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Samsung launches Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge; price starts ₹49,900

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018

Hyun Chil Hong, President & CEO, Samsung India Electronics Ltd. (R) along with Asim Warsi, VP, Marketing, Mobile & IT, Samsung India, while launching the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones in New Delhi, on March 23, 2015. Photo: Kamal Narang

Company to manufacture Galaxy S6, S6 Edge in India

Samsung Electronics India has launched its much awaited smartphones-Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

The Indian R & D teams was closely involved in the development of the S6 device, with many engineers involved in the application and modem processor

In a statement the company said that the Indian engineers in multimedia worked on enhancing camera experience and also a large part of internet browser, personalised themes and fast speed with download booster that combine LTE and WiFi data for apps.

HC Hong, President and CEO, Samsung India Electronics said, “At Samsung, we remain sharply attuned to what India wants. We apply our passion and insights to improve the everyday lives of our consumers, giving people the power to discover new experiences. India is among the select 20 countries chosen by Samsung for the first phase launch of GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge, and rightly so given the Indian R&D team’s valuable contribution in making these the world’s most advanced smartphones.”

The Samsung GALAXY S6 is priced in the range of Rs 49,900-Rs 61,900 while GALAXY S6 edge is available at a price range of Rs 58,900 (32GB) -Rs 70,900 (128GB). The phones will be available in India starting from April 10.

A quick look at the specifications:

Display: Both phones have a 5.1-inch 2K (2560x1440 pixels) AMOLED display.

Camera: Galaxy S6 comes with a 16MP primary camera and a 5MP front camera

Processor:

Galaxy S6: 2.1GHz Quad, 1.5GHz Quad/ 64-bit Octacore Processor

Galaxy S6 Edge: 2.1GHz Quad, 1.5GHz Quad/64-bit Octacore Processor

They carry 3GB RAM.

OS: Both the devices are expected to launch with the latest Android operating system, Lollipop.

Memory: The device will come in three variants: 32GB, 64GB and 128 GB

Battery: Galaxy S6 has a battery of 2,550 mAh whereas Edge S6 comes with 2,600 mAh.

PTI adds:

The company said it will manufacture the sixth edition of the flagship devices at its Noida facility in the first half of the year.

“India is among the select 20 countries for the first phase of launch of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The Indian R&D team has made a valuable contribution in making these smartphones.

.. We also plan to begin manufacturing these devices in India in the first half of this year,” Samsung India Vice President Marketing (Mobile and IT) Asim Warsi told PTI.

He added that India-manufactured devices will be primarily targeted at the domestic consumption.

Warsi said the pre-booking for the devices is open from today and would be up for sale from April 10.

Samsung, which is the world’s as well as India’s largest smartphone player, had unveiled the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this month.

The company’s facility at Noida has a capacity of producing over four million mobile phones a month and manufactures both affordable and high-end devices.

The Galaxy S6 will be offered in three storage options – 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.

In the past years, Samsung’s global competitor Apple has made inroads in the Indian smartphone market. Its latest offering – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – were launched in India in October 2014 with prices starting at ₹53,500.

The high-end model was available for ₹80,500 at the time of launch. Both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will compete in the premium category, which accounts for less than a per cent of sales in volume terms but about 20 per cent in value terms.

According to IDC, about 22.5 million smartphones were shipped in India in the October-December 2014 quarter with Samsung accounting for 22 per cent share.

The Indian market, which is driven primarily by affordable devices, saw domestic firms like Micromax and Intex following in the tally with 18 per cent and eight per cent share, respectively in the reported quarter.

The S6 and S6 Edge feature 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screens, have the world’s first 14 nano meter mobile processor with 64-bit platform, 16 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras and 2,550 mAh battery (2,600 mAh in S6 Edge).

Published on March 23, 2015

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