Samsung leaks the Galaxy S20, price increase vs S10 pops up with release details

Samsung leaks the Galaxy S20, price increase vs S10 pops up with release details
Just when we thought that the pricing scheme for the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra 5G couldn't become more convoluted, Korean media pulled a surprise and revealed the local pre-order tags. 

These are for the Snapdragon 865 versions, as that's what Korean carriers with their brand spanking new 5G networks will be getting, so they would be pretty close to, if slightly above the US carrier model prices, as usual.

Galaxy S20, Plus and Ultra prices

Without further ado, the report pegs Galaxy S20's pre-order pricing at the US dollar equvalent of $1050, the S20+ at  $1135, and the S20 Ultra at the whopping $1350 equivalent. Bear in mind that these tags are for the 5G models with Snapdragon, and the Korean prices are usually about fifty bucks higher than what lands in the US.

Thus, the leaked T-Mobile pricing of $999, $1199 and $1299 may, unfortunately, turn out credible in the end. The report out of Korea pegs European pricing just as we heard it will be before, namely 900-1000 EUR for the S20 depending on 5G availability, 1050-1100 EUR for the S20+, and 1300 EUR for the S20 Ultra which only comes with a full-blown 5G modem inside.

Galaxy S10 vs S20 pricing in the US, UK and Europe

A quick comparison of the prices at launch for the S10 series in Korea is may be more useful to gauge the final retail pricing in the US, as the absolute numbers change from one market to another, but the percentage change stays fairly constant.

As you can see, the largest increase for the S20 vs S20 crop is for the cheapest models, but the S20 is in a totally different category, too, only differing by size and a few marginal specs from its larger brethren the S20+. Still, the addition of 5G seems to tack at least a 20% premium to the price of the S20 models compared to their S10 counterparts at launch, so start saving.

Galaxy S20 release date

Unfortunately, despite hopes for the contrary, the Galaxy S20 series pre-orders in Korea will start on Valentine's Day and run till the end of February. 

The early adopters should be getting their handsets on March 2, together with their free Galaxy Buds+ earphones promo, while the release date for the general public is set for March 6, at least in Samsung's home turf.

Samsung reveals the Galaxy S20 series naming scheme

Last but not least among the new Galaxy S20 series details that are pouring left and right today, are the actual names of the handsets. It seems that we will indeed have an S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra instead of S11e, S11 and S11+, as Samsung spilled the beans over at its Germany and Belgium websites while listing official wrappers for the upcoming phones. 

Spotted by MobileFun, the listings include one LED Cover case for a "Galaxy S20," and one Clear case for a "Galaxy S20+," basically confirming what we have been hearing for months now. 

Given that the official promo poster for the S20 series launch that you see in the header image above also includes the "S20 Ultra 5G" name, it's now certain that Samsung will jump from the eventual S11 naming straight to S20 in 2020. Now, the only question left is if it will release a Galaxy S21 series in 2021.



20. Cat97

Posts: 2055; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I hate the fact that they don't have an equivalent for the S10e. The plain S11 is 10mm stupid !

23. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

6.5" is the smallest phone samsung will offer in 2020 unless they find some ways to rebrand s10e.

17. Rocket

Posts: 744; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

$800 is the max that I'll pay for a phone in the coming years (haven't paid that amount yet)

12. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 134; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Wait 20 days & price will drop & deals will come

10. rsiders

Posts: 2058; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You know what, my OnePlus 7 Pro is just I'll go to Best Buy and carrier stores when I want to play with the new stuff and go back home with my bae. :D

14. Demo-jay

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Lol nice

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This strikes me as being a huge miss for Samsung. Non tech heads will show up at stores and be told that the newest iPhone is $300 cheaper than the cheapest Galaxy. This makes the iPhone almost a no brainer for them. Feature lists aren't going to cut it.

19. jmonteiro829

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

These are the flagships... Samsung puts out a lot of low and midrange phones... you just don't always hear about them.

8. DFranch

Posts: 568; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Screw that. I'll stick with my OP 7 Pro.

5. Fred3

Posts: 620; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I'll go back to oneplus before spending that much. I wonder how much the S10e trade in would be. So far the size and price are my main reasons not to get one.

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 626; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Why don't they sell 4G versions? I'd definitely buy an Ultra but 1350 (before taxes) is not happening, that's a whole PC..

7. DFranch

Posts: 568; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It looks like the S10 series is the 4G version.

22. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They will only sell 5g in korea, those are 5g korean price. The rest of the world will have 4g options.

1. MsPooks

Posts: 339; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

High prices, but still a bargain compared to the iPhone series, especially considering features.

6. gadgetpower

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

S10 series got a lot of features compared to iphone and yet it didn’t sell that much. So these new galaxies won’t be much different. iphone runs iOS and there’s no competition with that, it has also the best ecosystem and after support sales. In Android, you can buy cheap phones that has the same important/basic feature.

11. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Don't forget the iStand :)))

15. androiduser

Posts: 569; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I'd have to disagree even tho I'm an Android fan, iPhones offer 5 years of instant updates, Samsung offers 2 years of slow updates. If you want real Android experience you're gonna have to go with the pixel, Samsung can't compare.

16. Fred3

Posts: 620; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I wouldn't say the Pixel gives you a true android experience. Yes they have fast updated but alot of bugs compared to any android. Android phones are more about options and freedom which the Pixel dosen't really give you cause they're too focus on being side by side with Apple. Those features you get in those Pixel updates Samsung already had. And I have both. I only give props to Pixels camera but that's it. I even think OnePlus has passed Pixel in everything but the camera

18. blastertoad

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I will need to counter. With Pixel you get very raw updates that constantly cause issues and have a history of doing so through now 3 full years of sales. Also you are lacking many hardware and software features. With Samsung and a few other brands you get refined updates that rarely break major features. You also get much greater hardware development with higher quality and more features as well as more software features that are often later adopted into Android. As for length of updates you get a guaranteed 3-4 years of security updates, and usually 2 os versions. For a device I need to depend on, I am going to choose the more versatile and reliable Samsung device with its reasonably timely ( within 2 weeks ) security updates, vs a device that chases the latest os at the cost of reliability for features often available to Samsung, LG, or Huawei users for the generation or 2 of devices.

24. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Definition of obsession: read post #1

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