MWC 2015: what to expect from Samsung


The Mobile World Congress is the biggest consumer show for mobile technology this year, and with all the gadget festivities starting in just around two weeks, all eyes are on Samsung as the company is expected to lift the cover off its 2015 flagship: the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The stage for MWC is set at Fira Barcelona, and the date when all the big announcements will happen is March 1st. With hopes to launch a brand new phone design and modernized TouchWiz, Samsung is surely preparing a grandiose 'Unpacked' event where the world will first see its 'next big thing.'

The Galaxy S6, however, is not the only new device we expect to see from Samsung. The company has teased a device with a curved display, and we've seen the rumors for tablets and a round smartwatch. Here's what all the buzz is about.

Samsung Galaxy S6


The Samsung Galaxy S6 is said to be a radical overhaul of the company's strategy as it goes back to the drawing board. The 'Project Zero' (the codename for the Galaxy S6) is expected to wave a final goodbye to uninspiring plastic Samsung designs of the past in favor of a sleek and sturdy metal body, and bring a hugely refined, cleaned out of the cluter and lag, TouchWiz user interface.

Rumors so far say that the Galaxy S6 will feature a 5.1-inch display (some say that it will have a Quad HD resolution), a Samsung-made octa-core Exynos system chip, but the big focus seems to be on the camera. After all, Samsung itself released a teaser of the new shooter in the Galaxy S6 setting expectations high. We came away impressed with what the Galaxy Note 4 offered, and we're looking forward to see how Samsung tops itself in this regard.

Good news is that the expected dimensions and size of the Galaxy S6 have leaked out from multiple places, and even alleged prototypes have surfaced, so we have a fairly good idea about how the phone will look like. We have summed up the most interesting leaks and renders right below.


Galaxy S6 Edge


After the experimental Samsung Galaxy Round opened the doors to the new technology way back in 2013 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge introduced us to the nifty world of wraparound displays in 2014, Samsung has pretty much confirmed that it is committed to pushing the limits of bendable displays in 2015. The first device to up the ante is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The essential idea of the Galaxy S6 Edge can be summarized in just a single sentence: a smartphone with its screen bending to wrap around not one, but both of its side rims.

Unlike the Galaxy S6, very little detail apart from that has leaked out about its S6 Edge sidekick. We, however, expect Samsung to handle the launch in a way similar to what it did with the Note 4 and Note Edge, meaning that the two devices may share the same design language with the only major difference being in the wrap-around screen on the S6 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2


Samsung is one of the most prolific brands in the world, and we expect it to show us its new family of tablets. We have seen the leaks for a series of devices under the new Galaxy Tab S2 name.

Little is known about the Galaxy Tab S2 slates except for expectations that there will two of them: an 8-inch model, and 9.7-inch one with a body even thinner than that of the iPad Air. We've seen Samsung adopt AMOLED screens for its tablets last year, and this year we expect this trend to continue, as newer and better displays become available. The benchmark for screen resolution in the tablet world is also set high, and while we don't expect any revolutions this year, chances are that we'll see pixel densities of above 200ppi on these new tablets.

Samsung Orbis smartwatch


We have seen the patents and we have seen other companies like Motorola release smartwatches with round body. Knowing Samsung as a company that loves to be present in every market and form factor, we expect the rumor for the Samsung Orbis watch with a round body to have a lot of credibility.

The most interesting feature of this expected device is a physical ring embedded around the bezel that you rotate to navigate elements in the menu. Such a physical element would definitely set the Orbis apart from all the other Android Wear smartwatches.

Massive Unpacked 2015 event


Finally, as much as we're looking forward to all the new devices that Samsung will unveil at the Mobile World Congress 2015, we're also eager to see the 'Unpacked' event itself. Samsung is known for holding grandiose showings for its new products, often recruiting a world-class orchestra, and preparing a carefully staged event. At the same time, there are no guarantees that Samsung won't mess something up like it did in previous years where a few strange moments defined the company's events. Hopes are that it has learned its lessons, and we're in for a big show. Stay tuned as we will be in Barcelona with live updates from the event and (hopefully) a hands on with the Galaxy S6 and the rest right after it's unveiled.

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20 Comments

1. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

I'm waiting for NotePro. Is there any chance for that?

18. datagrab

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Note series > S series

3. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm all for the touchwiz improvement. Optimize it and maybe make it available as free launcher in google play. It's the only thing that's keeping me from owning a samsung product. And sammy, your A3 sucks. Why offer dual sim but have the other sim port occupy the micro sd slot? You almost had my money.

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

cant wait to get mine. it better be worth the hype

7. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

CANT WAIT.

9. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

What for the htc lag one m9, I have been told Samsung paid sd a load of cash for there company and Samsung are now sending out lag810 to other oem to put them all out of business, now, only joking , but if the lg lag flek 2 review are anything to go buy they going to have to redesign it big time to get this thing fixed, I can only see big delays or ver lag fest phones, anyways this will put htc out of business,, I been told it's Apple taking them all out also did a deal with there cpu maker

10. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I think this is going to be the year of the #laggate

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Make that 1 of 3 thing for htc this year 1: laggate (does what lg has done) 2: hotgste (removing or cutting back on the lag) 3: nosalesgate (delays the phone for the redesign cpu,s, s6 comes out htc out of business) What will htc go with time will tell but it looks bad to me, I be thinking they go with 1 or 2 so they can keep going for 6 more months to they get all the returns or no sales next year and then goes out of business, this looks very bad for htc, then again htc may not even go with the 810

13. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

2 weeks left.

14. greek

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

Already all Samsung users are frustrated with previous gen. lagging Touchwiz and same boaring samsung design...Time to move to HTC - if it can prove in M9 !!.. Eagerly waiting for March1st.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No we're not. How could I possibly be frustrated with the hands down best phone on the market, the Note 4. As lag free as any other phone, plus more powerful, functional and flexible.

24. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung haters r frustated

19. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Lets wait and see if indeed samsung slims down touchwizz .

25. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Why do I keep thinking that the S6 is somewhat too similar to the IPhone? I could probably say it is a blatant copy but I wouldn't say that before I know exact things. I hope it will not be like that, and will be a very nice smartphone. From HTC and other brands too. Please introduce nice design Samsung, without the sense of copying

28. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

All these smartphone companies are copying from each other. Big deal. Apple copied Android by suddenly jumping on the "phablet" trend, They all do it. Get over it.

26. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

This fancies PapaSmurf's tally wacker.

27. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Ugh...stupid phone wars. If you're not a Samsung fan, you look like Pathetic 12 year olds hanging around Samsung threads just to post something you know nothing about yet.

29. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The problem with Samsung is that they do not have the type buyers and support like Apple. They release way to many products (ala beta form) to try and categorize their buyers. I understand that you have your budget and high end consumers, but stop manufacturing products just to find what sticks or finds an interest in what consumers want. I'll start with their poor sales with the Gear. Another example that they release 3-4 different tablets that do the same thing, but the budget minded has less bells and whistles. Samsung's mentality are similar to base model sedan to a fully loaded sedan. The low end products don't generate much revenue for them. As a result, high number of products sold, but low margin on their product. Recipe for disaster. The consumer is not categorizing Samsung as high end/top premium brand as they try to cater towards the low end market. Samsung has to choose who they want to sell to the most and focus on that.

31. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Apparently you aren't aware that Samsung Electronics division alone, ain't all they got! :D It's just one companies in a family of companies that span the entire globe with advanced technology, fashion and fabric industry and fact.... they own their own Luxury Hotel Chain, Banks, Jets engines and a partnership with Boeing. Their Fabrics, Woolens, Leathers and Fashion prowess goes back 50yrs alone in Cheil Industries. Their elite Fashion stores have partnerships already that include Louis Vuitton, Armani, Montblanc, Cartier, to name just a few. They also have a myriad connections and actually own several luxury brands themselves in the Fashion Capital of the World Milan, Italy! Samsung Fashion Industry alone is a Billion Business. While Google makes it's money on advertising and Apple.... if they didn't have iPhones/iPads selling, would be visiting the Corporate Bread Bank living off our Tax Dollars they never pay into! Also... none of you severely deluded Apple fans get it. All their obscene Profits are coming out of you iDiot's pockets. You need to open your eyes to get BIG PICTURE here. Samsung invests 90% of their Revenue and profits from Samsung Electronics alone, back into the company itself. All their gold and silver they use, is supplied from their own Mining Operations as part of Samsung C&T. Who also supplies all their Oil and Gas as raw materials for let's say their massive Chemical and Plastics Divisions. You know the Plastic and newest best quality aircraft grade aluminum going into their products and most of their competition's? That besides the fact that again this year Apple will be paying them Billions of their revenue for memory, screens and processors!!! Meanwhile just wait till Samsung launches Orbis as the center piece of their wearables domination of the entire industry! ;-P .....I'm thinking they've got at least a dozen partners onboard already!

30. jittu9

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

any links to watch the event live. ?

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