Thanks to the long lead time for producing and testing the powerhouse found in the best smartphones we get a look at the possible features that could show up in the Galaxy S5 and other top smartphones that will arrive next year.
Even though the Galaxy Note 4 release is likely six months away, this new tech will only be ready for Samsung to sample in the second half of 2014, and won’t be ready for a real world release until early 2015. That puts it right on track with Samsung’s annual spring Galaxy S release cycle, which will be up to a Galaxy S6 in 2015 if the naming convention sticks.
Samsung and Qualcomm are long time partners for the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones, and it is very likely that the two companies will continue to work together to deliver more efficient and faster smartphones through 2014 and into 2015. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 powers the Galaxy S5 that arrives this week.
Qualcomm does not mention the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung by name, but the history suggests this could be the powerhouse of a Samsung Galaxy S6 and the key to next-level features. Here’s a look at what the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is capable of. Like Apple’s A7 processor in the iPhone 5s, this is a 64-bit processor.
- Faster Performance – Faster chip plus support for same RAM that can deliver “lightning quick” iPhone performance.
- Better Graphics - 30% faster graphics performance
- Higher Resolution Mobile Displays - 2560×1600 resolution compared to 1920 x 1080 on Galaxy S5.
- Better Battery Life – “exceptionally low power consumption that does not sacrifice performance.”
- 4K video Capture – Support 4K video at 30fps and 1080P at 60fps
- 55MP Cameras – Support for higher megapixel cameras. The Galaxy S5 ships with a 16MP camera.
- Display on External 4k Display – use an HDMi cable to play back 4K on a external device.
This isn’t a Galaxy S6 spec list, but it is as close as we’ll get to learning about potential Galaxy S6 features at this point. Some of these features are specs we first heard rumored for the Galaxy S5.
For several months rumors pointed to a Galaxy S5 with a 64-bit processor and support for a higher resolution display. Some rumors suggest Samsung is already working on a Galaxy S5 device with a 2560 x 1440 resolution display that could be a Galaxy S5 prime edition, but it is using a Snapdragon 805 processor and Adreno 420 GPU.
Current Galaxy Note 4 rumors point to a higher resolution screen, in this range, but don’t expect to see it arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor on board.
There is not much known about the Galaxy S6 at this time, but a report from January 2014 suggests Samsung is working on a large foldable display which might arrive in a 2015 Galaxy S or Galaxy Note product.