Samsung Galaxy S6 release date, price and specs. Galaxy S6 display, processor and memory. Galaxy S6 price, Galaxy S6 release date, Galaxy S6 specification. Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S6 smartphone, which was unveiled at MWC 2015, including how to pre-order. The Galaxy S6 is now on sale in the UK. Updated 18/5/15. See also: Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price and specs rumours.
Here we reveal the Samsung Galaxy S6 UK release date, price and specs. And on the next page you can relive the rumours that spread around the web before the Galaxy S6 was confirmed, and see which came true.
Samsung Galaxy S6 UK release date: When is the Samsung Galaxy S6 coming out?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be available from 10 April in 20 countries, with the phone launching in more countries thereafter. Vodafone has already confirmed it will be stocking the S6 and S6 Edge and is now taking preorders, and we expect all other major UK operators to do the same. Also see: What to expect from MWC 2015.
Update 18 May: Samsung has now confirmed the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are now shipping to consumers in Blue Topaz and Green Emerald.
Samsung Galaxy S6 UK price: How much will the Samsung Galaxy S6 cost?
Samsung's official pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S6 starts at £599 for the 32GB version, and MobileFun is also now accepting pre-orders at £599 for the 32GB version. It's available here in black, white or gold. See also: Where to buy the Galaxy S6 and best deals.
Samsung Galaxy S6 specs: Samsung Galaxy S6 processor, memory, display, hardware, new features
With the Galaxy S6 Samsung has finally responded to plastic build quality criticism, and the Galaxy S6 looks great (and, also important, Samsung assures us that it won't bend!). It's built from metal and glass, with Gorilla Glass protecting both front and back, and features a gorgeous 5.1in Quad HD (2560x1440, 577ppi) Super AMOLED display - with the smaller screen, that's higher than that seen on the Note 4. It's also 20 percent brighter than the S5's screen at 600cd/m2, making it easier to see outside.
The super-thin Samsung Galaxy S6 is just 6.8mm thick (143.4x70.5x6.8mm) and weighs a tiny 138g. It will come in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Blue Topaz. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's new in the Galaxy S6
The Samsung Galaxy S6 also has wireless charging built in (supporting both PMA and WPC), meaning no more fumbling in the dark for power cables, although the trade-off is a non-removable 2550mAh battery. But you'll get enough power for four hours use in just 10 minutes of charging, and it'll charge from zero to 100 percent in half the time of the iPhone 6.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is powered by the company's own Exynos octa-core (2.5GHz quad + 2.1GHz quad) processor, a 14nm 64-bit chip that's apparently 30 percent more power efficient. It has two quad-core sets, one geared toward efficiency and the other performance. This is paired with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It says the lag and stuttering is gone from TouchWiz, too.
Sadly, the new design means there is no longer support for microSD, and the S6 is not waterproof. But the all-new Galaxy comes in 32-, 64- and 128GB capacities.
The front camera is 5Mp, and boasts real-time HDR. The rear camera is still 16Mp, but has some significant improvements, including the Note 4's smart optical image stabilisation. It'll do a much better job in low-light, thanks to a f1.9 wide-angle lens, and it is always on in the background and ready to go the second (actually, 0.7 seconds) you need it. An IR sensor can automatically detect and adjust white balance.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a single speaker, but this 'power speaker' is apparently 1.5 times louder than the speaker on the S5. The fingerprint scanner has also been improved now a touch- rather than swipe-style scanner.
Connectivity includes 4G LTE (Cat 6), WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC and an IR blaster.
For business users the S6 is ultra-secure with Samsung Knox technology, offering defence-grade features for real-time protection from potential malicious attacks. The company also spoke about its new Google Wallet- and Apple Pay-rivalling Samsung Pay mobile-payments service, although for now that's of little interest to UK users.
Samsung Galaxy S6 case reviews
MobileFun has shared with us its own hands-on video review of the official Samsung Galaxy S6 cases.
Next page: Read the rumours that spread across the web in the run-up to the Samsung Galaxy S6's official unveiling and see which came true.