Samsung's Galaxy S6 likely to start at $699

Thinking of picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone once it's out? Better start saving those pennies because it's going to cost you more than an iPhone.

Thinking of picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone once it's out? Better start saving those pennies because it's going to cost you more than an iPhone.

While there's no official pricing as yet, the carrier T-Mobile accidentally let the cat out of the bag as part of its terms and conditions of a giveaway.

The price is listed as $699, which is likely for the lowest-capacity 32GB version.

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Given this, on-contract pricing is likely to be around $200.

A 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $649, but that only has 16GB of storage, which these days really isn't enough unless you're a business user or not planning to use it much. Bumping that to a 64GB iPhone 6 adds $100 to the price.

Whether you buy the Galaxy S6 off-contract and swallow the whole cost in one go, or buy it on-contract and have it spread over the period of the contract, it's still a hefty price tag, and psychologically people are going to notice the starting price more than they're going to notice the capacity.

Joining the standard Galaxy S6 is the Galaxy S6 Edge which features a dual-curve display and is expected to cost more than the uncurved S6 handset.

Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge tech specs:

  • 5.1-inch 2,560×1,440 Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577 ppi
  • Exynos Octacore processor
  • 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 32/64/128GB UFS (Universal Flash Storage) 2.0 internal storage
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 16MP f1.9 rear camera with optical image stabilization and live HDR
  • 5MP f1.9 front camera with live HDR
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Category 6 LTE offering up to 300 Mbps down/50 Mbps up data transfer speeds
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 AC with HT80 MIMO, Bluetooth LE, NFC, IR blaster
  • 2,550mAh (S6) and 2,600mAh (S6 edge) batteries

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