“$1,400 is too much”. Will the userbase push back on the Galaxy S20 Ultra?

“$1,400 is too much”. Will the userbase push back on the Galaxy S20 Ultra?
The big Samsung Unpacked event of H1 2020 is drawing close and each day we are getting more and more rumors about Samsung’s next monster of a smartphone. On the 11th of February, the company will shine the spotlight on its new trio of Galaxy S20 flagships and the most interesting of those is the hotly-anticipated Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Packed to the brim with powerful hardware and cutting edge camera features, each little leak we get about this phone creates a mini whirlpool of hype. But there’s one leak that nobody likes — the alleged price-tag.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will, reportedly, start at $1,400. This comes as a bit of a surprise, since we kind of thought that phone manufacturers would be done with the price inflations for now. Apparently not.

Of course, phone makers can only push the prices as high as the consumer base allows them to. So, we wondered — could the Galaxy S20 Ultra be the device that gets users to push back? And we asked you.

Poll results:


Willing to pay $1,400 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra?

Yeah, if it's everything it's rumored to be!
21.45%
Naw, that's getting way up there.
78.55%


The poll stirred quite the discussion and — obviously — not many are happy with the prices. Even the regular S20 will, reportedly, start at $999. However, let’s be fair. 21% of “Yes, I will buy it” is still quite the number, especially in our tiny poll here. We wouldn’t be quick to spell doom and gloom for Samsung. In fact, the S20 Ultra might just do quite well worldwide.

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25 Comments

25. Demeaiko

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 22, 2019

Good with my Note 10 plus 5g for now. I will however grab the note 20 plus or ultra model whatever the price. Icant wait for 120 hz and better battery and camera! I honestly think samsung continues to lead when it comes to check all the boxes of a premium smartphone. After the note 20 however i don't think there would be a need for a new phone for myself... i mean 120hz and astrophotography and 8k recording.... what else do i need lol

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder if this S20 will come with 256 for it's base storage? I also wonder if one of the S20 models will come with 12 gb of RAM? Most likely some if all the S20 models will be 5G.

24. michaelfrasca

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2020

"If you’re mad about the prices for the S20 devices: You demanded more from Samsung. They delivered this year. Pushed this device to the limit. That comes at a cost. You demanded. They listened. Talking is easy, because talking is free. Want more? Pay more."

23. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2291; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It’s Android...no need to buy a phone at this price as it will be undercut by performance and price this year by another Android vendor. Samsung is not branded for phones over $1k. Their ASP is roughly $300 per phone. What makes a consumer that will buy a $1400 phone?

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well considering there is a lot of firsts with the S20. Like a 108 mp camera with high end zoom. LPDDR5 RAM, and the 865 which supports that type of faster RAM. The 865 is rated at 44 gigabytes per second transfer speeds between the LPDDR5 RAM and the 865. The SD 855 use LPDDR4 RAM, and it's rated at 34 gigabytes per second. Apple's A13 would be rated the same 34 gigabytes as a maximum, if it's using the LPDDR4 RAM.

22. oldtymer

Posts: 75; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

This isn't for me... I could stomach the price tag for the right phone... Like a RAZr... Here's the thing, for what you get... If you wait 2 years, these will be upper mid phone specs you'll be able to get for $500... It's a phone like any other.. doesn't do it for me

21. rsiders

Posts: 2066; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I have never bought a phone over $800 but I will say this if after the presentation Samsung somehow convinces me that this phone is worth the asking price, IF they can manage to do that, this will be my phone until the screen falls off. Cause for $1400 it ain't gonna be no next big thing after that for me.lol

20. MsPooks

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

The specs on today's phones are finally getting to the point that yearly updates aren't really necessary. If you look at the specs of the S20 Ultra, it'll run rings around the comparable iPhone 11, for a lower price. So surely, we might finally have an Android phone you can hold on to for four years without regrets; iPhone users tend to hang on to their phones for years. Less than $500/year doesn't seem so bad.

19. mel0524

Posts: 98; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I will buy one phone that cost more than $1,XXX once I start make $500 a day on my job lol

18. TadTrickle

Posts: 176; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

You can get 2 great phones at that price. Lol, no way in hell

15. dimas

Posts: 3465; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

To each is his own. Some people will buy it, some will not. If the features and hardware are really that good, we will see if the price is justified. We also have to consider other things than specs (durable batteries, long lasting displays, good lock, knox security, built-in tie up with mc afee anti-virus). For me, a $1,400 phone with all the important things I expect it to have is ok. I just hope that with s20 series, samsung already fixed their cheap front camera quality, past cameras are not acceptable for the price.

13. TBomb

Posts: 1772; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It looks great and will probably be a spectacular phone... but at the end of the day, it's a phone and $1400 is too much for any phone. These crazy margins that OEMs make are like a slap to the face.

12. tbreezy

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Android users typically don’t spend a lot on apps or phones, so $1400 will definitely be pushing it, I’ll fully expect to see this as a bargain bin device within 6months

11. DBozz

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Buy it now & regret it later seeing the people buying it for half a price from what it was tagged during the launch

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1619; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

With the claim these new phones replace the need for a DSLR that sounds like a terrific bargain to me, it's a lot cheaper than my camera was. /s Seriously that is ridiculous for a phone, I understand it does a lot more than older phones could but it's still a phone that gets replaced in 2 or 3 years.

10. mackan84

Posts: 716; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I doubt it will be able to replace a dslr. But if it does that would be amazing.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1619; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I was being sarcastic.

5. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 138; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Don't preorder. Wait 30 days & new colors & price drops typically happen.

16. dimas

Posts: 3465; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I agree. Pre-ordering sucks even for video games. I buy samsung products between june and august. Got to see first if the device live to the hype.

2. Alvee1

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2020

I just went to place called ubreakifix here in the US and got a brand new casing, display and battery for my unlocked S8+. They are Samsung certified so it comes with a year warranty on the repair. Feels like a new phone again! Only cost 250 not 1400.

17. dimas

Posts: 3465; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That's good. You really want to maximize your device use before thinking of buying a new one. S20 is a good upgrade but I'm guessing it is not a huge leap for s10 users. people just have to wait for the official announcement.

1. sirohunter

Posts: 229; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Never would buy a Samsung at launch. Those phones depreciate like crazy in just a few months!

3. Abdbaas

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

I used to buy straight after release but you're right it hurts after 3 or 4 month to see the price go down by 30%+

4. Alvee1

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2020

I love Samsung phones but completely agree! By summer these phones will be selling for about 500-600 if you don't mind paying out of pocket and not on a carrier plan.

8. Fred3

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

The only way i'll get one early is if my S10e will be $550 down just like the S9 was. And that's not for the Ultra or the +.

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