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Samsung Galaxy S6 is almost here; leaked images and more

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As the Mobile World Congress draws near, the launch of the highly anticipated Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is fast approaching. Leaks and rumors of the flagship’s looks and specs are now abundant online.

Design

One of the more interesting leaks is an image that came from one of the forums in XDA Developers. Real or not, the image shows the two versions of the flagship side by side. The markings on the bottom bezels reveal that the devices appear to be prototypes. So these may not be the final designs we’ll see in the next couple of days.

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Image from XDA via Android Authority

The image gives us a general idea how the Galaxy S6 Edge will look. Notice the edges of the screen are not as pronounced as the Note Edge. And there seem to be no other functionality the side panel has on it’s version of TouchWiz. The home button looks a bit taller as well. Probably to accommodate their new fingerprint scanner.

Design wise, it looks like the devices will feature a premium thin all-metal body, with the S6 Edge having a borderless screen thanks to the edges. I’m not a huge fan of Samsung, but I hope the new design brings life to the Galaxy line of smartphones.

From the back, both variants of the Galaxy S6 look the same. The flash and heart rate monitor is now on the side of the camera.

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Image from XDA via Android Authority

Here’s another image from Engadget leaked by a Sprint employee. Notice the shiny metal frame and the aforementioned borderless screen with both sides of the S6 Edge sloping.

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From Engadget

Even Spigen PH has an image of what appears to be the S6 Edge wearing an upcoming Spigen case.

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Spigen PH now accepting pre-orders for the S6 Edge case

Specifications

Let’s go over the rumored/speculated Galaxy S6 specs:

Super AMOLED Quad HD (2560×1440) display

We’ve seen this on the Note 4, so it makes sense if it comes to Samsung’s latest flagship the S6 and S6 Edge. Gorilla Glass 4 will also be used to protect both variants, especially on the dual curves of the S6 Edge.

64-bit Octacore Exynos 7420 processor 

Samsung is planning to use its homegrown Exynos 7420 chipset in favor of Snapdragons to power the S6. The Korean tech giant reportedly used a 14nm manufacturing process that will make the Exynos 7420 more powerful and more power-efficient than the Snapdragon.

The Exynos 7420 is a 64-bit octa core processor that uses four Cortex A-57 cores for demanding tasks and four Cortex A53 cores for most other operations. It will have a Mali T760 MP8 GPU and an expected 3GB of RAM. And if rumors are to be believed, the S6 Edge might have 4GB of RAM.

16MP Main Camera

The S6 might have a Sony IMX240 sensor with OIS, the same one found on the Note 4. We’ve seen what the Note 4 camera can do, so a few improvements on the software side can only make it better.

TouchWiz

We already know that Samsung plans on making their proprietary skin lighter, faster and more optimized, so this can only get better from here. According to a report by Sammobile, most of the bloatware found on TouchWiz will be removed, and only two Samsung apps will come preloaded on the device. Other apps included are: three apps from Microsoft, all the Google apps, as well as apps like WhatsApp and Facebook. All the other Samsung apps can be downloaded from the Galaxy Store.

Others

Other rumored and speculated specs include a 2,600 mAh battery with support for Fast Charging (small but efficient CPU makes up for it), Samsung Pay (I’m guessing its like Apple Pay), a host of accessories, four different color options, and support for the Gear VR headset.

Mobile World Congress 2015

There are just a few more days till the MWC, where Samsung is said to concentrate only on the S6 launch. With the S6 and its Edge variant generating a lot of excitement, you know there’s going to be a lot more than what we’ve already seen. And in just a few more days, we will see how much the new flagship will change things for better or for worse.

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Bryan is a tech and gadget enthusiast who spends his day blogging, writing fiction, and watching NBA clips on YouTube.

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