Samsung sets April date for Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge NZ release

“By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and our missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas."

Samsung New Zealand has today revealed its flagship smartphone devices, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, will hit Kiwi stores around April, available across all three major network providers.

Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the tech giant showcased products which incorporate “vastly enhanced” processing power, a faster loading camera and charging that’s 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5.

Sealed in a glass and metal design, the Galaxy Zero and Galaxy Zero edge will be available globally starting in April 2015 with 32/64/128GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy Zero only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy Zero edge only).

“We set out to create a smartphone that could do more, faster, so that our customers can give more time to the people and things that make a difference to their lives – whether that’s work, play or just simply staying in touch,” says Stefan Lecchi, Head of Telecommunications for Samsung NZ.

“We’ve absolutely delivered that – and what’s more, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge also have a stunning look and feel.

“Smart has totally invented beautiful, and we’re excited to see how Kiwis will respond.”

Samsung also launched Samsung Pay, a new mobile payment service which enters a market dominated by Apple Pay and Google Wallet.

Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenisation, Samsung Pay works with both NFC (Near Field Communication) and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and Barcode technology but unfortunately for Kiwis, Samsung Pay is not expected to be available in 2015 in New Zealand.

However, Lecchi says New Zealanders will shortly be able to enjoy the convenience of mobile payments with the company partnering with Semble - a Kiwi industry collaboration, bringing together Paymark and mobile network operators (2degrees, Spark and Vodafone) with banking partners (ASB and BNZ) to offer an integrated mobile wallet experience to Kiwis.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and more than 700,000 Samsung devices will be able to make smartphone payments using Semble and is set to launch early 2015.

“By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and our missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas,” adds JK Shin, president and head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung.

“With a reimagined design, robust partner network and truly innovative services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer two completely differentiated products that deliver the ultimate in smartphone options.”

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