When it comes to smartphones, 2017 will probably be remembered as the year that phone manufacturers pushed up prices to a ridiculous level. It began with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that launched costing around £689($750) and £779($850) respectively, and, with its £869($830) price tag, the Galaxy Note 8 went a step further. It’s no accident that I’ve stuck to listing Samsung flagships here because it has been reported that the Galaxy S9 could cost around £100 (+-$100) more than its predecessor.
According to TechRadar’s inside source, wheres the Galaxy S8 launched in the UK for £689, the Galaxy S9 will launch for £789. The source didn’t mention the larger Galaxy S9+, but I would hazard a guess that the gap between the prices of the two models will be closer to double the £100($100) previously mentioned because it is rumored to higher specifications. With the Galaxy S9+ featuring a larger battery as well as allegedly a dual-camera setup and a third extra RAM, it would almost be folly on Samsung’s part to place such a small gap between them that could see you get almost 30% more phone in simplistic terms. Also, the way things are going, it’s almost a sure thing that the Galaxy Note 9 will cost a buck under $1000 when it gets announced later this year.
While we are used to seeing flagships go up in price each year, a £100($100) markup seems a little extravagant. Despite the source only mentioning the price increase in terms of Pounds, it’s likely that we will see a similar increase in the US. Are we reaching the point where the perceived added functionality of a flagship smartphone no longer justifies the exorbitant cost? Afterall, the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10 are priced much more reasonably than Samsung’s flagships and are both extremely capable phones.
We don’t have too long to wait until the Galaxy S9 is unveiled at MWC 2018 in Barcelona on February 25. In the meantime, what are you willing to pay for a flagship smartphone? Let us know in the comments below.