A realistic-looking image of what looks likely to be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 has appeared online, hinting at a vastly different design compared to previous Samsung Galaxy S products.
First appearing on PhoneArena, which credited an anonymous tipster for sending in the image, the Samsung-centric blog SamMobile (which appears to have significantly reliable sources) have called it as a fake. What’s interesting, however, is in the placement of the camera, flash module and heart rate monitor – it is consistent with leaked images of cases for what is supposedly the Galaxy S6.
Nevertheless, the three devices captured in the image are being sold as “early prototypes” of the Galaxy S6. While it has been debunked as a fake, it is not uncommon for companies to orchestrate deliberate leaks to gauge consumer interest. The “S6 prototype” is distinctly different from the Galaxy S5, and yet retains a familiar look that’s consistent with the recent shift in design language since the Galaxy Alpha.
The Galaxy S6 is likely to be one of the most important product releases for Samsung, ever. With competition increasingly eating away at its market share, Samsung is threatened on both sides of the economy. The Galaxy S6, however, has been earmarked as the catalyst to turn things around.
Internally dubbed “Project Zero“, the S6 is rumoured to pack headline-making hardware, such as a home-brewed Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, a 2K display, a new touch-based (instead of swipe) fingerprint scanner, and a 20MP rear camera. While the body is said to feature a metal frame (or even a metal unibody), its TouchWiz UI will also be much more lightweight, and will be based on Android 5.0.