There have been rumors that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) could launch its next flagship Galaxy S6 sooner than expected. The Korean electronics giant’s profits fell more than 60% in the most recent quarter, mostly due to poor performance of its mobile division. It fueled speculations that Samsung will have to launch a game-changer to revive its fortunes.
Galaxy S6 to have a ‘half-metal’ body
Now analysts at Mirae Asset Securities have learned that Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S6 with “half-metal” body early next year at the Consumer Electronics show rather than MWC. Analysts added that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S6 Edge alongside the standard Galaxy S6, just like the company did with the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 4 Edge. That’s in line with previous reports.
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Though Mirae Asset Securities said the device will have a half-metal body, they didn’t elaborate the aesthetics of the smartphone. South Korean publication Naver (via GforGames) said that Samsung pushed the launch date forward to give the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge a “head start” against rivals like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The report adds that both variants of the Galaxy S6 will come pre-loaded with many in-house components, which are most likely to be an ultra-fast LTE chip and an Exynos processor.
Galaxy S6 specs
Earlier this month, European version of Samsung’s next flagship appeared on the AnTuTu benchmark along with some of its specifications. The benchmark shows the Galaxy S6 (SM-G925F) running Android Lollipop out-of-the-box, sporting 3GB RAM, 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor and Mali-T760 GPU. Other specifications include 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels), 20MP main camera, 5MP front camera, and 32GB internal storage. Another version of the Galaxy S6 is likely to feature 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
We have already reported that Samsung was developing its Galaxy S6 under the code name Project Zero. Could the Mirae Asset Securities’ forecast be true? Only time will tell. But Samsung’s chief of visual display said earlier this month that there would be no surprises at the CES. Maybe he was just referring to his division.