Alleged Galaxy S6 specs tipped: premium chassis, 5.1" Quad HD display, 20 MP OIS camera

Alleged Galaxy S6 specs tipped: premium chassis, 5.1
It looks like the hotly-anticipated Galaxy S6 might come with a 20 MP camera, after all, just as one of the leaked benchmark database scores inferred recently. Sources claim that the S6's 20 MP shooter will also be equipped with optical image stabilization technology, perhaps similar to the one already in the Galaxy Note 4.


Not only that, but this latest leak now reveals for the first time the purported screen diagonal of the most expected flagship for the year. The Galaxy S6 is said to sport a 5.1" display, or the same size as its predecessor, but with a Quad HD resolution. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A has a 5.1" Quad HD Super AMOLED display, if you recall, with the current highest 577ppi pixel density on a phone, so that's what Samsung might be using in the S6, too. Bear in mind that this reported screen diagonal clashes with most we've heard so far about the display size, which some said we'll be as large as 5.5". The insiders have also revealed a Gorilla Glass 4 protective sheet on top of the display, which sounds about right, as the new Note 4 is using precisely that as well. 

Here are a few of the display characteristics of the 5.1" QHD Super AMOLED display of the S5 LTE-A, as measured by AnandTech - the panel is surprisingly accurate in terms of colors, with the typical low AMOLED brightness, though the source says the S6 will have superior brightness levels, just like Samsung did with the S5.


Sifting further through the eventual specs sheet we find a 5 MP f/1.8 front-facing camera with real-time HDR being mentioned, probably the same wide-angle unit that is in the new A-series. The Galaxy S6 is supposed to come with 32 / 64 / 128 GB storage versions, but, if history is any indication, the 128-gigger might never materialize in the end. The phone would allegedly offer some sort of quick and wireless charging abilities, with 10 minutes of charge bringing about four hours of usage, not bad at all.

Finally, the sources revealed that a "64-bit eight-core 14nm CPU which is 50% faster" will be running the show, and it is not hard to gauge which one, as Bloomberg already confirmed yesterday that Samsung will ditch Snapdragon 810 for the Galaxy S6, at least with the first batches, and go with its own Exynos 7 Octa chipset, which happens to be built precisely with the 14nm process. The Exynos SoC won't be paired with the crazy Cat. 9 LTE modem that Samsung placed in the Note 4 S-LTE, but rather a more modest Cat. 6 piece, which would still allow for up to 300 Mbps downlink speeds, if your carrier can support those at all, that is.


What we are really miffed about, though, is the reported 2550 mAh battery, which would be a step back for Samsung's flagship Galaxy S-line now. There could be a few possible explanations here, if the battery capacity mentioned holds water - the Galaxy S6 will eventually come with metal-and-glass fusion of a chassis, which might be rather thin, precluding Samsung from fitting a larger battery in there. Another possible scenario is that the screen panel is very power-sipping, so that this battery pack would be enough to keep it on for many hours on end. 

Indeed, as you can see on the right, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A held extremely well in the battery test made by AnandTech a while ago, so we have every reason to believe that, if the S6 ends up with the same or a similar panel, battery life might be commensurate with the one of the S5, or even better, despite the high-density display and the eventual downsizing of the battery pack.

The leaked specs sheet also mentions some new service initiatives will be in store by the time of the Galaxy S6 announcement, called Samsung Pay, a form of mobile transactions service, which would allegedly work with 90% of existing magnetic stripe and NFC payment terminals. As always, take all these with a large grain of salt - they might sound very plausible, but are originating from one source only, though so far we've had tangential proof through tips and leaked benchmarks on most of these specs, save for the screen diagonal.

source: BGR

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Fake! There is no way Samsung trims down the battery to just 2550mhA with power hungry QHD display. And also the screen is widely expected to be 5.3" or 5.5", not the same 5.1".

3. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It might be possible.. Samsung has improved a lot when it comes to battery optimization..

19. jackie220

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

yup.. but they must give more to customer. ONLY 4 HOURS screen on-time still like meh..!! only 4 hours?. Atleast they should double the amount of battery life for next flagship.

28. g2a5b0e unregistered

It says 10 minutes of charge will produce the four hours. Comprehend what you read, man.

4. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Maybe the new cpu manages power consumption very well and maybe the new optimized touchwiz will not bring anymore unwanted drain from bloatware and so the battery life could be better than the one of Galaxy S5 even if S6 will come with a smaller battery. Battery life can be improved by many ways.

8. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

But still, I think Samsung must improve the battery capacity, at least the same 2800mhA if it wants to hold consumers confidence. People woudn't care much how Samsung finds ways to optimize the power consumption, firstly they would find out whether the capacity is more or less.

12. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Hmm...idk about that. Look at what Apple did. I think that S6 will be very thin and a bigger battery would be impossible to fit in.

17. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Pentile martix QHD display has 60% less subpixel than RGB matrix QHD display. So, even if Samsung move to QHD resolution with their S6 true subpixel density increases around ONLY 20% when compared to an RGB stripe 1080p panel. So basically it means amoled panel has to push a lot less subpixel. That's why at the same resolution amoled panel looks a lot less sharper than RGB matrix display. And because amoled panel has less subpixel than RGB it also consume less power. For 5-6 inch phone RGB matrix 1080p is more than enough, but for pentile matrix layout QHD may benefit the user.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Is that why they managed to take (once again) the best screen in a mobile device for two years in a row - beating the IPS Quad HD screens? Hmm.

30. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

PapaSmurf go and see for your self ... compare note 4 with nexus 5 and lg g 3 and you will understand what he says .. u just talk with website info not experience . IPS is lot sharper than Amoled and i really can't emjoy Fhd of amoled .

22. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+1, Ive same opinion n one doubt in this regard. So its really 577ppi in Galaxy S5 LTE-A as mentioned in the article?

25. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Yes, Galaxy S5 LTE-A has Pixel density of 577 ppi but it would appear significantly less sharper than other phone which use RGB matrix stripe even if both phone has the same pixel density ( in this case both phone 577 ppi). So the Question is Why would S5 LTE-A appear less sharper than other phone even though they have the same ppi? And the answer - other phone will appear sharper because they use completely different subpixel arrangement. In pentile matrix display each pixel has only 2 subpixel but in conventional display each pixel has 3 subpixel (RED, GREEN and BLUE, hence it is called RGB matrix display). So, basically, even though S5 LTE-A has 577 pixel per inch, each of these pixel lack a subpixel that 577 LESS subpixel per inch than conventional RGB matrix display. FHD amoled display (pantile matrix) have total 4,147,200 subpixels and FHD RGB display have 6,220,800 pixels. That's a huge number of subpixel difference, amoled panel have more than 2 million LESS subpixel even at the same resolution. If amoled panel move to QHD resolution it will have 7,372,800 subpixel, only 20% more than RGB matrix FHD display. So basically Even with QHD display pentile matrix display will appear significantly less sharper than RGB matrix display QHD display and slightly sharper than FHD display. PPI number doesn't tell the full story, but subpixel number does. That's why i said that "For 5-6 inch phone RGB matrix 1080p is more than enough, but for pentile matrix layout QHD may benefit the user." Pentile matrix display are way behind RGB matrix display in terms of sharpness so If anybody brag about pentile matrix QHD display over RGB matrix FHD/QHD display, my request to you is that you just copy paste my comment and post there to shut up the troll/ignorant.

29. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

@ hboy857 Thank you for clearing my doubt by explaining in detail.

6. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Actually the QHD AMOLED displays are so power effecient, they use less power than the last gen FHD ones :-)

20. Islander99

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Hope so...large 3200mhA battery, no less than 4GB RAM (should be 5GB to make it distinct)

26. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Lol when have you known Samsung to do anything distinct?

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Bring it on Sammy.

5. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014


7. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

What if they could just Optimise the 1080p display just as how they optimised the Quad HD Display. Battery life would go up more than half the screen on time.

10. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

QHD display is the norm of flagship phone in 2015. If it keeps 1080p, it can't catch up with the competition.

13. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

5.1" QHD screen is a gimmick and too bad that most of he people don't understand that and they are demanding it badly. QHD is good for bigger displays like the one of Nexus 6 or Note 4 but on a 5" or closer is nothing more than a gimmick.

9. Revotron

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Just keep the 1080p display and make an HTC type chassis and Sammy you will be unstoppable !!

15. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

...that just makes it an HTC, remember they still have to turn a profit

11. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

What ! 2550 mAh battery with QHD display???????

23. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's supper oled it will easy deal with it

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

This is as good as the phone is already announced. Hopefully this will redeem Samsung but I'm also interested in seeing the HTC Hima

16. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

If it turns out to be as elegant as the concept in this article's picture, I may just end up buying this thing :D never had much of a problem with samsung's design but when it's that gorgeous...

18. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

It's an exciting time to be sure. I have an iPhone 6 which I love, but I'm really interested to see what Samsung comes up with here. It needs to be good and it needs to be different design wise to the S5, because there will be so many wonderful new devices in 2015. Specs wise I think the race has almost been run. How much more power or definition do you need in a handheld device? Pricing aside; I think battery life, design and innovation will become the key drivers when deciding which flagship phone to spend your hard earned cash on.

27. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Metal and glass construction will help significantly with thermal performance.

31. Kamamura

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

I used to be a huge OLED fan, but since Samsung crippled the technology with the Pentile matrix to decrease production costs, the new displays have many problems, ditheredcolors, black and white crush, tinting, color banding, grainy, unclean color transitions, especially in shades of cyan, pink and purple. They strongly resemble old TN panels with spatial dithering. I own SG5 Plus, because it's a very fast and nice phone, but the display is certainly its weakest point. I won't be buying any new phones while they contain this crippled version of the fantastic AMOLED technology.

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