Last week we noted that Verizon added some new devices to their Open Development site indicating they were close to being available for buyers. The devices included new versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ that pump up the on-board storage to either 128GB or 256GB. Those variants had been announced by Samsung during their product launch, but had not been available for actual orders. That changes today as Samsung announced availability of these new variants of their latest flagship smartphone via direct orders with Samsung.
According to Samsung’s press release, pre-orders are now being accepted for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with these larger on-board storgae options. General availability will commence on May 18th. Between now and then, to help entice buyers to go ahead and place a pre-order, Samsung is offering a free Gear IconX or a discount to $99 for a Gear S3 Frontier.
Pricing for the new variants will be:
- Galaxy S9 with 128GB – $770
- Galaxy S9 with 256GB – $820
- Galaxy S9+ with 128GB – $890
- Galaxy S9+ with 256GB – $940
Justin Denison, a Senior Vice President with Samsung Electronics America, notes “our phones are filled with big files such as uncompressed photos, 4K videos, feature-length movies and more. Samsung now offers Galaxy S9 and S9+ with more on-board storage to give peace of mind to users who want to instantly access their high-capacity files while on the go. With these new high-capacity models and the flexibility of expandable storage, Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners have a variety of ways to keep their content close.”
No information was released regarding availability of these new variants through the carriers in the U.S., but that should probably happen after Samsung winds up their period of being the exclusive source for these phones.