Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 has some big shoes to fill after the bestselling Galaxy S5 made such an impact, but new leaked info confirms that the smartphone will have Quad HD resolution and possibly be split into two different S6 models.
Hong Kong-based tech site AnTuTu first leaked specs on the Samsung Galaxy S6 a few days ago, but quickly took the information down. Not quick enough, though, for several keen-eyed tech bloggers who reported on the news.
That version of the Galaxy S6 was said to have a 5.5-inch display running at 1440 x 2560 resolution, Samsung's Exynos 7420 64-bit Octa-Core CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and run on Android's 5.0 Lollipop operating system. The front camera was said to be 5 megapixels while the main camera in the back was said to be a whopping 20 megapixels.
This phone had a model number of SM-G925F, which is reported to be right in line with European number heirarchy of Samsung phones.
But this latest leaked image shows off a screenshot of the specs page on the phone with that same model number and same Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560), but with a Mali-T760 processor and a 15.9-megapixel rear camera, instead.
While there are several possibilities with this discrepency, including different testing models for different markets, many believe that this means Samsung will launch several versions of the Galaxy S6. This on top of the fact that we're already expecting a curved-edge version with the Galaxy Note Edge, and a stylus version with the next iteration of the upcoming Galaxy Note, which would theoretically be the Note 5. And don't get us started on the Galaxy Alpha.
What's even more confusing is the fact that the South Korean company has already said that they plan to reduce the number of phones for 2015 by around 25 to 30 percent after sales of recent phones didn't hit the mark they expected.
Forbes' Ewan Spence is not looking forward to the rumored split model product line as voiced in a recent article about the leak. "My only concern is Samsung needs to be focusing on new ways of storytelling and driving a message of innovation and leading from the front (as opposed to being a fast follower)," he said. "A split model strategy will dilute the launch story through the multiple models and hedging any new technology (such as using a 'edge' AMOLED display along one of the long sides of the handset) by only including the fancy screen on a more expensive high-end model... which now looks like it will come with a slightly bigger camera. Samsung's flagship line needs rejuvenating and given a brand new lease of life. I'm not sure a split-model strategy sends that signal."
Either way, a sure bet is the Galaxy S6's release date being in Q1 2015. Going off of the release date of the Galaxy S4 and S5 which were both released in the month of April, we're guessing that the S6 will also be released in April. The S4 was announced in March and the S5 was announced in February of each launch year, so it's more than likely that we'll be seeing an S6 announcement within the next two to three months.