Two of the most awaited devices of this year finally hold no secrets. At the beginning of MWC 2015 with fanfare and cheering audience Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and HTC took the wraps off of the One M9. Actually we knew most of it before the big event thanks to numerous leaks and rumors, but it’s always a thrilling experience to hear an official announcement. With technical details all out in the open, there was just one detail missing to complete the picture – how much the devices would cost. Now the off-contract prices have been revealed too.
How much for the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9?
Thanks to a couple of early contests from HTC and T-Mobile we know how much the HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 might cost off contract. HTC’s contest rules mention that One M9 estimated retail value is $599.99 which is what we would expect of a device of such class, especially since last year’s One M8 was priced exactly the same. That would put on-contract price most likely at $199.99 – a standard price for such premium handset.
The Galaxy S6 is a whole different story. Compared to its predecessor, the S6 brings many important upgrades to the table, for example a sealed metallic frame. Of course, each improvement adds to final cost and so the Samsung’s latest flagship will be more expensive than previous generation model. T-Mobile’s contest rules reveal that the phone will cost $699.99 when it goes on sale. That would probably add a few extra dollars to on-contract price as well, maybe even as much as $100, which would be $299.99 for the most basic model.
There’s one more important thing to remember – the suggested retail price is not set in stone, since it’s only “suggested.” It means that both the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 might be cheaper or more expensive depending on carrier or retailer. Keep that in mind before you break your piggy bank or remove the phones from your wish list due to too high prices. Actual prices will be announced by carriers and retailers closer to launch but as history shows, they most likely won’t be very different from what we see here.