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First images of alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 unibody aluminum frame leak out

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First images of alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 unibody aluminum frame leak out
This might be the first substantial leak of the Galaxy S6 with images showing the brand new design adopted by Samsung for its ‘Project Zero’ 2015 flagship. After hardship in the past couple of years, the company has gone back to the drawing board, trying to revise what a high-end flagship should look like.

The end result might be this alleged aluminum unibody of the Galaxy S6. The leak comes from French publication NoWhereElse, which has an excellent track record with Apple and Samsung rumors.

It does come with a warning that those images come from an early batch of Samsung phones and while chances are we’re looking at the Galaxy S6, it’s not 100% certain, so do take this with a grain of salt.

An evergreen aluminum design has been at the core of Apple’s design success with devices like the iPhone 6, iPads, and Macbooks, but on the Android side of things companies like HTC have also pulled off great-looking aluminum flagships. Would you prefer such a unibody aluminum Galaxy S6 design over the traditionally used by Samsung plastic?

source: NoWhereElse (translated)

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posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:02 10

1. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)

Wow. I am having a strong feeling it would thrash the iP6 and HTC M8 in looks :)

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:06 47

2. Malcolm.Merlyn (Posts: 129; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)

Its a samsung product. It can't thrash anything in looks.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 12:28

47. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Only time will tell.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 20:25 6

64. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)

lol. who are you kidding, not me. The Note 4 is currently the best looking smartphone.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 14:32

73. rkoforever90 (Posts: 227; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)

best looking samsung maybe its noway the best looking phone

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 23:27 5

65. Dranzer10 (Posts: 8; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)

when S3 was first announced, it was one among the best looking phones until the design became very very common.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 03:45 5

69. deanylev (Posts: 213; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)

The Note 4 is absolutely freaking gorgeous soo... Ye :D

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:16 1

8. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

i think thats the a7 uni body not the gs6

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:17 7

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

nothing can defeat the design of the htc m8 and besides this is just the frame

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:46 1

27. cncrim (Posts: 823; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Never said never.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 08:12 4

18. nctx77 (Posts: 1961; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Sorry bro, this is nothing but a galaxy alpha with a metal back which looks like an iPhone 5/5s. It also looks like the battery will not be removable which is its main selling point.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 08:28 1

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 21211; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

My thoughts exactly

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:38 5

25. superbec (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)

since when a non-removable batt is a selling point???

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:44 3

26. xondk (Posts: 1392; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

I think they meant that the removable battery is a selling point, and that they will lose sales if they remove that feature.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:57

45. Jamoga (Posts: 187; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)

It did well for htc and apple :P

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 17:35

62. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


posted on 19 Dec 2014, 08:27 3

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 21211; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Lol, let the phone get announced first. Fanboys, man I tell ya.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 19:50

75. babyk (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

are you insane? U wont get that from samsung anytime soon

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:06 3

3. dancorcal (Posts: 39; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

This doesn't matter to me personally. The first thing I do with a phone is put a case on it. I would rather them put more battery in tje phone.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:08 1

4. trqster (Posts: 97; Member since: 17 May 2013)

Finally Samsung embraces the metal era - about time! Samsung should concentrate on releasing fewer higher quality phones in the future and the S6 certainly looks promising...

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:06 8

29. Doakie (Posts: 2004; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I freaking hate Aluminum phones. My M7 got pits in its aluminum INSIDE of a Seidio Surface case. WTF is the point of a case if inside of a case it gets damaged. Give me Polycarbonate, or throw it back.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:27

37. Supraman21 (Posts: 323; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)

Dont be a lil betch and not use a case. I've dropped my phone once and it wasnt my fault. Whats the point in designing a phone if its always gonna be put into a case? Might as well just make every phone a rectangular block.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:41 2

33. phonehome (Posts: 568; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

They can release two flagships. One for looks and the other for utility. As long as the internals are the same.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:08 8

5. TournaFlyer (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Sep 2014)

No removable battery...NO GO!

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:30

23. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

I really don't understand this mentality - do you really use your phone THAT much that you can't get a days charge out of it and so requires you to carry a spare battery around with you all day? There can't be many people like you out there...

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:02 11

36. burekbrigada (Posts: 19; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

I registred just to reply you. Yes this phone WILL fail if it abondon removable batery. Reason is NOT carrying a spare battery - very few users do that! But after few years battery WILL start to degrade. In very large parts of word phone must go more than two years. Not necessary with same owner, but will be either passed to family members (or friends) or sold. Maybe not important for USA and rich people around world but for common people it is.

posted on 21 Dec 2014, 14:50

78. p00tis (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Nov 2014)

The battery will only noticeably degrade if you buy a cheap s**tty phone. My iPhone 5 lasted for 2 years no problem, I got through every day on a charge just fine. And there's no reason it would get worse if I used it two more years. The iPhone and most quality flagships have good, expensive batteries in them that last a day at least for years. No need for a removable battery, it only ruins design.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 07:44

79. stferrari (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

Speaking as a 38 year electronic engineer this is not true. If you understood how Li batteries work, they only have a limited number of charges available to them. The charge life of a given Li battery is a factor of the size (ma rating), length of each charge (what percentage of the battery needs to be recharged per charge cycle) along with now often it is charged (every day, ever other day, etc.). I owned two HTC one M7s which were charged ~80% once per day. Both phones began to suffer significant charge time losses after 18 months of use and had to be replaced within 20 months. I don't think HTC uses cheap batteries.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 14:25 5

55. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

I'm one of the few people that carry spare batteries. As I'm sure everyone knows, it's not just how much you use your phone, but how strong a signal you have. I often work outside in areas with poor reception and it kills my battery. I carry 2 spares and it essentially takes me about 20 seconds to fully charge my phone again.

I also agree with burekbrigada. After a year or so the battery will be a lot less than new and switching out the battery a nice feature. Just think, after 1 year, a typical battery will have been charged 365 times.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 13:25

51. phonehome (Posts: 568; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Shouldn't be a problem. All that needs to be done is include a battery that lasts 2 days with very heavy usage, takes one hour to fully charge, and that is guaranteed a free (or steeply discounted) replacement within 5 years.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 14:29

56. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

With current techonology I suspect this battery does not exist. There is alway a cause and affect. Quick charging typically shortens life span. So a long lasting/quick charging battery is not likely.
I think it's the Note 4 that has the "turbo charge" which gives you 50% charge in 15 minutes? I'm leary of that.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 17:59

63. phonehome (Posts: 568; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Was being a bit sarcastic with my post as reason to justfy the removable battery. And the Galaxy Note 4 charges 50% in half hour. The Droid Turbo charges to 8 hrs of usage (whatever percentage that may be) in 15 minutes.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:15 10

6. stferrari (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

Non-removable battery would mean they would lose me as a customer. Not everyone wants to have their phone turn into an expensive paperweight after 18 months to 2 years because it won't stay charged anymore. BAD IDEA !!!!!!!!!!

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:20 2

10. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

my gs3 battery is almost 3 years and still strong needs a charge around 7 or 8pm but i start at 6am so 12 to 13 hours still good, but the sd card no rooting for alot of people well yes rooting but harder without nand backup on sd card just incase or upgrading storage to 64 or 128gb or higher 64gb internal with 128gb external or partition the card for 140gb and up internal.
plus aluminum is to slippy they need to go the droid turbo route.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 11:38

83. sraive (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)

That's because you barely use your phone, you don't use your phone for anything serious so it stay charged for days for you. Then why did you buy a smartphone?
At a moderate usage, you would have to recharge the phone every day. This means in 1-2 years the battery is going to wear out.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:31

24. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Fortunately most people have bought / received a new phone within the timeframe you stated...

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:33

40. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

problem for samsung is that they did not i see so many gs3 over all over samsung phones even on commercials its the phone they put everything into and it worked for them, the other 2 just tweaked a little here and there samsung had commercials out saying why you should switch from your gs3 to the gs5 and i dont think people fell for it hence the sales slump with 64bit around the corner android doing 64 bit now why buy a phone that can only be outdated in 6 months and support go south from the manufacture.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:15

7. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)

it is a matter of personal flavors, some like the removable battery over the premium feel, some do the opposite
what i really do care about is the software optimizations! and that SD810 does not have issues with the phone!

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:32

11. lallolu (Posts: 471; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Samsung is smart. They used the plastic design till people are exhausted and their profit is starting to reduce before they decide to start using metal design.

I guess it is same with apple. They used their old design and sze till people are tired and some started moving to HTC and Samsung before they changed the design and increased the screen sizes of their phone.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:36 6

12. wando77 (Posts: 838; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

I have owned a galaxy s 1, 2, 3 and 4 + a note 1, 2 and 3. My galaxy purchases end the minute they become a slippery cold metal body.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:48 4

17. alumoyo (Posts: 357; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

You have just one life on earth, enjoy it - don't waste it being loyal to one brand - experience different things - brand loyalty is way overrated. YOLO! Every new day is a chance to experience a new thing - driving the same car/eating the same food/living in the same place/working the same job/wearing the same type of clothes: AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! Life is about experiences - and the only way to make the best of it is to have as much varied ones as possible.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:40 1

13. alumoyo (Posts: 357; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

I donno - the fact that they've already been launch metal body/chassis phones kind of dilutes the impact of a metal GS6 - so it will still suffer the same issue of not being "unique" in some customers' eyes. They should have held off on the Alpha, A5, A7 and allowed the GS6 to be the one to "introduce" the new metal build. Its too little to late. The Galaxy S line peaked already - sure this will sell well, but that downward curve will continue.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:42 1

14. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

It's projectzero, so I would not expect to look like the Alpha. I hope Samsung took inspiration from the Wave series. Loved those.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:47

15. hortizano (Posts: 292; Member since: 22 May 2013)

say whaaaaa?!?!? The photos are actually branded "exclusive leak"... The nerve!!
Doesn't this qualifies as industrial espionage?

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:36

41. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

exclusive leak to what thats the point the a5 a7 a anyting the gs anything no name means no exclusive branding.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:47 1

16. stferrari (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

All good points. My MBA professor once said " If you build a better mousetrap people will beat a path to your door....ONLY IF THEY WANT A BETTER MOUSETRAP". The Apple products are a glaring example of he who builds the best products don't always win. The only superior thing about the IPhone is the Ax CPU and that is about to come to an end. People continue to buy IPhones because the are IPhones, not because they are better than LG, HTC, Samsung, etc. If Samsung really wants to shake things up here's a challenge. Find a way to build a premium metal body for those who consider looks over function but find a way to have replaceable batteries and upgradeable memory for those who prefer function over looks. You still will not significantly cull the IPhone heard as the a blind to fit or function if it does not have the Apple logo on it. Be content on building the best Android phone in the world at a reasonable price and stop overloading a good OS with so much blot ware that it cripple an otherwise great OS.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 08:44 2

22. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

The reason for Samsung's success thus far is because of all the fancy gimmicks i.e. Share Shot, Drama Shot, Eye Pause, air hover, Wave to Answer, wave to scroll, etc. Remove all the flashy bloat (along with their expensive advertising and celebrity endorsements) and they will have nothing to differentiate themselves from other top Android manufacturers. Judging from HTC M7/8 and Note 4 vs 3 sales, a more "premium" Galaxy S is not going to have as dramatic an impact on sales as you're hoping. Samsung will continue to overload their OS because that's what catches public attention. Clearly your average Samsung consumer doesn't care much for a better mousetrap either so long as it can do cool tricks..

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:15 3

30. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

but they also have the most complete package i.e waterproof, excelent camera, best display, removeable battery, etc.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 15:46

58. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Samsung isn't the only Android manufacturer that makes good hardware.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 03:28 1

68. iushnt (Posts: 1687; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

Thats arguable..I dun see any other android OEMs that provides best display and camera.. battery life is also top-notch

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:49 1

43. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

not true the only reason i think people truly stay with the apple ios is because they have invested so much money into the environment meaning house equipment chargers adapters other things that match the iphone cases itunes songs things that if they changed they would lose thousands of dollars worth its like buying a car putting a new engine in it and axles and computer and then needing new tires or hubs you already spent so much just spend alittle more and its like new again if not better

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 08:13 1

19. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)

As long as it's still waterproof and has a user replaceable battery in addition to a micro sd slot, it doesn't matter to me as I case all of my phones from day 1.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:49

28. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

uh metal are nice, intriguing let just say first samsung metal unibody.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:37 2

32. phonehome (Posts: 568; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

An exclusive iPhone user since 2008, I just switched to the GS5 in September.  The selling point to me was the physical home button (what I am used to with and adore on the iPhone), the larger screen (yes I know the iPhone has a larger one now), and foremost a removable battery.

Yes, I must say the S5 feels awkward, flimsy and even slippery in the hand given its size and build (especially to someone like me with small hands). That is largely solved with a decent case (I use the Spigen Tough Armor case and the difference in hand is day and night).

If Samsung does do away with the removable battery, my next flagship purchase (I only purchase Apple and Samsung flagships at this point) will be once again an iPhone.

Glad to see so many on here complaining as well. Hopefully Samsung listens to potential backlash and reverses course like Microsoft did with the Xbox DRM.

As for those criticizing pro-removable battery posts such as mine; don't know why you have to be seemingly close minded. There is (and still should be) flagships that satisfy all of us. Maybe you guys don't want to use a case just to avoid using a case. Maybe you are too cheap to buy one. Or maybe to show off your fancy phone in the raw, like millions of others don't also have it.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:32 2

39. xondk (Posts: 1392; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Unfortunately it seems that those against removable batteries are those that focus on design more then functionality. And like most of the arguments online, if you don't agree group x then they will get upset/offended, and if there is two groups x and y that get upset/offended since they have opposing views, well, arguments. Really wish people would realize that just because someone doesn't agree with you, doesn't mean they think you are stupid or such. But a lot react that way, if you don't agree you are insulting them :(

Never understood that one, especially when it is about a subjective topic such as design. Then again you cannot really argue about objective stuff (though some do anyway) if x's a is 4 times that of y, then x's a is that...

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:50

44. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

thats why you make 2 types 5.5 with removable back and 5 or 5.2 with all aluminum problem fixed.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 12:28

48. xondk (Posts: 1392; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Yup, I'd agree with that, though it doesn't stop the arguments, and product makers are not terribly happy about producing two identical products with only design differences, maybe because then the two groups will argue senselessly about which is 'better' ?

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 12:11

71. WWThinker (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Excellent ideas. Removable battery simply gives us the freedom and the ability to choose. Non-removable is a closed system that eliminate a lot of use case and flexibility. Any handset OEMs who can provide two flagship designs with and without removable battery will get a lot more business. Having said these if removable battery increases the thickness by a very small margin, would a lot of people be upset? At least I won't.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 11:43

84. sraive (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)

In fact, all the arguments against removable battery are invalid. People who are biased/can't think objectively use those invalid arguments.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:55 1

34. DnB925Art (Posts: 1011; Member since: 23 May 2013)

Just keep the microSD and removable battery and I'm good. I know Samsung has made metal phones with removable batteries at one time. I remember the Samsung Wave 3 had a metal unibody and also had a removable battery. Hopefully they do it again with the new S6 line.

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