We’re still months away from the Galaxy S6 launch, but rumors and alleged leaks about it continue to pour out. Today there are new details about the smartphone, which sources reportedly claim is being designed entirely from scratch.
Galaxy S6’s display
SamMobile reports that its insiders at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) have revealed some of the Galaxy S6’s specs—or at least the preliminary ones, as they could change before the smartphone is actually released. The device is said to be codenamed Project Zero.
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The website’s sources claim that the Galaxy S6 will have a quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. However, they did not say what screen size Samsung might be targeting, which could mean that the Korean electronics giant simply hasn’t decided.
What about the cameras?
The camera is said to have the same IMX240 sensor that’s on the Galaxy Note 4, although Samsung is reportedly trying to decide whether it will opt for a 16-megapixel or a 20-megapixel camera. The folks at SamMobile suggest that Samsung will probably go with the 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. They think it would be a good idea for the Galaxy S6 to offer an improvement in low light picture taking compared to the Galaxy Note 4, however.
The website’s sources claim that the front-facing camera will receive an upgrade to 5 megapixels.
The Galaxy S6’s other specs
They also claim that the Galaxy S6 will come in 32-gigabyte, 64-gigabyte and 128-gigabyte options. The folks at SamMobile think it’s a good idea to dump the 16-gigabyte model because flagship models should have more storage, especially to hold all of those apps and games.
The sources also claim that Samsung will put a new Exynos 7420 chip in the Galaxy S6. That’s a 64-bit chip that has four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A57 cores. SamMobile notes that the current Exynos 5433 chip is also a 64-bit chip but that Samsung hasn’t enabled support for it on the Galaxy Note 4. The author thinks this is because most Note 4 models have a 32-bit processor and point out that Android won’t support 64-bit chips until Android 5 Lollipop.
The Galaxy S6 could also feature Samsung’s own LTE modem that could replace the model made by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). The modem could enable the company to shift away from the Snapdragon chips made by QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), although the Galaxy S6 could also have a variant of the Snapdragon chip.
The smartphone could also have 3 gigs of RAM.