Samsung's Galaxy S8 to cost up to 20% more than S7 series

Samsung's Galaxy S8 to cost up to 20% more than S7 series
We heard a short while ago that Samsung's Galaxy S8 could be launched considerably later than usual, with the company set to host a special event in New York in April. This would signal a departure from the expected announcement at Mobile World Congress, which takes place in late February. In what must be seen as more bad news for Galaxy enthusiasts, the next model(s) will apparently cost more than the current crop, with a price hike of up to 20 per cent being touted in a new report. 

According to Goldman Sachs estimates, consumers can expect to pay 15-20 per cent more for the privilege of owning the Galaxy S8 compared with the Galaxy S7 series. The primary reason for this steep increase is supposedly the enhanced AI digital assistant that Samsung could integrate with the S8. This will drive up raw material prices, according to Goldman Sachs, which will subsequently be passed on to consumers. 

Given what's been said of the Galaxy S8's purported feature set, it's shaping up as a real humdinger of a smartphone. Thus, it's only natural to expect that prices will be upped to reflect this. Added the fact that Sammy has quite a lot of money to recoup from lost Note 7 sales, and one can be fairly sure that the S8 will be among the priciest on the market when it drops. 

Using the starting price of the Galaxy S7 edge ($799) as a guideline, we can surmise that the Galaxy S8 may cost in excess of $950 at base level. Since, as with the Note 7, the flat Galaxy S model could be nixed, the curved S7 edge perhaps offers a stronger indication of how much the S8 will set consumers back. 

The question is, could you see yourself paying so much for a smartphone? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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64 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I like it

8. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They may have sales to recoup, but Samsung also has confidence to regain. The speculation of an up to 20% increase after a marketing disaster seems overly optimistic.

12. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Im convinced that they will sell more of them than S7 if they rise prices. That's how this world works unfortunately.

14. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

That's not how world works for non apple brand . For example look at htc and blackberry they both are collecting dust

16. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

Well HTC is doing bad because their marketing team is non existent. And blackberry couldn't really adapt to modern times and it took literally forever for their is to come out. But I see what you are getting at

52. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

HTC already spent tonnes of money to promote M7 and M8 and now they're facing bankrupcy.

17. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

Well HTC is doing bad because their marketing team is non existent. And blackberry couldn't really adapt to modern times and it took literally forever for their os to come out. But I see what you are getting at

19. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

They collet dust because they sell dust..

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well said ^^. Samsung isn't in the same ballpark as HTC, so the comparison is non-existent.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blackberry made too many bad decisions which caused them to lose relevancy in today's market.

60. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

After reading the rumour that HMD is working on a flagship Nokia phone, I am less interested in GS8. Price hike will further bolster my interest.

34. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, I don't see it, I think it will stay within a few dollars more. Maybe $15 to $20 higher.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What the heck? As if the S7/edge wasn't expensive enough at launch.

13. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Those are the typical Monday rumors. Samsung are dying to impress people with the S8 to make up for the Note 7's mess, so this and the 3.5mm story are both bogus imo.

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Or it is just the apple friendly media trying to push iPhone sales for the worst iPhone yet. Just trying to convince people not to wait because the S8 will be more expensive and will not have a headphone jack either. So if you want a crippled phone, you can get the most crippled one on the market now rather than later.

44. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

^^^ this

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone is very salty.

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gotta agree with you on this one. Apple has become so complacent that it's resulted in almost complete stagnation for iOS products.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

And don't worry about people attacking you and calling you names because you voiced your opinion on the iPhone. He loves attacking people for their opinions and taking cheap potshots at people. He's just a salty little someone that always gets slaughtered throughout the comments section by me and then runs away with his tail tucked between his leg.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What you should worry about is people jumping on the bandwagon. People who do the same thing they accuse others of doing, but gets mad when you call'em out. They think they've won the fight when they were too afraid to put up and show up. What they fail to realize is that I can do this all day but I don't because I have a life and don't live here like they do.

3. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

That's more than I am willing to pay.

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Yes for the fire extinguisher.

5. Syracuse

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Even pay more for touchwizz, two years of the slowest support and Samsung ignoring it when the 9 comes out. No thanks.

38. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

At least when we get update we don't have to have 10 more to fix the updates.

6. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Loads will be saying bye bye Samsung and switching to a alternative phone instead,people thought that Samsung would make there next Premium phone more affordable after the Note 7 saga

20. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

They can't. At the galaxy s level they are trying to compete with Apple. Lowering the price would "cheapen" the line no matter how premium it would be.

35. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They don't have to compete with Apple. If anything it's Apple that has to compete with Samsung.

7. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

The whole point was Samsung were meant to offer a better spec phone for cheaper than the iPhone.

9. BobLawblaw unregistered

So they'll remove the headphone jack and charge you more...

10. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

I highly doubt this but the S7 series price launch were already too much. I expect a sales decline from them 'coz of the Note 7.

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