22 March for the Galaxy S6. Another date, 19 April, looks a likely release date for the Galaxy S6 Edge.
As with the HTC One M9, Carphone Warehouse is taking pre-registration for what it is calling 'New Samsung Galaxy'. "Get ready for What's Next. Leave your details with us and we'll let you know everything that happens at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on 1st March," it says.
T-Mobile is also allowing prospective purchasers to register their interest, and it's showing the clearest image of the new handset yet, with a clear edge to the screen.
Samsung Galaxy S6 UK: Teaser videos
As well as the video at the top of the page, Samsung has release another teaser video. This time saying 'I'm crafted from the beautiful things I see around me' and 'They shape who I am'. It doesn't give much away but there are hints of glass, metal and a thin design. Watch it below.
Today (23 Feb) Samsung has unveiled a third video teaser, shown below.
Samsung Galaxy S6 UK price: How much will the Samsung Galaxy S6 cost?
Samsung tends to stick to the same pricing for its Galaxy smartphones, which means we expect the S6 to come in at £549 SIM-free. This price will drop below £500 within months, and this time next year will be closer to £400. According to Android Pit, the Galaxy S6 will start at 749 Euro which is around £565. See below for all the rumoured prices. Also see: Best smartphones 2015 and Best Android phones 2015.
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB: 749 Euro
Samsung Galaxy S6 64GB: 849 Euro
Samsung Galaxy S6 128GB: 949 Euro
Online price-comparison site Idealo suggests consumers may be best off waiting a while to buy the S6, however, with prices expected to drop by 17 percent within three months and 28 percent within six months.
Samsung Galaxy S6: What does the lightning bolt mean?
As you may have noticed from the video at the top and Samsung's twitter account, the firm has suddenly started using a unexplained lightning bolt symbol in relation to 'TheNextGalaxy'. Well here's what it could mean.
As we mention below, it is thought Samsung will use its own Exynos 7 processor instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. It is mass producing the 14nm chips and, in theory, would see a nice performance and battery life boost for the Galaxy S6. A lightning bolt is a good symbol for both of those things.
If you stack the number '7' on top of another you get something which looks very similar to the lightning bolt which Samsung is using in its marketing material.
Samsung Galaxy S6: Specs
Plenty of whispers are circulating the rumour mill on what specs and features the Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer. We've listed these below.
Samsung Galaxy S6 screen
The Samsung Galaxy S6 will, in common with all other Galaxy S-series smartphones before it, feature a Super AMOLED screen. This was expected to get a size and resolution bump to 5.5in and Quad-HD (1440x2560, 534ppi). The latter is all the more likely since Samsung introduced Quad-HD in its Note 4, but the latest leaked image (below) suggests the screen will be 5in. Expect it to come protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
A variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6, known as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, is tipped to arrive with a curved-edge screen. This will be similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, but both left and right edges will have the curved edge. The imagery used on the invitation for Unpacked 2015 seems to back up this curved-screen theory. Read more about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge here.
Samsung Galaxy S6 design and build
Just a few days from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 photos are pouring in. First we saw these shots from All About Samsung, which confirm the Galaxy S6 will have a 5in screen (visit the site for more photos).
Next up came photos of the S6 and S6 Edge lying side by side, leaked via the XDA Developers forum.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was slammed by critics with its plastic build, but it appears Samsung is taking steps to rectify this. Both Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Alpha have featured a metal chassis with removable rear covers, and it's likely this is something we'll see continued in the Samsung Galaxy S6 - especially if the image below leaked from CNET picturing the S6 and S6 Edge is anything to go by.
This wasn't the first image we've seen to back up the metal design theory, either. NoWhereElse has been a particularly prolific poster of metal-design Samsung Galaxy S6 photos, some of which are shown below.
Yet another leak gives us the best look at the Galaxy S6 yet with press renders at the same angles which Samsung always uses. The leak comes via underkg which also touts dimensions of 71 x 143 x 6.9 mm. The third image shows how similar the Galaxy S6 looks to the iPhone 6 with rounded sides, drilled speaker holes, a central microUSB port and headphone jack.
New renders of the Samsung Galaxy S6 from case make OBLIQ (via BGR) reveal a super-slim 6.9mm handset.
A mystery device with slim bezels and a half-metal frame shown in Samsung's own How to set-up Samsung My KNOX video could also be the Samsung Galaxy S6 (source).
AndroidPit claims two Samsung Galaxy S6 designs are in the works - one the aforementioned half-metal, half-plastic device, and the other a metal unibody device similar to the iPhone. If Samsung goes down the unibody road it risks angering fans by making the battery non-removable. And that is a distinct possibility, given that Sammobile says the rear of the S6 and S6 Edge is the same colour as the phone itself.
They are more likely to be upset by the fact this non-removable battery will also have a lower capacity, however. Rumour has it Samsung will drop 200mAh from the 2800mAh seen in the S5 to 2600mAh in the S6 (source). That said, with a more energy-efficient processor and slimmed-down TouchWiz we could even see some gains in battery performance.
At the rear expect to find the same heart-rate sensor as on the S5, while the fingerprint scanner at the front will be replaced with a new touch- rather than swipe-style scanner (source). The S6 will, like the Note 4, also feature a UV scanner.
According to GSMArena, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be available in Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue and Shimmery White.
Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked case designs and what they tell us
Several Samsung Galaxy S6 case designs have been leaked and are already available to buy, some of which are shown below. All seem to reveal that the Samsung Galaxy S6's dual-LED flash has been moved to the other side of the camera, and that the phone will feature separate volume up/down buttons. The headphone port placement also differs, and there are no longer cut-outs at the back of the case for the speakers - have these been moved to the Samsung Galaxy S6's front?
Assuming the speaker has moved to the front of the phone, this adds weight to the theory that Samsung is targetting audiophiles with its Galaxy S6. The smartphone is also expected to be bundled with Sennheiser earbuds.
Samsung Galaxy S6 concept images and video
Samsung Galaxy S6 processor, memory and storage
The Samsung Galaxy S6 was originally expected to be sold in the UK with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, but overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810 has allegedly led Samsung to shun Qualcomm in favour of its own Exynos 7420 chip in 90 percent of Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets at launch. Once Qualcomm has ironed out problems with the 810 it will gradually replace the Exynos in newer batches of the Samsung Galaxy S6. In its latest earnings call Qualcomm suggested it had lost a big client, which could well be Samsung.
The Exynos 7420 is a 64-bit chip with four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A57 cores.
On the storage front, the phone is rumoured to come in 32-, 64- and 128 GB models. Samsung is likely to equip the Galaxy S6 with 3GB of RAM, plus a microSD slot that accepts up to 128GB.
Samsung Galaxy S6 performance
A new leak from Antutu suggests the Samsung Galaxy S6 with a 2.1GHz Exynos 7420, 3GB of RAM and Mali-T760 GPU has scored a staggering 60,978 points in Antutu, which is way higher than anything we've seen from the Snapdragon 810 (source).
Samsung Galaxy S6 cameras
The majority of the rumours suggest the Samsung Galaxy S6 will feature a 20Mp rear camera. Indeed, a Sammobile insider claims to have seen a prototype of the device with a 20Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera.
Samsung Galaxy S6 other specifications
According to GSMArena, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will also feature dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and an IR blaster.
Samsung Galaxy S6 software
Samsung's Galaxy S6 will come running Android Lollipop, which has already been seen on the S5. We also expect to find a newly slimmed-down TouchWiz UI. According to Sammobile TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 is amazingly fast when compared to the Note 4, and it adopts many of the animations and effects introduced with Lollipop.
The Samsung Galaxy S6's TouchWiz interface will be stripped right back, removing unnecessary features to offer a stock Android-like experience as found on the Nexus 6. Samsung will make many of its add-on apps available as downloads rather than pre-installing them, such as S Note, S Health and S Voice.
TouchWiz will be "near-stock" and include Microsoft apps such as OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile and Skype, along with a free Office365 subsription.
Other changes to TouchWiz include the enhanced themes detailed below, a choice of 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 icon layouts for the app drawer, and a "green as grass" dialler.
Samsung Galaxy S6 new payment system
According to GSMArena, the Korean media is reporting that Samsung has lined up Visa to work alongside it in creating a new payments system for the Galaxy S6. It will be similar to Apple Pay, but use LoopPay technology. This payments system will also be available on the Galaxy S5 and Note 4.
Samsung has now announced that it is acquiring payments startup making this look all the more likely.
Samsung Galaxy S6 software: enhanced themes
According to Sammobile, Samsung is prioritising enhanced themes customisation with future devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S6. A Themes Center will let you change system sounds, fonts and Events (such as Christmas or Valentine's Day).
There will also be a Themes Store, which has the following icon:
Samsung Galaxy S6 accessories
Sammobile has leaked the following list of accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S6.
- • EF-CG920B — Zero-F S View Cover Case
- • EP-PG920I — Zero-Flat S Charger Pad Power
- • EF-WG920B — Zero-F Flip Wallet Case
- • ET-FG920C — Zero-F Screen protector ETC
- • EF-YG920B — Zero-F Protective Cover [PULeather] Case
- • EF-QG920B — Zero-F Protective Cover [Clear] Case
- • EF-YG925BMEBUS — Zero Protective Cover [PULeather] Case
- • EF-WG925BSEBUS — Zero Flip Wallet Case PVR
- • EF-QG925BGEGWW — Zero Protective Cover [Clear]Case
The Samsung Galaxy S6 will also be sold with Sennheiser earbuds, according to Sammobile, in a bid to appease audiophiles. The earbuds reportedly look similar to those supplied with the Amazon Fire Phone and the Apple EarPods. They will also feature apt-X, which may mean they work wirelessly.
Furthermore, Sammobile says accessories will be the S6's strongest suit. You'll be able to purchase add-ons that let you monitor your blood sugar and upload that data to the cloud for a doctor to view, get a secondary E Ink display for reading books, and there will be detachable lenses that turn the Galaxy S6 into the Galaxy S6 K Zoom. Other accessories in the works are said to include sports equipment such as bicycles and steppers.
Sammobile also claims the S6 and S6 Edge will support Samsung's Gear VR.
Samsung Galaxy S6 model names
Upleaks has published the following list of model numbers for the Galaxy S6:
SM-G9200 – China
SM-G9208 – China
SM-G9209 – China
SM-G920A – AT&T
SM-G920D – NTT DOCOMO
SM-G920F – A lot of countries/regions
SM-G920I – A lot of countries/regions
SM-G920K – KT
SM-G920L – LG Telecom
SM-G920M – Brazil
SM-G920P – Sprint
SM-G920R – US Cellular
SM-G920S – SK Telecom
SM-G920T – T-Mobile US
SM-G920V – Verizon
SM-G920W – Canada etc
SM-G920X – Demo Only, not for public
SM-G9250 – China
SM-G925A – AT&T
SM-G925D – NTT DOCOMO
SM-G925F – A lot of countries/regions
SM-G925I – A lot of countries/regions
SM-G925J – KDDI
SM-G925K – KT
SM-G925L – LG Telecom
SM-G925P – Sprint
SM-G925R – US Cellular
SM-G925S – SK Telecom
SM-G925T – T-Mobile US
SM-G925V – Verizon
SM-G925W – Canada etc
SM-G925X – Demo Only, not for public
Samsung Galaxy S6 support
According to Sammobile, support pages for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have now appeared on Samsung's Swedish and Finnish websites, confirming their existence.
Samsung Galaxy S6 to come with StoreDot super-fast-charging technology?
That'll be a no, but it would be cool if it did.
StoreDot's FlashBattery, which is able to fully charge your phone in one minute, is much thicker than same-capacity lithium batteries used in smartphones. Right now it wouldn't be able to get you through the day without several recharges, although StoreDot has given itself a 2017 goal to match the size and capacity of lithium-ion.
Sure, it's interesting to note that the FlashBattery was on show by appointment only at the same tradeshow that the Samsung Galaxy S6 was rumoured to be available for private viewings: CES 2015. StoreDot also used a Samsung Galaxy S5 on which to demonstrate its tech. And it said it was in talks with all the big players at CES 2015. But, let's use some common sense here: it probably just used the S5 because, unlike many of its rivals, its battery is removable.
So while you will likely see this super-fast charging tech in future Galaxy devices, it certainly won't be in the S6. Check out the video below to see how it works.