Samsung Galaxy S6 could get surprise unveiling at CES in January

Samsung at MWC. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung at MWC. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung could be planning to bring forward the unveiling of its much-improved Galaxy S6 by making a surprise appearance at CES 2015 in January. Sources familiar with the company’s plans in South Korea say a second device — a Galaxy S6 Edge — will also be shown off alongside it.

While this year’s Galaxy S5 was a big seller, it wasn’t quite the success Samsung was hoping for. In fact, the device has been struggling in recent months, and it has received lots of criticism for its cheap design, which is made entirely out of plastic. Samsung has addressed these things by introducing a new design standard and reshuffling its executive team.

It’s thought the company will make big changes with the Galaxy S6 to prevent a repeat of this year’s failures, and some say Samsung cannot wait to push what it has created out of the door. Numerous analysts in South Korea have been reported that we’ll see the Galaxy S6 and a Galaxy S6 Edge counterpart at CES next January.

According to recent benchmark leaks, the Galaxy S6 could deliver a Quad HD display, Samsung’s latest Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a minimum of 32GB internal storage, and a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera. It will also run Android 5.0.1 Lollipop right out of the gate, coupled with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI (obviously).

We’re not too sure about an earlier release, however. Samsung has traditionally unveiled its Galaxy S devices in February just before Mobile World Congress, and then we have to wait around a month for them to actually go on sale. This setup appears to have worked well for the company in previous years.

If Samsung is indeed making big changes to the Galaxy S6 — and launching another flagship alongside it — it seems unlikely the device would be arriving earlier. So if it goes on sale around April again, that means fans will have had to wait up to three months between unveiling and launch to get their hands on it.

With that in mind, I wouldn’t expect to see the Galaxy S6 any earlier; you’re probably just setting yourself up for disappointment. I’m sure Samsung will have plenty of gorgeous 4K TVs to show us at CES instead, though.