Dear Microsoft, your Samsung Galaxy S8 prices make no sense

If you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, whatever you do, don’t go to Microsoft for this. That’s because the prices that Microsoft is currently asking for Samsung’s ex flagship smartphones make no sense at all.

Microsoft is selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $724.99, and the unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $824.99. Meanwhile, the brand new (and obviously superior) Galaxy S9 is five bucks cheaper than the S8, being offered by Microsoft for $719.99 unlocked, while the larger Galaxy S9+ is priced at $839.99. For a limited time, Microsoft is even offering a free Wireless Charging Stand with any of the two S9 models, but not with the S8 series. 

Update: Weeks after our report, Microsoft finally slashed the prices of its Galaxy S8 and S8+, bringing them on level with the prices asked by Samsung and other retailers.

Since launching the Galaxy S9 family, Samsung reduced the prices of the unlocked S8 and S8+ to $599 and $689, respectively. Similar prices are available at most relevant retailers in the US. It’s only Microsoft that’s selling the Galaxy S8 and S8+ as if we were still in 2017, when the two phones first hit the market. 

Just. Why?
source: Microsoft

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Microsoft wants to make money through Samsung Lol. For that price let see what we can get S9 64GB iPhone 8 64GB Note 8 64GB One plus 5T 128GB even cheaper iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Mate 10 Pro 128GB Mate 10 64GB even cheaper LG V30 plus 128GB variant Sony Xperia XZ 2 only add 60$ more

15. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I though Sony Xperia XZ2 is even cheaper than Samsung Galaxy S9?

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 926; Member since: May 07, 2014

Looks like they forgot to adjust the price.

2. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This is another example how Microsoft is complete failure at mobile phone related affairs.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6828; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Agreed. They failed with their own products...can't even live off of other's success...well...other than their Android licensing fees. Looking forward to the surface phone...or is that still just a myth among fans of the ms brand??

9. abduz

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

From.what I understand, their Office Suite and apps come preinstalled and paid for ...and thats how that price is justified ..not that I agree with it. But its weird they havent dropped it since launch.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

It makes no sense to the normal consumers, for the enterprise, they will buy it even it cost extra. Simply because it has Microsoft office, outlook, Skype, and many Microsoft stuff on it that enterprise must have.

4. Popop971

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

If all of those applications can be download from the playstore, I see 0 interest in Microsoft offer. Better buy cheaper from another dealer, and then install the needed applications.

7. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

You would be suprised, if a company from the enterprise sector buys for example 5000 phones, they then have to pay one of their IT guys to install those apps on 5000 phones. It's just easier to buy them already done. Huge companys waste large amounts of money all the time, it's good for tax write off as well.

10. krauser1

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

An enterprise of that size do not have their IT guys install software like that. They set up their company phones with device management software and push that software to the phone.

13. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Or buy it ready installed.

14. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

18. Popop971

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Man, you can buy an unlock Galaxy S8 for 600 $. That's a 125 $ difference. If a company want to buy 5000 phones, you are telling me they are ready to lost more than 600 000 $ just because they don't want to pay the IT guys ? Really ?

17. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 926; Member since: May 07, 2014

I believe the S9 that Microsoft is selling also has those.

5. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I won't surprised if they will continue doing so when the Galaxy s10 will come out

8. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

They're probably anchoring. It's meant to make the new S9 look better without changing it's price. Kind of a boneheaded way to do it, but whatever.

11. nedooo

Posts: 71; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Stupidity at it's finest :)

12. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

Microsoft keeps lossing.

19. LoneWolf

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2018

I don't shock at all why? because in here Indonesia every shop that sell phone, S8 and S8+ model is EXACTLY the same price like this article written. YES even after there is a S9 and S9+ model is already out and they still sell the phone with the higher price! (Indonesia) so when I read this, it's perfectly normal on Indonesia here.

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