These Galaxy S9 and S9+ price leaks could make you grab the pitchforks

 
When we do our usual trip around the world to compare iPhone prices, it's usually Italy and Norway that pop up on our radar as the most expensive places to buy flagship smartphones. Well, save for the outlier Brazil, where an iPhone costs more than twice what it costs in the US, but there are other forces in play there, so let's focus on the great country of Norway - a rich Scandinavian oil producer and such. 

Currently, the iPhone X costs the equivalent of $1410 in local currency there, so you can imagine our lack of surprise when the prices of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Norway leaked out, and they border on outrageous. As you can see from Roland Quandt's tweet above, the S9 will go for 8790 Norwegian krone, or about $1128 at the current exchange rate. 

These Galaxy S9 and S9+ price leaks could make you grab the pitchforks
The same is true for the UK, where Clove, a local e-tailer is listing the the S9 at £799, based on a "cost pricing from a trusted supplier, with an industry standard margin." That's still $1120 in USD, or awfully close to the Norwegian leak.

The S9+ will land at 9790 NOK, or $1256, but don't grab the pitchforks just yet - as you can see from the comparison table we did for the iPhone X prices globally, top phones usually cost way more in Norway than in the US, and the S9 will probably follow the same fate:

These Galaxy S9 and S9+ price leaks could make you grab the pitchforks

Roland also gives us last year's Galaxy S8 / S8+ prices for comparison, and the difference is the equivalent of $150/$167 in "favor" of the S9 and S9+, so the rumors that Samsung's new phones will come at least $100 more expensive than the previous edition at their open in the US, may have some merit, after all.

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  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
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  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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33 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 919; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

What a joke. It's not even that much of an upgrade over the S8. Are the trying to be Apple with the prices too?

4. Koeos

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

That's we call business dude. Customers have no choice. But about the spec to cost ratio, I think s9 has much more sense than the iphone X. If the leaks are real, the s9 camera is a game changing feature in the smartphone industry and also the exynos chip benchmark left the bionic chip in the dust.

7. mikedemoda

Posts: 127; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

LMAO keep dreaming

9. Koeos

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

It's not a dream dude, its a reality. Iphone screens are made made up of samsung's surplus. And ios? Despite the strict regulation of apple on appstore, ios can be broken a "SIMPLE INDIAN CHARACTER" .LMAO

10. Koeos

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

It's not a dream dude, its a reality. Iphone screens are made made up of samsung's surplus. And ios? Despite the strict regulation of apple on appstore, ios can be broken by a "SIMPLE INDIAN CHARACTER" .LMAO

19. apple-rulz

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

“Iphone screens are made made up of samsung's surplus.” Please stop, you’re embarrassing yourself. iPhone X screens were not made out of Samsung surplus, they were built to Apples exact standards, that is why the iPhone X screen scored the best of any smart phone ever. Yes, even better than any Samsung phone ever; http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.htm#Best_Smartphone

11. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Thing is Koeos, with Android there is a choice. You get a non Apple/Samsung phone. There are plenty of alternatives, you just need to hope that you don't have to make too many compromises

24. chenski

Posts: 754; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

The camera feature does sound cool, but it won't be anything revolutionary, as smartphone cameras have kinda reached a plateau at the moment

27. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

"as smartphone cameras have kinda reached a plateau at the moment" No, definitely not. The real deal on smartphone cameras have just started taking off, nowhere near at it's plateau.

32. chenski

Posts: 754; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

When you need to nitpick to find differences between photos taken by flagships I'd say it's going through a quite period. They are adding features which does not really improve anything drastic

26. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1525; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So an S9 costs $200 more than an S7 did and still can't do much that the S7 won't do. I might keep using my S7 for a 3rd year, and this is the first smartphone I've used for over a year. I see nothing worth while to upgrade to anymore.

2. iampun33t

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Here are my few observations: 1. Why is there a table of iPhone prices without the S8 prices? How can the reader compare the prices? 2. No S9 upgrade for me, no matter what they offer. iPhone X is still about USD 1350, which is irrational. No phone offers anything to ask for that price.

3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

1000 for a rehash with crapmoled pentline low resolution, we've gone crazy

5. Koeos

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

You have a choice which brand you want. So stop being nonsense. If you want ios that can be broken by a single indian character then go with iphone.

8. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

if you want an expensive touch screen remote control, s8 and n8 are the best choices.

28. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

"If you want an expensive touch screen remote control, s8 and n8 are the best choices." That's rich, considering that the iPhone X's display ratio is even narrower than the Note8. 19.5:9 vs 18.5:9!!!

13. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

iPhone? No thanks

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

At least the iPhone X 64 GB dropped to €1015 ($1260) in the Netherlands. But these prices are getting ridiculous.

12. Whitedot

Posts: 737; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Clove is known for overpraising their stock. Wait for Carphonewarehouse deals. They should be more affordable.

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not really. They had XZ Premium for £645 + wireless headphones. U11 was also less than £700

16. Whitedot

Posts: 737; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Yes really . Not sure how old is your figures. CPW HTC U11 IS £70 cheaper than clove. XZ Premium is the same price right now on both retailers. CPW has much larger capacity and finances to beat any retailer they even advertise it on the website. Of course there are terms but they are capable.

15. basher

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

I thought that the article was about the price of the new S9. All I can see is the actual price of iPhone X all over the world in this article. Is it necessary all this non-stop comparison?

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is why I got the S8+ I knew the S9 series was gonna be some trash, there's no justification for these prices. It's like if Apple did a major price bump between the 7 and 8.... Oh wait

18. izim1

Posts: 1594; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Why do people keep converting UK pricing to US pricing? Specially what are supposed to be professional tech bloggers... Does the US have a VAT, as well? A ps4 bundle in the UK runs at £299. How much does one cost in the US? Is it $419? Or $299? See how that works?

20. Fellwalker

Posts: 530; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

What has pitchforks got to do with this?

21. cmdacos

Posts: 3959; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Vote with your wallet if you don't find value, don't buy.

23. Subie

Posts: 2321; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I completely agree. And as long as enough consumers keep buying, the OEM's will keep inflating the prices...

22. Chumley

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

In the US, we foolishly care alot less because many if not most people are rolling the cost into their service. A $100 increase is about $4/month over a 2yr term. It's still $100 but $4 is about the cost of a cup of coffee. Most people complain but ultimately buy it if they want it.

25. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

So it's a completely new phone and it's still less expensive than the Iphone X. You can complain all you want, but the fact is that the iPhone X is still more expensive, which is utterly ridiculous.

29. talon95

Posts: 988; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

They should capitalize on the existing design to bring the cost down on the S9. The S9+ should maintain the same price but add the extra lens.

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