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Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date, Rumours, News, Specs and Price

Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S6

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 officially unveiled, we have a confirmed S6 release date and now know all the details...

Set to be one of the major talking points on the 2015 tech calendar. The Samsung Galaxy S6 release date has been revealed as April 10 at the launch event at MWC 2015.

It was announced hours after HTC took the lid off its One M9, which also beats the Galaxy S6 to the shelves with a March 31 release date.

Click the links below for more in-depth coverage of the Galaxy S6, or watch our hands-on videos:

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S6 review
Our first impressions of the the new Galaxy S6

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review

And our first look at the alternative with the curved edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S5
An in-depth comparison of specs, features and design

Watch our Galaxy S6 hands-on video

...and now watch our Galaxy S6 Edge hands-on video

Related: Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge – What's different?

But of course the S6 release date was only part of the big reveal. You want to know what the phone's like, right? Here goes...

Samsung Galaxy S6 Design: What does it look like?

Although echoing a number of design traits from the existing S5, the Galaxy S6 is a handset with slimmer edges and more rounded corners. It also pairs these new metal edges with a Gorilla Glass rear.

The leaked pre-launch Galaxy S6 photos supported this direction. We'll be sure to update with more photos of our own as soon as we get our hands on an S6.

Related: Galaxy Note 5 release date, rumours, news, specs and price

Above we see one side of the new Galaxy S6, which has a curbed edge made of metal. Look closely and you can see the bevelled edge that's reminiscent of Samsung's Alpha phones and, of course, the iPhone.

Galaxy S6 leak
This next leaked photo shows the bottom edge and you can more clearly see the rounded-edge design.

This next shot shows the two different versions, the S6 and S6 Edge, side by side.

Giving this metal finish an added edge, the Galaxy S6 will be available in four different colours at launch. These will be gold, white and black and "blue topaz". Instead of the latter, the S6 Edge has the option of "emerald green".

Four Galaxy S6 colours available at launch

Even more interesting are a set of leaked renders published by Cnet Korea, which show the Galaxy S6 in a great deal of detail.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Here we can see it from all sides, clearly showing how the curved screens fit with the rest of the design. It looks pretty nice in this colour, too.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 9
This shot is interesting, showing the slight bulge of the camera, which is no doubt due to the optical image stabilisation.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 3
The rear is Gorilla Glass just like the front, while the edges are metal.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 5
This final shot gives us an even better view of the S6 Edge from multiple angles. One thing that's very noticeable is the more raised home button, which leads onto one other rumoured design change... improved fingerprint recognition.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge announced

"The new touch-based sensor is built into the home button as well, just like its predecessor. However, we're told the Korean company has made the home button slightly bigger compared to the Galaxy S5's and Note 4's, which makes the experience flawless," insiders suggested recently.

They added: "With the new touch-based sensor, you wouldn't have to swipe your finger on the sensor anymore; instead, you would just place your fingertip on the home key – at any angle – then lift it off, and that's it."

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date: When can I buy one?

Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy S6 release date as being April 10. That's a couple of weeks later than rumours suggested, and over a week later than the release date of one of its biggest rivals, the HTC One M9.

Still, not long to wait for a shiny new S6.

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S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Price: How much does it cost?

While the Samsung Galaxy S6 price is not expected to be announced until just days before the phone lines up on retailers' shelves, early leaks have suggested the handset won't come cheap.

According to recent leaks, surfaced via AndroidPit, the 32GB S6 will set wannabe owners back €749 (£565), while the 64GB and 128GB versions will reportedly cost €849 (£640) and €949 (£715) respectively.

These premium prices are unsurprising. At launch the Samsung Galaxy S5 cost £579 on a SIM-free basis. As such, we can’t see the Samsung Galaxy S6 price starting off much lower than the £600 mark.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Screen: What resolution is it?

Ever since Samsung's Korean rival, LG, bestowed a 2560 x 1440 QHD (2K) display upon the LG G3, it's been suggested the S6 will follow suit. Sure enough, the Galaxy S6 has a 5.1-inch QHD screen, which results in an eye-searing 577ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density. Sharp, in other words.

The Galaxy S6 screen is AMOLED, as expected. Almost all Samsung's top-end phones use AMOLED, so it would have been a huge departure for the company to switch back to LCD.

Then there's the Galaxy S6 Edge, which has a curved screen on both sides rather than just one side as on the Galaxy Note Edge. Take a look at the leaked photo above for an idea of what it looks like.

Samsung's screens are a traditional strong point, so expect the Galaxy S6's screen to be a stunner.

 Related: LG G4 release date, rumours, news, specs and price

Samsung Galaxy S6 News: What else do I need to know?

Ahead of the phone's official launch, Samsung released a number of Galaxy S6 teaser videos. As well as giving the first official look at its forthcoming phone, these videos offered hints at what the S6 might have in store. Here's what it all meant and some of the things we found out at the launch...

Samsung Pay contactless payments
With Apple Pay already out there and growing, Samsung has responded by purchasing an established name in contactless payments, LoopPay, and announcing its own Samsung Pay.

LoopPay claims to be available at a much larger proportion of US-based retailers, up to 95 per cent. Read our What is LoopPay? guide for more on the company and its technology.

The Galaxy S6 has a non-removable rear and wireless charging
The Samsung Galaxy S6 features a non-removeable back panel that houses a 2,550mAh Lithium-Ion battery capable of wireless charging, while the S6 Edge battery is 2,600mAh.

"With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before," an official Samsung spokesperson teased via a recent blog post.

And if you're worried about that battery being down a little on the Galaxy S5's 2,800mAh cell, fear not – improved quick charge options mean the S6 can be pumped up to full power 150 per cent faster than its predecessor.

Sadder news is that, of course, the non-removable back means there's no microSD slot for expanding storage.

The Galaxy S6 was codenamed "Project Zero" because it's a fresh start
Design is just one of a number of big changes that the leading smartphone manufacturer has bestowed upon the Galaxy S6.

With the Galaxy S6 reportedly pieced together inside Samsung HQ under the codename "Project Zero", it's the most comprehensive update yet to the company's flagship phone line.

According to reports by SamMobile, unnamed insiders have stated: "Samsung is developing its next-generation flagship device from scratch, with an entirely new vision."

They added: "Project Zero is an indication that Samsung is trying to achieve something unique and different with the Galaxy S6."

TouchWiz is a touch less bloated

Samsung's been tinkering with more than just the hardware. It's no surprise that the Galaxy S6 is running the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, but what is refreshing is the look of Samsung's heavily reworked TouchWiz UI.

TouchWiz has been much criticised for its bloatware and heavy-handedness, and Samsung seems to have listened to the feedback. The company's latest Android skin looks far sleeker and stripped of unnecessary bloatware. About time, too.

There will be a GearVR headset for the S6

Virtual reality fans rejoice, there will be a version of the GearVR released for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Simply slot your S6 into the headset and enjoy the wonders of VR, with that 5.1-inch QHD screen becoming the window upon a virtual reality.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Gear VR review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Specs: What processor does it use?

The Galaxy S6 specs have been a hot topic of discussion, because Samsung isn't using a Qualcomm processor at all this time around. Here's what we've heard so far.

The Galaxy S6 specs won't include the Snapdragon 810
Unlike many of its rivals, the S6 has sidestepped the jump to Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 810 processor. Instead, Samsung will forge its own path with the introduction of a new own-brand chip.

Although neither party had officially confirmed the move, Qualcomm execs recently teased the switch in an earnings call. Lowering its annual profits forecast, the chipset maker revealed “expectations that our Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device.”

The Galaxy S6 instead has a 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset. This chip pairs a 2.1GHz quac-core cluster with a 1.5GHz quad-core set, backed up by 3GB of DDR4 RAM.

Related: HTC One M9 hands-on

Samsung's chip is a new 14nm SoC
The move to a bespoke chip could be a shrewd one, as it seems Samsung has progressed its chip design. According to the manufacturer, its 14nm processor features a 20 per cent performance boost over traditional 20nm chips. What's more, power consumption is said to be 35 per cent less than its rivals.

According to leaks, the Exynos 7420 and Snapdragon 810 are set to be closely matched. In a recent AnTuTu benchmark test, the Snapdragon 810 racked up a record-breaking score of 61,499 compared with the leaked Exynos 7420's score of 60,978.

We'll get the Exynos benchmarked as soon as we can, and get back to you.

Camera improvements
The Galaxy S6 has had an imaging overhaul, with a 16-megapixel, OIS-enhanced primary camera combining with a 5-megapixel snapper up front. Both are claimed to offer improved low-light shooting over the S5's cameras.

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