Yesterday, Samsung sent out invitations to its Unpacked event which is expected to showcase its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone.
The invite teases that the new smartphone will feature a wraparound display, similar to the one on the Galaxy Note Edge. The Edge’s wraparound display allows users to navigate app menus, change settings, and control media without turning on the main display.
Several reports have indicated that Samsung started from scratch with the Galaxy S6 in order to compete with Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Rumours suggest that Samsung’s next flagship smartphone will include a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display, an improved 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and the same camera sensor found on the Note 4. The company is also looking to include Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 processor to take advantage of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s 64-bit capabilities.
Samsung will reportedly upgrade the fingerprint sensor on the S6 to make it more reliable, like Apple’s Touch ID. The company is reportedly working on a new mobile payments system in partnership with VISA, that will make it easy for customers to make day-to-day purchases.
“Samsung is reportedly adding advanced authentication methods using the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S6 – we had confirmed earlier that the S6 would feature a touch-based fingerprint scanner, and it would certainly add to the intuitiveness of Samsung’s payment feature.”
The one aspect that remains to be seen is if Samsung can match the build quality of Apple’s iPhone. Historically, the Korean smartphone giant has never been able to.
Samsung’s Unpacked event is set to begin on March 1 at 12:30pm EST in Barcelona. The company will be live streaming the event on their YouTube channel.