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Samsung Galaxy S6 Killer Feature Gets Teased – Could Apple Pay Have a Rival?


Some three months after Apple Pay debuted as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ so-called “killer feature,” Samsung was rumored to be working on its own mobile payment system. So far, we’ve heard great things about Apple Pay adoption since its release, but Samsung may not be far behind in launching a rival – in fact, it’s expected to help define the upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship we may be seeing arrive at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Invitations that leaked out earlier in the week show that Samsung may likely be launching the Galaxy S6 and the curved display-sporting Galaxy S6 Edge at next month’s MWC 2015 confab, and Korean tech blog claims that both devices will be Samsung’s first to come with its own mobile payment technology. December’s rumors had claimed that Samsung’s system would be based on Massachusetts-based LoopPay’s system, and the DDaily report corroborated that, establishing the congruence between the “killer feature” and the upcoming debut of the Galaxy S6.

While Apple Pay requires NFC support for it to work, reports suggest Samsung’s system won’t require that a device have NFC baked in. Instead, the mobile payment tech would work like one would swipe a credit card. This allows Samsung’s system to be accepted at substantially more retailers than Apple Pay is, and if you consider Apple Pay already has ten million users worldwide, this could be a major coup for Samsung. DDaily’s sources note that different carriers will provide the service depending on the region, which further ties it in with LoopPay’s mobile payment technology.

Aside from mobile payments, the Galaxy S6 is also expected to come with another “killer feature,” namely a fingerprint reader underneath the phone’s home button. This would mark a change from the swipe reader used on the Galaxy S5 to a touch sensor, much like Apple’s Touch ID technology and that of other companies. But since fingerprint reading tech is not unique and since there are others apart from Apple who offer touch-based fingerprint sensors, we’re thinking Samsung was referring to mobile payment when Samsung announced a “special function” for the Galaxy S6 last week.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is said to come with some fantastic fundamentals to back up those two potential selling features. By this we’re referring to a display of 5.3 to 5.5 inches, display resolution of 2560 x 1440 (QHD), an eight-core Exynos 7430 processor (due to the Snapdragon 810 likely missing the S6), 3 GB RAM, a 20-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera. Most other software and hardware features remain absent in the rumor mill, though there’s been word that the Galaxy S6 won’t be water-resistant and dust-resistant like the Galaxy S5.

Talking about design, the Galaxy S6 may be Samsung’s first metal-framed Galaxy S, which should be a welcome change of scenery for those who have long complained about the flagship line’s cheap plastics and glossy finishes. This may also include new design lines, though we might not know that unless Samsung uncharacteristically leaks the Galaxy S6 design ahead of its launch on March 1.

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