Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S6 Flagship Will Reportedly Be Joined By "Edge" Variant

If you were disappointed with Samsung’s [specs bump] transition from the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S5, you’ll be delighted to hear that Samsung is looking to redesign the Galaxy S6 from the ground-up to make up for lost ground.

Samsung expected great things from the Galaxy S5 and early on boosted production by 20 percent compared to the Galaxy S4 in anticipation of record sales. However, not everything went according to plan for the South Korean electronics company. While Samsung saw sales increases in its largest smartphone market, the United States, it saw a 50 percent decrease in the critical Chinese market.

To make matters worse, overall Galaxy S5 sales have come in 40 percent below what Samsung had originally projected.

Samsung has made plans to “fundamentally reform” how it operates its mobile division, and plans to refocus its energies by reducing the number of new smartphone that it makes available in 2015 by 30 percent. Those efforts to reform and refocus will lead to a vastly improved Galaxy S6 according to SamMobile. 

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The Galaxy S6 is expected to use metal in its construction like the Galaxy A3 seen above.

The Galaxy S6 is reportedly currently under development as “Project Zero” — a name that harkens back to the total rethink for Samsung’s mobile strategy — and will be available in standard and “Edge” configurations (similar to the strategy Samsung currently employs with the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge; check out our hands-on look at both phones).

The Galaxy S6 will come with a Quad HD (2560x1440) display — a spec that was once rumored for the Galaxy S5 — a 64-bit Samsung Exynos 7420 processor for the South Korean market or a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 for the U.S. market, Broadcom’s BCM4773 navigation and sensor hub combo chip, and up to 128GB of onboard storage (in addition to a microSD slot for additional expansion).

It’s also expected that the Galaxy S6 will distance itself from the plastic-dominated construction of its predecessor and embrace the use of more premium materials as seen in the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, and Galaxy A3/A5.