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Galaxy S9 rumored to cost around $100 more than the S8

By midian182 ยท 13 replies
Feb 7, 2018
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  1. There are only a few weeks to go before Samsung unveils the Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress. And while it appears that the new handset won’t be vastly different from last year’s S8 model, one thing that is supposedly changing is the price. Reports say that this will be the most expensive Galaxy S phone ever.

    Korean site ETNews (via Gizmodo) reports that the Galaxy S9 may cost somewhere between 925,000 and 1 million won, which is between $875 to $925. Additionally, an industry insider told Techradar that Samsung’s upcoming flagship would be priced at £789, or $1095. That’s £100 more than the S8’s UK launch price.

    Taking into account currency exchanges and sales taxes, which are quite high in the UK, it’s estimated that the Galaxy S9 will be priced somewhere between $800 and $850 in US—quite a leap from the S8’s starting price of $720.

    It will be interesting to see how many people rush out and buy a phone that features incremental improvements over its predecessor while costing around $100 more.

    A saturated phone market has seen flagships become increasingly expensive over the last few years, culminating in Apple’s $1000 iPhone X. The Cupertino company sold fewer iPhones in Q4 than it did during the same period last year, but the high prices meant it made more money on each one that it sold.

    Today, there are some excellent handsets available for almost half the cost of high-end devices from Samsung and Apple, like the OnePlus 5T. But as long as people keep buying them, expect flagship prices to continue creeping upwards.

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  2. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    LMAO at these entitled price points.
    Humza likes this.
  3. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,407   +1,572

    And I will continue to not buy flagships.

    Flagships should cost $650 at most, not 800, certainly not 1000. The 300-400 market is where its at now.
    Greg S likes this.
  4. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 395   +282

    I wouldn't have a problem with buying a flagship device if the device was supported for more than one year. And by this I mean guaranteed on-time software updates for at least four years. If Google comes out with a new version of Android the device better get that new version of Android within one month of release and get each new update for those four years.

    Yeah... I know, keep dreaming.

    Meanwhile I have my iPhone 7 Plus that's a little over a year old and Apple is still supporting it with new iOS version releases. So if I do the math that makes buying the iPhone 7 Plus out to be roughly $400 a year which is pretty darn good.

    And people wonder why I went with the iPhone instead of some expensive Android device made by an OEM that doesn't care about you or your year old device.
    CrazyDave and Agnomen like this.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,641   +1,107

    No it's not. This has been this way from the 3rd or 4th iteration. Marginally better phones at a big premium.
  6. Comanche

    Comanche TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +35

    SHOCKING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,616   +3,075

    LOL .... my little basic $100 Moto from Consumer Cellular just keeps looking better and better!
    Comanche likes this.
  8. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Maniac Posts: 359   +231

    And yet all those Android buyers who had no intention of bying iPhone X felt it necessary to complain about its price...

    ...while completely ignoring the lack of a 128GB version - which means the real price was over $1150 since I needed a 256.
  9. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,615   +396

    I guess I will be skiparoorriiiinnng this gen and probably ditch Samsung in 2 years after my S8+ is lacking...
  10. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    Trying to be X even in price is not the right formula to be successful you know. Expect them to copy the faceid sensors.
  11. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,407   +1,572

    Agreed. I'd hapilly pay $1000 for an android phone that had

    A.) 5 years of guaranteed updates
    B.) An AOSP google-free option
    C.) a removable battery ala older notes and S series
    D.) Unlocked bootloader/easy root option

    It'd probably be cheaper to build my own at that point.
    Godel likes this.
  12. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,696   +1,186

    Considering S9 won't be much of an improvement over S8 why the price increase? Flagship phones in general these days aren't even worth their usual price.
    Theinsanegamer and Greg S like this.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,641   +1,107

    I'm joining the icrowd, when the S10 comes out I'll probably switch my S6 for an S8 at an uber discount :)
  14. N3M3515

    N3M3515 TS Rookie

    Well I have a oneplus 3 that was about $400 when I bought it almost 2 years ago and I'm runin oreo so....that's like $200 per year? lol...

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