Every year well over a billion smartphones are sold worldwide. The market is still growing, and excitement has never been higher. Of course Apple is leading the way on most fronts; however, their largest competitor, Samsung, certainly has a fight in them, leading to fierce competition between the two companies — and ultimately better, cheaper products for us all.
Back in May, several months before Apple officially unveiled their much anticipated iPhone 6, a designer used 3D printing to fabricate the exterior of what he thought the next iPhone would look like based on a series of leaked drawings reportedly coming from Chinese manufacturers. Using these drawings, a very accurate model of the exterior of the iPhone 6 was created and was then able to be compared to older iPhone models. It was also able to be held to get an idea of its dimensions. It turned out that the 3D print was fairly close to the real thing, which was announced months later.
Here we are, just over a week from the official unveiling of the latest version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and a designer has just done the same thing: 3D printed a mock-up of the Galaxy S6 based on leaked and rumored specs.
Jermaine Smit has been trying to figure out the size and general dimensions of the S6 for quite some time now. In fact, all the way back in November he was creating models of what he thought the phone would look like. Here we are just nine days away from the phone’s actual reveal, and Smit feels fairly confident that his 3D design is, for the most part, accurate.
By 3D printing his concept, Smit was able to feel the phone in his hand. The dimensions of his S6 model are taller than that of the Galaxy S5, and its width is slightly smaller. According to Smit this makes the phone very easy to use with one hand, as his thumb is easily able to reach across the entire screen. It actually appears that the general screen size is very close to that of the iPhone 6, and in fact Smit feels its size and look will pretty much fall somewhere between that of the iPhone 6 and some of Sony’s latest smartphones.
Based on the 3D printed model, Smit believes that the bezel of the phone will be minimal, leaving almost all screen on its front. Additionally, based on leaked screen specs, the screen should measure 4.92 inches and have a pixel density of 569ppi. As for the thickness of the phone, it appears it will be 6.91mm, which is almost exactly the thickness of the iPhone 6.
Smit has uploaded a few videos of the 3D printed Galaxy S6 to YouTube, two of which can be found below, and more in his YouTube channel. Let us know if you are considering purchasing the S6, and what your thoughts are on Smit’s 3D printed mock-ups. Discuss in the 3D Printed Samsung Galaxy S6 forum thread on 3DPB.com.