Samsung, intentionally or not (and some might say covertly), may have just piqued the mobile world’s curiousity when word of its “Project Zero” next gen smartphone leaked out. While we’re still waiting to hear details on how this would be a “start from scratch” for the manufacturer, SamMobile has been able to get hold of more details about the upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship. In truth, the hardware sounds more like just a step forward, which is, of course, not exactly a bad thing, since any new direction for Samsung still requires one foot solidly set on the past as well.
In terms of display, the Galaxy S6 will sport a QHD resolution, possibly 2560×1440. That would be in line with the current trend among high-end smartphones these days and in the coming months. What isn’t yet known is what size it will come in. The current standard bearer, the Galaxy S5, has a 5.1-inch Full HD screen. Tradition would hold that Samsung would either go for a larger one or even stick to the same size like it did with the Galaxy Note 4. That said, since this is Project Zero, there might even be a possibility that Samsung could take a step back in terms of size.
Processor-wise, Samsung will be forward looking. A new Exynos 7420 is rumored to be the chip that will power the Galaxy S6. This one is a full 64-bit processor, unlike the Exynos 5433 on the Galaxy Note 4 which had its 64-bit capabilities disabled just to have parity with the Snapdragon 805 model. And speaking of Snapdragons, the other variant is said to be a Snapdragon 810, also a 64-bit mobile processor. Samsung is also rumored to have included its own LTE modem, the Exynos Modem 333, with the Exynos 7420, putting it one step closer to shedding off its need for Qualcomm’s chips.
The rest of the rumored specs aren’t exactly ground-breaking, like the 3 GB of RAM which is also common place in Samsung’s top devices. What is noteworthy, though, is that the Galaxy S6 storage configurations might now start at 32 GB all the way to 128 GB, removing the 16 GB option that is admittedly starting to feel too small for high-end devices. Of course, 128 GB of storage has also long been a dream and we’ll have to see if Samsung will be able to pull it off. It definitely has the technology and manufacturing experience to do so.
With all these, the question of what exactly does Project Zero have to offer still remains. Will it make a difference in the software running inside or in the business strategy that Samsung will use? And perhaps more important for Samsung’s interests, will it be enough to take it out of its current financial slump?