Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge smartphones arrive in Australia

By Chris Chamberlin, March 30 2015
Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge smartphones arrive in Australia

TRAVEL TECH | Samsung’s latest generation of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones go on sale next month, with promises of a boosted battery life and wireless charging support on both gadgets and a curved high-resolution screen on the GS6 Edge.

Either phone can be juiced-up when resting on a compatible wireless charging pad, while the manufacturer claims that just ten minutes of traditional wired charging will provide enough power for around four hours of usage.

Encased in a mix of metal and hardened glass, you’ll find a 16 megapixel camera on the rear for crystal-clear photos and a five megapixel camera on the front for video chats and ‘selfies’, both of which can be activated with a quick double click of the home key button.

There’s also a built-in fingerprint scanner to easily unlock either smartphone model – both of which come in a choice of either White Pearl or Black Sapphire – and can replace your Westpac or Commonwealth Bank credit card where Visa Paywave or MasterCard PayPass is accepted.

Samsung’s new, simplified interface also claims to make the gadgets easier to navigate, with users of the Galaxy S6 Edge also able to swipe the edge of the curved screen to quickly check for calls and notifications from their favourite contacts.

The 5.1-inch screens support high definition video playback and are bright enough for use outdoors in the blaring sunlight.

Customers can pre-order both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge online from 5pm AEDST today or in-store from tomorrow, ahead of the launch on April 10.

The Galaxy S6 will set you back $999 with 32GB of storage, $1,149 for 64GB and $1,299 for 128GB, while the curved S6 Edge comes in at $1,149 for 32GB, $1,299 for 64GB and $1,449 for 128GB.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

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Very nice looking phone. Surprised they ditched the waterproof feature on this one, a big selling point for the 5 and very handy. Apple still have a long long way to catch up, used to be the other way around.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 wasn't waterproof - it was splash-resistant, so you could go into the rain and touch it with wet fingers and so on, but you wouldn't dunk it with yourself in the bathtub like you could for an Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

03 Apr 2015

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Samsung seems to have a fixed vision with the future of their smartphones and they just get better each time. Just wish Apple would too. It didn't matter that their screens were slightly smaller than Samsung phones, I liked the Apple iphone the way it was: stylish, ergonomic and unique. The iphone 6 really missed it this time trying to follow the crowd and failed to realise they were actually in a league of their own. 


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