These could be the final US prices of Samsung's Galaxy S20 series

These could be the final US prices of Samsung's Galaxy S20 series
UPDATE: After speaking to a T-Mobile source, Jon Prosser has been able to "confirm" the AT&T and Verizon prices of Samsung's Galaxy S20-series devices as well. Oddly enough, while Big Red is expected to match the "Un-carrier's" tags, Ma Bell might pull off some slightly lower prices. We're talking $899, $1099, and $1299 for the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra respectively instead of a $999 - $1199 - $1399 structure.

And yes, Prosser remains confident all three major carriers will launch an entirely 5G-enabled Galaxy S20 lineup. That makes this rumored gap highly unusual, which is why you should probably continue taking all the inside information with a big grain of salt. Our original story follows below.

Even though we're still a little over a week away from Samsung's big Unpacked event in San Francisco expected to officially introduce us to the Galaxy S20 family, as well as the company's second-ever foldable smartphone, it's safe to say there aren't a lot of important questions left unanswered.

Over the weekend, the highly anticipated Galaxy Z Flip followed in the footsteps of all three main S20 variants, showing off its face (and folding display) in a quick hands-on video, and now another massive piece of the early 2020 Samsung flagship puzzle is falling into place thanks to popular YouTuber and self-proclaimed "tech analyst" and "professional asshole" Jon Prosser.

The man behind Front Page Tech, a YouTube channel dedicated to delivering tech news in a fun and humorous way, claims to have obtained Galaxy S20 series pricing information from a "source within T-Mobile." Because we're so close to both the formal announcement and commercial release of Samsung's next big (mainstream) thing, there's a good chance this information is not only credible but also final and pretty much etched in stone for all major US carriers.

At the same time, Max Weinbach, who has proven by far the most prolific and reliable Galaxy S20 leaker, has some new info to share on UK prices, which "seem" mostly accurate, but "can always change."

Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S10 family prices


It's always essential to put numbers like these in the right context, and when it comes to ultra-high-end mobile devices, that means first and foremost comparing them to their forerunners. Starting from the very top of the food chain, the state-of-the-art Galaxy S20 Ultra is expected to cost a whopping $1,399. That sounds pretty bad in comparison to the $1,000 price tag of an entry-level Galaxy S10+ configuration back in the day, but you'll want to keep in mind that "only" came with 8 gigs of memory and 4G LTE connectivity.


The S20 Ultra, in contrast, is widely rumored to pack a mind-blowing 12GB RAM count and support 5G speeds as standard, not to mention all those other substantial upgrades expected in the camera performance, screen technology, and battery size departments. If you still can't justify a $400 hike, maybe an upgrade from 128 to 512 gigs of internal storage space will do the trick. This is by no means guaranteed, but it's definitely possible.

Meanwhile, we're fairly certain the "regular" Galaxy S20 and S20+ models will start at $999 and $1,199 respectively with only 128GB local digital hoarding room. That would make these significantly costlier than $750 and $900 Galaxy S10e and S10 variants with the same amount of storage, but once again, you should take 5G support and various other major improvements into consideration before deeming the next-gen phones overpriced.


That's right, Prosser's source says even the base S20 will come with 5G connectivity, at least on T-Mobile. By the way, something tells us the aforementioned price points will apply to all carrier-specific S20-series versions, as well as unlocked models. Unless, of course, the 4G LTE-only S20 and S20+ are also headed to one or several major US mobile network operators, which isn't altogether unlikely.

Speaking of 4G models, these are tipped to fetch 75 pounds less than their 5G-capable counterparts on British shores, a difference likely to translate to around 100 bucks in the US. So, if the S20 4G and S20+ 4G are to be released stateside, they should be priced at $899 and $1,099 respectively. 

Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 series prices


It's equally important to compare the prices of a new high-end smartphone family with those of the competition, but before we do that, you should keep in mind Samsung is looking to revise its strategy, no longer releasing a truly affordable "e" variant to go up against the iPhone XR sequel. So, no, it's not really fair to put the $999 Galaxy S20 on the same level as the $699 iPhone 11.


That being said, it will certainly be difficult for Samsung to keep the $999 iPhone 11 Pro and $1,099 iPhone 11 Pro Max at bay with a Galaxy S20+ fetching $1,199 and an S20 UItra priced at $1,399. Yes, 5G chips are expensive, and at least on paper, these bad boys should offer absolutely insane battery life and top-notch camera performance. But at the same time, the real-life benefits currently provided by 5G networks stateside are simply not meaningful enough to justify those gaps.

Naturally, there's still a possibility these freshly rumored numbers will prove inaccurate, but for the most part, they seem to coincide with predictions made based on European speculation a little while ago, so we wouldn't hold our breath for any last-minute changes or surprises.

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56 Comments

77. D34ever

Posts: 258; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

I bought an S10+ before BF. The S20 has nothing to offer me in terms of upgrade. Give these phones 6 months or so and the prices will come down nicely. Still, I'm keeping my S10+ for at least 2 years.

57. Skizzo

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Samsung fan or not, absolutely no one should be defending these ridiculous prices! The whole argument of "the iPhone is expensive too" is the dumbest argument for why any other OEM raises their prices. Samsung and Apple fans should stand together for the first time in history, and speak out against this absurd practice of needles price increasing. Don't be blinded by your devotion, it's not a question whether you can afford it or not, it's a matter of overpricing just because they can.

67. cevon3239

Posts: 259; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

I agree 100%. The reason they bring up Apple is, Apple's pricing are NEVER talked about in a negative tone by the people who buy the iPhone. But they come and attack Samsung pricing, yet Samsung phones offer way more of everything over any iPhone. I still like the iPhone X, but when it came out at $999, it still offered far and away less capability than the $930 Note 8. Fast-forward 2 years and nothing has change. But consider these improvements. a 108MP camera with 10X optical zoom, and 100x digital zoom, 45W fast charging, 9W reverse wireless charging, 5000MaH baterries, and 5G super fast modem is not goign to come cheap. Yes $1400 is totally crazy. at this point $999 should be the price. But also consider thanks to Donald trump an his assault on trade, import taxes on all goods in China have gonna up. And since the Galaxy models that come to the US ate made in China, that means we are going to pay more for them. If it wasn't for the tariff's, the phones would not be $1400 for the Ultra. It probably would have only been $1200. if you want a premium model, you gonna have to spend premium dollars. At least with Android, you have an option for models that do far and away more than an iPhone for less money. So you never have to ever spend $1000 for a phone if you don't want too.

53. kamejoko

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Very stupid pricing strategy. Ensure this year's galaxy s20 will sell very dull.

43. djinn911

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

These prices are ridiculous! If Samsung thinks that they can sustain their market with these prices, they are out of their minds. Apple's iPhone 11 starts at 699. Regardless of the hardware inside, it is still their mainstream product and not anything "lite". People are not going to be impressed if Samsung comes out with a lite version 6 months later with a reduced price tag, I don't think many people are keen on buying a product which has a "lite" branding on it. I mean in my region, S10 is cheaper than the S10lite and S10+ is only 10Euros more expensive! If they think they can compete with Apple with these pricing strategy then I will just say best of luck. And before anyone slams me as an Apple fanboy, no I have been using Samsung for almost all my life with Note9 as my current daily driver and I just want the team I root for to have good success!

38. Wazupmrg

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Love how they try to bash Samsung when Apple charges WAY too much for technology that's a year old. People will pay for innovation. Just because Apple users buy the 11 because the max and pro don't really give you that much more

49. gadgetpower

Posts: 354; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

When you buy apple, you are buying the whole system, ecosystem. Does your Sammy have that ecosystem?

51. ivan.k

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Yes, it has. I can control my air conditioner, my TV, my fridge, my oven with my phone. All of them are Samsung made. That is an ecosystem!

37. Wazupmrg

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Remember that $1099 price is for a "whopping" 64 gb. Lol

52. ivan.k

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

None of the S20 series will be with 64GB storage.

36. Wazupmrg

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

So how much is that 256 I phone 11 max pro with no 5g, avg camera vs it's peers, etc etc? Talk about a "whopping" price

48. gadgetpower

Posts: 354; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

How many android users are gonna pay for 1000 crappy phones when there are android phone for about $600.

50. ivan.k

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Which are the phones (at the moment) that will give you the same hardware and performance for $600?

66. cevon3239

Posts: 259; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

What kind of person calls and Android phone that costs $1000 crappy. Why do you have to bad mouth them? I know, because like typical Apple fan, they have to talk smack, knowing that the facts prove not only do new tech most of the time first, that by the time Apple gets it, it's old news and we have already moved to something else. Grow up boy! Any $1000 Android, make any $1000 iPhone that you love so much, look like the antiquated overpriced kids toy that it is. The reverse wireless charging at 9W is faster than the 5W power brick, iPhone were coming with. USB Typc C not only allows faster charging, it offers faster data transfers over vs Apple's Lightning port. Samsung batteries are on average as much as 40% larger vs Apple. We get bigger screens, higher resolutions, more internal storage, more capability and yet we are both paying the same. But you are getting less and you're attacking an Android ? I thought Apple fans were so smart?!

31. p51d007

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

No thanks! Anything over 500 bucks, it took expensive for a phone!

23. vtpmt81

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 02, 2018

Samsung is doing this so when they go on 'sale' they are still getting $700-$900 for their phones. What do flagships in 2020 offer that flagships in 2018 don't have? Almost nothing. There is almost no reason to spend $1000+ on a phone. Just buy a S10 series phone or Note 9 if you want a Samsung phone - all great phones that cost way less.

64. cevon3239

Posts: 259; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

There is a reason to spend $1000 on a phone. Because some people can and want too. That's all the reason they need. Plus a 5G phone with a camera that has 10x optical zoom and 100x zoom where you can zoom in on the moon or similar is really cool. Plus bigger batteries, faster charging. How many OEM's have a 5000Mah battery that can be fullly charge in 60 mins or less? How many phones have 10x/100x zoom? How many phones have 9W reverse charging which is more power than Apple's non-fast charging adapter. New tech costs money..>Surprise

22. rsiders

Posts: 2085; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm not buying this whole we can charge more because it has 5G thing. 5G won't even be real 5G for a while now. I'm sure the prices won't be that high out the gate.

21. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

"Naturally, there's still a possibility these freshly rumored numbers will prove inaccurate" - im looking forward to 4 more stories about "possible" prices SMH

16. surethom

Posts: 1780; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Until Samsung release a high end flagship phone with a flatter screen I cannot return to Samsung, hate the glare on the sides.

24. Rocket

Posts: 750; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I will return to Samsung once they get ride of the flat screen and the punch hole, I hate notches of any style.

63. cevon3239

Posts: 259; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Whatever!

15. yalokiy

Posts: 1164; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

"Samsung to keep the $999 iPhone 11 Pro and $1,099 iPhone 11 Pro Max at bay with a Galaxy S20+ fetching $1,199 and an S20 UItra priced at $1,399" Why do you compare 11 pro to S20+ ? it should be compared with non-plus S20. Prices match the iphones perfectly, 11 pro to S20, 11 pro max to S20+. Count in that base storage of samsung is double that of iphone and then add microsd support, 5G and higher resolution screens with 120FPS. Remind yourself the price of iphone 11 pro max 512GB and now think who is really overpriced.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 2036; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

$1400 for a phone? LOL I wouldn't pay that for any phone, iPhone, Galaxy, Pixel, etc.

17. yalokiy

Posts: 1164; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Iphone 11 pro max 512GB is $1450 in US.

62. cevon3239

Posts: 259; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

They are all blind to that fact. Also the more expensive models are never the biggest seller with any product. Anyone chiming in saying it gonna have low sales...well duh. Am sure Samsung isn't expecting the Ultra to sell 30M. But the base and plus models will for sure..

12. max1c

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Those prices are unrealistic. Their sales will not be very high if those are the real prices.

9. thxultra

Posts: 494; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Crazy prices, I expect these to be on sale right after release because I don't see many paying these prices.

11. alligator

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

1400 is too much for a phone. There are not so many Apple fans who can give such amount for an iPhone and what we can say for Samsung.

25. thxultra

Posts: 494; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Apple at least offers a really nice phone for $699. Cheapest of these is $999. Go home Samsung you are drunk.

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