Samsung Galaxy S6 Price, Specs, Release Date, Design Rumor Round-up

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has just been released in the Philippines but rumors and speculations about Samsung Galaxy S6 - the purported 2015 flagship release of the Korean Giant - and its key features are already starting to spread online.

Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 Concept by Tobias Hornof

Here's everything that I've read so far about SGS6 (Obviously, Samsung hasn't said a word about their 2015 top-of-the-line release so we'd all do well to take these information with a grain of salt):

Design: Expect Samsung Galaxy S6 to have a real metal frame just like Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and the new Galaxy A-Series. According to Business Insider, the Korean company intends to build the Galaxy S6 “from scratch” in order to spark some new momentum for the company’s flagship line of smartphones -- so whereas last year's flagship handset Samsung Galaxy S5 came with a plastic shell, its successor could very well come replete with lots of metal accents to make it look and feel more elegant and durable.

Display, Camera, and Innards: SamMobile, a tech website dedicated to Samsung products, shares that the Galaxy S6 could come with a Quad HD 2560 × 1440 pixels display (Size, TBD), a 5 MegaPixel front cam, and a 16 MegaPixel camera with IMX240 sensor and Optical Image Stabilization just like SGNote4 (though, they said that Samsung is still trying to decide between that and a 20 MP main shooter). As for the internal hardware, the site shared that the phone could run Android 5.0 Lollipop (underneath TouchWiz UI) with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa Core processor, handle multitasking with 3GB of RAM, and have 32, 64, and 128 GB storage options.

Here's one interesting detail: To quote SamMobile, "[Samsung Galaxy S6 will feature] Broadcom’s new BCM4773 chip, which combines navigation (GPS) and other sensors and puts them on a single chip, an industry first. Basically, the BCM4773 allows the device to take and compute data from the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS modules on a single chip, resulting in reduced battery drain compared to what is available on smartphones and tablets today."

Price and Release Date: Samsung will most likely announce its 2015 flagship at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which will happen on the first week of March 2015. Previous flagships preceding the SGS6 (if that's what it's going to be called) were also announced at that major tech event. I'm personally expecting the smartphone to land here by April or May 2015 with price tag in the range of Php 34,000 to Php 36,000, which is more or less similar to that of Samsung Galaxy S5 last year.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is part of my 2014 smartphone collection but - as some of you know - I barely took in out in favor of my Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G3. Why? Well, SXZ2 has a better camera and a more beautiful design while LG G3 has a bigger display and - for me - has more interesting software features. Hopefully, I'd be more inclined to take out SGS6 if and when I get it. Off hand, just from the things I've read about it, the device looks promising.