Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S smartphones are now on sale, as the phone-maker bids to put weaker-than-expected Galaxy S5 sales and last year’s annus horribilis behind it.
The standard edition of the Galaxy S6, which is home to a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, is available on monthly contracts starting from £34.50 per month with no upfront fee.
If you want the Edge variant, which gets its name from its radical sloping screen that also comes in at 5.1 inches, you’re looking at a minimum upfront charge of £48.50 per month.
Pre-order trends on uSwitch Tech indicate that the more expensive Galaxy S6 Edge variant is likely to the most in-demand model from the get-go. So much so that Samsung is already forecasting supply shortages.
Under the bonnet, the phones’ spec sheets are nigh-on identical. Highlights include a quick-launch 16-megapixel camera, a front-facing five-megapixel camera for selfies and enhanced fingerprint security.
Both handsets, which ditch Samsung’s traditional plastic shell for an altogether more lavish all-metal construction, also feature an ultra fast charging mode and the latest Lollipop version of Google's Android operating system.
Samsung’s smartphones have hit retail on the same day that the Apple Watch is landing on shop shelves for would-be owners to trial, setting up a new front in the rivals’ ongoing battle for coverage and column inches.