With the eagerly awaited iPhone 6 rival expected to touch down in early 2015, latest Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours have suggested the handset could pair an all new, premium design with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, high-speed storage and Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop OS direct from the box.
Given that the first S6 pictures have leaked and the phone has prematurely appeared under the codename ‘Project Zero’, it is expected that the Galaxy S6 will be a comprehensive refresh over the Galaxy S5 – a handset which has failed to ignite substantial consumer interest.
That is not all the phone’s screen could have to offer. It has been suggested a Galaxy Note Edge mimicking double-edged display could also be heading towards the Galaxy S6.
While some reports are farfetched and others more likely, what is almost certain is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be unveiled in Q1 2015 as a direct rival to the Nexus 6, remaining consistent with previous launches.
What’s more, with both the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 having bestowed with metal-framed designs recently, it is now widely expected that next year's Galaxy S6 release will echo its siblings and adopt its own premium materials.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date
Like Apple, Samsung has become a creature of habit, with the company’s annual product cycles bringing a level of expectation to certain points in the year. For example, September and the Berlin-based IFA conference means a new Note.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Korean manufacturer’s flagship phone line has been reserved for unveiling during – or within weeks of – the Barcelona-based Mobile Word Congress conference in February. As such there is no reason to believe this will be different for the S6.
With MWC 2015 to be held between March 2 and 5, we would anticipate that the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date could be confirmed during the manufacturer’s dedicated press conference on either Sunday 1 or Monday 2 March.
This tradition could be thrown off by falling profits, however. With Samsung predicting a 60 per cent drop in annual earnings, analysts have suggested the S6 release could be pushed forward in order to stem the rot.
“Samsung’s profits in the mobile division will continue to deteriorate during this period of changing their line of smartphones,” Lee Min-hee, an analyst at IM Investment and Securities, told The New York Times.
Speaking with Bloomberg, Claire Kim, an analyst with Daishin Securities Co in Samsung's native Korea added: “We all know Samsung’s third-quarter earnings will be pretty ugly. The earlier release of its new phones could be reflected in its third-quarter earnings, it could give them a slight boost.”
Reflecting this need for a fast phone introduction, recent leaks have claimed Samsung could pin a surprise S6 launch on us as early as CES 2015 in January.
According to claimed Korean insiders, the S6 will take a formal bow in Vegas. However, given the less than official avenue of these claims, and the slightly questionable nature, we would suggest taking them with a hearty pinch of salt for now.