The Galaxy S6 and its double-edged sibling have starred in dozens of rumors and renders over the last couple of weeks, but most of them came from unverified or unreliable sources.
Citing “people with direct knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg confirmed today that both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge will feature “all-metal” bodies and Samsung’s “most advanced processor chips.” Both devices will feature 5.1-inch screens and metal frames manufactured by Chinese supplier BYD Electronic, said the sources.
The report cites analyst Lee Seung Woo of Korean firm IBK Securities saying that Samsung is looking at curved screens that wrap around the edges as a differentiator against both Apple, which pummeled Samsung last quarter, and the wave of budget-focused competitors nipping at Samsung’s market share. “Samsung need a model with new technology to stop the iPhone juggernaut and to distinguish it from others,” said the analyst.
All in all, this Bloomberg report adds credence to the rather amorphous body of rumors and unverified stories that coalesced around Samsung’s Next Big Thing.
In more traditional leak territory, Korean website UnderKG (via GforGames) came up with a series of product schematics and renders that allegedly show the upcoming Galaxy S6. The images are consistent with the news and other renders we’ve seen this past week, as well as with the “all-metal” build mentioned by Bloomberg.
Note that these are not press renders or other official imagery. They are renders made by UnderKG based on info it secured.
The designs show rounded metallic edges and a port and speaker placement that somehow resemble the latest iPhones. If this ends up being the actual design, Samsung may be exposing itself to more copycatting allegations. Then again, Samsung could argue that designing an all-metal device imposes certain limitations, like the necessity for plastic cutouts for antennas.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be unveiled on March 1, ahead of MWC Barcelona. Stay tuned for more.