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Project Zero: The Galaxy S6 is rumored to be what (cyber) dreams are made of

Samsung is in trouble: sales are down, competition is up. The Galaxy S6 needs to be simply magical. If these leaked specs are any indication, it will be.

Published onNovember 4, 2014

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We still don’t know if Androids dream of electric sheep (dessert yes), but it’s safe to say we do know what keeps Samsung up at night. Between increasingly tough competition, growing consumer unrest, and a disastrous 3rd Quarter earnings report, Samsung is definitely aware of its bedroom boogeyman.

Steps have already been taken, hence the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge all have metal frames, almost as if the Korean giant finally acknowledged consumer demand for premium materials to go with the premium specs and premium pricing. Taking a step even further last week, it announced the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, two mid-range devices made of all metal.

In just a few short weeks, 2015 will be upon us, and with it, the build-up for the Galaxy S6. The S5 failed to deliver in many ways: no QHD screen (outside of Korea at least), no metal, no major design revision, no OIS. Now that the Note 4 is out of the way, techies are looking to the future. To say that the S6 is going to be the zero hour for Samsung’s future is an understatement. It had better be…Amazing. And yet, if early rumors are anything to go on, it definitely will be.

Will the Galaxy S6 finally give us that 'big redesign' the GS5 didn't?
Will the Galaxy S6 finally give us that ‘big redesign’ the GS5 didn’t?

Sammobile, one of the web’s most astute Samsung fan-sites, has uncovered a venerable trove of information related to the Galaxy S6, referred internally as Project Zero. Yesterday its sources indicated the product is being designed from the ground up with a brand new vision, and today more details have emerged. Here are some of the highlights, though please take them with a few dashes of iodized NaCl as nothing has been confirmed:

  • Screen: Quad HD, 2560X1440 display, though nothing has been offered about screen size. 5.3-5.5 inches might be logical given the LG G3’s size.
  • Camera: IMX240 sensor; (same as the Note 4), with Samsung toying between 16 and 20 megapixels, possibly the 16 with OIS. The front camera will be 5mp.
  • Storage: 32, 64, 128GB variants. Yes 16GB has purportedly been eliminated, something not even Apple has done.
  • CPU Variant 1: Exynos 7420 Octa-Core 64-Bit with possible internally developed LTE modem. Presumably for Korea and select markets.
  • CPU Variant 2: Snapdragon 810 64-Bit. Presumably for most markets including North America, Europe, and most of Asia.
  • Additional: Broadcom BCM4773 chip that will integrate various sensors including GPS together on one chip to reduce battery drain.
  • Model Variations: SM-G920x, SM-G925x (replace x with the regional/carrier letter of your choice). To define x, see Sammobile for the full listing of product codes.
Will the GS6 follow the Note 4's example with a metal frame? Perhaps instead go all-metal?
Will the GS6 follow the Note 4’s example with a metal frame? Or perhaps instead go all-metal?

Assuming even one or two of these spec details prove to be true, the phone already sounds amazing, and we can almost guarantee it will be running Lollipop. A blazing fast 64-bit CPU, QHD screen, 128GB of memory, all coupled with a presumed brand new design (hopefully using metal) and it’s quite possible that at this point next year, Samsung will be laughing at everyone for having the foolishness to point out its 2014 fiscal fall. Add this to rumors circulating about a 2015 Galaxy Note 10.1 (will it be metal?!) and next year can’t come soon enough.

Of course it goes without saying that these are early days and so we wouldn’t get our hopes up too much just yet. After all, past Galaxy S handsets have had numerous crazy rumors, and often enough less than half of them come true. What do you think about these purported specs? Decent? Killer? Would you upgrade to the Galaxy S6, providing the majority of this proves true?]

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