After a tumultuous 2014, Samsung Electronics Co. is looking to its premier flagship phone, the Galaxy S, to help revive sliding mobile phone sales. Sales of the Galaxy S5 have been disappointing since it was released last spring, but new reports suggest the next iteration, the S6, will ship in two versions, one with a curved screen.
Reports in November said Samsung would launch a standard Galaxy S6 model and a Galaxy S6 Edge model, similar to the curved display Galaxy Note Edge, only this device would have a curved display on both sides. Now, a source close to Samsung says that plan is pretty much still in motion, detailing that a curved display version of the Galaxy S6 should be released, but the source did not indicate whether the device will have a "dual-edged" display.
Noted under the code name “Project Zero,” the Galaxy S6 is expected to include a host of advanced specifications, such as a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, a 64-bit processor, increased storage capacity, a powerful camera and a single chip to house all of the device's sensors. The device is likely to be announced in March during the 2015 World Mobile Congress conference and should hit the market sometime in April, which is customary for Samsung.
In addition to two Galaxy S6 models, Samsung may also launch a smartwatch with a round face. Thus far, circular faces on smartwatches, like Motorola’s Moto 360, have been favored by consumers. Samsung has released various square and rectangular watch faces thus far.
Samsung made no mention of smartphones at the 2015 International CES, which took place on Las Vegas last week. Launches and showcases included new televisions and home appliances. There was also a focus on Internet of Things, which Samsung’s co-CEO B.K. Yoon discussed during his keynote speech. The company is expected to focus on IoT throughout 2015, with an aim of having all Samsung devices IoT-capable in five years. Samsung was one of the stars of CES, winning 80 awards at the trade show and showing off its formidable presence with several exhibits.