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Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone ships to India for testing

by Mark Tyson on 19 December 2014, 14:05

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), PC

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A shipping manifest reveals that Samsung has sent a sample Galaxy S6 smartphone to India for testing purposes. The document says that a 'SM-G920F' device arrived in India from South Korea for R&D and evaluation on Wednesday.

There is speculation that Samsung will unveil its upcoming new Galaxy S series flagship at CES 2015, that's earlier than the pre-MWC event it usually arranges for this purpose. Seeing a sample being shipped around certainly suggests that it could indeed have devices ready for a big CES reveal in a few weeks time. The only slightly odd thing about the shipping manifest is the price, which translates to around US$300 - perhaps this is approximately the materials cost of the device.

What will the upcoming Samsung flagship boast to make it a worthy successor to the Galaxy S5? The Samsung Galaxy S6 specifications were 'confirmed' earlier this month in AnTuTu online benchmarks, to be as follows:

  • a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel display
  • Snapdragon 810 or Exynos 7420, dependent upon market
  • 3GB of RAM and 32GB on-board storage
  • 20MP/5MP back/ front facing cameras
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Further recent rumours suggest the new Galaxy S6 will sport an aluminium construction and a curved glass screen. Samsung has been dabbling in aluminium construction with its devices recently, perhaps trying to move away from the 'cheap plastic' device image connotations. We have seen the aluminium Galaxy Alpha and smart looking A-Series smartphones come out recently with a new design language.

Looking at the curved screen rumours, that's probably a step too far for a mainstream device right now, especially with both edges having displays on them. It sounds more likely that Samsung may intro a Galaxy S6 and a 'Galaxy S6 Edge' to test the waters. This was Samsung's modus operandi with the recent Galaxy Note 4, with the Edge version rolled out gradually market by market, as it is more expensive to make/buy.

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Looks good, but too big for my tastes. Hopefully they'll do a mini version but keep wireles charging, removable battery and SD card slot.
Blimey. And people dig at Apple for releasing devices too quickly.
Its the yearly turn around Galaxy S6, HTC One M9?, Sony Experia z4?
still happy with my note 2. snapdragon 810 sucks. Wait for their custom in house 64 bit krait to be finished the 810 is just a crappy stopgap measure to get a 64bit product out now as apple caught em with their pants down on that 1. This will be the generation you want to skip. Looks like 2015 will be another year of my note 2 (which is by no means sad the phone works great.)

Hopefully by the time s7 and note 6 come out there will be a proper snapdragon soc with custom designed arm v8 cores.
…snapdragon 810 sucks. …

Anything further than that? Specific sections? Performance? Power usage? Price? My next phone will probably be powered by the SD810 so I'd like to know your reasoning.

On topic; never one for Samsung's Touchwiz and I feel a 2.5k display in a 5.5 inch packet is just too much. I can't tell pixel with 1080p screens so I would like some flagship phones to keep those screens and use the more powerful SOC's to realise more battery life. Everything else sounds good. Premium materials finally and advancements (hopefully) in camera tech is always welcomed.