Samsung Galaxy S6 images, price leaked: Taller, slimmer than iPhone 6


Weeks before Samsung is expected to unveil its next spearhead smartphone, the Galaxy S6, detailed sketches and dimensions of the forthcoming phone have leaked online, fuelling rumours that the South Korean electronics firm is getting desperate to counter the iPhone 6 wave.

The largest iPhone ever, Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped it sell a record 74.5 million smartphones last quarter, matching unit-by-unit with Samsung’s host of offerings. The surge in iPhone 6 sales, in fact, resulted in Apple reporting the biggest quarterly profits by any company – ever.

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Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) profits of $18 billion are the biggest ever reported by a public company, worldwide. “The results were fuelled by all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store. iPhone unit sales of 74.5 million also set a new record,” Apple said in a media statement.

According to images and information leaked on French blog, the Galaxy S6 may cost up to Dh2,899 (€700). The French blog has reportedly managed to get its hands on a schematic used to make smartphone cases that shows the Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a taller screen, a thinner body and tigher bezels when compared to the Galaxy S5 or even the iPhone 6 Plus.

For the record, the Galaxy S5 is 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32-inches) while (if the latest rumours are to be believed), the Galaxy S6 will be sized at 143.52 x 70.7 x 7.19 mm (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.28-inches). 

The iPhone 6, on the other hand, are 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27-inches) while the iPhone 6 Plus is sized at 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28-inches). 

Among other specs mentioned by the blog, the Galaxy will have an Ultra HD 4k display, 4GB RAM and a 20MP camera. The bigger camera is also substantiated by the schematics leaks, showing a larger space for the camera.

A recent report in Korean Herald quoted Samsung saying the Galaxy S6 will be an “innovative premium handset” that comes with a “special function,” hinting that the Galaxy S6 may also come in the Edge variant, a curved variant of the flagship with a screen that carries over both edges.

Analysts maintain that Samsung may be getting desperate to retain its leadership slot as it continues to face intense competition from Apple at the higher-end of the smartphone market, from Huawei in the middle-tiers, and from Xiaomi and others at the entry-level.

Apple’s recent market share gain (from 18 per cent in Q4 2013 to 20 per cent in Q4 2014) has been primarily at the expense of its arch-rival Samsung Electronics (down from 30 per cent last year to 20 per cent during last quarter of 2014).

Samsung snatched the smartphones leadership slot away from Apple in Q4 2011, and had been the undisputed winner – until last quarter, that is.

After three years of unrestrained leadership, Samsung had to settle for a tie with Apple for the spot of the world’s largest smartphone vendor, the latest research from Strategy Analytics revealed.

Read: iPhone 7 vs Galaxy S6: How Apple stole Samsung's lunch

Now, Samsung is readying to stage a fight back and, if rumours are to be believed, it will unveil an even bigger and even slimmer Samsung Galaxy S6 during the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in March.

The plasticky Galaxy S5 did no favours to Samsung’s image vis-à-vis its arch-rivals, and so the Korean firm will be looking to launch a metallic and glass Galaxy S6 to claw back its lost market share. Samsung has already announced metal-bodied Galaxy Alpha series as well as the Galaxy A series of phones.

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