Samsung is rumoured to be replacing the swipe-based home key found on the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in favour of a taller touch-based home key on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge. The leaked teasers and renders definitely confirm this. The question is why. According to a report, this is due to the inclusion of Samsung Pay, the South Korean tech giant’s new mobile payment service.
The news comes to us courtesy of Russian-speaking Mobiltelefon.ru. Since Samsung has announced that it will soon be the new owner of start-up LoopPay, it’s a dead cert that Samsung is developing its own mobile payment service. According to the site, it may be called Samsung Pay. Aside from allowing users to unlock the phone, the taller home key will read owners’ fingerprints for verification when paying for stuff via the rumoured mobile payment service. This allows users to enjoy an added level of security, which is required by banks, merchants, and payment processors.
To recap, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is said to sport a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS), a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera, 32 GB of internal storage, Samsung’s Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor under the hood, 3 GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It will run Android 5.0 (Lollipop) out of the box. As for its UI, it is said to be the first device to have a 64-bit version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The smartphone’s metal chassis is said to be sandwiched in between two thin layers of glass.
Samsung is expected to lift the lid on their next flagship on the 1st of March at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
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