US Carriers teases the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6!

Samsung Galaxy S6 photo leak T-Mobile

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.

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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.

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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:

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Leaked photo shows the Samsung Galaxy Edge (Dual Edged) and the Galaxy S6!

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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.

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Leaked Photo: Five phones that appear to be the Galaxy S6 and its dual-edged version, called Galaxy Edge.

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.

edge-promo-comparisonOne 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.

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Samsung used the Galaxy A5 and A3 to set the world record for the most selfies taken in 24 hoursSamsung 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.

This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 – according to case maker Spigen!

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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?

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Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G925F) Specs leak!

Samsung, and really any modern smartphone or hardware manufacturer nowadays, has issues with keeping certain things a secret. One of those things is the specifications of their to-be-announced and still highly-rumored semi-annual flagship devices. The Galaxy Note 4 lived up to the rumors and surprised us with an Edge version, which features an angled, curved display on the right edge to give the user some extra functionality and free up the phone’s main display. Now, with the Galaxy S6, which we just got a big leak regarding, has a set of rumors attached, and have since the day after the Note 4’s announcement at IFA in Berlin a few months ago. Let’s cover the rumors, but start out with the leak.

The leak is AnTuTu. Not the app or test, but the results for a device labeled the SM-G925F. Yeah, now we have at least an in-testing version of what could be, based on sequential device model numbers, a European model of a Galaxy S6. How these make it online is beyond me, but who cares when you know what you are about to. First, the screen of the hypothetical S6: QuadHD, spread across 5.5 inches. That’s gorgeous and only slightly smaller than the Galaxy Note 4, which will result in a slightly higher pixel density. Crisper images and a likely smaller frame: good to hear.

Next up is the camera realm. Well, we know that both photographers and selfie-nuts exist and buy at least some of Samsung’s devices, so this will come as little surprise. The front-facing camera is apparently at 5 megapixels, making for a great-resolution shot of you, your friends, and your best silly expression(s). The back camera, however, is a more drastic and meaningful improvement and increase. It comes in at 20 megapixels, which likely means that it will be using one of Sony’s camera sensors, which have graced Sony’s Xperia line of devices for years. 20 megapixels compounded with Samsung’s AMOLED display (which will likely be QuadHD, as we said), and the Korean company’s great HDR processing will make for killer photographs on this hypothetical device.

Next up is the operating system, and this is the most underwhelming part. The device that was tested has Lollipop, Android 5.0, running on it, so the Android Runtime (ART) will help the speed of the animations, as well as this being the initial software on the phone will help keep the device smooth for the first six months. This is just great news, since Samsung will get to show off native Touchwiz-pop in its announcement presentation this spring.

Now comes the fun part, especially for anyone that knows Samsung and its Exynos line of processors.  Yeah, since it’s European in existence, as it sits right now, it will feature an Exynos processor, meaning Samsung gets to show off proudly with this phone. The processor according to AnTuTu’s readout is an Exynos 7420. Familiar with the naming and model number? Well, we are and will gladly explain. The Exynos 7 is the latest generation of Samsung chips, and it features two huge improvements over Samsung’s Exynos 5 line. First, it has a 64-bit architecture, so it will be future-ready. And secondly, it features, as we saw in the international Galaxy Alpha, simultaneous multi-processing, which is fancy-talk for ‘use all eight cores at the same time’. A true octa-core performance machine, with this one ranging from 400 Mhz (0.4 Ghz) up to 1800 Mhz (1.8 Ghz), so it’s humble but capable. The Exynos 7420 is a great looking chip on paper, so it should not come close to disappointing if it does in fact come in the hypothetical Galaxy S6.

Galaxy S6 AnTuTu LeakNow, the last few bits are also from AnTuTu, but less fun to hear. The SM-G925F has a 32 GB internal storage capacity, as well as a greatly appreciated 3 GB of RAM to back up the 64-bit 7420 processor and all eight of its cores. It’ll be great to have a 64-bit device meant for consumers with enough RAM to help out the coming stream of 64-bit-compatible apps and things in Android’s future and marketplace.

With all of that in mind, what do you think? Might the device be enough to make people drop their hope for a HTC device that won’t be an ‘M’ device, and disregard the metal-love, because it will likely have the Note 4’s aluminium frame and chassis? I certainly see the potential for a great device, as well as a huge competition flag to set at the beginning of another great year for Android devices. Would you pick this up if it also got a variant for LTE markets using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and the next Adreno GPU? Would you consider it if there was in fact the rumored ‘Galaxy S6 Edge’ sister device at launch or even a few weeks after? Think this device will get Samsung some of its prestige and popularity back? Let us know down below.

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