Thursday, February 12, 2015

Galaxy S6 Concept Video Shows What to Expect

Galaxy S6 Concept Video Shows What to Expect

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the most anticipated smartphone of early 2015, and our new Galaxy S6 concept combines the latest Galaxy S6 rumors and leaks into our vision of what the Samsung Galaxy S6 may look like.

Samsung is great at keeping their new phone design under wraps until they take the stage, but thanks to several key leaked photos we can share what we think the device will look like when the Galaxy S6 release arrives in the near future.

On March 1st Samsung will host the Samsung Unpacked event with a live stream where the company will show off the new Samsung Galaxy S for 2015, but you don’t have to wait to see what we think this device will look like.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 concept highlights a new design, 2K display and upgraded metal frame.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 concept highlights a new design, 2K display and upgraded metal frame.
Above you can see what the Galaxy S6 could look like if the leaks are correct and Samsung delivers a huge upgrade from the Galaxy S5 and even the Note 4.

Gotta Be Mobile teamed up with Martin Hajek to bring the Galaxy S6 rumors and leaks to life in realistic renders that offer a sneak peek at Samsung’s next big thing.

Read: Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S6 Concept

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a major upgrade for the company, with a focus on premium design that rumors suggest will combine metal and glass to take on the iPhone 6 and finally leave plastic behind.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks clearly show a design that builds on the metal frames of the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 to deliver a metal and glass design that still delivers expandable storage but doesn’t leave room for a user replaceable battery.

As you can see in the Galaxy S6 concept images above and below, there is a metal frame that wraps around and even through the middle of the device. This matches the leaked Galaxy S6 frame photos from, which shows a design that is similar to the iPhone 6, but also one that draws from the Galaxy Note 4.

Our Galaxy S6 concepts bring the rumors to life.
Although it remains unconfirmed, part of the upgraded design could be a glass back with multiple color options. Although glass backs on phones are not as common as two or three year’s ago, it remains a possibility. The Galaxy S6 concept image below shows what a glass back could look like on the new device.

The Galaxy S6 concept below features a glass back that matches recent rumors.
The Galaxy S6 concept below features a glass back that matches recent rumors.
Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors continue to go back and forth on the size of the screen, but based on these leaks it doesn’t appear that there is enough room for a 5.5-inch display that was once leaked. Our Galaxy S6 concept includes a 5-inch display that is larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 screen and delivers a higher resolution. All signs point to a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution on the Galaxy S6. This is the same as the Galaxy Note 4, but on a smaller display it boosts the pixels-per-inch to 587 ppi.

Count on an upgraded 2k display, many sensors and an upgraded fingerprint reader.
Count on an upgraded 2k display, many sensors and an upgraded fingerprint reader.
There are various sensors packed in above the display near the ear speaker, which should continue support for keeping the display on when you are looking at it.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 dimensions are 143.30 x 70.81 x 6.91 in this concept. This is based on leaked Galaxy S6 details.

On the back of the device is a 16MP sensor that sticks out slightly due to optical image stabilization and the thin design. To the side is a flash that also includes a heart rate sensor that can also check blood oxygen levels like the one found on the Galaxy Note 4. There is a 5MP front-facing camera that helps users take better looking selfies.

Rumors suggest we will see a 16MP or 20MP camera with OIS.

A closer look at the Galaxy S6 design reveals other key changes to the look and feel of this device. The edges of the device are all metal with openings for a SIM card and for a Micro SD card. In the Galaxy S6 concept you can see a headphone jack that is now on the bottom of the device and a Micro USB port that is no longer covered with a water-proof flap. It is very likely that the Galaxy S6 will not offer the same level of water-resistance as the Galaxy S5. The power and volume buttons remain in the same location as the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4.

These Galaxy S6 concept images show what the new Galaxy S smartphone could look like based on the current rumors. Samsung could always surprise us, but there is a very good chance the new phone will share an overall design with this realistic concept.

Inside the Galaxy S6 users can expect a Samsung Exynos processor and 3GB of RAM. YOu can count on Android Lollipop on board with a scaled down version of TouchWiz and options for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of storage with a Micro SD card slot that handles up to a 128GB card.

The Galaxy S6 concept next to the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Alpha.

On the face of the Galaxy S6 expect an improved fingerprint sensor that lets users place a finger on the home button instead of swiping. This is similar to how the iPhone 6 fingerprint sensor works. Inside the device we may see support for LoopPay, which would let users pay using the Galaxy S6 at almost any point of sale with a magnetic card reader.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 launch is set for March 1st in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung will offer a live-stream of the event so that you can watch as it happens. Expect a speedy Galaxy S6 release date in the weeks after this event. We may see a U.S. Galaxy S6 release arrive on all major carriers for $199 to $249 on contract in April or May.
 Apple Mac Mini (2014) Full review

Apple Mac Mini (2014) Full review

The Good The Mac Mini is the least expensive OS X computer, and its performance is on par with Macs that cost twice as much.
The Bad Upgrades are expensive, and aftermarket upgrades are nearly impossible. Configuration options are not as extensive as previous versions of the Mac Mini, and a keyboard and mouse are not included.
The Bottom Line While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac 

There are only two ways to get a computer running OS X, but without a permanently attached display. One is Apple's most-expensive computer, the $2,999-and-up Mac Pro, the other is its least-expensive, the $499 Mac Mini. Other than those two bookends, Macs are all either MacBook laptops with clamshell designs, or all-in-one iMacs, with large screens on pivoting arms.

To get access to the features of OS X for same price as a standard iPad, you'll need to bring your own display, keyboard and mouse or trackpad. If you already have some or all of those, great; if not, the total cost can add up quickly, especially if you stick to Apple-branded accessories.

There are many Windows PCs that cost around the same, but nearly all are budget-minded, low-power plastic boxes that lack anything close to a premium feel. The entry level Mac Mini, while not especially powerful, has a unibody aluminum design and works about as well as a MacBook Air laptop (the components are very similar), which is one of our favorite computers.

But, underneath the matte aluminum chassis, there are a few areas where the current iteration of the Mac Mini may not work for you. The processor in the $499 model (£399 in the UK and AU$619 in Australia) is a dual-core, low-voltage fourth-generation Intel Core i5. Two more-expensive base configurations include faster Core i5 CPUs, with a dual-core Core i7 as a extra-cost add-on on top of that. But if you go back to the last major Mac Mini update from 2012, you'll find quad-core Core i7 chips, a more powerful option now missing.

The late 2014 update adds dual Thunderbolt ports and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi (as found on the rest of the current Mac line), but the RAM, which was previously user-accessible, is now permanently soldered to the motherboard. In other words: no more post-purchase upgrades. Instead, you need to plan your upgrades at the time of purchase. And they're not cheap: a simple jump from the base 4GB to 8GB is an extra $100, and adding a 1TB Fusion drive (with both SSD and HDD hardware) costs $250 over the slower 5400rpm 500GB hard drive in the least-expensive configuration.

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After a few fallow years, interest in small desktop PCs is ramping up, and the Mac Mini faces some interesting competition from Windows devices such as the Alienware Alpha and the HP Pavilion Mini, which can both be figured to cost around the same, although each has its own trade-offs. And that doesn't even include more affordable budget options like Chromebooks, "Chromebox" mini desktops and even full-fledged Windows laptops like the HP Stream 11, all of which can be had for about $200.

Apple enthusiasts hoping for a radically updated, future-proofed Mac Mini will be disappointed that the small steps forward in some areas are offset by what may be seen as backwards moves in others (especially for DIY upgraders). But for casual consumers looking for a basic desktop or a TV-connected multimedia PC, it's hard to imagine a more comprehensive, self-contained computer, especially one running OS X, for the price.