Galaxy S9 price and release date tipped for Korea, more expensive than the S8

Galaxy S9 price and release date tipped for Korea, more expensive than the S8
Hot on the heels of the rumor that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be the most expensive duo in the history of the Galaxy S line now comes a report out of Samsung's home country that reiterate that speculation, albeit for the home turf of South Korea. The two phones will be available on all three major carriers in Korea, but "although the domestic price of the Galaxy S9 will increase, it will be decided at a level where consumers do not feel burdened," divulged a source from inside one of those carriers.

How much is that level, compared to the Galaxy S8 starting price in Korea? Well, the S8 took off at 935,000 Korean won (~$875) there, and the Galaxy S9 is said to start at 950,000 to 999,000 Korean won (~$890-$935). In the US, the Galaxy S8 started at $750, so if we apply that same logic, the S9 should cost at a maximum 10% more which would still put it dangerously near the $800 territory we dreaded might happen based on the "record S Line price" rumor from last week.

As far as further info on specs and availability, the S9 will allegedly have "a reservation sale with Samsung Electronics for 7 days from March 2-8," according to carrier sources, which is shortly after the February 25 unveiling at the MWC expo next month. According to one unnamed Samsung official: "The Galaxy S9 series is more focused on user convenience than the new design. The detailed sales schedule and price will be released after the unpacking event." 

Still, the sources claim that the upcoming spring flagships will have thinner bezels, which doesn't really become evident from the allegedly legit renders of the S9 and S9+ that leaked last week. Oh well, we'll be flocking en masse to the MWC expo in a few weeks' time anyway, and relay to you all official info about the S9 as soon as we get it from Samsung.

source: ETNews (translated)

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30 Comments

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, Samsung is a company that's selling a smartphone with an ancient Snapdragon 410 Quad-Core, 540p Display, 1.5 GB of RAM for $200 so... Aye, it makes PERFECT sense! Samsung will try to widen the pricing gap between The A8 and The S9 to justify their hefty price tags. $600 for the basic A8. $800 for the basic S9. While the high end A8 Plus will cost nearly $700. It's like car trim levels! Either get a fully-loaded Mercedes E Class AMG or spend a little more and get a basic S Class. Lets see how this marketing strategy goes! Fingers crossed for that one! G'Day!

9. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Won't be much surprised if Note 9 launches for 1100/1200

27. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Wish Note 9 comes with one storage option 512gb know that price going to be around 1500$ Lol.

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I honestly think this is the "beginning of the end" of Samsung galaxy flagship line. Samsung is literary hanging in by their AMOLED displays and that's it, there is nothing pass that point that makes them stand out from the entire android flagship bunch. Nothing!

21. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

you make no sense. App pair, swipe to capture, spen. Picture in picture resizable windows style apps, and too many more features. Does more than Android phone out there atm. Can a One Plus 5T or Pixel XL launched 2 Apps with one click, sign documents. Expand storage with 256GB Apps to SD card, live focus to adjust your blur after the phot. GTFO here you sound dumb af.

26. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Seems that you forget about note 7 and how Samsung lost lot of monies for sure they will increase the price plus next iPhone X that comes with lg OLED and no more Samsung OLED.

29. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Apple will crawling back to Samsung once again to supply them. LG P-OLED are not in same quality as Samsung AMOLED.

31. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Agree with you about lg OLED.

22. So-min

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

No one forces you to buy it ok? Samsung smartphones line products are from different level you know. A company that works so hard and spends enormous amount of money in RnD to discover next big thing for our generation, you need to respect their effort. Stop being selfish and support the real guy.

5. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple have started a new trend after over pricing there New iPhones,once Apple do this the rest will do the same,Samsung love copying Apple in certain sections,and the Pricing off phones seems to be there Top copying trend

13. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

There was a version of Mate 9 ( Pro or Porsche Design) that was more than $1000.

19. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

It's the Porsche brand commanding such price rather than Huawei charging one grand by itself.

20. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

I wonder why you didn't mention Blackberry Porsche Design series

24. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This one I did not know about

32. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

you should check the mate 10 Porsche desgin how much cost and V30 premium 1200$!.

28. tiger28

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

Apple has not started a trend, every year its the same story how the price of new samsung smartphones are increasing. Every year people point to Samsung and compare the price of the new flagship to the old one. Ofcourse its going to be more and every company does the same thing. Its the same with entry level and medium ranged smartphones as well. The prices increase. It just seems that all sites make a bigger hoohaa when Samsung increases their prices. Guess what it will sell by the millions and i bet the OnePlus price will be so much more as well but we not going to see 2 to 3 articles a day on phonearena pointing out that fact. So get yourself a Oneplus and then go on and on about how much cheaper it is and how its ALMOST as good as the Galaxy S9

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