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.