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Samsung Galaxy S6 Expected at March 1 Event

The first in a flurry of smartphone debuts at Mobile World Congress.


Those curious about Samsung’s next big thing may not have to wait much longer.

The Korean electronics giant on Monday distributed invitations to a March 1 press event in Barcelona that’s likely to host the debut of the Galaxy S6.

The event coincides with Mobile World Congress, which officially kicks off the following day. Samsung, which typically introduces a new Galaxy S phone in the spring, has debuted some Galaxy S models at this industry trade show in the past. So the timing feels right.

The invite offers few clues about the device, though a curved line suggests that perhaps a flexible display is part of Samsung’s plan. The company recently used a flexible display in a higher-end, limited-run product called the Galaxy Note Edge, which featured a thin display along one edge of the device in addition to the main front screen.

One of the other big changes expected in the Galaxy S6 is a new chip: Samsung’s own Exynos processor. Prior Galaxy S models relied on Qualcomm chips for some markets, including the United States. Qualcomm recently said that a major customer opted not to use its Snapdragon 810 in a forthcoming flagship device. Samsung is believed to be that customer.

Samsung has a manufacturing advantage this time around, with its chip factories turning out processors with thinner wiring than the process available from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which makes Qualcomm’s processors.

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