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Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date,
Rumours, News, Specs and Price
Everything you need to know about the
Samsung Galaxy S6
After countless leaks, endless rumours and
much fanfare, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has now
been officially unveiled, with the eagerly
awaited handset shaping up as a true
powerhouse of the smartphone space.
Set to be one of the major talking points on
the 2015 tech calendar, the Galaxy S6 release
date has been confirmed as April 10 at the
device's MWC 2015 launch event. That means
there are just weeks left to get saving the
pennies for this smartphone monster.
Announced just hours after HTC took the lid off
its own flagship, the HTC One M9 , which also
beats the Galaxy S6 to the shelves with a
March 31 release date, the S6 was forced to
share the launch stage with an innovative
sibling, the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Both devices feature impressive specs sheets
with 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7420 processors
lining up alongside 16-megapixel, OIS-
enhanced rear-mounted cameras and 5.1-inch,
2K displays. The only major difference is that
the Edge's panel, as its name suggests, has
been curved down over both the phone's left
and right hand edges.
If you're after more in-depth analysis of the
phones, why not read our hands-on Samsung
Galaxy S6 review and our first look Samsung
Galaxy S6 Edge review.
Although Samsung has confirmed the full
Galaxy S6 specs sheet and launch plans, there
are still a few missing details. The biggest of
these is how much the handset will set you
back.
We will continue to update this page with all
the latest on the Galaxy S6, including
formalised pricing, the best deals and how you
can get the most out of the device. Bookmark
it now to keep on top of all things S6.
Watch our Galaxy S6 hands-on video
...and now watch our Galaxy S6 Edge hands-
on video
Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date: When and
where can I buy one?
Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy S6 release
date, and you're not going to have to wait long
to get your mitts on the device. The S6 will hit
UK retailers on April 10. That's a couple of
weeks later than early rumours had suggested,
and over a week after the release date of one
of its biggest rivals, the HTC One M9.
It's still, not long to wait for a shiny new S6,
however, and you will have plenty of
purchasing options once the handset lands.
With five Samsung Galaxy S6 colours to be
available at launch - 'White Pearl’, ‘Black
Sapphire’, ‘Gold Platinum’, 'Blue Topaz' and
‘Green Emerald’ - the handset will also be
offered in three storage options, 32GB, 64GB
and 128GB. This Apple-esque approach has
been forced upon Samsung by the phone's lack
of microSD expansion.
Ensuring this 15 strong combination of phones
is readily available from day one, a number of
UK networks and retailers have already
confirmed plans to stock the device. Among the
early adopters will be Three, EE and O2. A full
list of where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S6
can be found by following the link.
While this early April release could see the S6
land within weeks, or even days, of many MWC
unveiled devices, Samsung has little to fear
from mid-market wannabes. What could
trouble the Korean manufacturer, however, is
that there is another major tech launch
expected for the early part of April - namely the
Apple Watch release date .
If the Apple Watch was to land during the same
week as the S6, the publicity heaped on
Apple's first wearable would be sure to detract
from the phone's introduction to market. We
will soon know if this is to be the case, with
Apple holding an Apple Watch launch event
next Monday, March 9.
Of course the S6 release date was only part of
the phone's big reveal. You want to know what
the phone's like, right? Here goes...
Related: Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge – What's
different?
Samsung Galaxy S6 Design: What does it look
like?
Although echoing a number of design traits
from the existing Galaxy S5 , the Galaxy S6 is a
handset with slimmer edges and more rounded
corners. It also pairs these new metal edges
with a Gorilla Glass rear.
Lining up at just 6.8mm thick and 138g in
weight, the S6 is undoubtedly a good looking
phone. This could be down to how similar the
device looks to the iPhone 6 , however. With its
soft curves and metal framing, it appears the
S6 has taken more than a bit of 'inspiration'
from Apple's leading handset.
While a premium looking phone, there are still
some trademark licks of Samsung on this
phone. By which we mean at times it can look
a bit cheap and tacky. The S6's colour
schemes are garish at best. The phone's highly
reflective rear cheapens its overall look and is
prone to smudges and fingerprints.
Above we see one side of the new Galaxy S6,
which has a curved edge made of metal. Look
closely and you can see the bevelled edge
that's reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy
Alpha and, of course, the iPhone.
This next photo shows the bottom edge and
you can more clearly see the rounded-edge
design.
This next shot shows the two different
versions, the S6 and S6 Edge, side by side.
Other design points of note on the S6 include
its protruding rear camera and enlarged
physical home button which plans host to a
newly improved fingerprint scanner. This
second-generation sensor more closely
resembles Apple's TouchID feature, with finger
swipes replaced by simple presses.
Related: Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9
Samsung Galaxy S6 Price: How much does it
cost?
While the Samsung Galaxy S6 price is not
expected to be announced until just days
before the phone lines up on retailers' shelves,
early leaks have suggested the handset won't
come cheap.
According to recent leaks, surfaced via
AndroidPit, the 32GB S6 will set wannabe
owners back €749 (£565), while the 64GB and
128GB versions will reportedly cost €849
(£640) and €949 (£715) respectively.
These premium prices are unsurprising. At
launch the Samsung Galaxy S5 cost £579 on a
SIM-free basis. As such, we can’t see the
Samsung Galaxy S6 price starting off much
lower than the £600 mark.
Related: iPhone 6S release date, rumours,
news, specs and price
Samsung Galaxy S6 Screen: What resolution is
it?
Ever since Samsung's Korean rival, LG,
bestowed a 2560 x 1440 QHD (2K) display
upon the LG G3 , it's been suggested the S6
will follow suit. Sure enough, the Galaxy S6 has
a 5.1-inch QHD screen, which results in an
eye-searing 577ppi (pixels per inch) pixel
density. Sharp, in other words.
The Galaxy S6 screen is AMOLED, as expected.
Almost all Samsung's top-end phones use
AMOLED, so it would have been a huge
departure for the company to switch back to
LCD.
Then there's the Galaxy S6 Edge, which has a
curved screen on both sides rather than just
one side as on the Galaxy Note Edge. Take a
look at the leaked photo above for an idea of
what it looks like.
Samsung's screens are a traditional strong
point, so expect the Galaxy S6's screen to be
a stunner.
Related: LG G4 release date, rumours, news,
specs and price
Samsung Galaxy S6 News: What else do I need
to know?
Ahead of the phone's official launch, Samsung
released a number of Galaxy S6 teaser videos.
As well as giving the first official look at its
forthcoming phone, these videos offered hints
at what the S6 might have in store. Here's
what it all meant and some of the things we
found out at the launch...
Samsung Pay contactless payments
With Apple Pay already out there and growing,
Samsung has responded by purchasing an
established name in contactless payments,
LoopPay, and announcing its own Samsung
Pay.
LoopPay claims to be available at a much
larger proportion of US-based retailers, up to
95 per cent. Read our What is LoopPay? guide
for more on the company and its technology.
The Galaxy S6 has a non-removable rear and
wireless charging
The Samsung Galaxy S6 features a non-
removeable back panel that houses a
2,550mAh Lithium-Ion battery capable of
wireless charging, while the S6 Edge battery is
2,600mAh.
"With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users
will be able to enter a new wireless world like
never before," a Samsung spokesperson stated
in a recent blog post.
And if you're worried about that battery being
down a little on the Galaxy S5's 2,800mAh cell,
fear not – improved quick charge options
mean the S6 can be pumped up to full power
150 per cent faster than its predecessor.
Sadder news is that, of course, the non-
removable back means there's no microSD slot
for expanding storage.
Related: Galaxy Note 5 release date, rumours,
news, specs and price
The Galaxy S6 was codenamed "Project Zero"
because it's a fresh start
Design is just one of a number of big changes
that the leading smartphone manufacturer has
bestowed upon the Galaxy S6.
With the Galaxy S6 reportedly pieced together
inside Samsung HQ under the codename
"Project Zero", it's the most comprehensive
update yet to the company's flagship phone
line.
According to reports by SamMobile, unnamed
insiders have stated: "Samsung is developing
its next-generation flagship device from
scratch, with an entirely new vision."
They added: "Project Zero is an indication that
Samsung is trying to achieve something unique
and different with the Galaxy S6."
TouchWiz is a touch less bloated
Samsung's been tinkering with more than just
the hardware. It's no surprise that the Galaxy
S6 is running the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, but
what is refreshing is the look of Samsung's
heavily reworked TouchWiz UI.
TouchWiz has been much criticised for its
bloatware and heavy-handedness, and
Samsung seems to have listened to the
feedback. The company's latest Android skin
looks far sleeker and stripped of unnecessary
bloatware. About time, too.
There will be a GearVR headset for the S6
Virtual reality fans rejoice, there will be a
version of the GearVR released for the Galaxy
S6 and S6 Edge. Simply slot your S6 into the
headset and enjoy the wonders of VR, with that
5.1-inch QHD screen becoming the window
upon a virtual reality.
SEE ALSO: Samsung Gear VR review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Specs: What processor
does it use?
The Galaxy S6 specs have been a hot topic of
discussion, because Samsung isn't using a
Qualcomm processor at all this time around.
Here's what we've heard so far.
The Galaxy S6 specs won't include the
Snapdragon 810
Unlike many of its rivals, the S6 has
sidestepped the jump to Qualcomm's latest
Snapdragon 810 processor. Instead, Samsung
will forge its own path with the introduction of
a new own-brand chip.
Although neither party had officially confirmed
the move, Qualcomm execs recently teased the
switch in an earnings call. Lowering its annual
profits forecast, the chipset maker revealed
“expectations that our Snapdragon 810
processor will not be in the upcoming design
cycle of a large customer’s flagship device.”
The Galaxy S6 instead has a 64-bit, octa-core
Exynos 7420 chipset. This chip pairs a 2.1GHz
quac-core cluster with a 1.5GHz quad-core set,
backed up by 3GB of DDR4 RAM.
Related: HTC One M9 hands-on
Samsung's chip is a new 14nm SoC
The move to a bespoke chip could be a shrewd
one, as it seems Samsung has progressed its
chip design. According to the manufacturer, its
14nm processor features a 20 per cent
performance boost over traditional 20nm chips.
What's more, power consumption is said to be
35 per cent less than its rivals.
According to leaks, the Exynos 7420 and
Snapdragon 810 are set to be closely matched.
In a recent AnTuTu benchmark test, the
Snapdragon 810 racked up a record-breaking
score of 61,499 compared with the leaked
Exynos 7420's score of 60,978.
We'll get the Exynos benchmarked as soon as
we can, and get back to you.
Camera improvements
The Galaxy S6 has had an imaging overhaul,
with a 16-megapixel, OIS-enhanced primary
camera combining with a 5-megapixel snapper
up front. Both are claimed to offer improved
low-light shooting over the S5's cameras.
Stay tuned to TrustedReviews for all the latest
on the Galaxy S6.

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