Look for Samsung S6 Design to Include Big Screen, Thin Frame Design

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-12-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Look for Samsung S6 Design to Include Big Screen, Thin Frame Design

    By Don Reisinger
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    There Will Be a Big Display
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    There Will Be a Big Display

    If Samsung wants to compete on the same level as some of the top products on the market, the company will have no choice but to deliver the Galaxy S6 with a display that is larger than the S5. According to recent rumors, the device's screen will range in size from 5.2 to 5.5 inches, which seems like a solid choice for a flagship handset.
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    Expect a Thinner Bezel
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    Expect a Thinner Bezel

    On Dec. 12, Dutch Website Toptienmobiel published what it claimed was an image of the Galaxy S6. While Samsung has so far refused to comment on the claim, the image showed a device that looks remarkably similar to the rumors we've been hearing and includes an extremely thin bezel, which will not only make the front of the device look nicer, but also make it more competitive with the design of the iPhone 6 Plus.
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    Expect an Overall Thinner Frame Design
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    Expect an Overall Thinner Frame Design

    In addition to showing a thin bezel, the image posted to Toptienmobiel indicated that the handset will be extremely thin. Apple has made a fuss about the thinness of its iPhone 6, and it would only make sense for Samsung to respond with a similarly sized device of its own. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 is thin in its own right, expect the Galaxy S6 to be even thinner.
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    Like Apple, Samsung Won't Go Color-Crazy
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    Like Apple, Samsung Won't Go Color-Crazy

    Samsung has a tendency to go color-crazy with its smartphone designs. The company apparently believes that the more colors it can offer, the better customers will like its devices. However, this time around, reports say, Samsung will limit the color options to just two to three, including a gold version. While special-edition colors are likely to come out as time goes on, expect simple black, white and gold editions to hit store shelves initially.
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    Is That a Quad-HD Screen We See?
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    Is That a Quad-HD Screen We See?

    Samsung is enamored with quad-HD, which delivers screen resolutions of 2,560 by 1,440. So it should be no surprise that the company will deliver that kind of resolution in the Galaxy S6. Samsung sees value in going above and beyond the standard 1080p screen and can promote that to compete against Android developers that opt for slightly inferior screens.
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    Galaxy S6 Will Ship With—What Else—Android 5.0 Lollipop
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    Galaxy S6 Will Ship With—What Else—Android 5.0 Lollipop

    No surprise here, but Samsung will almost undoubtedly launch the Galaxy S6 with the latest Android installation, Lollipop. Samsung's Galaxy S devices have historically launched with the latest Android distribution available at the time, and since Google has no plans to replace Lollipop before February, it seems like the sure operating system choice for the Galaxy S6.
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    A High-End Camera for Photographers Is a Natural
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    A High-End Camera for Photographers Is a Natural

    Samsung is planning to boost its cameras in the Galaxy S6 to appeal to those who think the standard 8-megapixel rear-facing camera found in many devices, including the iPhone, just doesn't do the trick. Reports say the Galaxy S6 will come with a 16-to-20-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front. Not bad.
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    There Will Be Big-Time Storage for a Big-Time Phone
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    There Will Be Big-Time Storage for a Big-Time Phone

    Samsung isn't content to stick with 16GB of storage in the new Galaxy S6, according to several rumors. The entry-level Galaxy S6 will come with 32GB of storage and top out at 128GB. That would put the handset in contrast with the iPhone 6, which doesn't have a 32GB storage option, but offers 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions.
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    Some Serious Power Under the Hood
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    Some Serious Power Under the Hood

    Samsung has been offering solid power under the hood in its Galaxy S models since their initial launch, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that the company does the same with its new model. According to reports, the device will get the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, while some other areas around the world will find Galaxy S6 units with an Exynos 7420 bundled inside. Either option should deliver plenty of performance.
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    You Won't See a 'Smart Pen' in the Galaxy S6
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    You Won't See a 'Smart Pen' in the Galaxy S6

    Don't expect to see any smart pen bundled with the Galaxy S6. Although Samsung believes that its S Pen can deliver an appealing experience in smartphones, like the Galaxy Note 4, it has historically stayed away from that in the Galaxy S device line. Instead, users will be forced to stick with their fingers to get work done on the Galaxy S6.
 

Samsung's next-generation smartphone won't be announced for a couple of months, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from trying to dig up every last tidbit of information on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Those rumors suggest that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S6 early in 2015, likely in mid-February during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. It will come with the kind of features that are becoming familiar in the latest smartphone designs, as well as a larger screen and an ultra thin frame. There is a lot riding on the success of the Galaxy S6. While Samsung is still a major force in the mobile market, it has watched its market share start to falter in important markets, such as China. What's worse, the company's smartphone share keeps sliding and profit margins keep shrinking even as it spends huge amounts of cash to support sales. Samsung is counting on the S6 to help turn those trends around. With these factors in the background, it's a good time to suggest the features that could make the Galaxy S6 a standout in the crowded smartphone space. If Samsung can deliver at least a majority of these features and market them successfully, 2015 could be a better year for the mobile device maker.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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