Samsung to launch new flagship phones on March 1, hints at new Edge model

The company will duke it out with HTC, Sony and others over the best new flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress

Samsung's next Unpacked event will take place on March 1.

Samsung's next Unpacked event will take place on March 1.

Samsung Electronics has scheduled one of its most important smartphone launches ever for March 1, where the Galaxy S6 and an Edge version of the device are expected to see the light of day.

The company's Unpacked event will take place in Barcelona ahead of Mobile World Congress. The invitation the company sent out on Monday includes an image that with a curve hints the company will introduce the Galaxy S6 Edge along with a standard model.

The launch is important because of the struggles Samsung had last year. While the overall smartphone market grew, Samsung's unit sales dropped. The company needs to prove that it can build a flagship smartphone that looks good, performs well and has a cleaner user interface. The Galaxy Note 4 was a step in the right direction that Samsung should build on.

A steady stream of rumors of what improvements the Galaxy S6 (a name that hasn't been confirmed) will feature have been published during the last couple of months. They include plans to launch at least two models, one with a flat screen and an Edge version with a screen that wraps around one or both sides of the device.

The screen is expected to have a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and to be close to the Galaxy S 5's 5.1-inch screen in size. In general, this year's batch of Android high-end smartphones are expected keep the screen size of their predecessors. Other anticipated specifications include a 20-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.

One of the more talked about changes is the processor. The company is expected to go with an Exynos octa-core processor developed in-house, following heating issues with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. Last week, Qualcomm lowered revenue expectations for its chip division for the second half of the year, in part because the 810 "will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device." Even though it didn't mention Samsung by name, the mentioned flagship is likely the Galaxy S6.

Most other high-end Android smartphones are still expected to use the Snapdragon 810. LG has said it hasn't suffered any heating issues on the recently launched G Flex2.

Samsung will have some heavy competition at Mobile World Congress, where the likes of HTC, Sony and Huawei Technologies are also expected to show new flagship models.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags consumer electronicsSamsung ElectronicsAndroidsmartphones

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?