As if there weren't enough visual representations
of the entire Galaxy S20 family
already revealed well in advance of Samsung's big February 11 announcement event
, several new batches of super-high-quality press renders
made their way online in the last 24 hours or so thanks to essentially all of the industry's top insiders right now.
Evan Blass, better known by his legendary @evleaks alias, technically came a little late to this party
, but in addition to confirming Samsung's next flagship redesign... for the umpteenth time, his latest photo dump includes a promotional image
that divulges one of the few launch details not previously reported by other sources. We're talking about a sweet albeit unsurprising pre-order offer that's bound to disappoint some folks who may have been expecting certain gifts to be included with the upcoming ultra-high-end phones as standard.
Free Galaxy Buds+ but not permanently and not for everyone
You may also know these upgraded bad boys
are called Galaxy Buds+
, looking mighty similar
to their forerunners while hiding plenty of improvements under the hood covering everything from general audio performance to call quality and especially battery life. Knowing Samsung, it probably doesn't come as a shocker that Galaxy S20+
and S20 Ultra pre-orders are practically guaranteed to come with complimentary Galaxy Buds+ either.
After all, last year's S10
were initially sold alongside free Galaxy Buds
in certain markets too. Still, many people might have expected Samsung to step up its pre-order gifting game and bundle the new wireless headphones
with all three S20 variants seeing as how the entry-level model
is now just as curvy and "premium" as its siblings. But that's not happening, and the same goes for the (arguably unrealistic) hope that the Galaxy Buds+ could somehow find their way into the standard retail box of at least one Galaxy S20 version.
Instead, Max Weinbach
, undoubtedly the most prolific S20 leaker in the world, claims the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be regularly sold at its "insane" price with just USB-C earbuds
and a 25W charger in the box. So, yeah, apart from the Galaxy Buds+, it sounds like you'll have to shell out some extra cash for an optional 45W power brick too if you want to take full advantage of the S20 Ultra
's amazing capabilities.
Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra pricing expectations
Apart from some people's innate ability to hope for the best in pretty much any given situation, those recent pricing rumors
certainly played their role as well in leading many to expect Galaxy Buds+ included with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. That's because the largest and most impressive member of Samsung's impending high-end family is tipped to cost a whopping €1,379 on the old continent in a single 5G-capable variant.
Taxes notwithstanding, there's a good chance the 6.9-inch giant could fetch north of $1,300 in the US, so asking consumers to separately buy wireless earbuds and other accessories may not receive a very positive response. Then again, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is expected to have a lot of great things going for it, from a 108MP primary rear camera to a massive 5,000mAh battery and a stainless steel frame
, somewhat justifying that exorbitant expense.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20+
could start at around $1,000 in a 4G LTE-only variant, setting you back an extra Benjamin with 5G support in tow, and finally, the "regular" S20, which will essentially follow in the footsteps of the S10e
, is widely rumored to go for no less than $900. If that turns out to be true, though, we see no reason why you'd pick the smaller and humbler variant over the S20+ during a promotional pre-order period when the latter is expected to include free second-gen true wireless earbuds.