Not long ago, we passed along rumors of Samsung giving the Galaxy Note 5 phablet an early July launch in order to get a lead before Apple’s iPhone announcements in September. Acting swiftly, Samsung’s JK Shin dismissed them, saying that no, the Galaxy Note 5 is not going to be a summer hit. He didn’t say, however, that there are absolutely no other announcements coming in this quarter whatsoever! And if the latest rumors are anything to get by, Samsung might, in fact, throw Android fans a bone.
According to hdblog.it, a Galaxy S6 Plus is being primed for an announcement in the coming weeks. Allegedly, Samsung called this one “Project Zero 2” internally, but this will actually be a larger version of the Galaxy S6 edge, which will retain the dual curved screen edges. Other ties to the Note line-up, such as S-Pen functionality, haven’t been mentioned.
What’s essentially a Galaxy S6 edge “Grand” strikes us as a rather odd product choice from Samsung, especially considering the rumors of a dual-edged Galaxy Note 5 announcement in September. While the latter sounds logical, the former is plain weird, but Samsung wouldn’t release such a thing if it didn’t make sense inside the company.
With this in light, the Galaxy Note 5 is still expected to show up around the IFA Conference in September, wielding a thin profile, an S Pen, and possibly a 4K resolution display. The rumored spec sheet has already made the successor to the Galaxy Note 4 one of the most hyped smartphones this year, with virtually no advertisement from Samsung.
Samsung must be pretty annoyed that the Apple Watch just went up for preorder last night because otherwise it might be getting a lot more attention for its Galaxy S6 release. SamMobile has received some pictures of customers lining up outside the T-Mobile store in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and while they aren’t exactly iPhone 6-level big, they’re nonetheless substantial.
Cynics out there may try to claim these people are just being paid off by Samsung to stand in line. In reality, however, the Galaxy S6 is a Samsung phone that really does live up to the hype and is easily the best phone Samsung has ever made. So while waiting in long lines to buy a smartphone that you could just order online is a very silly thing to do, we aren’t too surprised people are doing it for the Galaxy S6.
Ironically, Apple this week has been discouraging people from waiting in line to get the Apple Watch and it isn’t even selling the device in stores — instead, you have to order them online. You can go into an Apple Store to try out the Apple Watch, of course, but even then Apple recommends that you make an appointment first.
A new rumor has surfaced claiming to give us the full spec list for the S6 Active. And to start with display size, saying it will sport a 5.1-inch QHD (2,560×1,440) panel as the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S6.
Moving on, we should also expect the successor to the Galaxy S5 Active to feature all of the other hardware innards of its non-rugged siblings, the S6 and S6 edge. So the same Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 16MP rear camera, and 5MP front snapper.
The one thing that will reportedly change is battery capacity, rumored to come in at a whopping 3,500 mAh. That’s more than what’s inside the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, so we’re a little wary of this particular detail – but hoping it will turn out to be right in the end.
The added ruggedness of the Active handset, coupled with the bigger battery has led to an increase in size compared to the Galaxy S6. The S6 Active will measure 146.9 x 73.6 x 8.8 mm, as opposed to 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm for the S6.
What isn’t clear yet is if the S6 Active will come with a microSD card slot and a removable battery, unlike the S6 and S6 edge. Though since it’s identical in every other respect, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. No detail has been revealed about how rugged it will be, but these things should surface soon now that the leaks have started in earnest.
Today’s rumor also confirms that AT&T will sell the Galaxy S6 Active, and that the model number of the device for that carrier will indeed be SM-G890A. The other versions should therefore be SM-G890x, with the final letter being different depending on region and/or carrier.
Who said that Samsung was struggling? The redesign of the manufacturer’s flagship phone turned out to be exactly what the doctor ordered as a report out of Korea claims that 20 million units of theSamsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge have been ordered. Breaking down the reservations, 15 million were for the Galaxy S6 while 5 million were for the model with the curved glass draping down both edges.
The 20 million units ordered represents a record for Samsung. The figures come from a leading executive at a major wireless carrier who obviously wishes to remain anonymous.
The executive said that he had a very high opinion of both handsets. The two devices were unveiled a week ago today at Barcelona and are expected to be released around the middle of next month.
Samsung Electronics mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun said that the response to the two new models has been much better than the response to the Samsung Galaxy S5. “To be honest, pre-orders of the two Galaxy variants from our major clients are really huge,” the executive said. It was the tepid response to last year’s model, not only from the carriers but from consumers, that led Samsung to start from scratch in redesigning its flagship phone.
Last year’s struggles with the Galaxy S5 coincided with a strong comeback year for Apple as the larger size of the screen on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus helped Apple sell a record 74.5 million units in the calendar fourth quarter of 2014. If the size of the orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are correct, it sounds like Samsung is back on track.
Purported live photos of Samsung Galaxy S6 made the rounds on the web. The Korean giant’s next flagship smartphone is scheduled to make its debut this Sunday, on March 1 alongside an Edge model with curved display.
The photos reveal Samsung’s new design language for the upcoming Galaxy S5 successor. The newcomer appears to sport metal frame with front and back covered by glass. Overall, the device looks like a massive step forward for the company in terms of design and tactility.
If the images are to be believed, Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer non-removable back cover. Its camera will be protruding, with the heart rate sensor sitting on its right side.
The SIM card slot of the smartphone is located on its right side, below the power/lock key. Its 3.5mm audio jack has been moved to the bottom this time around – there is nothing but an IR blaster, microphone pinhole, and antenna strips on top.
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