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Samsung Galaxy S6's metal chassis apparently leaked (oops, false alarm)

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Samsung Galaxy S6's metal chassis apparently leaked (oops, false alarm)
*Update: It turns out that this early prototype is actually of a mid-range Samsung device, the Galaxy A5. After the publication of the leak by usually reliable French blog NoWhereElse, another resource, SamMobile, has chimed in with more information and an image confirming that what we're looking at below is in fact not the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6. 

Samsung has allegedly adopted draconian measures to keep its flagships under cover, something worth keeping in mind when looking at future 'Galaxy S6' leaks.*

Leaked chassis (right) compared with later Galaxy A5 prototype (right)

Leaked chassis (right) compared with later Galaxy A5 prototype (right)

While Samsung might be bringing its unannounced Galaxy S6 to CES 2015, it’s said that it won’t showcase it to the public, but only to “select partners” behind closed doors. Thus, we’ll probably have to wait until February or March to see the new handset. However, if you’re interested in seeing only a part of the new Galaxy, it looks like we can do that right now.

Nowhereelse (a French website that’s been a reliable source in the past) today revealed some images that reportedly show the metal chassis of the Galaxy S6. We can spot what appears to be a cut for the rear camera, and another cut for the (hopefully removable) battery. Assuming that these images indeed show the chassis of the S6, the handset could end up looking a lot like the Galaxy Alpha, or the Galaxy A series. Back in December, we saw a similar alleged Galaxy S6 chassis - although, of course, this doesn’t confirm anything yet.

Besides a unibody metal design, the Galaxy S6 is supposed to offer a 5.2-inch (or 5.5-inch) display with 1440 x 2560 pixels, a 16 MP or 20 MP rear camera, and a Snapdragon 810 or Exynos 7420 processor (depending on market).

As previously reported, Samsung is expected to introduce several version of the Galaxy S6. We’ll likely see soon if what’s pictured below is related to any of them.


source: Nowhereelse (translated), update: SamMobile

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posted on 04 Jan 2015, 13:36 11

1. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Much better looking. Thin bezels would make it more awesome. Can't wait :)

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:54 8

17. Aploine (Posts: 425; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


That thing reminds me of the Nokia icon (not the back) and if it comes with a glass curved on the edges as rumored, it will be very beautiful. But how can you say that the second cut could be for a removable battery? How could you remove a battery from that? For me no remov. batt. is a deal breaker

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:31 1

25. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)


I don't think Samsung really cares if they lose a few over a removable battery. You're just being overly picky -- this phone will look great. Go buy an LG

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:45 7

28. Aploine (Posts: 425; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


LG = no good display. In a recent poll, if I remember well, more than 50% of the people prefer the removable battery. I eat batteries so I swap them

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 16:25 4

31. zachki17 (Posts: 261; Member since: 14 Sep 2014)


Lg No good Display ?? are you blind .. So why Apple and Sony and All others Company Use lg display and no Amoled ?? Lg the largest Tv maker in the world because of the Quality of display and Design ..

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 16:51 4

34. Booza (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


The largest tv market by marketshare actually samsung, and the the largest LCD Panel by market share is JDI, Sony use JDI & Sharp on their mobile display

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 16:59 1

35. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Get your facts right mate.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:30

41. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The cost and difficulty at the moment with fabricating AMOLED panels leads to certain OEMs opting for LCDs, as they can access them in the quantities that they desire. Other than that, AMOLED has reached a point where it has surpassed LCD on all levels, except for peak brightness - that's due to the continual efficiency improvements needed to display white content, which is what the majority of the Internet is comprised of.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 22:43 1

50. jviral (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


It won't be a few they'll lose. I've liked every galaxy I've had and put up with a few annoyances (overall size of touch wiz, the look of the ui, can sometimes get laggy) because of other perks like multi window and, of course, the removable battery. The picky people are the ones who were yelling about "needs metal to feel premium" bs. When they literally just stick it in a giant plastic otterbox case anyway. It never needed that for me, I'm happy with design. I hope they give us the option with different models, because it looks like Samsung gave in to the picky people.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 16:30

33. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Apple doesn't have a removable batteries and they still manage to sell millions of iPhones every year.

What if Samsung does the same? There is no big deal they may put a big battery in so you don't need to swap it all the time. I think sometimes it is good to welcome technology and appreciate rather than complaining all the time. Also, we don't know how the final product will be look like and capable of.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 19:36 1

38. cheetah2k (Posts: 1499; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Oh No! Samsung copying Apple again!!!

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:19 1

40. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


i use to remember where all people hate iphone because of its non removable battery and look what Samsung does now (possibly, since the device is not official yet).

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:34 2

42. Exempt1 (unregistered)


Android people don't adore Samsung... They make cool stuff, but if someone wants a removable battery in their phone, they just get a different Android. I'm sure Samsung will even make another phone with a plastic back/removable battery.

People hated Apple with the non removable back because the battery is dreadful in it, and somehow still is... Samsung have hit the two day mark off one charge with reasonable use, they have earned that metal plate!

Also, removable backs are awesome after a year and the battery is just generally worn out due to use. It happens. But if it's simple to pop off the back cover, like some 'non-removable' backs are, then who cares.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:40

43. ososucre (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


if you talked about the NON REMOVABLE battery that Samsung copys apple, then why DIDNT YOU mention that steve job ONCE said that the best display to hand is 3,5-4inch? And hellno surprise that now they copy samsung to make a larger size as once NOTE1 firstly being introduced and many people included apple mocked Samsung "whos gonna use that monster phone?"

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:57

46. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Steve was right, 3.5" display is still best for one handed use... Samsung did bring phablet from bonkers to normal - so they deserve the credit... but what Steve said is still true...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 23:19

52. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


dont forget jobs made fun of the pen now apple is trying to do a digital pen.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:40

26. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I'm more interested in the bottom where it looks like that could be a micro SD slot maybe even a slide in battery compartment that would be nice

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:58

55. Krjal (Posts: 225; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


If they can manage a removable battery like that I'll be impressed and probably buying it.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 16:28

32. rd_nest (Posts: 1578; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


For all we know this could be a HTC or a Sony mobile or a Chinese phone or just mere toilet papers.

This is just speculation at this point and really shows nothing that you don't know so far.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 13:37 7

2. Carlitos (Posts: 496; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


That actually seems like one of the more belieable leak out there for S6. Really looking forward to this phone.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:06 2

8. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


True. I think Samsung is really going to step up their game with this phone.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:53

45. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Looks like Samsung S6 is going to have "band windows" on top and bottom like the old iPhones did...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 13:43

3. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


seems like unibody structure... what are those two big screw holes?

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 13:52

6. NuRay (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


SIM slot and SD card slot?

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 13:56

7. Lizze (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


It might be for the two curved edges edition :D !

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:57 1

18. Exempt1 (unregistered)


Probably the anchors for when the alluminium is getting cam treatment. Far too big to be permanent to the structure, and can't be bent anywhere die to the way they are attached to the main body

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 13:47 3

4. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Several versions of the S6? Oh boy.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:15

12. chop32 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


My sentiments, exactly...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 13:48 3

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 19471; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The s6 will look like a smaller version of the N4, that's no surprise. Samsung has been unifying the look of the brand since the s3, and its a smart move. After iPhones and HTC's M series, Galaxy phones look the best.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:16 3

24. buccob (Posts: 2495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I actually think that last gen iPhones looks better than 6/6+... specially because of the camera... Xperia Z series look much better... though not as ergonomically comfortable as Galaxies...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:53 1

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 19471; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I actually like the camera protrusion, it gives it different look. Sony's phones look good, but not to the level of the 3 I mentioned, of course beauty is subjective, so I respect your opinion and won't dis it. I think Apple did a good job with the 6/6+, though I think the antenna lines should've been the same color as the phone. +1

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:43

44. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


You like camera protrusion that's your choice. The thought of smaller area (protruding camera edge) gets bigger impact on hard surface (e.g counter top) stops me from buying Samsung. Let alone the wobblings it causes when use on my desk.
Camera protrusion is just retarded.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 21:18

47. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


darkkjedii knows I'm not a big fan of the camera protrusion (I hated it on Android phones, Samsung the most, and I hate it on iPhone 6/6+). But I saw a 6 in a slim case that put that camera flat with that case which look like it belonged there. The Samsung protruding camera solution (and some other android manufacturers like HTC models where they curve the rear as if they meant to do that) just made it look very cluttered or last minute fix (even though that wasn't a last minute thing) still apple was able to fit that camera in a much thinner chassis with only sub-millimeter protrusion - cudos for that (but no one asked Apple to make their phones so thing, right)...

Anyways, just my observation...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 23:22 1

53. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


you have to understand camera tech if you want ois and real high mp you will have that protrusion because for some stupid reason the general public have been mislead to think that a thinner phone is better then a battery that lasts and a phone that can cool its self

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:55

58. darkkjedii (Posts: 19471; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok, and that's your choice. I bought a 6+, and love the look of it. That's my choice, and that retardedness is selling like hotcakes.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 12:13

61. Exempt1 (unregistered)


Yeah. But the 6+ is gross though.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:06

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Yep, I think this one checks out. It's lot different from the previous Knox leak which looked like a Samsung branded iPhone 6. This one shows hard corners which I'm not sure will turn out well. Also is it me or this frame shows Samsung is finally ditching removable batteries with the S-line?

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:09 1

10. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Big improvement...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:13

11. xperian (Posts: 279; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


if that's true it will suck less

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:16 1

13. chop32 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


I hope this "Project Zero" includes Touchwiz as well.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:42

27. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Project Zero is a rebuild of TouchWiz if you look up on the internet you'll see the test results showing it running two times to three times faster than the current TouchWiz

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:26 2

14. elmtube (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 May 2012)


They can bring all the unibody metal in the world, and it wont matter, the big problem has always been TW. Fix TW, THEN fixs the design. The metal wont change lag

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:10 5

23. willard12 (Posts: 1515; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I understand everyone's argument on TW but for some reason it doesn't match Consumer Reports' rating of TW devices. It's a disconnect between tech websites and the rest of the real world. Everyone here hates it but the general public seems to be fine with it.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:30 1

15. ianbbaa (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


bye bye removable battery? I never used 2 bateries on the go for my phone but it was just a some kind of satisfaction to be able just buy a battery when the original one die after 1 year or so. I had the problem with my first Note 1 where after 1 year battery heavily degraded - it was easy repair for me to buy a 15eur new one.

They could make some kind of "slot" from the bottom of the phone - similar to how i stick battery to my dslr - push - click and is in. Unclick and slide out. Cover could be srewed onto the AL body to look unified.

I know - kinda oldfashioned for these days designs.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 14:31

16. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Looks good but im still not a big believer in leaks. I will just wait until it comes out. After samsung released the alpha, note 4, and note edge its hard to believe that they will do wrong on the s6.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:05

19. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


I wish samsung would release a metal body, 4:3 aspect ratio 10 inch tablet, with super amoled screen, s pen and running a better version of touch wizz...or windows ..,

I hope after all these design improvements this tablet will be a reality any time soon...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:06 2

20. yahia_malka (Posts: 186; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


The same design , the same s**t

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:10 2

22. AME85 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


And where on earth did you see the same design. Or you are here just for trolling. The phone is not released yet. Even the leaked frame (which may be fake) is different !!!!!

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 16:01

30. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Some people just will not stop hating Samsung. I remember that I hated LG but they came back fighting with the LG G2 and G3. And I use to despise Motorola but they been on the come back for the last 2 years. HTC was on my hate list but I'm looking forward to the next flagship.
Point being I like to have choices.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 15:07

21. alex_g3 (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


I can actually believe this one why because where the camara will be looks like a Samsung device if they do something about touchwiz I might thing before upgrading my G3 to this but I'ma wait for the G4 also

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 18:56 1

36. rkoforever90 (Posts: 160; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


no removable battery? then i will buy LG G4.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 19:04

37. Needle (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


I hope not, I have waited a very long time for the S6 but.....no removable battery is a deal breaker for me. I will not buy any phone that cannot remove the battery.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 20:03

39. kylehudsons (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Please have a removable battery... otherwise need to change my phone to lg

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 21:21

48. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I dont think Samsung should worry about lack of removable battery - from my personal surveys (friends and friends of friends) NONE own a second battery, they just charge every night or in car or carry a charger (I own everything Apple at home) but my kids toys have a few mini-usb charger cables that Android users use at my home to charge...

But like I said, no one that I know or asked has an extra battery - probably just the power-users that more tech-y like the android members here...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 21:23

49. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I dont usually comment on non-Apple articles, but I kinda like the unpainted, unpolished metal look in those photos - would be nice to have a phone that is like that - heavy industrialized, paint and polish is for woosies kinda look...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 22:58

51. jviral (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


Doesn't look finished. USB port still needs to be cut, along with the volume rocker and power button. From the second picture, it looks as if there will be removable panel. Most likely for battery, sim, and sdcard. Hopefully, best of both worlds. Otherwise, it's a unibody phone with software buttons. No thanks if that's the case.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 23:29

54. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


they should not do the vol rocker it should be button less metal cut out that keeps the tensile strength up for bend test. i would love a mech metal style like the metal on the titans in titanfall game
like the pic above hard core when i am doing heavy metal work or concrete repair or anything else its more beastly to go with the specs lol

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 03:34

56. Bozzor (Posts: 169; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Samsung is now betting that the people it will lose in sales that valued the battery will be more than made up for by people who value a stylish unibody. But...they better be careful and still give up-gradable storage a la Sony Z series. Otherwise, too many people may go for competing Android...or just figure on joining the World of iPhone ...

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:04

57. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 292; Member since: 13 May 2014)


I really hope that the overall size of the device it's not bigger than the S5 because I'm tired of big phones. In my opinion the size of S4 or Nexus 5 is the perfect size for a phone. Also FHD resolution on a 5.2" screen is more than enough... Who wants bigger devices can buy the Note 4.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:22

59. Needle (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


The battery in my phone went bad and because I could easily replace it no big deal and no big expense. The phone was out of warranty when that happened. Ability to change the battery is super important.

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