Samsung to unpack its new flagship smartphone Galaxy S6

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Manufacturer will take the wraps off the much-anticipated Galaxy S6, and could spring a surprise with the Galaxy Note 6 Edge

It’s almost certain that Samsung will unveil its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, and possibly a variant with a new concept, the Galaxy S6 Edge at its ‘Unpacked’ launch event.

Following the unveiling of the Galaxy S5 at last year’s MWC, the S6 is expected to feature a number of modifications as it looks to arrest sliding market share which fell 8.8 per cent in Q4 2014 to 20.01 per cent (according to preliminary forecasts from IDC).

Leaked images have suggested that for the first time, the manufacturer’s flagship smartphone be cased in premium metal rather than plastic, as seen on the S5.

It would follow a trend of Samsung giving its mid-to-high-end smartphones a more premium feel, as it debuted this finish on the Galaxy Alpha last year, following this up with metal finishes on the Note 4 and the recently announced A3 and A5 smartphones.

The S6, which could be released as early as the end of March in an attempt to boost much-needed sales and market share, could come with the same 5.1-inch touchscreen as the S5 although some reports have suggested a bigger 5.5-inch quad HD display, running the latest version of Google’s operating system, Lollipop 5.0.

It will also likely see a major change to the processing chip. Samsung is likely to use its own 64-bit octo core Exynes processor and ditch the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor after reports of heat omission problems in laboratory testing for the latter.

The Galaxy S6 is also rumored to have an improved camera of 20 megapixels – up from 16 megapixels on the S5, a five megapixel front camera, 4k video recording, 3GB of RAM and different variants featuring internal memory of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, all expandable with a microSD card.

A rumored 2,550mAh battery has been suggested and although this seems small compared to most smartphone heavyweights, it is said the device will feature several power saving features.

Waterproof capabilities
Other possible features may include a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and dust and waterproof capabilities – all of which featured on the Galaxy S5.

Information and leaks about the Galaxy S6 Edge have been a little less forthcoming but it has been suggested the screen will be curved down both sides, with users able to choose which side will be their main panel based on whether they are right or left handed.

Specifications for the device, which could launch in April, are said to closely match those of the Galaxy S6.

A new feature on both devices that would see Samsung go head-to-head with Apple Pay is the appropriately named Samsung Pay. This would enable users to store different debit and credit card in a Samsung wallet, enabling them to pay for items via contactless terminals installed at the counters of
retailers.

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