Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 over eight months ago. The manufacturer’s fall flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, just passed the two month anniversary of its own announcement. At this point, this hardware is solidly here, and it’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves looking off to the future for what’s next. We’re still likely several months away before we get anything approaching official confirmation, but some early rumors are already talking about Samsung’s plans for its next big smartphone, detailing what the company is working on for the Galaxy S6, supposedly under development as Project Zero.
Unlike the GS5 (LTE-A edition notwithstanding), and following in the footsteps of the Note 4, the GS6 is rumored to feature a quad HD display. There’s no word on size just yet, leaving us wondering if the GS6 will say close to the five-inch mark or drift more into phablet space.
Storage options could drop 16GB entirely, while adding 64GB and 128GB capacities. As for SoCs, Samsung may use an Exynos 7420, a 64-bit octa-core component. For the inevitable Snapdragon version, the company is rumored to be considering an 810. Other details include a Samsung-made modem for the Exynos edition, and a new Broadcom sensor chip that integrates GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi radios.
With cameras, Samsung could re-use the sensor on the Note 4, though it may also step things up from that 16MP component to a 20MP one. Up front, we could get a five-megapixel selfie cam.
None of this sounds crazy surprising, and it’s all very much in line with a phone that represents a generational improvement over the current GS5. There’s no mention of new tech like we saw with the addition of fingerprint scanners, nor nothing like the Note Edge’s wrap-around display: just another GS5, but with higher-end components. Sure, Samsung may go with an all-new design, but internally, it sounds like the GS6 won’t stray too, too far from the path the GS5 has already started.
Finally, we leave you with some rumored model numbers for the GS6. With a little luck, we’ll be spotting these in various databases in the coming months, as the full story on Project Zero emerges.
- Zero US – AT&T SM-G925A_NA_ATT
- Zero US – SPRINT PCS SM-G925P_NA_SPR
- Zero US – T-MOBILE (US) SM-G925T_NA_TMB
- Zero US – US CELLULAR SM-G925R4_NA_USC
- Zero US – VERIZON SM-G925V_NA_VZW
- Zero CA – BELL MOBILITY SM-G925W8_NA_BMC
- Zero EUR – OPEN SM-G925F_EUR_XX
- Zero-F US – AT&T SM-G920A_NA_ATT
- Zero-F US – SPRINT PCS SM-G920P_NA_SPR
- Zero-F US – T-MOBILE (US) SM-G920T_NA_TMB
- Zero-F US – US CELLULAR SM-G920R4_NA_USC
- Zero-F US – VERIZON SM-G920V_NA_VZW
- Zero-F CA (Canada) – BELL MOBILITY SM-G920W8_NA_BMC
- Zero-F EUR – OPEN SM-G920F_EUR_XX