Exclusive: More details about the Samsung Galaxy S6, aka Project Zero

Samsung’s revenue and profits have been steadily declining in recent months, and it has given the company inspiration to reshuffle its priorities and put a higher focus on adopting new trends (like the trend of using metal on a device to make it feel more premium.) As SamMobile exclusively revealed yesterday, Samsung is developing the Galaxy S6 – codenamed Project Zero – from scratch in a bid to make it the best Galaxy S flagship we’ve seen yet, and soon after we released details on Project Zero, we were given more information on the S6 by our insiders, including info on its preliminary specifications. We never like making our readers wait, so let’s take a look at what we know about Samsung’s sixth-generation Galaxy S flagship.

Starting with the display, the Galaxy S6 will unsurprisingly feature a display with a Quad HD (2560×1440) display, though we weren’t told what screen size Samsung is aiming for (it probably isn’t decided yet, given how early it is in the device’s development.) The camera sensor on the S6 is the IMX240, the same one found on the Galaxy Note 4. However, our insider says Samsung is still deciding between a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel camera, though it’s likely Samsung will stick to a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, but hopefully with even better low-light photography than the Galaxy Note 4.

The front camera will be upgraded to a 5-megapixel unit, an unsurprising fact considering even mid-range devices like the Galaxy Grand Prime and Galaxy A3 have a 5MP camera. In terms of storage, we’re told the S6 will come in 32, 64 and 128GB variants. The lack of a 16GB model will be a welcome move in our opinion, since flagship devices in this day and age should simply not be that limited when it comes to internal storage, especially for those who like to install a lot of apps and high-end games.

Now, moving on to the processor that will power the Galaxy S6. According to information we’ve received, Samsung will be going with the brand new Exynos 7420, which will be a fully 64-bit chip with four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A57 cores. The Exynos 5433 is also a 64-bit chip, but Samsung hasn’t enabled 64-bit support on the Galaxy Note 4, likely because the Snapdragon 805 used in most models of the Note 4 is a 32-bit processor, and also because Android doesn’t support 64-bit support until Android 5.0 Lollipop.

An interesting thing we’ve learned is that Samsung has developed an in-house LTE modem (model SS333, or Exynos Modem 333), which might replace the Intel modem Samsung is using on the Exynos 5430/5433 for offering LTE connectivity. A switch to its own modem will be a major step forward for the Korean manufacturer, and could help it move away from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, which currently power a majority of the models of its flagship devices.

However, the Galaxy S6 will still have a Snapdragon variant. As expected, Samsung will be using the Snapdragon 810, the first high-end 64-bit chip in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup that is likely to power flagship products from other manufacturers next year. As for RAM, we’re guessing Samsung will stick to 3 gigs of memory, which should be more than enough to handle every task, especially since the S6 won’t come with the stylus and phablet-related features that need extra memory on the Galaxy Note devices.

While it’s not that interesting a detail, we were also told that the Galaxy S6 will use 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.

While we are pretty confident about everything we’ve learned from our insiders, we will have to add the usual disclaimer that things could change in the coming months, especially since the Galaxy S6 is in an early stage of development. In the end, we just hope Project Zero will bring a major change in what we’ve come to expect from Samsung smartphones, and we’ll be trying our best to obtain any more information that creates a better picture of what the company is up to with its next big thing.

We’ll end this article with a list of model numbers for the S6 in various regions.

  • • Zero-F US - VERIZON SM-G920V_NA_VZW
  • • Zero US - AT&T SM-G925A_NA_ATT
  • • Zero EUR - OPEN SM-G925F_EUR_XX
  • • Zero-F CA (Canada) - BELL MOBILITY SM-G920W8_NA_BMC
  • • Zero-F US - SPRINT PCS SM-G920P_NA_SPR
  • • Zero US - VERIZON SM-G925V_NA_VZW
  • • Zero-F - EUR OPEN SM-G920F_EUR_XX
  • • Zero US - T-MOBILE (US) SM-G925T_NA_TMB
  • • Zero US - SPRINT PCS SM-G925P_NA_SPR
  • • Zero US - US CELLULAR SM-G925R4_NA_USC
  • • Zero-F US - AT&T SM-G920A_NA_ATT
  • • Zero-F US - US CELLULAR SM-G920R4_NA_USC
  • • Zero-F US - T-MOBILE (US) SM-G920T_NA_TMB‏

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2 years 4 months ago

Samsung already make the best smartphones in the world. They are solid and refined. But they need to modernize the look. I’ve been using Samsung forever and I’m tired of the same old-same old. Project Zero gives me hope that the s6 will look completely different from the S5-S4-S3; that design, although attractive, is getting long in the tooth. And I’m talking especially from the front. The S2 skyrocket was all glass on the front and very attractive. If Samsung are truly planning on a 5.5 inch display, then it will most likely be full display from edge to edge (If they truly want to keep the phone’s dimensions the same). If the S6 looks like every other Samsung since the s3, I’m less likely to buy it. I’ll probably buy the Note 4.

2 years 4 months ago

I’m glad I jumped from a i9100 to the i9505 and not to the SM-G900F, even though I had the choice. Hopefully the S6 brings innovation and not a mere update to the S5. Also noticed a clear lack of what S6 models will be coming to Australia – as usual we’re last on the list, even though we’ve got one of the highest number of smartphones per capita in the world. Bring on Lollipop for the i9505!!!

2 years 5 months ago

I hope that Samsung overcome the design issues with its devices.
First, it should reach to a flat back. The camera should not come out. I think it should place it in the corner like Sony or Apple. It helps that camera doesn’t come out of the back panel. OIS for camera is a must, today.
It should keep its water resistance capability, of course improving it to IP68, just like Sony. A 16MP camera is enough for resolution, but Samsung should increase the sensor size. Two 16MP sensors on the two top corners of the back for 3D shooting may be interesting. The auxiliary One of them may have a servo-motor to be able to rotate inside the body for frontal 16MP selfies.
Wireless charge capability should be in the package.
The bloatware packages should not be per-installed on the device but should be provided on users Samsung account and the user should be able to choose which software he wants to use.
Samsung should keep its IR blaster and heart rate monitor. They are important advantages.
A powerful stereo speaker is welcomed.
No increase in size anymore please. Just maintain the screen size and reduce the overall size/weight.
Opting for a full HD vs a QHD will certainly increase the device performance and battery life which seems to be more important/practical than just saying it has a QHD!
An optional (out of the box) fashion S pen for S6 can make it really interesting and uncompetitive.

And last, but not lease, the S6 mini should just reduce the size, but not the spec.

2 years 5 months ago

Or make some radical changes to Touchwiz like introducing GALAXY Themes app so that the user can easily change some icons and textures that he/she likes on just one app and it will inspire more themers to develop some themes to GALAXY Themes app and i hope Sammy will read this comment because it will be a nice idea too :)

2 years 5 months ago

I would hope they either kill off, or radically overhaul Touchwiz and its bloat. Take the Motorola route of taking the stock Android experience and adding useful Samsung features on top.

It’s not going to happen, but one can hope.

2 years 5 months ago

Some users including me favoured TouchWiz but i’ve liked it to be more light than before so that it will not eat a lot of phone memory

2 years 5 months ago

Everything about it needs to change.

2 years 5 months ago

Samsung takes only improve the software. The hardware can not do much. And once Touchwize complet new programming. This can be better with HTC Sense. Simply acts Liquid. If they do not get a handle on the market share plummet.

2 years 5 months ago

I hope they ditch that hedious design while their at it.It is possible to make a beautiful phone without copying apple!!!

Khalid Abu Shawarib
2 years 5 months ago

My S3 is going to be 2 years old when S6 come out. I hope it going to be awesome!

2 years 5 months ago

Anything has to be an improvement over the S3. Mine will be two years old as of this December. I’ve been waiting to upgrade once this contract is up then, but not really that impressed by the 5.

This sounds like exciting news to see what kind of redesign they have in mind, but unfortunately I don’t think I can live with my S3 and it’s extreme lagginess that much longer. Doesn’t help that I got the 16GB version and I’m constantly having to move apps around to try and make room running them. Also, always out of RAM with that paltry 1.5GB

2 years 5 months ago

Not so good specifications for S6. Front camera MUST HAVE a 8 megapixels camera like actually xioami mi4. Come on samsung, put real top features on your device.

2 years 5 months ago

idiots like you shouldn’t be allowed to comment.

megapixel doesn’t define the quality of a photo. Why do you think that 8MP is better than 5MP? Don’t talk like an illiterate fool.

There’s no reason to have 5MP in FFC. Even 2/3MP is more than enough. Understand what MP is, then open your damn mouth.

2 years 5 months ago

I like this and i hope its 64 bit and also it should have a minimum of 4/8 GB RAM as 64 bit is the standard now.

2 years 5 months ago

I would doubt we will see phones with 6/8 GB RAM soon.
4GB maybe.
Problem with high amouth of RAM is battery usage in sleep.
RAM never sleeps, it needs voltage all the time to keep its contents.
Even when CPU goes to sleep, RAM doesnt.

Lets say your Note 4 with 3GB RAM has 10mA average sleep (standby) current.
If you increase RAM to 6GB you will have like 12 mA sleep current.
2mA for 3GB RAM seems reasonable for LPDDR3 modules.
Congratulations, you’ve just increased your standby current by 20% and by this reduced standby time by same amount.

Obviously it wont matter when you are using navigation etc as then your current is like 1500mA, so +- 2 mA totaly doesnt matter. But for sleep it does matter.

Maybe LPDDR4 modules will help.

2 years 5 months ago

Well said.. No reason why phones would need more than 2/3GB of RAM. Never ever there’s a requirement for such level of multitasking in phones.

2 years 5 months ago

Even if you’ve doubted it it can be possible as memory hogging applications and skins can blaze this need of RAM so that i can fit in a lot of features.