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Android Headliner: What To Expect From Samsung At This Year’s MWC Event

February 22, 2015 - Written By John Anon

When it comes to MWC2015, there is only one name on everybody’s lips, Samsung. To be fair, HTC are making waves and are reported to be bringing a massively anticipated smartphone, the HTC One M9. But this is Samsung. They are the largest android smartphone manufacturer in the world and they do release more android devices each year than any other company. That said, this is not the real reason as to why so many eyes will be on Samsung this year. The reality is that Samsung have seen falling sales in recent times and mounting pressure in Western markets from Apple, in China from the likes of Xiaomi, in India from the likes of Micromax and even in their home market, South Korea from LG. As a result, at this year’s MWC, a lot is expected from Samsung. But come March 1st in Barcelona, what should we expect?

Tablets?

Samsung likes making tablets. So it would be a fair assumption to assume that Samsung will be bringing a tablet to MWC. The question is which one will it be? Most indications point towards what is commonly being referred to as the ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab S2’. Details on this device are very limited. Some reports are suggesting there might be two variants of this device, an 8-inch and a 9.7″ version with the very latest information suggesting this tablet range will be lighter and thinner than the iPad Air 2. That said, it was also very recently reported that Samsung are also working on an A range of tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Tab A Plus. If the rumors are to be believed, then we do know a little more about these devices. They will also possibly come in 8-inch and 9.7-inch versions. Both 8-inch tabs will come will come with a snapdragon 410 processor inside and powered by a 4,200mAh battery. In contrast, both 9.7-inch tabs will come with a Qualcomm APQ 8016 CPU and powered by a 6,000mAh battery. In terms of cameras, both will come with a 5MP rear shooter and a 2MP front facing option. While both are reported to come with 16GB internal storage, the only notable difference between the Tab A and Tab A plus is that the former will come with 1.5GB RAM while the latter will come with 2GB RAM. There is also the possibility that the Tab A Plus will come with a Galaxy Note-like Stylus.

Smartwatch?

Moving on from tablets, it is also largely expected that Samsung will bring to the table a new smartwatch. Once more, details are again limited, although it is largely being reported that the new Samsung smartwatch will be round. In fact, the new Samsung smartwatch is going by the current codename ‘Orbis’. The two main rumblings with Orbis is that it will come with a rotating bezel and will offer wireless charging. It is not clear if the rotating bezel will have any additional purpose or will be purely aesthetic. Although, knowing Samsung, the feature will provide some control over the device.

Galaxy S6?

Of course, as much as consumers will be interested in new Samsung Tablets and smartwatches, these are not where the focus will be this year. Instead, all eyes will be firmly on the latest Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. So what do we know? Well, it does now seem clear that Samsung will unveil two Galaxy S smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S Edge. Just like at IFA with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, the main difference between the two, is the Edge will come with additional Edge display. That said, unlike the Note Edge, the Galaxy S Edge will come with dual Edge displays. That is, one down either side of the device.

In terms of the actual device, all bets are off as to what we will officially get. It has long been rumored that the S6 devices will be different from previous incarnations. Samsung has the most to prove in this product and have been reported to be building the device from scratch. The main features being reported is the screen will be somewhere in the region of 5.1-inches. The Edge may differ very slightly in this respect, like how the Note Edge does from the Note 4. Following on from this, it is largely believed the S6 will come with a Quad HD Super-AMOLED display and most likely with 3 (maybe 4) GB RAM. The processor has also been a big talking point of late. Originally, it was thought the Galaxy S6 would come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU inside. Although, it now seems as though the S6 will initially launch with Samsung’s homegrown Exynos 7420 processor. Other rumored features of the S6 include the possibility of wireless charging and a 2,600mAh battery. There has also been wide speculation in terms of the software of the Galaxy S6. It has been consistently reported that Samsung will tone down the level of TouchWiz and are planning to offer a much closer to stock version of android. Although, we have also recently heard rumors that there may be a number of Microsoft apps coming pre-installed. It is also largely expected that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will come with a more refined look. For instance, the fingerprint scanner/flash will be moved from below the camera lens to the right, while the display will be more edge-to-edge based will minimal bezel levels.

So that is about it. As this year’s MWC slowly draws closer, we can expect to see the release of a tablet, a smartwatch, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge. This seems to be the minimum of what we can expect from Samsung. Although, they are certainly the company who could suddenly and out-of-nowhere unveil a completely unexpected device. It would not be the first time and so should not be ruled out this time either. We will just have to wait and see what the March 1st Samsung Unpacked event will bring. In the meantime, what would you like to see Samsung unveil?