Samsung Galaxy S6 rumor round-up: specs, features, price, release date and all we know so far

Project Zero is the internal codename of the Galaxy S6, the supposed next Samsung flagship. So far, Samsung has been quietly codenaming its flagships with letters from the alphabet - the S4 was Project J, the S5 -- Project K, but rather than the S6 being ‘Project L’ (which also coincides with Android 5.0 ‘L’ollipop), it decided it is time for a reset.

It’s all back to the basics. After a few prosperous and worry-free years of growth, Samsung has to go to the drawing board to re-think its ‘next big thing’, which no longer looks so big after sales tumbled and the Galaxy S5 sold slower than the S4.

And frankly, a lot of the fairy tale growth for Samsung thus far is not least due to the fact that Apple was inexcusably late with its product cycle, taking years to make an adequate, large-sized iPhone. Now that there are two of them, and a mature market with a plethora of strong offerings from China, Samsung is starting to feel the heat and this time it’s serious.

One thing is certain: the Galaxy S6 will be a vastly different smartphone, aiming to show the best of Samsung in one device.

Design: metal frame

Expected specs

We've been criticizing Samsung a long time for its uninspiring, all-plastic, cheap-looking devices, and that chant reached a crescendo in the Galaxy S5, where the company ignored all hopes and pleas for a more refined style, and stubbornly released the S5 with the same plastic design.

With ailing financials, though, and a series of well-made, metal devices, Samsung might finally make a change and bring an entirely new style for the Galaxy S6. We've seen the leaked images that confirm a metal frame will indeed be present on the Galaxy S6, but the back seems to be made out of glass, with a protruding camera right in the center.

What's also interesting is that now we have seen multiple leaked schematics and all agree on the actual dimensions of the phone, so we know what the physical footprint of the Galaxy S6 will be like. Take a look right below to see how the Galaxy S6 size compares to that of last year's Galaxy S5, as well as its biggest rival, the Apple iPhone 6.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6


5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm


4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5


5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm


4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6


5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm


4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5


5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm


4.55 oz (129 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page

Display: 5.1-inch size, bump up to Quad HD resolution likely

The Samsung Galaxy S5’s other big disappointment was the screen. The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED panel - despite being praised by Samsung loyalists - has one big shortcoming - its green tint that throws it off in terms of color accuracy, making it look unnatural. The recent advancements in the land of Samsung AMOLED displays that the company showed with Galaxy Note 4 make one thing clear: it can do a good-looking display, if it wants, so we have high hopes that the S6 will finally have a well-calibrated display. 

The Galaxy S6 is expected to come with a 5.1-inch display and while we have no firm confirmation about the resolution, as we have for the size, chances are that Samsung will bump it up to a Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel).

The road towards higher-resolution screens has been a one-way street, and despite the little perceived difference of going from 1080p to Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) displays, the Galaxy S6 is said to make that jump.

Interface: TouchWiz on a strict diet

The Samsung TouchWiz custom user interface on top of Android has been the source of controversy for many years. It’s an extremely feature-rich skin, but it has consistently fallen behind in terms of speed, and despite Samsung flagships boasting state-of-the-art processors, they still stutter and lag in certain moments.

Nonetheless, it will be extremely difficult for Samsung to make a turnaround quickly, which does not mean the company won't try. Latest whispers on the grapevine are that TouchWiz has gone on a very strict diet in the past couple of months and will reappear in a much leaner version in the Galaxy S6. Speculations even say that Samsung's goal is to achieve near-stock speeds and simplicity, so hopes do run high.

We've already seen the TouchWiz version re-imagined for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, and you can take a look at it below to get an idea about the direction Samsung is likely to go to when designing the Galaxy S6 interface.

Samsung parts ways with Qualcomm: Exynos in for the S6

The Galaxy S6 will be the first truly mass-market flagship Android phone with a 64-bit chip. A year and a half after Apple kickstarted the transition to 64-bit in mobile with the A7 chip in the iPhone 5s, Android is catching up and that's good news.

It will still likely take a couple more years to get essential NDK apps updated to 64-bit and even then, we do expect it to run with some issues due to the multi-tasking on Android which will conflict older, 32-bit apps with 64-bit ones. It's a road we've all walked with Windows, but we don't expect it to be any less bumpy. Nonetheless, it’s great to finally know that we'll be in 64-bit territory with the Galaxy S6.

The S6 is expected to take a bold step by NOT USING the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 system chip, as Samsung is alleging some overheating issues and will instead push its own Samsung Exynos SoC.

Qualcomm has a reputation for making its own, custom CPU cores, but it has also been caught off-guard with Apple’s 64-bit announcement, and in order to fit into a more aggressive timeline, the Snapdragon 810 no longer ships with a custom Qualcomm core - instead it uses an ARM-based setup: four Cortex A53 cores and four Cortex A57 cores. Samsung's Exynos 7 series chip also uses ARM-based cores, so the difference should not be huge in that regard.

Camera: 20-megapixel camera likely

The Galaxy S5 features a 16-megapixel camera, which we praised for its daylight performance, but found a bit lacking in low light and night time. Samsung’s decision to go with such a large resolution came with the downside of smaller individual pixels, and this is one of the major reasons behind the less than inspiring low-light performance of the S5 main shooter. The company has improved its technology, though, and in the Note 4 we are seeing a much better performing 16-megapixel camera. 

Since the Galaxy S6 is not a finished design yet, internal discussions are still considering either a 16-megapixel or 20-megapixel sensor. The latest rumors say that a 20-megapixel camera with a Samsung sensor is the most likely candidate for the Galaxy S6. 

Early Galaxy S6 prototypes featured the following option for image resolution: 
  • 20MP (image resolution of 5952×3348) 
  • 15MP (image resolution of 4464×3348) 
  • 11MP (image resolution of 3344×3344) 
  • 8MP (image resolution of 3264×2448) 
  • 6MP (image resolution of 3264×1836) 
  • 2.4MP (image resolution of 2048×1152) 
The front-facing, selfie camera is said to be the same one as what’s used in the current Galaxy A series, which would mean a 5-megapixel shooter. 

The fact that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are both expected to come running on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop has allowed Samsung to update its camera app with a brand new ‘Pro’ mode. In the new ‘Pro’ camera mode on the Galaxy S6 users would be able to save images in RAW format as well as control shutter speed, both essential options for enthusiast smartphone photographers. The Gallery app on the Galaxy S6 is also said to get a refresh and become more user-friendly with easier controls over how you delete images for instance. The visual style is also said to now include text along with icons to help users figure out what to do easier. 

Storage: 32GB in the basic model?

While processors and cameras have improved at a staggering pace in the last few years, an area that they both depend on has largely stagnated.

We’re talking about internal storage, of course. 16GB of internal storage has been the standard for flagships in the past 5 or so years, and luckily, Samsung is finally planning to pick up the pace and introduce the S6 with a 32GB base model. The handset should also be offered in a 64GB and 128GB storage tiers, all with support for expandable storage via microSD cards of up to 128 gigs.

Connectivity: first with all sensors on one chip, in-house LTE modem

4G LTE connectivity might still be a rarity in the majority of the world, but lucky customers in the U.S. and the Western world in general (let’s count Korea and Japan there as well) are enjoying astonishing download speeds.

4G LTE, however, has so far come with a taxing battery budget. With the Galaxy S6 this might be less so, as the phone is expected to arrive with a Samsung in-house LTE modem, the SS333, or Exynos Modem 333.

Moreover, with Broadcom’s new BCM4773 chip on board that combines GPS and all other sensors on a single die (a first in the industry), we should see some great improvements in battery longevity on the S6.

Samsung Galaxy S6: release date, price, and carriers

Finally, knowing all this about the Samsung Galaxy S6, you might be wondering: when can I get it? Samsung's first Unpacked 2015 event for the Galaxy S6 is set for March 1st at MWC 2015. The release date of the Galaxy S6 will likely be around a month after the official announcement, so it should arrive in retail stores around the end of March-early April 2015.

So far, we have seen the following codenames leak out, and they do reveal a lot about the S6’s carrier availability (yes, it will naturally be on all four major U.S. carriers, and many more).

Samsung Galaxy S6 codenames:

  • Zero US - AT&T SM-G925A_NA_ATT
  • Zero EUR - OPEN SM-G925F_EUR_XX
  • Zero-F CA (Canada) - BELL MOBILITY SM-G920W8_NA_BMC
  • Zero-F - EUR OPEN SM-G920F_EUR_XX
  • Zero US - T-MOBILE (US) SM-G925T_NA_TMB
  • Zero-F US - AT&T SM-G920A_NA_ATT
  • Zero-F US - T-MOBILE (US) SM-G920T_NA_TMB‏

Finally, big news is that just like it launched the Note Edge alongside its Note 4, Samsung might also reveal an 'edgy' version of the Galaxy S6 along the main star of the show. Samsung itself practically confirmed the existence of a new 'edge' device, and expectations are that it will be a phone with edges on both sides.

What Samsung has never surprised us with, though, is price, so we do expect the Galaxy S6 to sell for $199 on a two-year contract, and $649 when you buy at a full retail price. With all this in mind, how do you like the way the Samsung Galaxy S6 shapes up to be?

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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. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Oh... Is that you Alpha?

28. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

what about a 5" screen with minimal bezel?

61. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I guess it'll be 5.2"-5.3". "16GB of internal storage has been the standard for flagships in the past 5 or so years, and luckily, Samsung is finally planning to pick up the pace and introduce the S6 with a 32GB base model. The handset should also be offered in a 64GB and 128GB storage tiers..." That's a true shame for the past years but what I want to say is that we will never see the 64gb and 128gb versions, at least in Europe. Only after... another five years will see the the 64gb as the basic one on S10. But we will have 10k camera, I guess

85. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sammy's got to compete with iRot so my guess is that they'll include europe on larger storage war. If they can maintain the $649 price for a 64 or 128gb handset, that would cheaper than iPhones.

69. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i don't understand why anyone would put up their half-naked photo in a predominantly males website.

77. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Are you jealous that I had sexy hot body?

79. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Had? So you no longer have one?

83. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

His english grammar skills are deteriorating. Try reading his other posts and you'll get migraine. Half naked guys in PA should get a shirt and some education.

97. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"His english grammar skills are deteriorating. Try reading his other posts and you'll get migraine. Half naked guys in PA should get a shirt and some education." -Dimas "... [Y]ou'll get migraine." You forgot the "a" article before migraine as in "you'll get a migraine." Says the person who himself has a deficiency in English. For the future, if you're going to comment on someone else's English abilities, ensure that you're own fluency is up to par. Silly arrogance...

84. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Because abs. Some people believe that arguments will improve by showing six packs.

2. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Another day...another Samsung. Since the GS3, the Galaxy lines continues to decline in sales and bring nothing to the table but a bunch of gimmick features!

4. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

the decline just start after the S5, not since S3. Mainly because Samsung just lost China to Xiaomi, Lenovo, Coolpad, TCL. And China is big. Bigger than USA. With 1 billion human, the number is just freaking gigantic.

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nice to see some sensible comments unlike some keyboard propagating an impending doom for Samsung.

19. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

If you want stupid comments, just scroll down to the ridiculous post below of someone naming all the overkill features they want in the Note 5.

50. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Never mind, they've been removed...

21. Digitalkuza

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

Yes, I agree!


Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

you mean gimmicks like a bigger screen, health monitor, and widgets? oh wait my iphone6 has thoes gimmicks also. never mind lol..

27. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Who said he's Apple fanboy. I don't understand why if anybody doesn't like Samsung has to be Apple fan, and the opposite. C'mon people, be more open minded

43. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

believe me, abba is an apple fanboy, who can't buy a brand new iphone. :D he's a liar, since he lied about where he is living, he said he is living in america, but he is from philippines actually, if you could track his comments you'll understand what i'm saying. :D

76. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Why should I lied? I don't have any reason to be lie with anyone even you don't know me personally. Yes, I living here in Manila, Philippines and I and my family lived also in Phoenix, Arizona.

24. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

lol, you wish brother. every year, samsung brings the best phone of that year. Yup, it's not the iphone6, the Note 4 wipes da floor on peoples votes. Hey apple, please stop using samsung parts. Go with cheap chinese brands like toshiba and see what happens?

37. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Toshiba is Japanese company.

53. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Toshiba sounds even Japanese... But besides of that everyone knows that it is japanese. So that tells pretty much about you and your intelligence!

54. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I just replied for the comment #24. Please see the original comment before replying.

51. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The only gimmick feature is the fingerprint scanner. That thing is useless.

55. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

For unlock screen, I found it more convenient with my SG Note 4 than my 6 iPhone 6 plus.

81. willard12 unregistered

Verifies payments on Paypal.

3. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I wonder will the exynos Galaxy S6 (or S5 or Note 4) have the QUALCOM TURBO CHARGING 2.0?

7. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Where is the software update (upgrade) plan? Samsung has to put a software upgrade plan on the board too. For such a super spec mobile, I expect samsung update android for next 3 years. Will they do?

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung software update for flag ship models still ok. Galaxy S and Galaxy Note.

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