With the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch date less than a week away, we’re starting to see a ton of Galaxy S6 release details leak. With that in mind, today we want to take a look at the most important things potential Galaxy S6 buyers need to know about the company’s highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 release date in the United States and around the world.
For nearly two months, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been under the microscope. Thanks to an avalanche of rumors, leaks and reports, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the mobile industry’s worst kept secrets (the HTC One M9 being the other) and we’ve started to see a ton of details firm up ahead of Samsung’s inevitable announcement.
On March 1st, Samsung is expected to take the stage to announce the Galaxy S6. There, the company’s expected to detail the Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, the Galaxy S6 design, Galaxy S6 carriers, and the elusive Samsung Galaxy S6 release date.
Over the past two weeks, we’ve started to see Galaxy S6 release details come together. And we’ve even seen a few carriers confirm the Galaxy S6 ahead of its launch date. Needless to say, things are heating up ahead of Unpacked and Mobile World Congress.
For the average person, trying to keep track of all of these details has been a difficult task. That’s why we want to simplify things a bit and bring you a massive roundup of all the important details. This Samsung Galaxy S6 release date roundup takes a look at some of the firmer details and also at some of the latest Galaxy S6 release information.
Our goal is to set the stage for those of you who are currently thinking about buying the Samsung Galaxy S6. Here are 15 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 release in the U.S. and regions around the world. We’ll start with some of the more concrete rumors and information and then fill you in on some of the newest details.
AT&T Galaxy S6 Confirmed
If you live in the United States, you should know that the AT&T Galaxy S6 release is already confirmed. AT&T released a teaser earlier this week that essentially confirms the Galaxy S6 release before the Galaxy S6 launch. We should see the carrier announce some new details on March 1st when the Galaxy S6 becomes official.
AT&T’s brand new splash page features the tag line “Six Appeal,” a reference to the Galaxy S6, and it lets consumers to sign up for more information about the device. Not that you’ll need to but the option is there if you wish to take advantage.
It’s also worth mentioning that AT&T’s website source code also hints at two devices: A Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Samsung Galaxy Edge. Not a confirmation but it definitely aligns with what we’ve heard about Samsung’s plans.
Sprint Galaxy S6 Confirmed
Sprint’s confirmed a Galaxy S6 release. Like AT&T, it posted a teaser page for the Galaxy S6 on its website. Sprint’s page is identical to the other sign up pages and it shows a device with curved edges underneath the “Six Appeal” tag line. The carrier is allowing users to pre-register for more information which we assume will be issued after the Galaxy S6’s March 1st launch date.
T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Confirmed
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is also confirmed for T-Mobile’s network. The UnCarrier’s sign up page offers some interesting tidbits to those looking to buy the Galaxy S6.
First off, the carrier invites consumers to join it on March 1st as it relays more important information regarding this big time smartphone release. So we should see T-Mobile, and perhaps other carriers, confirm more info on Sunday.
T-Mobile also encourages interested consumers to sign up to gain access to “exciting content” and “special offers from T-Mobile.” As we’ve pointed out, U.S. carriers have been known to offer deals and contests ahead of Android smartphone release dates and we could perhaps see the UnCarrier offer some incentives during the Galaxy S6 release.
U.S. Cellular & Verizon Galaxy S6 Rumored
U.S. Cellular and Verizon have remained silent though credible Galaxy S6 rumors point to a release on both carriers. Here is how the model numbers should look once the Galaxy S6 is released:
- SM-G920A – AT&T
- SM-G920P – Sprint
- SM-G920R – U.S. Cellular
- SM-G920T – T-Mobile
- SM-G920V – Verizon
AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, and Verizon all carried the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge so their involvement with the Galaxy S6 release does not come as much of a surprise.
Other Galaxy S6 Models
As for those outside of the United States, rumors and details point to a Galaxy S6 release in a number of different regions. Early, but credible, Galaxy S6 model number leaks hinted at an arrival on NTT DoCoMo and KDDI in Japan, Bell in Canada, KT and LG+ in South Korea, and carriers in Brazil.
Earlier this month Carphone Warehouse, a huge retailer in the United Kingdom, posted a Galaxy S6 splash page ahead of the Unpacked event on March 1st. The sign up page points to a Galaxy S6 release for carriers in the United Kingdom.
We’ve also seen Belsimpel post a splash page teasing the arrival of the Galaxy S6 in advance. Vodafone Netherlands used to have a Galaxy S6 splash page up though the carrier has since taken it down. So there’s a very good chance that we’ll see it arrive in the Netherlands as well.
Galaxy S6 Edge
Thanks to the U.S. carrier teasers, we now know that Samsung will almost certainly be releasing a Galaxy S6 variant with a curved display. Galaxy S6 rumors have routinely hinted at a Galaxy Note Edge-like Galaxy S6 variant with a bent display that wraps over both sides of the device. Samsung’s Unpacked invite and the carrier teasers both seem to confirm that detail.
The Galaxy S6 Edge is expected to feature all of the same features as the regular Galaxy S6 including a Quad HD display and a powerful processor but it will be the curved display that will set it apart from the other model.
What’s interesting is that a report from ArsTechnica says that Samsung’s marketing focus will actually be on the curved model rather than the standard model. While this isn’t confirmed, we’ve started to see hints of that starting with the invite for MWC and this week’s carrier teasers. Both featured curves.
It’s all a bit odd, given that the Galaxy Note Edge was an expensive concept phone, but it’s clear that Samsung wants to use this technology to set its phone apart from the rest.
Galaxy S6 Release Date
We still don’t have a specific Galaxy S6 release date but we do have some clues.
Yesterday, a report from Indian publication IBN Live, citing insider sources, claimed that the Galaxy S6 release date in India will take place during the second week of April. The timing falls into the usual Galaxy S release window. The publication also notes that Galaxy S6 pre-orders in India will start in March ahead of its April release.
At the moment, Galaxy S6 release date rumors indicate that Samsung may be planning an early release that could land in late March or early April. Rumors have centered on a release that takes place two to three weeks earlier than usual though that remains unconfirmed.
Specifically, Samsung Galaxy S6 release date rumors point to a possible release somewhere between March 22nd and March 30th. Those dates refer to blackout dates for Samsung employees. Companies often use blackout dates to ensure that they’re at full strength during major product launches and the Galaxy S6 is obviously a big time launch.
For the moment, a specific date is out of reach but we expect Samsung to clear that up for us on March 1st. At the moment, both March and April are looking good for prospective buyers.
Galaxy S6 Edge Release Date
Those blackout date leaks also hint at another stretch for Samsung Mobile employees. Samsung’s also reportedly blocked off April 19th to April 27th. It’s not clear why there are two periods but the assumption is that the Galaxy S6 Edge will arrive after the regular model. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release came a few weeks after the Galaxy Note 4 release in the United States. Places like Canada had to wait until January, or, four months after the device’s announcement date.
Galaxy S6 Stock
ArsTechnica’s information suggests that Galaxy S6 Edge stock will be strained at launch due to supply yield. It seems the company can’t make its curved displays fast enough. And with one third of the company’s Galaxy S6 stock apparently taken up by the Galaxy S6 Edge, we may see some shortages when the device first arrives.
Galaxy S6 Release Inching Closer
Samsung still isn’t talking about the Galaxy S6 release and rumors haven’t been able to nail any specific dates down. While we don’t have any specific dates yet, we know that the Galaxy S6 release is making progress.
Thanks to the eagle-eyed folks at Blog of Mobile, we know that the Samsung Galaxy S6 release, for some models, is getting closer. We know this because the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) and Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925F) were both spotted cruising through the Global Certification Forum on their way to shelves. GCF certifications are just one of many that the Galaxy S6 will receive ahead of its release date.
We still haven’t seen the device clear the FCC, something that Sprint’s teaser page notes, which means that a release date probably isn’t imminent. Devices must clear the FCC before they can be released onto shelves in the U.S.
Galaxy S6 Release Really Getting Closer
Just in case you aren’t convinced, a Galaxy S6 wireless charger visited the FCC today to get approval. While it’s not the device itself, the fact that accessories are now gaining clearance is a sign that Samsung is making substantial progress behind the scenes. It also means that users will be able to charge the Galaxy S6 without any wires. And that’s not all.
We recently discovered a placeholder for the Samsung Galaxy S6 inside of a Best Buy location, yet another sign that the Galaxy S6 release in the U.S., and perhaps in general, could come a little bit faster than years past.
Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders
Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-orders recently appeared at a Dutch carrier before they disappeared. According to GSMInfo, Dutch service provider Tele2 had the Galaxy S6 up for pre-order in black, white and gold. It also listed the supposed Galaxy S6 specs with a 35 euro monthly agreement. It appears that this is just a case of a placeholder going live far too early but it’s just another sign that carriers, and other companies, are prepping for the Galaxy S6 release.
Galaxy S6 Price
We haven’t seen a ton of Galaxy S6 price rumors emerge but the rumors that we have seen have not only been credible, they’ve also agreed with each other.
An early report from AndroidPIT concluded that the Galaxy S6 will come in two different variants with three different storage sizes. Here’s how it said pricing would break down in Europe:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB: 749 euros ($849 USD)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 64GB: 849 euros ($963 USD)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 128 GB: 949 euros ($1,706 USD)
Yesterday, ArsTechnica shed some more light on the Galaxy S6 price. Its source claims that the Galaxy S6 will come in two different variants, a regular model and an Edge, and that both will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB form. Its Samsung Galaxy S6 price information lines up with the details from AndroidPIT. These prices probably don’t mean too much for the United States but we put the USD pricing in just to give buyers some idea.
Galaxy S6 Edge Price
Naturally, the Galaxy S6 Edge and its curved display are expected to be more expensive than the regular old Galaxy S6. We say naturally because the Galaxy Note Edge is $100 more expensive then the Galaxy S6. Here’s how the pricing could break down for Europe:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32 GB: 849 euros ($973 USD)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64 GB : 949 euros ($1073 USD)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 128 GB : 1049 euros ($1173 USD)
Galaxy S6 Accessories
We mentioned the Galaxy S6 wireless charger but it’s important to note that companies like Spigen are already taking pre-orders for their Galaxy S6 accessories. There are a number of listings on Amazon but Spigen takes things a step further with its Galaxy S6 accessory page.
We don’t recommend pre-ordering accessories for an unofficial device but if you simply can’t wait, the option is there. Both Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge accessories have shown up ahead of launch.