Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is actually cheaper than the iPhone X everywhere except... in the US

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is actually cheaper than the iPhone X everywhere except... in the US
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a beastly phone with a beastly price: $1,000 for the base model, on par with the base price for Apple's iPhone X in the United States.

But did you know that everywhere else in the world, the Galaxy Note 9 is actually much cheaper than the iPhone X?

While we have a parity in pricing in the United States (the beefier Note model is actually slightly more expensive), just take a look at a comparison of the Note 9 vs iPhone X prices in Europe:


As you can see, the base iPhone X model is 15% more expensive than the Note 9 in Europe, while in the United States, the two phones are sold at the same price! The beefed-up models pricing is also different, again the iPhone X is, strangely, more expensive in Europe, while it is in fact cheaper than the Note 9 in the US.

This is an interesting little detail that we should keep in mind when we think about global sales of these two phones. We might be tempted to put them in the same price category, but if you look at their pricing on a global scale, the iPhone X still remains the most expensive mainstream phone, while the Note 9 is actually more affordable.

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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 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Not because of Samsung but because apple sell their iPhone so much more in Europe and both iPhone X and Note 9 are over priced

2. Serious85

Posts: 19; Member since: May 23, 2017

Wow I never heard this before, something is cheaper in Europe? That's how it's always have to be, because their salary four times higher than in most European countries.... Work 3 month for an iPhone X not a week or two.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, the top 5 countries by average wages are situated in Europe (USA was no 6).

8. Serious85

Posts: 19; Member since: May 23, 2017

Ok that's true, but at my country the minimum salary is less than 400$/month and the average is less 800$/month! In Switzerland the price is equal but the salary 9 times higher. 64gb iPhone X cost 1370$ in my country.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The price of manufacturing a device is the same, no matter where it is sold, Switzerland or your country. The only thing you can do is make more money than Switzerland.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

"The price of manufacturing a device is the same, no matter where it is sold, Switzerland or your country." That is false. Where a product is manufactured also dictates its price, because every country has a different tax structure on goods. The parts themselves may cost the same. But importing them in one country vs another effects the final cost of the part. Which is why it is cheaper for Apple to make the iPhone in India vs making it in China then shipping it to India. Even still, they are only making the iPhone 6S or older. Because the 7, 8 and X would still be way expensive to make in India do to cost on importing components.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, I'm starting to be sure you're at least illiterate. Get a smart friend to explain what I have written and come again.

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

But he did say "most of Europe". He didn't say "all" of Europe. As of 2017, the USA was 5th, and Europe country's were not even the top 4. https://www.careeraddict.com/top-10-countries-with-the-highest-average-salaries

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

He also said "four times". Seriously, dude, go back to school...

3. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Here in Iraq the note 9 costs 900 bucks while the X is 970 bucks

4. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

ultil apple brings down their price Samsung wont Everything apple has belongs to another company including Samsung Note 9 s9+ is way better than iphone x but yet still iphone x is 1000 bucks so what do u think samsung will do?

5. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Here in indonesia, base iphone x(64gb), cost the same as 512gb note 9, meanwhile our averange minimum wage is 1/4 of note 9 128gb price lol

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

All flagships are.. Note 9, U12+ and even XZ2P ( less than $800 in some asian areas)

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I don't understand what PA is pointing out. The iPhone X and Note 9 both start @ $999 in the USA. Also the Galaxy S and Note have pretty much always been cheaper than the iPhone, inside and outside the USA.

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