Samsung Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6: SA price shoot-out

Incredible Connection recently launched pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, revealing the off-contract prices they will be charging for the devices.

At almost R12,000 for the 32GB Galaxy S6, the devices are certainly not cheap. However, prices will likely vary between South Africa’s various retailers.

The better question, then, is how the pre-order pricing on the Galaxy S6 compares to its main competitor, the iPhone 6.

Launched in South Africa on 24 October 2014, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also fetched high prices at Incredible Connection. Retailers such as iStore offered far better prices on launch day.

For this reason, the comparison below shows Incredible Connection’s original pre-order prices for the iPhones compared to the current pre-order prices for the Galaxy S6 smartphones.

For the sake of interest, the current SA iStore prices for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are also shown in the table below:

Models Samsung Galaxy S6 iPhone 6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge iPhone 6 Plus
Incredible Connection pre-order prices
16GB / 32GB R10,999 (32GB) R12,499.90 (16GB) R13,399.90 (16GB)
64GB R13,399.90 R14,999.90 R15,499.90
128GB R14,999.90 R16,999.90
iStore – current prices
16GB R9,999 R11,399
64GB R11,399 R12,999
128GB R12,999 R14,499

Despite a disparity in memory size between the entry-level iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6, the 32GB Galaxy S6 pre-order at Incredible Connection is cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 6 pre-order was in 2014.

After a recent price cut, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge pre-order is also cheaper than the iPhone 6 Plus pre-order was.

Incredible Connection’s iPhone prices have come down slightly since Apple’s latest range of smartphones were launched in South Africa, with its website listing the 16GB and 128GB iPhone 6 Plus for R400-R500 cheaper than its original pre-order prices.

To give an idea of what your money is buying, some of the key specifications of the devices are summarised in the table below.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S6 iPhone 6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge iPhone 6 Plus
Dimensions 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm 142.1 x 70.1 x 7mm 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm
Weight 138g 129g 132g 172g
Operating system Android 5.0 iOS 8 Android 5.0 iOS 8
Display 5.1″ QHD (1440×2560) 4.7″ Retina HD (750×1334) 5.1″ QHD (1440×2560) 5.5″ 1080p (1080×1920)
Rear camera 16MP 8MP 16MP 8MP
Front camera 5MP 1.2MP 5MP 1.2MP
Storage, internal 32/64/128GB 16/64/128GB 32/64/128GB 16/64/128GB
Storage, expandable No No No No
RAM 3GB 1GB* 3GB 1GB*
Processor 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 Apple A8 (dual 1.4GHz Cyclone*) 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 Apple A8 (dual-core 1.4GHz Cyclone*)
Graphics Mali-T760 PowervVR GX6450 * Mali-T760 PowervVR GX6450 *
Battery 2,600mAh 1,810mAh* 2,550mAh 2,915mAh*
Cellular data LTE, HSPA+ LTE, HSPA+ LTE, HSPA+ LTE, HSPA+
* Not all iPhone specifications are official. Those marked were documented by third-parties as part of tear-downs.

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