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Some Thoughts On The Samsung Galaxy S6: Design, Display & 64-Bit Chips


Some Thoughts On The Samsung Galaxy S6: Design, Display & 64-Bit Chips

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in Q1 2014, which means the subsequent iteration is simply across the nook. What can we anticipate?


The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a bizarre one, in that it’s not a nasty handset by any stretch of the creativeness, having all the facility and ordinary attributes (good show, respectable digital camera, a lot of sensors) usually related to a headline-grabbing handset. It had all this stuff and but it nonetheless missed one thing usually related to BIG, flagship releases –– the all-essential WOW issue. 

Just take a look at the HTC One M8, the LG G3 and the Moto X 2014… after which take a look at the Galaxy S5. There actually is not any competitors; Samsung dropped the ball with the Galaxy S5, making the handset far too comparable-trying to the Galaxy S4, which, once more, appeared a tad to just like the Galaxy S3. Thankfully, Samsung is now within the throws of some type of design renaissance; its two latest handsets, the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note A, are completely excellent (each when it comes to design and efficiency).

And this provides us hope for the Galaxy S6, which, if historical past tells us something, shall be introduced inside Q1 of 2015 and certain launched shortly thereafter. And whereas nothing is absolutely recognized about what the Samsung Galaxy S6 will entail, there's a lot to debate about what the handset represents, the way it will differ from 2014’s providing and what the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 inform us about future releases from the corporate.

So right here goes… a sideways take a look at what might be. 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Design 

It’s official: Samsung now does premium design, and it solely took 5 years… however, hey, higher late than by no means, proper? After years and years of manufacturing nice, however decidedly low cost-feeling handsets, Samsung has now shifted gears with the discharge of the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note A, embracing new, larger design requirements, consideration to element and vastly improved construct supplies. This initiative started in Q4 2014 with the adoption of metallic frames however is probably going to enter overdrive throughout Q4, as Samsung seems to reestablish itself because the primary identify in cellular.

In order to do that the corporate goes to have to tug out all of the stops, and meaning wanting past metallic frames and into pastures unknown; issues like curved shows, metallic unibody designs, bezel-much less shows, and unbreakable <a href="" title="A type of display, OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diodes.
" class="lexicon-term">OLED panels are all prospects we’ve seen Samsung debut up to now that would, aboard the Galaxy S6, go from proof-of-idea, tradeshow-speaking-factors to precise actual, within the hand shopper know-how. Apple’s upped its recreation with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so it stands to cause Samsung can be trying to do the identical in a bid to beat Apple at its personal recreation (design). 

If you’re an enormous Galaxy R fan, as we're, then this can be a very thrilling time. The subsequent few months can be very telling concerning the course Samsung plans on taking its new flagship handset. Never earlier than have we seen Samsung to targeted on the general design and construct of its handsets, which makes me assume the Galaxy S6 –– in contrast to the Galaxy S4/S5 –– can be an entire reimagining of what got here earlier than.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Display –– 2K or 4K. That IS The Question...

The LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note A each pack in tremendous-excessive decision 2K panels, so it appears probably we’ll see an analogous setup contained in the Galaxy S6, and whereas there are many rumours about 4K shows coming in 2015 –– Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 and 810 will help such know-how –– it appears fairly superfluous within the grand scheme of issues when you think about the have an effect on of 2K panels on battery and what most individuals use their telephones for. 

Still –– that is Samsung we’re speaking about right here, so there’s no telling what can occur. We know Qualcomm’s subsequent-era of cellular chipsets help, amongst different issues, 55MP cameras, sixty four-bit structure and 4K shows, however we additionally know that present battery know-how isn’t precisely prepared for such issues –– open a HD video on the LG G3, and you may actually watch the cost drop –– which might imply we see Samsung train some restraint, because it did with the Galaxy Alpha, and embrace a really respectable, but energy-environment friendly panel contained in the Galaxy S6, as most punters (I’m assuming) would relatively have higher battery efficiency and HD visuals over a simply-‘cos-we-might-bump to 4K.

Samsung Galaxy S6 CPU

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 and 810 chipsets at the moment are within the palms of handset makers the globe-over, and which means the subsequent-era of flagships –– sixty four-bit flagships –– are being put by means of their paces forward of launch within the New Year. Of course, Samsung isn’t most OEMs and has its personal chipset division, which means, as per each different massive launch from the corporate, we’ll possible see the Galaxy S6 operating Qualcomm chips in some areas and Exynos in others (each variants might be sixty four-bit, although).

What’s extra fascinating about this entire Android sixty four-bit factor, nevertheless, is how Google plans on doing the change; Android is fragmented as hell and to be able to really profit from sixty four-bit it's essential to get apps and content material upgraded to reap the benefits of it… and that requires builders to re-jig their purposes. Consider the width and breadth of handsets operating Google’s Android OS and one begins to understand the complexity of such a transfer; Google has remained, understandably quiet on the difficulty to date.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Bloatware

We know Samsung loves its bloatware –– issues like ChatOn, Samsung Apps and the like –– however we additionally know that the overwhelming majority of Samsung customers both A) don't use these purposes, or B) positively despise them. Looked at on this context, the answer appears easy: GET RID OF THEM.

That’s by no means going to occur, sadly. At least, not totally. But what is feasible is a mass-scaling again of Samsung’s proprietary UX and all of the guff that comes with it, whereby the corporate merely drops its lengthy-held perception that Nature UX provides one thing inventory Android doesn't, and reverts to an analogous configuration just like what Motorola does with its Moto X, M and W handsets.

And as a result of it is just Motorola and Google that use a inventory configuration of Android aboard their handsets (handsets that don’t actually promote all that nicely within the grand scheme of issues) then a transfer like this by Samsung could possibly be seen, in some respects, as a somewhat bigger USP for its handsets and tablets. After all, individuals don’t by Samsung as a result of it’s Android, they purchase it as a result of it’s a Samsung product –– Nature UX needn’t determine on this equation, the Samsung model, like Apple earlier than it, is nicely and really established within the hearts and minds of shoppers en masse. 

What would you like from the Galaxy S6? How would you modify the Galaxy S5? Are you bothered about 4K panels in your subsequent telephone… or do you favour battery? And lastly, would you wish to see Samsung drop its present UX in favour of a plainer inventory Android setup? Tell us your ideas within the feedback under. 

Richard Goodwin thirteen:03, 19 Sep 2014

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