What do we have here? Yes, that is what appears to be the best teaser photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 we’ve seen yet, as found on the T-Mobile website.
The page itself on the T-Mobile site offers little more than the image, embellished by the cheeky words “Six Appeal,” and a note to check back on March 1st. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Samsung will be officially announcing their latest flagship device next week, and that U.S. consumers will be able to at least pre-register, if not pre-order, from T-Mobile without delay after the announcement.
The device we are seeing in the T-Mobile image, appears to be the Edge variant of the device. With the curved sides of the display that wrap around just a little way. There is a touch of class borrowed from the Galaxy Note 4 here as well. Just look at that backing, that appears to be metal, and the shiny chromed metal looking ring garnishing the glass of the display, looks like metal to me.
Here’s the same device in AT&T blue, from here. Coming Spring 2015. Verizon red and Sprint yellow shouldn’t be far behind.
Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Sprint has now put up the same image.. now we’re just waiting to see if Verizon follows suit:
*Throws metal strips in saltwater, changes world forever*
A new Google Doodle is celebrating what would have been the 270th birthday of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, who in the year 1800 published a theory that led to the modern battery.
As TIME wrote back in 2007, Volta “realized metals could produce a current and developed the first battery, or ‘voltaic pile,’ a series of copper and zinc strips in salt water that gave off an electric current instead of static electricity.”
Born February 18, 1745 in Como, Italy, Volta’s invention was the result of a professional competition with Luigi Galvani, who discovered that dissected frogs’ legs would twitch when probed with a wire.
Galvani believed the frogs’ muscles generated the electricity, while Volta thought the animal tissue was only a conductor.
The debate galvanized Volta to experiment with conductivity (often on his own tongue). Eventually, Volta put together a stack of metal disks and when metal wires were connected to both ends of the stack, an electric current flowed through the pile, proving that animal tissue was not necessary to generate an electric current.
The Google Doodle honors Volta’s discovery with an animated battery that is reminiscent of both a voltaic pile and a battery life reminder on a modern day smart phone.
ZDNet Korea and CNET Korea have obtained an exclusive photo from sources at South Korean distributors of Samsung Electronics’ handsets of what looks like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 “Edge”.
The photo shows five phones with “Galaxy S6″ and “Galaxy Edge” written at the top-right side.
First, from left, is what appears to be a coverless standard Galaxy S6, while the second is the flagship phone wrapped in covers made by Verus, a top South Korean smartphone cover maker.
The fourth, and a fifth lying down, shows phones that are edged on the side. The photo confirms that the Edge version of the S6 will be dual edged: On the fourth, the right side is edged, and the fifth shows that the left side is edged, which means that both sides are wrapped by the display.
The fifth phone shows that the bezel — which looks metallic and quite thick — of the visible edged side, unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, is protruding outwards. This seems to indicate that the fork-looking silver line shown in Samsung’s recently sent invitation was the hint for the particular wraparound design of the Edge.
The physical home button is still very much alive, it seems, while the glimpse of the fifth phone shows that the front of the S6 will resemble its predecessors the S5, S4, and S3.
The image strikingly resembles recently leaked schematics of the S6 from SamMobile, if it was fleshed out.
It is unclear from the photo whether the S6 and its edged brother are fully metal, or whether it will be unibody. But it is clear that the outer rims are metal, much like the S5.
One of the sources told ZDNet Korea that South Korean smartphone case makers are already mass producing cases for the S6 and its edged version based on the phones themselves and metal moulds of them provided by Samsung.
Separately, Samsung insiders have told ZDNet Korea that the “Edge” version of the Galaxy S6 will be dual edged, and that the edged sides will be symmetrical. It will also use aluminium.
Samsung SDI said it is ramping up production of polyester batteries for unspecified clients.
Some believe this is an indication that the S6 will be unibody and will pack a polyester battery. A Verus spokesperson declined to comment.
Samsung spokespersons were unavailable for comment at the time of writing.
Samsung used the Galaxy A5 and A3 to set the world record for the most selfies taken in 24 hours
Samsung recently tried to break the Guinness World Record for the most selfies taken in one day (24 hours), and, with the help of its Galaxy A5 and A3, it succeeded. The attempt took place in South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), following the launch of the two Galaxy A series smartphones there.
Obviously, Samsung invited regular people to join the selfie madness and help it break the record. In the end, 12,803 selfies were snapped with Samsung’s Galaxy A handsets – almost 3,000 more over the previous record. During the attempt, Samsung gave away 100 Galaxy A handsets and lots of selfie sticks to encourage people to participate.
Samsung has become one of the best at keeping its phone designs a secret up until they take the wraps off of them at an official unveiling. They are without a doubt better at it than HTC and Apple. Over the last couple of years, designs for the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series have floated about before the phones are announced, but few have been credible. So what do we make of theGalaxy S6 cases that popular casemaker, Spigen, has posted to its Amazon sales pages? Well, they have been right in the past when it comes to giving us hints and silhouettes of yet-to-be-announced phones. Are they right again?
For some background, understand that casemakers often get molds or specs of upcoming devices long before they are announced, so that they can have their related products ready for launch. When a casemaker posts up a case for sale of an unreleased device, we would imagine that they are basing their renders off of something semi-realistic.
And again, Spigen has been doing this for years. They tend to post up cases of unreleased devices well ahead of official announcements, more than likely to get their name in headlines (hey, success again!) and their products pre-ordered.
But here’s the thing – they outed design elements in the Nexus 5, HTC One (M8), and LG G3 that turned out to be correct. In fact, they completely outed the dimensions and design of the G3 before LG made it official. They do have a decent track record at giving us glimpses of phones before they are supposed to.
So what about these new “Galxay S6″ cases? Tough to say. A couple of blurry cam photos have surfaced within the last couple of days that look like the phones Spigen is using. The camera and flash/heartrate sensor are in the spots that Spigen is showing here. To me, though, the rest of the phone just looks like a Galaxy S5, which Samsung seems to have said they will move far from using new materials and an innovative design. Nothing seems innovative or new about this, other than the camera situation.
What do you think – is this what the Galaxy S6 will look like, or is Spigen just trying to make headlines again?