Samsung is finally getting rid of the usual faux leather design found on its previous models. That?s according to teaser images released by various U.S. carriers for the upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone.
The South Korean tech giant is expected to unveil its next flagship about one week from now during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain. Here are a few interesting things to know while waiting for the next big thing from Samsung.
To be unveiled on March 1
The official release date for Samsung 2015 flagship is all but confirmed. However, all recent rumors points to just one date, March 1, the day where the company will hold its Unpacked event during the MWC. It?s there where tech watchers are expecting the Galaxy S6 will make its first public appearance.
Confirmed for T-Mobile
T-Mobile, one of the major carriers in the U.S., has posted a sign-up page for an unnamed device from Samsung. The page features the image of an unnamed device from Samsung. But they?re not fooling anyone, the photo is accompanied with the tagline ?Six Appeal? which is blatant hint for the upcoming Galaxy S6.
We can also learn from the image that the model will come with a curved display and a metallic body. In fact, ?all of the teaser photos posted by other carriers sports the same design. The only difference is the color; T-Mobile?s version reflects its renowned magenta hue (see above).
What we?re not sure of is whether this is actually the S6 or the rumored curved S6 Edge. The ?carrier?s sign-up page encourages those who are interested to sign up for more information including ?special offers from T-Mobile? and ?exciting content.?
Sprint pre-register page
Sprint also confirmed the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 to their network via its own registration page. The page showcases the same device with curved edges underneath the ?Six Appeal? tagline. This time, the image is adorned with a yellowish shade. It?s worth mentioning that the company?s site posted the following note:
?This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.?
This may mean that the upcoming handset is yet to be certified by the FCC, which is a prerequisite for all mobile devices released in the United States. But that should happen at some point after the expected March 1 announcement.
AT&T, the second largest carrier in the U.S. and Samsung?s long-time partner, has also confirmed that it will be offering Galaxy S5?s successor to its subscribers. The teaser image it posted to decorate its sign-up page is painted with a shade of blue similar to the company?s logo. Aside from basically the same photo as the other two carriers, AT&T?s version reveals that the handset will begin shipping in ?Spring 2015.? Moreover, AT&T?s website source code hints at two devices, a Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Edge.
Samsung?s next killer device is expected to come in four color variants. SamMobile reports that it will be offered in green, gold, dark blue, and white color options. We should take this with a grain of salt as nothing is confirmed yet. If the report prove to be accurate, we still don?t expect all of those colors to be available on all carriers and in all retail store right from the first day of release.
Galaxy S6 price
According to a source who have spoken to Ars Technica under the condition of anonymity, Samsung will indeed launch the Galaxy S6 and the curved S6 Edge at relatively higher prices. The S6 will reportedly cost ?749 ($849), ?849 ($963), and ?949 ($1,076) for the 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models respectively. Meanwhile, the curved variant will be tagged with a ?949 ($1,076) price for the 64GB model and ?1,049 ($1,189) for the 126GB version.
Photo Credit: ?T-Mobile