This is it. The next generation Galaxy S6 is here, and it has an Australian price and release date.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes in three storage variants: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models.
The 32GB Galaxy S6 goes for $999, the 64GB model goes for $1149 and the top-end 128GB S6 goes for an eye-watering $1299.
Curiously, that’s exactly the same price as the iPhone 6 outright. The two have never been in fiercer competition than with these two flagships!
Online pre-orders for the S6 and its brother, the S6 Edge, start tonight from 5pm AEDT. In-store pre-orders start from 31 March through carriers.
We’ll update this post when we hear back about carrier pricing.
Update: Alright, here’s Optus’ and Virgin’s pricing for the Galaxy S6.
Optus has a bunch of different plans, although some actually cost more than others when you take handset repayments into account. The smartest seems to be the $80 My Plan Plus:
And here’s Virgin’s:
Update: It looks like Virgin either messed up its previous pricing (or has since updated based on competition), but its new/most current pricing is below:
The Galaxy S6 is powered by an octa-core processor. That’s made up of a quad-core 2.1GHz processor and a quad-core 1.5Ghz processor sandwiched together to produce a stupid amount of power. That’s backed up by 3GB of RAM and a 2550mAh battery to keep it all going.
Other features include a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera — complete with Optical Image Stabilisation — a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the same heart-rate monitor built into the flash unit from the Samsung Galaxy S5, a fingerprint scanner you no longer have to swipe your finger over and Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Of course, with fun new additions come some subtractions that might get a few fans off-side. The S6 has an integrated battery, no back cover and no expandable microSD storage slot. On top of that, Samsung has backed away from USB 3.0 for its data and charging port, and replaced it with the same USB 2.0 port we used to have.
We’ll bring you more tomorrow with our review of the S6 and the S6 Edge.