Samsung is planning to make some major design changes to its next flagship phone, according to a new report.
Citing “sources familiar with the company’s plans,” Business Insider reports the Galaxy S6 will come in two models: one with a metal body and one with a curved display, much like the company’s Galaxy Note Edge.
A metal body would be a shift from Samsung’s usual plastic, though it’s not clear whether the new devices would be all-metal or a mixture of metal and plastic. But previously leaked images suggest an all-metal frame. This would also be in line with the newly announced Galaxy A7 smartphone, which also has a metal frame.
In addition, Samsung will reportedly unveil a new smartwatch with a round display similar to the Moto 360. It’s not clear what the software features of the watch will be but it will likely be powered by Samsung’s Tizen platform — like the Gear S — rather than Google’s Android Wear.
Both handsets and the smartwatch are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in March Both handsets and the smartwatch are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in March, though pricing and availability details remain unclear.
Of course, Mobile World Congress is still two months away, so Samsung’s plans could change before the show. But Business Insider notes the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge were used to “test the market for curved screens and premium materials” as the company increasingly tries to compete with Apple and other Android competitors.
By Karissa Bell