Galaxy S6 to look 'a lot like iPhone 6,' come with 5.1" display and sealed polymer battery
UPDATE: A treasure trove of new Galaxy S6 chassis images seemingly confirms the iPhone 6 lookalike claims from the Korean sources below.
If you thought those rounded corners, thin chassis and taller home button in the leaked Galaxy S6 schematics resemble the iPhone 6 design paradigm, it's because the retail handset indeed does, tips Korean media today. The new flagship Galaxy is said to come with a sealed unibody metal casing, but with use of glass material both for the front and the back, too. As one executive at a parts supplier puts it today: "The Galaxy S6 will make its debut in two versions ― flat and rounded screens. It will have a metal build, which will make it look even more like Apple's latest models." Ouch.
Design is not the only thing Samsung might have in common with Apple's newest handsets, though, as today's publication reconfirms what we've been hearing for a while - that a technology called Samsung Pay will be embedded in the phone, similar to what Apple did last year. Samsung's solution, however, might be based on magnetic emitting that mimics your credit card, so it will potentially be accepted in 10 million points of sale without retooling of existing machines, while Apple Pay is currently encompassing about 200 thousand spots. Here's how LoopPay, on which Samsung Pay will allegedly be based, works.
Samsung has apparently ditched the plans to only offer a dual-edged screen with the Galaxy S6 due to the yet-insufficient yield of curved glass panels, that is why analysts peg the sales of the "flat" screen S6 at about 40 million, while the S6 Edge would be produced in a "limited" 10 million batch, if all goes to forecasts. The screen will be with a 5.1" diagonal, perhaps the same Quad HD Super AMOLED display that made a debut in Korea on the Galaxy S5 LTE-A last year. A Samsung Exynos chipset will be powering the S6, claim the insiders, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 eventually picking up the slack after its production issues have been resolved in the spring.
Last but not least, for the first time we are hearing something more concrete about the battery in the Galaxy S6. A slim sealed unibody handset crafted out of metal is a grand departure from the current flexible design of the Galaxy line, which offers replaceable battery solutions. That is why Samsung has allegedly placed a big emphasis on the volume/capacity ratio, and the life span of the Galaxy S6's juicer. Allegedly, the battery will be smaller in size and run cooler than the current editions, at the same time providing a similar capacity. Here's the exact quote:
Batteries will be embedded in S6 as Samsung is putting more focus on strengthening the safety of batteries by replacing the flammable liquid electrolytes of conventional lithium-ion cells with improved polymer electrolyte cells, which are non-flammable and non-volatile.
The Galaxy S6 will be unveiled a day before the MWC expo officially starts, on March 1st, as it customary for Samsung now, and the company will eventually have its Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong joining the party. We, as usual, will be there live, and relay to you all the excitement and initial impressions that the new Galaxy flagship will bring.