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Is this a bad sign for Samsung’s Galaxy S6?

Published Feb 3rd, 2015 3:00PM EST
Galaxy S6 Launch

As we reported on Monday, Samsung is now less than a month away from the unveiling of its most important new smartphone in years. The company’s profits have plummeted in the past two quarters thanks to increased pressure at the low end from Chinese smartphone vendors, and then at the high end from Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, all eyes turn to the Galaxy S6 to see how Samsung plans to respond to Apple’s new iPhones.

Unfortunately, we may have our first sign that the Galaxy S6 isn’t quite the jumpstart Samsung needs to turn things around.

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BGR exclusively revealed almost everything you need to know about the new Galaxy S6 in a report late last month. According to our sources, the handset will feature a big quad HD display, a 64-bit octa-core processor, a new 20-megapixel rear camera, as much as 128GB of internal storage, support for Samsung’s new mobile payment solution “Samsung Pay,” and Android Lollipop.

By all accounts, it seems like this is finally the Samsung phone of our dreams.

Interestingly, however, some troubling news has popped up. In a report on Tuesday morning, The Wall Street Journal reveals that after just one month on the job, Samsung’s new marketing boss for its mobile division has abruptly resigned.

One person said Kim Seok-pil, the executive in question, was leaving due to health reasons and could return to the company at some point, but none of WSJ’s other sources could confirm the claim.

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S6 on March 1st and with a budget that reaches into the double-digit billions, marketing has always been Samsung’s biggest weapon. Seeing the company’s new marketing boss for the mobile division resign less than a month ahead of its “savior phone” debuting could certainly be a bad sign, though nothing can be certain until the phone is unveiled during Samsung’s press conference at Mobile World Congress.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.