23/03/2015

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to go on sale in India from 10th April

Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in India, at a press event in India. Unlike other markets, pricing information and release date has been made public for the Indian market. Samsung Galaxy S6 will cost Rs. 49,900 for the 32 GB version, Rs. 55,900 for the 64 GB version and Rs. 61,900 for the 128 GB version. The Galaxy S6 Edge, on the other hand, costs Rs. 9k extra for each storage variant. So, the 32 GB S6 Edge costs you Rs. 58,900, 64 GB is up for Rs. 64,900 and the 128 GB one will be available for Rs. 70,900.

Prebooking for all these variants begin today, and comes with additional offers - like free one time screen replacement warranty, 10,000 reward points and more. Prebooking is live for both these devices here, for those interested.

The pricing has more or less been what we were expecting from Samsung. We had guessed almost the same rates for both these models a couple days before.

Talking about the phones, the Galaxy S6 packs a 5.1 inch Quad-HD Super Amoled display, which is known for its deep blacks and now with the enhanced 2k resolution, offers one of the best display experiences in the smartphone market. The 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor also sets new benchmarks with 14 nm process, which is supposedly better for battery consumption. Coming to battery, the phone has a rather humble battery capacity, at just 2550 mAh, which has to power the 2k screen as well as the octa-core processor.



The fact that Galaxy S6 now has a metallic design and is just 6.8 mm thin, leads to a trade-off that Samsung has to make with the current iteration of its Galaxy S flagship. The trade-off is in terms of the non-removable battery in the Galaxy S6 which will make it impossible for users to carry a spare battery. This subtle annoyance is taken care of by the phone's support for fast charging and wireless charging. These days almost every other flagship device comes with support for wireless charging, so what's different with the Galaxy S6? The Galaxy S6 supports both WMC and PMA, the two major wireless charging standards currently in use. So you are more likely to find the wireless charger that your phone supports.


Moving on to the Galaxy S6 Edge, it is the elder (and more stylish and more costlier) brother of Galaxy S6. Over the features of Galaxy S6, the S6 Edge has the world's first dual curved (on the sides) display, which doesn't seem to have much value, except for the "OMG, that's so cool!" factor. Other than the curved display, the only other difference is the unnoticeably larger battery (2600 mAh over 2550 mAh).

So, is the Galaxy S6 worth the price? Most probably, it is. But is the Galaxy S6 Edge worth the extra Rs. 9,000? Depends on whether you think spending Rs. 9,000 extra just for curves on your phone's display is worth it.
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