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Samsung president J.K. Shin was under the gun to launch a flagship phone that would fare better than the Galaxy S5, and it looks like he's done it. Between the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, it's being reported that Samsung has received around 20 million pre-orders since announcing the new handsets at Mobile World Congress last week. Citing an unnamed top executive at a leading carrier in Europe, The Korea Times says that 15 million of those pre-orders belong to the Galaxy S6 and 5 million to the Galaxy S6 Edge from various mobile carriers. Collectively, that's a record for Samsung and an early indicator that it made the right decision to revamp the design, even... Read more...
“The Next Big Thing” will soon be upon us. Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge over the weekend and many buyers are eager to get their hands on the new flagship smartphones. If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, we now know when pre-orders for both smartphone will open up on April Fool’s Day. The global launch for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is officially earmarked for April 10, so the April 1 pre-order date matches up nicely with Samsung’s launch window. As for pricing, T-Mobile revealed yesterday that the retail price for the Galaxy S6 (32GB) is a steep $699. If that pricing holds up, 64GB and 128GB models would ring up at $799 and $899 respectively. And if Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung unveiled its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, this past Sunday to much fanfare. Unlike the lackluster launch of the Galaxy S5 just over a year ago, the tech press and consumers alike seem to be excited about these two smartphone offerings. Both bring premium metal and glass construction, a 5.1” QHD display, an octa-core Exynos 7 processor with 3GB of RAM, wireless charging, LTE Cat 6, and up to 128GB of internal storage. While we learned all the juicy technical details for both smartphones, we were left completely in the dark with regards to pricing. However, a new contest that has popped up on T-Mobile’s website (and was first spotted by Android Central) tips us off... Read more...
We’re just days away from its official reveal, but the Galaxy S6 Edge leaks just continue to drip from Samsung’s leaky faucet. Yesterday, we posted some real life images of the Galaxy S6 Edge and its Galaxy S6 sibling. Today, CNET Korea has gotten its hands on official press renders of the Galaxy S6 Edge and it’s quite a striking device. The device in seen from multiple angles, clearly showing off its curved display which wraps around the left and right edges. We also get glimpses of the enlarged home button when is said to be home to a Touch ID-esque touch fingerprint sensor. We also get a clear look at the rather large camera “hump” that protrudes from the rear of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Xiaomi... Read more...
There have been more Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks than a submarine with a screen door. We're not sure if these are all controlled leaks, something Apple is known when leading up to the launch of a major new product, but they're coming just as fast and furious. The latest is a batch of photos of what looks to be a final version of the Galaxy S6.It's not known who leaked the photos, though presumably it would have to be someone that's either on the inside at Samsung or has close relations with the South Korean handset maker. Either way, kudos to the leaker for obtaining mostly clear photos instead of the blurry rubbish that typically gets posted online prior to a product's official announcement.There... Read more...
To say that the Galaxy S5 has been a sales disappointment for Samsung is a bit of an understatement. Customers weren’t exactly won over by what amounted to a warmed over Galaxy S4 in terms of design and specs. And whereas competitors like HTC and Apple have fully embraced unibody aluminum designs for their flagships, Samsung was still clinging on to cheap plastic for its top offering.That is all set to change with the release of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge that will be released in early March. Samsung has released a series of teasers over the past few weeks, one of which appears to show the curved screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge. More recently, Samsung has posted teasers playing up its... Read more...
Look for the Galaxy S6 to have a premium look and feel to it. That's what Samsung hinted in a new teaser video posted to Twitter. In the video, there's a line that reads, "I am crafted from the beautiful things I see around me," and what you see in the video are decorative panes of glass and metal with several subtle curves. Of course this isn't the first we've heard that the Galaxy S6 will be made from metal. That's a rumor that's been around ever since talk first turned to the next generation handset. It's also just one of many rumors surrounding Samsung's next flagship handset. There's also been plenty of chatter that Samsung will sell a version of the Galaxy S6 that has a curved edge display.... Read more...
In what can be considered the biggest sign yet that Qualcomm's hardware will not power Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, Samsung today said it has begun mass producing Exynos 7 Octa chips. The parts are being produced on a 14nm FinFET process that Samsung says offers the highest levels of efficiency, performance, and productivity. "Samsung’s advanced 14nm FinFET process technology is undoubtedly the most advanced logic process technology in the industry," said Gabsoo Han, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics. "We expect the production of our 14nm mobile application processor to positively impact the growth of... Read more...
Based on all the rumors and speculation, the Galaxy S6 is shaping up to be one of the more exciting Galaxy launches in Samsung's history. For about the past eight months, leaked information has been coming in fast and steady, covering both the hardware and software side of things. Towards the latter, it's been rumored that Samsung is planning to remove most TouchWiz bloat from the Galaxy S6, and now we're hearing that the handset will include more Microsoft services.Citing one of its insiders, SamMobile says one of the biggest changes to the Galaxy S6 will be the removal of all pre-installed Samsung apps. Not a few, not a bunch, but all of them. We're a bit skeptical of that claim, especially... Read more...
We’re inching closer to the March debut of Samsung’s next generation flagship smartphone, and the rumors and reports on specs are coming in at a furious pace. The latest report from Bloomberg confirms what we’ve been hearing for quite some time: there will be two versions of the flagship Galaxy S6. The publication says that one model will have a display that covers three sides, which backs up a previous report and leaked renders which shows a curved display on both the right- and left-hand side of the device. This is a departure from the Galaxy Note 4, which is only curved on the right-hand side. Due to production constraints with delivering a smartphone with two curved edges, the so-called Galaxy... Read more...
For the past few years, Samsung has been riding high atop the smartphone leaderboard when it comes to units shipped. However, during 2014, we started to see a bit of weakness in Samsung’s smartphone portfolio. Its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone was little more than a warmed over version of its Galaxy S4 predecessor, and sales were more than disappointing for the company. Samsung saw its sales lead in China wither away as local OEMs like Huawei and Xiaomi attacked its smartphones with cheaper alternatives. It also recently lost its smartphone sales lead in India and the U.S. Samsung is looking to right the ship with more premium smartphones — as witnessed by the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Alpha... Read more...
This has been a crazy week for Samsung Galaxy S6 news. On Tuesday, Samsung actually posted a teaser image of the Galaxy S6 that appeared to show a device with a curved screen similar to that found on the Galaxy Note 4. Then on Wednesday, leaked photos showed what appears to be the final production chassis for the Galaxy S6. But there was something about these two stories that didn’t quite add up — the photos of the S6 chassis don’t match up with the apparent “curved” display on the Samsung teaser. According a few more fresh leaks, all is starting to come clear. As we have previously reported, there will be two versions of the flagship smartphone available to consumers: a Galaxy S6 — which you... Read more...
Samsung has confirmed that its Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event will take place on March 1 in Barcelona. It's there that the company will reveal its next Galaxy device, presumably the Galaxy S6, with Samsung teasing an image of the handset on its website and on Twitter. Not much is visible in the photos, save for a distinct curve. It's really just an outline on top of a black background, however Samsung revealed just enough to make comparisons to its Galaxy Note Edge. This would suggest that the Galaxy S6 will sport the same type of curved display, which wraps around the side of the handset. Here's a look at the Galaxy Note Edge: Notice the silver bezel that runs along the side and then curves up on... Read more...
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor has a found a home in a number of smartphones that we’ve discussed over the past few months including the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. However, the Snapdragon 810 has also been dogged by reports of overheating, the first of such reports started airing in late 2014. More recently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 has been the subject of much speculation with regards to its use of the Snapdragon 810. Some reports have suggested that the flagship smartphone will use a revised version of the chip that produces less heat, while Qualcomm’s most recent earnings report seems to suggest that Samsung has passed over the Snapdragon 810 in favor of its homegrown... Read more...
In an attempt to stand out from one another, smartphone makers often add their own customizations to Android. These can range from complete overhauls to the user interface, to the addition of certain features not immediately available on stock Android builds. They have names, too -- for Samsung, it's called TouchWiz, and if you're not a fan, you'll be glad to know that the TouchWiz software won't be included on the Galaxy S6. Instead, Samsung is reportedly trying to optimize the software on its next flagship phone so that it feels less bloated and more responsive. While it won't be a stock Android experience, the UI will be closer to a Nexus device than a Galaxy S5. "We now have exclusive info... Read more...
It came out last week that Samsung ran into an overheating issue when testing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip in its forthcoming flagship phone. In turn, Samsung reportedly made the decision not to use the part in its unreleased Galaxy S6 device, though that might not be the case if Qualcomm can supply a revised version in time for the handset's release.According to The Wall Street Journal and a "person familiar with the matter" that it spoke with, Qualcomm is expected to supply Samsung with a revised version of the Snapdragon 810 in March. Presumably the next revision will have a better handle on thermals, enough so that Samsung will feel comfortable using it in place of its own Exynos hardware.Interestingly... Read more...
You never know what gems lay hidden in odd corners of the web. To wit, in a fairly boring article by Korea's Economic Times concerning itself with Samsung's component business operations, and in particular its "Samsung Electro-Mechanics" (SEM) sector, it's revealed that the forthcoming Galaxy S6 will sport a 20-megapixel camera. As it relates to the article, camera modules will play a role in boosting Samsung's Opto and Mechatronics Solutions (OMS) division, which performed poorly last year due to the lower operating ratio of camera modules. Pretty ho-hum stuff, except the report notes that the proportion of high value added products like the 20MP sensor with optical image stabilization will... Read more...
Samsung has been using fingerprint scanning as a security measure on several of its devices already, including its Galaxy S5 Mini, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge. However, the implementation on all of those devices is one of a swipe-based sensor. With the release of its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, Samsung will reportedly transition to a touch-based fingerprint sensor. The name of the game here is better biometrics. As currently implemented, there just isn't enough surface area on the Home button, which oftentimes can lead to read errors. Registering a finger from multiple angles can help a great deal, though Samsung is finished... Read more...
Samsung announced today that it has begun volume production of its 8Gb LPDDR4 memory chips, with expected commercial shipments in 2015. The announcement is noteworthy for a number of reasons. First, one of the most important characteristics of a modern mobile device is its battery life, and moving to a new memory standard should significantly reduce the memory subsystem's power consumption. Second, however, there's the clock speed. Samsung is claiming that its LPDDR4 will hit 3.2GHz, and while bus widths on mobile parts are significantly smaller than the 64-bit channels that desktops use, the higher clock speed per chip will help close that gap. In fact, multiple vendors have predicted that LPDDR4... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is likely to be one of the biggest smartphone releases of 2015, so it should be of no surprise that rumors about the upcoming flagship are coming out at a furious pace. The latest bit of news on the Galaxy S6, interestingly enough, comes from a shipping manifest. A SM-G920F unit, which we detailed previously here on Hot Hardware, has been dispatched to India for research and development according to GSM Arena. This bit of news shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone, as Samsung needs to field test its devices to ensure a smooth global launch with minimal issues (Apple knows this all too well).Samsung Galaxy Note Edge But the Galaxy S6’s voyage to India isn’t the only fresh... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung is testing two different prototypes of its upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone. Last week, the SM-G925F variant of the Galaxy 6 showed up in an AnTuTu benchmark confirming many of the rumored specs of the device: 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor (a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is destined for the U.S. market), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a QHD (2560x1440) display, and a 20MP rear camera. The SM-G925F has shown up in yet another AnTuTu benchmark, although this time around the device is sporting a 16MP rear camera instead of a 20MP unit. Now before everyone starts throwing rotten fruit at the screen, remember that 1) these are just prototypes and 2) a higher... Read more...
The release of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone is just a few months away, but details about the device are leaking fast. Earlier this week, we learned that the standard Galaxy S6 would be joined by an “Edge” variant similar in concept to the Galaxy Note Edge. Today, we’re learning the full rundown of specs for the device courtesy of a screenshot from the AnTuTu benchmark. According to this latest leak of the European version of the Galaxy S6, its internal designation is SM-G925F. Rather than sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor — which is destined for U.S. market models — the European version includes a 64-bit octacore Exynos 7420 processor with 3GB of RAM and a Mali-T760 GPU.... Read more...
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