Galaxy A6 Firmware Release May Hint At Approaching Launch

Hints at an impending Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 Plus launch have been surfacing for some time now but now the devices' firmware has cropped up online. That may mean that the official launch date for both devices is approaching. Adding to that building hype, there have also reportedly been sightings of related listings at the FCC recently. However, it's worth bearing in mind that this may not actually mean anything just yet. Samsung has yet to make any kind of formal announcement about the matter and, until the tech giant does, it may be best to take the news with a grain of salt. In the meantime, among other things, some accessories for the two devices have surfaced at various retailers, as well as posited expectations about the two mid-range smartphones.

Both devices are, as with previous models in the family, expected to be very similar. The key difference will likely be in terms of size. The Galaxy A6 will reportedly measure in at 149.9mm x 71.5mm x 7.8mm in size, while the larger Galaxy A6 Plus is predicted to be closer to 160.2mm x 76.2mm x 8.3mm. Given the dimensions, those should measure at around 5.6-inches and 6-inches, respectively, and will allegedly be equipped with Samsung's trademark Infinity Display panels. Both of those is rumored to be set at the company's standard 18.5:9 ratio. Another difference may be in the SoC driving each, which may also hint at availability. Samsung Exynos chipsets generally aren't used in the U.S. but that's what is expected to be found in the Galaxy A6. That's the Exynos 7870 SoC, clocked at 1.6GHz, to be exact and backed by 3GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Galaxy A6 Plus has been speculated to ship with the similarly powerful Snapdragon 625 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The inclusion of fingerprint scanning for security and dual cameras for the main shooter is expected as well. However, there is some conflict in rumors for how this device will be powered - with some speculating it will feature the now-standard USB Type-C and other suggesting a downgrade to micro USB.

With that said, there's no guarantee that Samsung won't just go straight to market. It wouldn't be a particularly unusual move for the Korean tech giant since the company has previously made some of its handsets available unexpectedly. However, that doesn't necessarily mean much, either. So it's probably a good idea to simply withhold judgment and wait for something official from Samsung.

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