We still don’t know when the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date would be, but as we saw on the invitations Samsung sent for the 2015 Mobile World Congress, we know that the phone will be making its debut on March 1 at the company’s Unpacked event in Barcelona. However, hopefully the release date won’t fall too far behind the launch date, as the Galaxy S6 has apparently “passed through,” or gotten the go-signal from certification boards.
Looking at the historical background of this story, you may remember when there were some rumors that the Galaxy S6’s release date would be a bit sooner on the calendar than last year’s Galaxy S5 release date. Truth be told, we found those rumors simultaneously plausible, but wild – while it wouldn’t have been farfetched for Samsung to release the Galaxy S6 in late March or early April, more companies tend to make one year the minimum gap in between flagships.
Fortunately, though, the Galaxy S6 release date rumors did become clearer, and recent reports claimed that Samsung employees cannot go on vacation between March 22 and March 30, and April 19 to April 27. Samsung, like other big tech companies, schedules blackout dates to coincide with product releases, and the dates leaked out last week seem to match up with the more reliable rumors.
Taking stock of what we know, it looks like Samsung will stick to a 12-month gap in between Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 releases, and now that we’re back to the present, Blog of Mobile reported this week that the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) and Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925F) have both taken a drive through the Global Certification Forum, and gotten certified in the process. GCF certifications are definitely important to receive ahead of a device’s official release, and it’s great that the Galaxy S6 has passed through a bit earlier than expected. That said, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have yet to make their way past the Federal Communications Commission, but since a late March release still isn’t out of the question, FCC certifications should be coming soon for the devices.
Further analyzing the rumors that we’ve heard in recent weeks, it does seem possible that the March 22 to 30 blackout dates may correspond to the initial Galaxy S6 release date. But since that’s about two to three weeks ahead of last year’s Galaxy S5 release, this blackout period may also correspond to training sessions ahead of the actual release date. This is mostly speculative, though, and the only solid piece of release information we know right now is that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge seem destined for a March 1 arrival at Barcelona.
The Galaxy S6’s possible spec sheet includes a 5.1-inch (or 5.3-inch) QHD display, an Exynos 7 eight-core processor paired with 3 GB RAM, a 16- or 20-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop with a less obtrusive version of the TouchWiz user experience, and a metal design. As for features, reports have suggested the arrival of optical image stabilization for the rear camera, as well as an upgraded, more user-friendly fingerprint reader and a mobile payment system similar to Apple Pay.