We’re probably still months away from the launch of the Galaxy S6, but rumored specs have been seeping out for some time. Now all the internal specs of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s next smartphone may be out in the open, as websites are now publishing benchmarking results which allegedly come from the Galaxy S6.
Galaxy S6 clocked by AnTuTu
The French website Nowhereelse posted benchmarking results from AnTuTu that are supposedly from the Galaxy S6. Since then, several technology websites have picked up the results, spreading around the smartphone’s suspected specs based on the benchmarks.
If the results from AnTuTu really are from the Galaxy S6, it reveals a smartphone with a display that’s 5.5-inches in size, compared to the 5.1-inch display that’s on the Galaxy S5. The resolution shows up at 2560 x 1440, compared to the S5’s 1920 x 1080px display.
AnTuTu shows a 64-bit Exynos octa-core 7420 processor that clocks in at 1.8 GHz and a Mali-T760 graphics processor. The smartphone appears to have 3 GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
The result doesn’t indicate that there’s a microSD slot, but it does show 32 GB of onboard storage and that the smartphone is running on the newest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop.
Galaxy S6 may be ultra-speedy
Another possibility for the Galaxy S6—although admittedly slim—is that it might have support for Cat. 10 LTE, according to Slash Gear. The website reports that Samsung’s next Exynos chip is said to be able to hit downlink speeds of 450 Mbps, which is nearly double the speed of Cat. 6, which is 300 Mbps. Since most countries’ cellular networks do not yet support Category 10 LTE, the usefulness of this new chip is limited for now.
While some believe the Cat. 10 chip could be in the Galaxy S6, Slash Gear’s JC Torres doesn’t think so. He suggests that Samsung might release a second Galaxy S6 model later in 2015 after launching the initial model and target Korea exclusively with the new chip. Korea is known for pushing network speeds and technologies as much as possible, so it would make sense for Samsung to target its home country with it first. Such a strategy would be similar to what the company did with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which was unveiled in June.
The author suggests Samsung might also unveil the new Cat. 10 chip earlier than expected, if only to steal the spotlight from QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), which is also said to have a Cat. 10 capable chip ready.
Galaxy S6 expected at the Mobile World Congress
It will probably be March before Samsung unveils the real Galaxy S6. The Korean electronics giant typically shows off the newest Galaxy Model at the Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled for March 2 in Barcelona, Spain.