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An invitation to Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch event in Barcelona. Samsung

With less than one week until the Samsung Galaxy S6 is to be announced, fans are more anxious than ever to know when they’ll be able to get their hands on the new flagship. Consumers in India may be able to purchase the Galaxy S6 in mid-April, with pre-registration for the device possibly beginning in March, according to Indian publication IBN Live.

While the claims cannot be confirmed, they do make sense. Emerging markets like India often get new flagship devices a few weeks after their initial launch.

It remains unknown exactly when the Galaxy S6 will be available to major markets like the U.S. and U.K., but prior rumors have suggested the device will go on sale during the third week of March. A leaked document indicates that Samsung employees have been barred from taking paid time off between March 22 and March 30 and between April 19 and April 27. Such blackout dates usually coincide with the launch of a device -- a time when manufacturers need all hands on deck to deal with an influx of sales.

Several U.S. mobile carriers already are preparing for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6. T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint have all posted sign-up pages for the device, with an image showing a profile shot of the Samsung Galaxy S6. The photos are captioned “six appeal” and are illuminated in pink, blue and yellow.

The images give us the closest official look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 so far, from which we can tell that it may feature curved edges, a metal back panel, a larger home button and possibly an updated fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy S6 will be announced on March 1 at a press event in Barcelona preceding the World Mobile Congress.