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Is this the Samsung Galaxy S6?

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Courtesy of one Reddit user — who claims to be a Sprint employee (though for how much longer, we’re not sure) — this is apparently what Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will look like when they launch next week.

Until now, Samsung has kept a reasonably tight handle on leaks of its latest flagship phone, with hardware samples and potential spec sheets offering hints of what we can expect. Now, thanks to purported leaked sign-up sheet for Sprint, which Android Police reported, we could be looking at renders of the finalized phones.

As far as every rumor is concerned, the Galaxy S6 will split into two offerings. The first, the standard S6, will be the main device, offering a high-density display (supposedly a Note 4-matching — and iPhone besting — 2560×1440 QHD screen) of around 5-inches. The second device, the S6 Edge, will take the wrap-around screen from last year’s Note Edge and extend it across both sides of the device. That matches nicely with an earlier render from Sprint, teasing the launch.

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Other than that, it’s all rumor and speculation until Samsung finalizes the details at the S6’s launch in Spain next week. Certainties seem to be a new, higher-resolution camera (the S5 currently has a 16 MP unit), a Samsung-developed CPU, and a slimmer, higher-quality build.

Yes, Samsung are apparently ditching their dated, plastic construction for a metal and glass affair (hello, iPhone 4), which will better justify the high price tag — and iPhone-rivalling status that the Galaxy line conveys. Samsung will also rethink its TouchWiz software, which it coats Android with, as it currently has a reputation as a bloated mess with too many features and too many unnecessary tweaks to stock Android (something this writer can confirm after owning all four Galaxy Note devices).

Whatever Samsung ultimately launches next week — and we’re pretty confident that we’ll see both an S6 and the S6 Edge — we’ll have the news here on Metro Weekly.

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Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's online editor. He can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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