All sorts of Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors have been floating around ahead of Sunday’s big reveal at the Mobile World Congress, and right now we have a good idea of what to expect in terms of the device’s specifications, features, and even its design. Release date rumors have also been swirling considerably, and we know that we can expect the Galaxy S6 sometime in the early spring, perhaps sometime late in March to mid-late April. But the Galaxy S6’s price has been one release detail that’s been more elusive than others, which makes it just right for us to synthesize whatever rumors we’ve heard about the device’s price tag.
Here’s a bit of history as usual to get you up to speed on the facts and get you ready for this Galaxy S6 price rumor roundup. It was early in February when Samsung started sending invitations to an Unpacked launch event to be held on Sunday, March 1. As usual, Samsung didn’t say what type of device it will be unveiling, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out – the Galaxy S6 will arrive at that Unpacked event, to be held in Barcelona for the 2015 Mobile World Congress. Prior to that, we heard a slew of rumors regarding the Galaxy S6’s technical details, design, build materials, and release date, but pricing rumors have been harder to come by than others. That is why we’re now trying to scope the Galaxy S6’s price and see if we can give you an idea of what to expect.
Samsung has been rumored to be dropping the 16 GB Galaxy S6, instead offering both the standard S6 and its Galaxy S6 Edge variant in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB forms. Six different variants altogether means six distinct price tags for American buyers, or maybe less since higher-storage versions typically don’t arrive in American carrier stores. And since the base version may be the most popular as usual, we shall start with a report from Brazil’s Tecmundo, which claims that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be priced at R $2,899 and $ $3,999 respectively, up from R $2,599 for last year’s Galaxy S5. This seems to hint at a price increase.
AndroidPIT also had its own report, including complete, yet purported price details for each rumored variant. The Galaxy S6 may cost 749, 849, and 949 Euros respectively for the 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB versions – that’s $849, $963, and $1,106 in American currency. As for the Galaxy S6 Edge, pricing is said to be 849 Euros, 949 Euros, and 1,049 Euros for the 32/64/128 GB variants – in U.S. dollars, that’s $973, $1,073, and $1,173.
Ars Technica soon corroborated that report, and as it stands, there is a good chance unlocked, off-contract versions will be more expensive, even if you consider that foreign pricing is usually a bit higher than American pricing. Last year’s Galaxy S5 had an off-contract price of $650.
There hasn’t been anything said so far about the contract Galaxy S6, but if we’re to guess, we believe the Galaxy S6 will still cost $199.99 and up on contract, while the Galaxy S6 Edge may be priced at $249.99 or $299.99 and up.
Traditionally, Samsung is quite cagey when discussing pricing of Galaxy S variants when these devices arrive, so we may have to wait until we get closer to the Galaxy S6 release date before we have a good idea of how much the phone will cost in America.