Samsung: our smartphones will get thinner, more premium, and with higher display resolutions

More smartphones with metal chassis, slim profile, and high-res displays are to be expected from Samsung this year, it seems. Samsung will be upping everything on its smartphone lineup - from more premium materials for the design, to higher definition panels - in order to make its handsets attractive again, and justify their often misplaced price tag...
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21. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Prefer bigger storage and battery rather than more resolution and thinner. I really want smartphone with a week battery

25. Biernot unregistered

Higher resolution than reality ^^

29. seven7dust unregistered

when will they get it, more pixels is a gimmick it's just numbers on a spec sheet , makes zero difference in real world use. They need to focus on battery-life and maintain performance not pixels.

40. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

These changes are welcome .. but only with stronger long lasting batteries !! I guess, long lasting phones are always preferred over thin ones !! People will love to see these in flagship phones !!

43. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

in other words : we will follow Apple wherever they go, Apple is our P!MP

44. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

booooring! put a physical camera button on them instead, some various detachable (extra) camera lens and quality well designed earphones in the box. This better display and thinner phones are so yesterday.

48. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Complaining about battery life is pointless if you still end up buying the phone. Please people DON'T buy the S6 with its small battery, if it doesn't sell they will be forced to release phones with bigger batteries.

51. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

But why does Apple keep going thinner? Wait....this is Samsung. It's ok!

61. willard12 unregistered

But why does Samsung keep increasing screen size? Wait...this is Apple. It's ok!

80. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung is thinner than iphone but with a way bigger battery, I am lost, samsung made there phone bigger and added bigger battery on the s5 over the s4 and what happens, oh yes,no sales, hm, that works NOT, if Apple starts making there phones bigger and they start to sell more get back to me....

93. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

It thinner when you have a huge camera humps there

100. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The Galaxy S6 is also taller and wider than the iPhone 6.

52. xperian

Posts: 417; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

What about 720p flagship phone with latest hardware? Imagine the speed and battery life.

82. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not going to happen as the oled screens look crap at that res, as per samsung did that last year, the screen was crap and it did not sell

99. xperian

Posts: 417; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

If they made it RGB amoled or even IPS it wouldn't look bad. Alpha's display was crap because it was pentile

55. cmpunk

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Innovation has no limit. Don't just make assumption yet because we really don't know what will happen in the next decade. Maybe high resolution is not seen as much useful for now.

64. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

as long as the battery improves and you can grip the phone, i dont mind

68. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

No thanks.

70. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Too late. I hate my ex-SG4. I switched that to Nokia XL which is better. No lag! Too bad it only has so little disk space. Waiting for the new Nokia device with installable Google Play store.

72. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

higher resolution??? for what? haha! oh & its what the gullible fandroids want even not necesssary. haha!

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To justify their own misplaced priced tag? At $650 for the Galaxy S, find another phone at the same price that offers even half of the same capabilities and features. In fact show me a flagship device for $650 that even spec'd like a Galaxy S. Because I know as a fact Motorola doesn't have one and neither does Sony and HTC is the only one fairly close, but their devices don't do what the S does. Show me IP67 certified flagship for $650 Show me a Flagship that is $650 that has multi-window, smartstay, microSd card support and MHL 2.0. Show me a flagship device at $650 that has 1080p (S5) or even 1440p like the S6 is going to have. Show me a $650 flagship device with 1080 recording from both cameras . The HTC M8, the Moto X, the Sony Xperia Z3, the LG G3 and the iPhone 6 all are lesser when it comes to the Galaxy S5, no less the S6. Do any of those phones use 6061 rated Aluminum which has magnesium and other metals to make it stronger yet stay light? Do any of them have dual lens with 1.9 Aperture? Do any of them have a camera that is ready to shot in 07 secs? So any of them have DDR4 RAM? Do any of them have the fastest internal storage? DO any of them have an Octacore processor? Do any of them have the best colour accurate display? Need I go on? Look at the Note 4. It retails for $699. Show me another phone with a top rated QHD display and has 8 hours of battery-life, when the screen is on 100% of the time. Show me a $699 device with a digitized stylus with 2048 pressure sensitivity. Show me another flagship that is $699 that has multi-window, and has the ability to have as many as 15 app bubbles for aps standing by for use. Show me a 699 flagship with a 3.7MP 120 degree front facing camera. Show me a flagship where the hear rate sensor doubles as a camera button. Show me a phone that is $650 or 699 that has 2K and 4K recording. Sure, Samsung devices have gimmicky features too, but many of them are very useful to many and no other phone has them. Show me another flagship with one-handed mode where you still have access to 100% of what is on he screen.

83. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

cont'd Samsung has the perfect pricing. At leats they don't charge you $100 to go from 32GB to 64GB in storage. At least they don't charge you $100 because they made the phone bigger. At leats for their price they offer you the latest in hardware innovation vs giving you a phone full of hardware from 2012. $749 for an iPhone that still has a 720p shooting 1.2MP camera which was a standard camera in 2004. That's what you call misplaced pricing. Selling you a device with 1GB of RAM, 750P display that sucks up more battery than the Galaxy S5 with a larger 1080p display. Where their dualcore sucks more power than an Quadcore. Show me a flagship phone that charges 50% of the battery in 30mins and fully charges from 0% in just 90mins. Several of those phones have smaller batteries vs the Note 4 and still take 3 hours to charge. Show me a $650 flagship that charges from 0% to enough juice for 4hrs. Show me another device with Ultra Power Saving mode that even with 20% battery will still give you several more hours of usage. Misplaced pricing? The only problem with Samsung is they have to many phones. To many phones that carry the Galaxy name when their should only be 2 of them. The problem with Samsung isn't because they didn't use metal on the casing. Many people would prefer a durable phone made out of the best possible materials, but not sacrificing durability and longevity in the process. The problem with the S5 and why it sold short or equal to the S4 was because the upgrade was said to be to minimal. Maybe because Android fans expect more because other OEM's like Apple's upgardes from one model to another were even more minimal. In fact the iPhone 6 uses the exact same hardware at the 5S. That wasn't even an upgrade. All that changed was the size. But sites like PA don't blast Sony, or Apple or any other OEM like they do Samsung. Samsung struggled on the low and mid-ranged phones, the Galaxy S and Note still have the same amount of sales as they've had before. Show me another OEM who sells 82M phones per quarter for more than 2 years. That's right, their isn't one. Show me another OEM that has sold 300M phones in a year. That's right their isn't one. Show me another company who spends billions in R&D and actually makes their own sh*t. NAME ONE. That's right, there are none. What Samsung charges for heir phones to me is perfect for what they offer because no other device on this planet can do what theirs do at the same price point. In fact Samsung selling price should be higher but they aren't price gouging fakers like some OEM's.

90. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I absolutely agree that it's great that Samsung make so much of their own hardware. However, hardware isn't where the battle for the smartphone market lies, it's in the software. And unlike Apple, Samsung simply uses an off the shelf operating system and then skins and adds a few proprietary extras to it. This doesn't sufficiently differentiate Samsung from the competition, which leaves punters questioning why they should spend more for a Samsung Android device when they can buy an equally functional Xioami Android device for half the cost. What Samsung now needs to figure out it how to get away from being seen as just another Android box maker; they need something on the software front that's truly different to what the competition offers.

94. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Samsung was on the right path until S4 by adding more unique functions to Touchwizz each time. With S5 they started removing them, hope they didn't remove too much from S6. Since i'll order S6 Edge mostly thanks to its design out of this world, i'll know soon enough. Very nice posts TechieXP1969, many people lack that thinking about smartphones market.

98. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Sadly far too many posters lack the critical thinking skills required to have a proper, decent discussion in forums and comment sections. I'm always left wanting as far as quality of discussion is concerned.

102. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I understand your point. But in my humble opinion, when compared to all the Android OEM's, Samsung was the least popular phone OEM. Sony has a name we've all known for quite a few decades. Yes I am aware for example the S4 did suffer significant lag issues do to Samsung packing way to many features into TouchWiz and optimizing it very poorly. My wife had the S4 and we both had the S3 prior, but I moved to the Note 2 from the S4 so I have no idea how bad it really was for her. I did get tired of her complaining, so I rooted it and install a custom ROM that still had all the same features, but ran much better. But TouchWiz is what sets Samsung's phones apart from anyone else's. It is one of the reasons they have high sales. TW bring a wealth of useful features and yes some gimmicky one and yes I do agree they could remove the ones no one really uses or hog to much CPU power and makes the device suffer some lag. But this hasn' been a problem on the S5 when they did tone done those features. My wife loved her S5 though she loves her Note 4 even more. The downside to TW is the software runs as a layer on top of Android which is a virtual machine. Android itself is poorly designed due to the fact it doesn't run on top of the hardware like Windows Phone and iOS does. So yes both Microosft and Apple have some advantage here. But that advantage is small whn you compared what Android devices can do vs the locked down overpriced iPhone and the locked down cheap Windows Phones. Samsung makes their own hardware and TW software. They are a fairly large company for 300,000 employees with their own factories stamping out products. Samsung spends way more money that Apple because Samsung actually innovates it own products. Samsung certainly incurs far more cost than Apple due to so many phone models, so many distribution channels and so many more carriers to feed. Samsung also had far more customers than Apple and nearly all OEM's combined.as far as smartphones. They all can improve and Samsung is no exception and I realize hardware isn't the full issue. However what makes a phone premium is not what it is made out of and that si where people are fool. I will speak the rest below.

114. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Well I think it's clear that Samsung have been the MOST popular Android OEM, hence they've been obliterating the competition in the Android market until recently. It's just that Samsung's popularity has now started to slip due to 1) bigger iPhones 2) cheaper and more capable Android competitors I think the assumption you make that the advantages of Android outweigh the disadvantages is where your argument falls down. I disagree. I think your assumption is probably based on the notion that what YOU want to do with your phone is less than or equal to what others want to do with their phones. The very fact that you've mentioned rooting and romming your devices indicates that to me. Normal people do not do that sort of thing therefore you need to discount any sort of modding, flashing or romming ability when you're assessing the needs and wants of the smartphone market. The big issue with Android is that it isn't different enough; one manufacturers Android is essentially just the same as another manufacturers Android, with skin deep, superficial differences. iOS and Windows Phone on the other hand are fundamentally different experiences. And when manufacturers can't make products that are different enough, those manufacturers suffer financially and potentially go out of business. That is very BAD for consumers. Sadly, we are probably now too far down the road for these Android OEMs to ever reverse course and change their software strategy to something more sustainable. As consumers, we just have to sit and wait for the inevitable stalling and decline of once major brands in the smartphone market. Goodbye Sony, goodbye HTC, your demise is a textbook example of how not to execute a software strategy.

85. tokuzumi

Posts: 1828; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

"Our phones will get thinner" Oh look how stupid you are

120. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Until they figure out how to break the laws of physics, thinner just means worse battery performance. We should be spending all this "development" money perfecting "Mr. Fusion"!!

91. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Thinner? No thanks...!
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