Samsung to launch ‘Galaxy S6 Plus’ with bigger display

Is the Galaxy S6 about to get a bigger brother? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Is the Galaxy S6 about to get a bigger brother? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung already has a flagship phablet series in the Galaxy Note, but that won’t stop it from launching a larger version of the Galaxy S6, according to a new report.

Sources familiar with the South Korean company’s plans say a “Galaxy S6 Plus” will launch in the coming weeks, with a display measuring around 5.5 inches in size and Samsung’s impressive 16-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Codenamed Project Zero 2 internally, the Galaxy S6 Plus will be a slightly bigger version of the Galaxy S6 edge, SamMobile reports. Its Super AMOLED display will supposedly be curved on both sides, but unlike the Galaxy Note, it won’t have its own S Pen stylus.

Internally, the S6 Plus is expected to pack a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 32GB of storage, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It’s also likely to have 3GB of RAM like the regular Galaxy S6, though it’s unclear whether there will be a microSD card slot or a removable battery.

Apple has an iPhone 6 Plus, so it’s only natural that Samsung feels the need to release a Galaxy S6 Plus. But with the Note lineup already incredibly popular, releasing another flagship phablet that sits somewhere between the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5 might be a silly idea.

Not only could the device eat into Note 5 sales, but it could also upset a lot of customers who invested in the original Galaxy S6 and S6 edge just two months ago. Samsung hasn’t exactly been too concerned about doing that in the past, however.

It also seems somewhat strange that the S6 Plus is expected to use a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chip. Samsung is using its own Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6, and it’s an incredibly fast octa-core chip; the Snapdragon 808 would be a downgrade in comparison.

Samsung was originally expected to launch the S6 Plus at IFA — alongside the Note 5 — later this year, SamMobile reports. But sources familiar with its plans say we can now expect to see it in the coming weeks.