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Samsung might unveil the 'half-metal' Galaxy S6 as soon as CES in January, dual-edged version in tow

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Samsung might unveil the 'half-metal' Galaxy S6 as soon as CES in January, dual-edged version in tow
Marred by comparatively poor sales of its previous, Galaxy S5 flagship, Samsung might have decided to pull the Galaxy S6 announcement forward, or as soon as CES 2015 next month, claims Korean media. Not only will we be seeing the regular S6 announced then, but also the rumored dual-edged premium version, similar to the way Samsung revealed the Note 4 and Note Edge back in September.

Samsung is aiming at 45 million Galaxy S6 units sold, continues the business publication, citing a local Mirae Asset Securities analyst memo. Out of these, 10 million will be due to the dual-edged model, or so tell the demand forecasters over at the analyst shop. The handset is expected to have the newest chipsets, presumably Snapdragon 810 or Exynos 7 Octa, depending on the region, a Quad HD display and a high-res camera, which might be reserved for the dual-edged version only, though. We will apparently also get a "half-metal unibody", whatever that means - probably something in the styling of the new A-series and Note 4, which have a generous amount of metal elements around them. 

It's all good new for those who are waiting for a more promising flagship from Samsung, and the company would really start the new year with a bang if it manages to unveil the S6 in January, prepping it for sales a few weeks after. This would indeed overshadow the launch of the Xperia Z4, Huawei's D8, or HTC's (M9), all of which are expected to come by the time spring has descended upon us.

source: Chosunbiz via G4Games

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posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:10 1

1. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)

What does it mean poor selling? I dont like Samsung much, i have it but i dont like it. Anyway, who sold more phones, beside Apple? I mean single model phone.
I'm not h8ing just asking. :-)

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:14

20. steodoreben (Posts: 361; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

I'm not sure that Apple has that record. Consider Samsung sold high-end, mid-ranged and low-end GALAXY + Tizen (Bada) + WP + feature phones (touch and non-touch).

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:42 3

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Ummm.. So is Samsung going for the 2 flagships per year thing as well?

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 05:11 5

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

How is that two flagships a year ? They released S5 in March last year. A month here or there is not really two flagships a year. Also, it will be a while after the unveiling when its actually hit the stores.

Sony have learnt their lesson of failed strategy of two flagships. Samsung won't do the same mistake.

Besides, this is PA remember ! They'll turn up tomorrow and say; 'Samsung might not finally announce S6 in CES after all ! How about that ! Shocking, isn't it !!'

Do you really think Samsung will release their top dog at CES ? They would definitely hold a separate event as they wouldn't want the Galaxy to lost amongst other releases.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 07:20

8. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

I think he meant a regular S6 and the edged S6. Like the Note.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 10:25

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Yeah it would be too stupid to reveal at CES. Needs to have SD 810.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 12:09

14. j2001m (Posts: 3005; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Hm, Samsung cpu will be better, they got 1 year up on the sd810, I.e.if all s6 use there new cpu it will easy be better than the 810 that the other,phones will have in the benthmarks

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 17:08

16. Chunkyspudface (Posts: 65; Member since: 31 May 2013)

Exynos might be a bit more powerful, but it isn't as power efficient. It also has a tendency to overheat quicker and many games aren't optimised for them...

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 17:58

17. JadenKeuten (Posts: 15; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)

like their Galaxy Note/Galaxy S line biyearly product cycle since 2011? yep.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:42 3

3. Zomer (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 May 2013)

PhoneArena come on, everybody knows it's bulls**t. What's the point of relasing the Galaxy S6 with almost the same hardware as the current flagships.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:48

4. Mube007 (Posts: 249; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)

only rumors at the end there will be again same design like its siblings so i m not expecting wow factor from samsung at all... actually there designing team sucks except note 4...

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:49

5. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

hmm dunno about this edge thing, maybe for people with tiny hands its ok, but already now with tiny bevels my fingers accidentally touch thanks to large hand, edge seems like it would complicate that like a million times worse then now?

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 07:11 2

7. stferrari (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

To some degree, I think it is stupidly ironic that so many people obsess about a metal bodied phone. I know very few people who do not put cases on their phones almost immediately upon purchase thereby hiding what ever case is on the phone. I used to own an HTC one but never again simple because of the unibody. Yes it is pretty, pretty stupid that is. The idea of trading off a replaceable battery for a unibody case is, in my opinion, nothing more than ignorant/arrogant showmanship on the owners part. If Samsung does away with the replaceable battery in their S6, their sales will plummet even more (that is unless some of the I-phone kiddies migrate). I know I will add it to my list of phones I won't ever purchase again. Samsung---forget the unibody and radically reduce the Touchwiz instead.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 11:10

13. pegasso (Posts: 285; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)

i totally agree with you

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 07:42 1

9. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 586; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

I will buy if it looks like Note 4.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 08:26 1

10. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

i love the dual edge. maybe they should have an option to disable the touch on either of the dual panels tho so you can disable the side you hold if desired. it will still add much asthetic appeal.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 10:28

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 24928; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

CES in Vegas+Jedii lives in Vegas=Jedii at CES.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 12:21

15. medtxa (Posts: 1344; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

eh people complain about samsung design and yet praised the 4 design but just because it is have "metal", even if it still has the same design language over gs5 and note 3?

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 20:44

18. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

They certainly have the resources to pull it off. If they can release it with a QHD screen, SD810 or latest Exynos, Gorilla Glass 4, which they already used, then why not release it early.

Only reason to wait to mid 2015 is for the SD810 or the 14nm Exynos. If both are available, and they have the resources to make that happen, then why not sell the GS6 for the entire year vs half of it.

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