Galaxy S6 (and GS6 edge) pre-orders begin tomorrow, pricing details trickling in
Shortly after HTC announced that it's taking One M9 orders starting at midnight (EDT), Samsung jumped in with its own release details (along with pricing info, courtesy of T-Mobile) for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
We already knew that the Galaxy S6 and GS6 edge sales would begin on April 10, but Samsung today added that pre-orders will start tomorrow, March 27. Though the phone will be available on the big four US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint), the release's language adds that carriers will announce their own pricing and availability on their own time (meaning all of them won't necessarily take pre-orders on the 27th, or launch on the 10th).
T-Mobile was the first US carrier to offer more specifics, with pre-orders for its versions of the GS6 and edge kicking off at 7 a.m. PDT on March 27, and in-store availability starting on April 10. The "Un-Carrier" says that its pre-orders will begin shipping early, potentially getting in customers' hands before that 4/10 launch date.
T-Mobile was also the first carrier to announce pricing, with its 32 GB Galaxy S6 ringing up for US$680 full retail (with installment plans also available). The edge will have a $100 markup, starting at $780 without financing. T-Mobile's full retail pricing for the GS6 is only slightly higher than the $650 off-contract pricing that's typical of today's flagships. This could potentially translate to around $200 on-contract for the carriers that still prefer two-year blood oaths.
Stay tuned for more on 2015's first big-ticket smartphone releases, including the GS6, GS6 edge and HTC One M9, in the coming days and weeks.