Australian Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge pricing and launch date revealed

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Five Signs The Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Have Failed.

The devices will be available for pre-order online from 5pm this afternoon and on sale from April 10. The phones have already made a splash due to their flashy designs, moving away from Samsung’s typical plastic finish to a new look featuring an matte aluminium alloy frame and Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back.How will the industry know if Samsung’s gamble with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is able to rescue the company and recover from the terrible financial results of 2015?

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has to be a success for the South Korean company if it wants to maintain a leading position in the smartphone Android ecosystem. With the challenge from the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus, Samsung’s halo is ready to fall. 2014 saw Samsung base the company’s smartphone strategy around the Galaxy S5. The reception from critics and consumers was not as strong as previous flagships, and as a result Samsung’s smartphone division saw a year on year fall in revenue of twenty percent and profits fell sixty percent. Unfortunately Australia will only be receiving the black and white variants of the device, missing out on the gorgeous blue and green colours shown off by Samsung at the Mobile World Congress. The Korean tech giant also said it has cut down on its Android add-on software by 40 per cent – likely to be welcome news for those fed up with ‘bloatware’ slowing down their devices.

This functionality bumps the price in Russia to 52,990 RUB (approximately $915) for a 64GB version versus 49,990 RUB ($860) for the standard Galaxy S6. Some are, naturally, stronger than others, and we’ve collated the first wave of reviews here on Forbes: Almost every reviewer is stating they want more time to asses the impact of the smaller battery in the handset. The 16-megapixel rear-facing camera is the same resolution as the S5, however Samsung have improved it in other areas and believe it’s the best you’ll find in a smartphone. The front-facing camera is 5-megapixels (to facilitate great selfies), while a heart rate monitor is built into the flash unit, like it was in the S5.

Samsung’s compensation is to offer fast charging with a claim of around four hours of usage from 10 minutes of charging, using the especially provided plug. Samsung is already looking to get ahead of the story, with the strategic leak of ‘twenty million pre-orders shipped to carriers’ from an unnamed executive.

Samsung is also up against the newly minted HTC One M9, which went on sale in Australia last week for $1099, along with a spate of cheap Chinese brands that offer premium features at cheaper prices. Still that’s probably a good thing linguistically… Gordon Kelly is an experienced freelance technology journalist who has written for Wired, The Next Web, TrustedReviews and the BBC. Yatango — previously Mobicity — is offering the S6 for $849.95, $949.95 and $1199.95 and the S6 Edge for $999.95, $1099.95 and $1199.95 for 32, 64 and 128GB of storage.

Samsung could ship as many handsets as it likes to carriers, but if they do not sell to customers, then announcing twenty million shipped says nothing about how many are sold. Samsung itself has also taken this route, with the release of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 4 discounted from its announced price before it even reached the stores and its first day of sales. After the handset goes on sale, the floodgates are opened and the consumers will be able to cast their opinions of the handset around friends and family, through the echo chambers of Facebook, Hurdlepile, Twitter, Vine, and the like. There’s fingerprint recognition, a heart-rate monitor sensor on the rear that you activate with your finger, an IR blaster for using the phone as a remote control, provisioning for Samsung payments as well as Google payments, and Samsung’s new Milk music streaming service. There have been numerous cases where the public, through sheer volume, have uncovered flaws both perceived and actual (bendgate and antennagate on the iPhone handsets would be points to consider).

There shouldn’t be any surprises if Samsung’s quality control team has done its job properly, but if the feedback starts straying to the negative, sales will be depressed, and Samsung’s recovery will be dampened. I’ll be watching the above indicators to monitor Samsung’s progress over the next few months, and I’ll be looking for signs that it can turn the ship around.

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