UK retailer Tesco launched a Galaxy S6 edge in space for the kicks, and is about to live-stream it

UK retailer Tesco launched a Galaxy S6 edge in space for the kicks, and is about to live-stream it
UK retailer Tesco will celebrate the Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge launch with an appropriate blast-off that sees one courageous S6 edge taken to the literal edge of space! Technically, it's a pretty quiet blast-off, as Tesco accomplished the mission with a space baloon instead of say, renting a Space X rocket from Elon Musk. But we can't blame Tesco for opting for the cost-effective approach in today's tough economy!

The S6 edge was launched from a secret location somewhere within Peak District National Park. Tesco says its baloon-smartphone-and-duct-tape Android spaceship reach travelled 32.5km on an upward trajectory, surviving winds as rough as 99.4 miles per hour (160km/h) and temperatures as cold as 134.6F (-57 degrees Celsius).

The GS6 edge is floating in space as we speak, so Tesco is toying with the public by promising to award the Twitter user who tweets "DROP" and "#S6EdgeOfSpace" at the exact time the baloon bursts and sends the smartphone on a rough downward trip. Tesco also has a prize for the one who manages to guess the time of the inevitable crash-landing. We, on the other hand, can't wait to see how the Gorilla Glass 4 protection will fare against the forces of space and gravity!

In about 18 hours from the time of writing (which is Apr 09, 2015 10:13 CDT), Tesco will begin live-streaming the GS6 edge's space adventures. Yeah, did we mention the balloon also carries a bunch of GoPro cameras recording the entire ordeal? It totally does, so feel free to come back here, or take a trip to Tesco's YouTube channel to see how Samsung's curved screen flagship is doing in the orbit. And good luck if you plan on tweeting in the competition!

via GSMArena

Related phones

Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Balloon? Space? Does NASA put astronauts in balloons in hopes of conquering space?

2. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Sorry, that's not true

4. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

The balloon doesn't 'reach space'. It blows up before then, as you can see they wrote 'edge of space'

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

i want to see the phone after the arm broke when hitting the ground, ultimate drop test

3. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

"and is about to live-stream it" In 17 hours your mean?

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

UK carriers are launching S6 into space and here in my country the pre-orders of the 64 and 128 GB are full and Samsung is only accepting orders for 32 GB :(

6. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That is unfortunate

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If it makes you feel any better the 128GB is next to impossible to get in UK as well :(

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Back order of 5/6 from Vodafone

13. mushpika

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Where are you ?? Tyrion Lannister in King's landing? :)

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

Not in king's landing anymore. Didn't you watch s04e10?

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The Nexus One was attached to an Intimidator 5 rocket and propelled it to 2,800kph. While the oh-so glass fragile Galaxy S6 was with a balloon at a measly 160kph.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, you certainly proved something!

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

hope an alien steals it and copy it.

11. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

And advance it

14. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Which phone will be the first to the moon? or mars?

16. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

WTF this guy doing? What he want to prove than?

17. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Re-launching the Galaxy S6.

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