Here’s what Samsung is cramming into the Galaxy S6

Samsung's next Galaxy could be out of this world. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s next Galaxy could be out of this world. Photo: Samsung

The Galaxy S6 rumors are coming in thick and fast today, but this one could well be the juiciest so far. If a list of all the specifications Samsung has crammed into its next-generation flagship doesn’t get you super excited for its launch, then I don’t know what will.

Samsung is rumored to be making some big changes for the Galaxy S6, following criticism of the Galaxy S5 that has eventually led to a slump in sales. Not only could the South Korean company finally address our complaints about its design, but it could make it the most powerful smartphone you can buy.

According to a “trusted source” for BGR, this is what Samsung is cramming into the Galaxy S6:

  • 64-bit eight-core 14nm CPU which is 50% faster
  • 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 577ppi density, stunning outdoor visibility, super dim mode for late night.
  • A huge 20 megapixel OIS camera sensor and a 5 megapixel f/1.8 front-facing camera with real-time HDR
  • 32 / 64 / 128GB of storage
  • 2550mAh battery
  • Built-in wireless charging
  • Four hours of usage on a 10 minute charge
  • Quick connect charging
  • Samsung Pay: works with 90% of existing magnetic stripe payment terminals, and NFC payment terminals
  • Metal and glass body
  • Gorilla Glass 4
  • Cat 6 LTE

Many of the things on this list were expected; recent rumors had promised us a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a Quad HD display (albeit a slightly larger one), and even features like Samsung Pay. And we knew at least one version of the device would run Samsung’s latest Exynos processor — if not all of them.

But there are some surprises in this list.

Rather than a regular Quad HD display, Samsung’s is expected to be even better outdoors, and more comfortable to use at night. Wireless charging is also a new addition to the Galaxy S lineup, as is quick charging functionality. And that could be even more useful than you might expect if the Galaxy S6 really does have a 2,550mAh battery, which is smaller than the Galaxy S5’s.

It’s also somewhat surprising to see a 128GB storage option. Apple offers 128GB of storage with its latest iPhones, so perhaps it should be expected that Samsung would do the same, but the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don’t have microSD card slots, so having lots of storage built-in is important.

This might suggest that the Galaxy S6 won’t have expandable storage, either — otherwise, why would you spend extra on a 128GB handset, when you could buy a cheaper 32GB or 64GB model and stick in a 128GB memory card? We’ve heard whispers the handset will have a non-removable back, so this could be a possibility.

BGR also claims to have received photos of the Galaxy S6, but they say they’re “not allowed to publish them.” The specifications are all we get for now, then, and as always, it’s advisable to take those with a pinch of salt until they’re confirmed by Samsung — which should be at Mobile World Congress in early March.