The Galaxy S6 battery will be 200mAh smaller than that in Galaxy S5

Samsung is expected to take the wraps off its next flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone at the Galaxy Unpacked event on March 1. As we move closer to the launch date, numerous leaks have revealed most of the features of the Galaxy S6. Now a new report from South Korea claims that the S6 will have a 2600mAh battery. That may disappoint a large number of potential buyers.

Galaxy S6 To Sport Only 2600mAh Battery [Report]

Why would Samsung reduce the battery size in Galaxy S6?

The Galaxy S5 packed an impressive 2800mAh battery. The trend has been to increase the battery size in the new generation of flagship smartphones, not the other way around. But if the report from South Korean website ITcle is true, the Galaxy S6 battery will be 200mAh smaller than that in its predecessor. Last month, rumors surfaced that the S6 battery could be even smaller at 2550mAh.

So, why would Samsung reduce the battery size in the Galaxy S6? The biggest reason could be the phone’s design. Samsung wants to wow buyers with the phone’s design and style. Earlier this month, a report from SamMobile revealed that Samsung’s next-gen phone will have an iPhone 6-like design. The Galaxy S6 will be just 7.19mm thick, compared to 8.1mm for its predecessor. As part of design overhaul, Samsung may pack a smaller battery in the Galaxy S6 as there will be less physical space for the battery.

Galaxy S6 may still have a better battery life

Further, the Galaxy S6 is expected to be far more energy efficient. Samsung announced Monday that it had begun mass production of its Exynos 7 processor, which is based on 14nm FinFET technology. The new processor will greatly improve efficiency and speed. The newest Exynos chipset enables up to 35% less energy consumption, 20% faster speed and 30% productivity gain.

Samsung will also trim down the TouchWiz, which has always been sluggish. It will act more like stock Android than the TouchWiz interface in Galaxy S5. Making the interface more modular and streamlining the code could help boost efficiency. The toned down TouchWiz and an energy efficient Exynos 7 processor could more than offset the battery capacity decrease.

So, chances are the Galaxy S6 will offer similar or better battery life than its predecessor.