The Note 9 is the cheapest, most accessible 512GB phone right now

Oppo just finished one of the flash sales that direct-to-consumer Chinese phone makers are notorious with. These are usually the events behind titles like "phone XXX sold in XX seconds," and simply mean that plenty of Chinese have clicked on a pre-ordained sales event, and are waiting on their packages now.

The strange thing about this flash sale by Oppo is that its subject was not some affordable midranger that will sell into the hundreds of thousands in no time flat, but its actual Find X flagship. You know, the one with the motorized camera half that slides out to 3D-scan your face and then unlock the phone in a fraction of a second.

Now, Oppo didn't simply let the "regular" Find X out of the bag, otherwise it wouldn't have bragged with the poster on the right, but only its premium, luxurious Lamborghini edition, which sports insanely fast, 5A VOOC charging, $1500 pricing, and the pretty amazing 512GB storage.

When we say amazing, we mean it, as for now it's only Huawei's Mate RS, Oppo's Find X Lamborghini, and... you guessed it... the Galaxy Note 9 that let you buy half a terabyte storage option. 

Well, the Asus ROG gaming phone will also have such model, but it's yet to get a pricing. Heck, that amount is more than what entry-level ultrabooks with flash storage offer on average. Now, let's look at the pricing of these puppies, shall we?

The difference between these 512GB phones, besides the pricing and RAM amounts, is that the Note 9 can be pre-ordered already, and be on your doorsteps about two weeks from now. The Mate RS is available in the West, but mostly in its 256GB option, with the 512-gigger seemingly a scarce commodity even in China, while the Oppo Find X Lamborghini is just going through its Asian release rounds. The Asus ROG Phone 512GB is yet to be priced and launched, but it won't be cheap either, judging from a leaked pre-order post.

Thus, a price with a comma may be startling for those who long for the days of yore when real phones with battle styli used to be 30% less. However, in this day and age of record average prices, buoyed precisely by phones like the Note line or iPhone X, a $1250 tag for the 512GB Note 9 minus deals and gifts is actually nothing to cry home about. 

Heck, a microSD card with this capacity is close to $300 alone, and we aren't even talking about a brand-name unit here, like the one you see here that's still to come from Samsung. What do you think?

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Compared to iphone x 64gb, I think note 9 128 and 512gb models are more bang for the buck with the features. Even asus rog phone can't compete with note 9 if it is released.

2. Sandy34

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 21, 2017

Still too much.

3. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

But android owners were very particular to phone prices. Why price as much as X?

4. fyah_king unregistered

Why? Because you get 512GB instead of 256.

6. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

It isnt. An iphone X with a 5.8 inch display 64gb storage costs £1000 A Note 9 with a 6.4 Inch QHD display, 128GB, 6GB Ram, SD card slot cost £899.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4319; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Captain generalization is here I see... No problem paying for the note 9 on my end. Second flagship I've bought this year from Samsung.

5. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Once again its down to Samsung to bring it to the masses. Even built in display fingerprint scanners will be down to Sammy to implement.

7. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I take back my positive T-Mobile Jump on Demand comments. They want $200 down payment which is ridiculous for a lease program. They fixed it for the S9+ when everyone complained, so write john.legere at TMobile dot com and let him know that leasing shouldn't have a 20% down payment.

10. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You're lucky. My country's carrier just released their note 9 plans and cash out DP fetched $450 with 24 months lock-in. Buying the phone is more practical in my place.

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Are you sure? According to the facts I read, you're just paying the taxes on the retail price upfront. That's not really a downpayment. Its like buying a car or house. The reason they ask for 20% down, is because banks don't like to finance the taxes into the loan. The same here with phones. VZW actually is offering the best deal. 0 down if you are already a customer. And I can buy the 512GB and get either of the 2 for free on a 2nd line. What I don't like about VZW, is I only need 2 lines. They have an unlimited plan which is $65 per line. Plus $53 and $45 for the phones. Then $12 each for the insurance. Then add all the taxes per month 2. That means these 2 phones alone will cost roughly $280 per month. This versus being with Xfinity-Mobile, which doesn't have a line charge. And charges $12 per GB or $45 unlimited and when Xfinity hotspot are not avail, it rides on Verizon's LTE network, which has better coverage vs any carrier.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

$200 would be a 20% sales tax. No state has one that high.

9. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

512gb is overkill.

11. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Not if you will use the phone for the next 4 to 5 years.

12. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yep, i traveled all around the world. The note 9 will be my travel phone for the next 3 years with its 512GB storage.:)

23. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

To you.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung took it to another lever with the Note 9.

14. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Still way too expensive, should've stayed in $800-$900 price point

15. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Maybe too expensive for you

16. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

$1000 base model is way too much for any smartphone. My Note8 was $890 new.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m getting the 512. No price is too high, if you can afford it, and its what you want.

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Being able to afford something, doesn't mean the price isn't to high. if you have the money, buy it cause you want it. I have the money too. But the price is too high. and yes the price is OK considering what you are getting. But no phone is worth $1000, even though this one has a value above that for sure. But enjoy your phone man. I certainly am looking for the best deal. I'm waiting to see what Xfinity-Mobile offers. I like not having a line charge.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Conversely, you thinking the price is too high doesn't mean it's too high. That's an individual decision, and no one's is more valid than anyone else's.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said.

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

All I can say is, the best thing about a phone that I can put a 512GB memory card in is, I can download every console emulator off the Play-Store and transfer over 4000 games right to my phone, and still have space for 4K videos, all 7000 of my music files and all 3000 of my video files on my phone, and I will still have over 256GB of space left. Other than a PC, what option in your pocket will give you this?

21. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I've needed/wanted something like this since 2009 when I bought the Motorola Droid that November; 512MB of native storage with a pre-installed 16GB micro SD card. How far we've come.

25. Poptart2828

Posts: 460; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I'd rather have that oppo. I like to differentiate myself.

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