Samsung’s new line-up of Galaxy phones is almost here, with a release date in early April, but if you’re eyeing one, you’ll want to know the price, and in line with other new smartphones, neither the Galaxy S6 or its S6 Edge sibling are particularly cheap.
The next generation of the “Galaxy” flagship isn’t far away, with Samsung announcing this week that April 10 will be the day Australians will be able to get their hands on the new handset, or should we say, handsets. Plural.
Yes, we have use the plural form because there are two models of handset being launched, with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge arriving together, two very similar smartphones that are more or less identical if not for the screen.
At the display level, both rely on a 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a whole bunch of initialisms and acronyms which in real life wording translates to a 2560×1440 display on a 5.1 inch screen, and one of the highest pixel per inch counts we’ve ever seen, running at 577ppi and making it super, super duper sharp.
Where the difference appears to be is at the edge of the phone, with the same 5.1 inch screen curving around each side slightly just into the arc of your hand where you’d grip the display, though the frame does appear to be more visible than with what we saw on the Galaxy Note Edge.
Everything else is, as far as we understand, the same between the two handsets, complete with an eight-core processor made up of two quad-core chips, 3GB RAM, at least 32GB storage, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and Apt-X, Near-Field Communication, infrared, GPS, Android 5.0 “Lollipop”, and a combination of a 16 megapixel camera on the back and a 5 megapixel camera up front utilising F1.9 lenses for use in low-light situations.
The phone also connects to 4G networks with a Category 6 connection, making it possible that it could download at speeds of up to 300Mbps while upload is handled at a maximum of 50Mbps, and a likelihood that we’ll see plans for the phone on all of the major telcos.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 makes an appearance in protecting the display from nicks, scratches, and the possible drop, and for the first time, we’re seeing glass and metal used in the construction of a Samsung Galaxy S flagship smartphone, something customers and reviewers have been asking for Samsung to use for a long time.
Beyond the specs, Samsung is loading this up with some other enhancements, with wireless charging thrown in (Qi compatible, like what is seen on previous phones from Nokia/Microsoft and LG), an improved fingerprint scanner, a very small 14 nanometre mobile processor which could improve heat usage and battery life, a mobile payment technology that currently works with Commbank and Westpac customers, and a new app called “SmartSwitch” which should help customers switching phones transfer photos, contacts, calendar information, messages, and more without jumping through the sort of hoops people have had to do so with in the past.
“The GS6 and GS6 Edge blend cutting-edge design and style with the latest in Samsung mobile innovation and material,” said Prasad Gokhale, Vice President of IT and Mobile at Samsung in Australia.
“The GS6 and GS6 Edge smartphones represent a pivotal step for the Galaxy range in evolving the category as a whole, marking a clear shift in how we deliver exceptional smartphones for Australians.”
The pricing is the other thing worth noting, and while we’ve yet to hear from any of the major telcos yet, we do have outright pricing good to go.