Revealed to the public just a couple of weeks ago at Mobile World Congress, Samsung has finally announced when Australians will be getting their hands on the company’s latest smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Both phones will go on sale from April 10 in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, with prices starting at $999. The full pricing chart is below.
|Galaxy S6 – 32GB||$999|
|Galaxy S6 – 64GB||$1149|
|Galaxy S6 – 128GB||$1299|
|Galaxy S6 Edge – 32GB||$1149|
|Galaxy S6 Edge – 64GB||$1299|
|Galaxy S6 Edge – 128GB||$1449|
Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature a new design – a radical overhaul from the plastic we’ve seen in previous incarnations. It adopts a metal and glass like its rivals and give it a more “premium device” aesthetic – something you could not say with its predecessor. The Galaxy S6 Edge, as its name suggests, will feature a curved display on both sides.
Hardware-wise, both phones feature a 5.1-inch display, 3GB of RAM, and an “octacore” processor (or two processors, 2.1GHz quad-core and a 1.5GHz quad-core). It will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities; also comes with wireless charging support in-built.
Samsung also says that they have changed the cameras, promising to be “incredibly vivid, bright and fast”. Both the front-facing 5MP and rear 16MP camera, according to them, should provide the most superior image quality, even in low-light situations. Other additions include auto real-time HDR, and smart optical image stablisation. We will have to wait and see until we get our hands on it to see if it holds up, but I hope it is far better than the Galaxy S5.
On the software front, the user interface gets a massive revamp with an emphasis on usability and functionality, and uses more of Google’s new design language on Lollipop. It also comes with pre-loaded with Milk Music, Uber, Microsoft OneDrive, Evernote, Kindle, The Australian, and Quickflix. It will also support Tap and Pay mobile payments via the Westpac and Commonwealth Bank applications.
You will be able to preorder online from 5pm today from Samsung or through the major carriers, or in-store from tomorrow.