2There 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.
3Expect 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.
4Expect 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.
5Like 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.
6Is 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.
7Galaxy 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.
8A 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.
9There 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.
10Some 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.
11You 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.