Galaxy S9 starting price tipped to be $100 more than the S8's

Galaxy S9 starting price tipped to be $100 more than the S8's
The Galaxy S9 will feature a "reimagined" variable aperture camera, faster chipset, and new color options, but all that jazz won't come cheap, it seems. Dovetailing with a renowned leakster's tip that the S9 and S9+ may be the most expensive Galaxy S-line phones ever, comes one unnamed "source in the UK mobile phone deals industry," who informs us of the same:


Granted, thanks to the tags on these high-end puppies, global smartphone shipments experienced the largest quarterly drop on record in Q4, but at the same time Apple and Samsung are booking record profits, so the record 2017 pricing may extend into this year as well. Given the usual ways pricing is transcribed from Britsih pounds to American dollars, we would be looking an $850 starting price tag of the Galaxy S9 in the US, or about $35/month on a typical 2-year installment plan. 

The S8+ last year went for a Benjamin more than the S8, so its S9+ successor may fill its shoes in with a $950 price, or even more, considering it will differ markedly from the smaller sibling by landing with a dual camera module on the back. Time will tell if there will be enough early adopters to justify the eventual price increase, and it will all be revealed on February 25, when we will be present watching Samsung take the stage to announce its spring flagship crop.

source: TechRadar

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31 Comments

1. djk4363

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Somehow this phone does not seem to be bringing a revolution with it. I am more than satisfied with my Mate 10 Pro and will be looking to new products and innovations from Huwaei top end phones.And the prices are so steep. Is it really worth it? For a professional camera, a good DSLR comes way cheaper.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

No it's not.Samsung is becoming the next apple. Greedy.

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

If you are using Mate 10 pro, you should not expect revolution anyway. 2018 flagships will be an upgrade for those owning 2015 and 2016 flagships, and that's how it should be. 1-year upgrade are for people who just like to get a new phone every year. Then again, I have stopped buying flagship phones after the S6. Even a $300 phone can fill all my needs, sans the camera maybe.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm waiting on the Note 9, and if it's not that big of a jump, keep my Note 8.

15. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

So far I'm unimpressed at these renders, I'll also be waiting on the Note 9 to see how it looks. Might even consider a Pixel XL 3

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's looking like an incremental year for Samsung.

5. Foxgabanna unregistered

I'm not excited for this at all.

7. nikhil23

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I have an S8+. I'll wait fot Note 9. S9 seems to be a marginal update over S8.

8. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I am pretty excited about this, as i am able to look beyond the simple exterior of a phone. The S8 and S8+ already has one of the best designs out there, and it has a very high screen-to-body ratio, even higher than phones like the Iphone X, which has to compromise the format of the screen in order to achieve that (The notch). Therefore, i wouldn't expect a radically different design, as there are limits to how much you can shrink the bezels at this point. The thing i expect is refinement, and that's exactly what they're doing with the smaller chin and relocated fingerprint reader. The software and hardware side is very interesting tho. Project Treble could be a massive game changer for android, and unlike the last generation, the S9 is going to come with Project Treble supported. This is a massive thing for the software side. Ontop of that, the Note 8 came with fantastic software, as Samsung Experience has proven in reviews several months after its launch that it can stand the test of time very well. The hardware side is interesting as well. The Exynos 9810 promises performance improvements that are two-fold on the single core side and 40% on the multi-core side. This is the largest performance improvement of any mobile SoC generation of recent years. The variable aperture is also a first for smartphones, and it sounds like a fantastic idea. You have a F2.4 aperture for improved day time shots and then a F1.5 aperture for improved night time shots. The 480FPS recording is also incredibly rare. There is a lot of things to be excited about, but some people have already made up their mind based on prejudice, so it wouldn't matter what you tell them.

9. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Thats the problem, people pay the prices so the prices will go up, if most just waited 1 or 2 months they would drop the price quicker. LG G7 or Nokia 9 for me this year.

10. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Same phone for $100 more rip sammy

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I wouldn’t call it same just because of the design. To be fair, many of it internals seem to be getting an upgrade. It’s another argument whether those upgrades mean anything to consumers.

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Nothing new. Still sitting pretty with my S8+. No complaints.

13. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

Like Apple, Samsung is out of ideas. They want to sell you the same old product for more money.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don’t think they are out of ideas. They are just stubborn, greedy, and genius enough to take advantage of the conditions and situations. For the most part.

14. sentinel336

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Goodness people! Of course this is an incremental update to the S8, but it appears to be a welcomed one for those of us who own an S7 series or older variant. There's only so much you can do with a small rectangular computer (yes I know - bendable screens, but we aren't there yet). Now FWIW, I'd totally wait for a Pixel 3 if it had a headphone jack. Yes I know there are great Bluetooth headsets (I'm a fan of my V-Moda Crossfade Wireless), but I don't want to worry about charging multiple devices on long trips or worrying about a dongle. Samsung is one of the few that still check all of the boxes for me. On the cost front - these things are ridiculously expensive. Time to pump the brakes on the price hikes.

17. dynamite

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Waiting till S9 to come out, Note8 price drops and buy it. Future proved for 3 years :)

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

2 years with the Note 8, according to my calculations. Note should get P this year, which will make it 1 year of software updates, and its second major update after Oreo. Then, the Note 8 would get software updates for Android P till Q arrives. which will make it 2 years of software updates. That all is aside from the security updates.

23. dynamite

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Im ok with staying another 1 year or more with same Android version. My phone still running on Android 6.0 for 2 years but hardware starting to let down a bit :)

24. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Highly doubt that the Note8 will get P this year when it doesn't even have Oreo yet...It'll be next year, sad yes but more likely the reality given Samsung's update schedule. A huge disservice to it's customers of the Note line to release that thing with Nougat, just sad.

25. dynamite

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

But they are not so slow in software updates as LG, and trying to give consumers finalized product, what can not say about LG. Android P i think will be out of the box to Galaxy X and other phones will be able to update to it. As we can see that kind of situation now with Android O.

21. mdw864

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

My S5 is better.

26. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

My S7 cost a little under $550 at launch, I got my Note 5 for around $700. My next phone will probably cost nearly $1000 and offer little improvement in daily function, kind of pathetic if you ask me.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG Of course the price will be higher. Just like the price will go up on all phones. Everything goes up each year when it come out. Go price a 2017 car and price the same car in a 2018, guess what , the 2018 will have gone up in price with very little to no change to it. Do you think any of them are going to go down in price.

29. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Doesn't matter how it's priced. There will be discounts galore to move these, especially if the pre-order demand isn't unexpectedly strong. BOGOs by spring... It's not about how great this phone is or isn't. It's just unlikely that S9/S9+ will command the premiums of the iPhoneX. At least the iPhoneX doesn't look like the i6-i8s.

30. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

This really sucks. Not that I'd buy the Galaxy 9 anyway, but with prices like that, I'm afraid Chinese manufacturers will raise there prices again

32. gamehead unregistered

Sticking to my cheap sub $300 phones

33. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Nokia flagship... where r u??? come and save me

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