During a press conference at Samsung’s recent anniversary ceremony, the company’s Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-Hyun said that change is a must in order to stay in this business. One of the first changes we could see is a restructuring of prices, which could begin with the upcoming Galaxy S7.
While we had originally heard that the Moto 360 would cost €249 (around $340 USD), it’s looking more and more that the number associated with the euros (249) is actually how much the smartwatch will cost in USD. Straight from Motorola’s watch-face design competition’s rules, we saw yesterday that the “average retail value” for the phone will be $249.
However, Motorola spoke up today after Moto 360 fan Michal Tajchert commented on the rumored price on Google+.
Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S 5 flagship at the MWC 2014 earlier this week. The device comes with some new features such as heart sensor and fingerprint sensor and has got a slightly similar look to its predecessor.
Samsung hasn’t yet announced the price tag for the Galaxy S 5 however, if you’re living in the UK, you’ll be glad to find out that a UK-based retailer, Clove, has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5 and has priced the 16GB model at £499.99 (£599.99 after taxes) which will cost $1,000. Unfortunately, there’s no information how much the 32GB will cost.
We’ve been getting more and more information on the Nexus 5, and don’t expect the news to slow down anytime soon. After we reported on the fact that multiple battery options will be available, we are now receiving information regarding the device’s release date and pricing from Japan.
Note that since this information is from Japan, this does not necessarily mean that the same will be true in the United States. Here’s what we have:
It seems some tech sites had an itchy trigger finger this morning and prematurely released the speculated price of the upcoming Asus Padfone. The rumour doing the rounds was that the phone, tablet and keyboard docking station combo would retail without a contract at £700 ($1,090). Interestingly, most websites were spinning £700 as a ludicrously high price for the package however I challenge you to pick up a high spec phone, tablet and notebook separately for significantly less. It’s a moot point for the time being as Asus was quick to come forward and set the record straight by releasing the following statement :
“ASUS is yet to announce pricing and availability of the ground-breaking and shape-shifting PadFone – anything to the contrary is merely rumours and speculation. We will be announcing details with our carrier partners in due course, so keep an eye out for updates on the official ASUS website and social media pages for more information as and when it is available.”
There we have it, those of you keen to get your hands on Asus innovative, new 3-in-1 combo will just have to wait a little longer to find out just how big a dent it will make on their credit card!
Last night on Fox’s Business Network, the world was treated to a short Galaxy Nexus demo by Samsung’s V.P. of Product Planning, Nick DiCarlo. While nothing new was revealed in regards to US pricing and availability, DiCarlo gave viewers a quick peek at a few of the more talked about features to be expected when Android 4.0 finally arrives.
Although DiCarlo claimed to have been warned not to try and demonstrate the new face unlock feature on live television, he went ahead and did so anyway. Not only did the the facial recognition unlock go off without a hitch, he managed to successfully demonstrate ICS’s new real-time voice dictation feature also.
The hosts of After the Bell said they have heard nothing but good reports and were so impressed by the demo that they wanted to know when they could get one and how much it would cost. DiCarlo was reluctant to release any information and said to expect the device “just a little bit later this year” and dodged the price inquiry with “well, hopefully Verizon will let us know very soon; It’s their phone, you know”. Talk about passing the buck, Nick!
Although the US pricing hasn’t been revealed, I am willing to bet money on a $299 price tag on a 2-year contract. As for the release date? I am stumped on this one, I have heard way too many theories for me to bet on that horse. Hopfeuly damn soon though!
If the video gets pulled, check it out here.
We STILL don’t have a release date for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus but, according to a leaked Costco inventory screen they will be selling the Verizon branded device for $289.99. In the past, Costco has usually tried to undercut Big Red’s pricing so what it will be through the carrier is still a mystery. I am guessing the $299.99 price point will be in order. There is still no word if there will be an HSPA version here in the states but, you can always pay to have er’ imported!
We are getting so close now! Can you feel it?
[via Android Central]
Lenovo is close to entering the tablet arena with its offering in the IdeaPad Tablet K1. There hasn’t been much hype over this device, but the price is enough to make a few people look in its direction more than once and give it some consideration. As most other tablets worth their weight in hardware run around $599 – $649 for a 32GB model, the Lenovo IdeaPad running Android 3.0 Honeycomb will chime in at $499 when it launches at OfficeMax (I know, OfficeMax?)
It’s got all the specs to complete with the Xoom, G-Slate, iPad 2, and Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s a 10.1 inch display tablet with 1280×800 resolution, cameras on the back and front (we don’t have the exact size), and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n built in. Not bad for at least $100 less than it’s competitors right? Should be launching soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 inch will be coming out in a Wi-Fi only version on April 4th 2011 according to this flyer which was handed out at a recent trade show. The Wi-Fi only 7inch tablet will only cost $399, which is a pretty sweet deal if you’re looking for a decent tablet device, but don’t want to get locked into a carrier contract. This is likely to make this tablet more available in the wake of many other tablet launches coming, including Samsung’s own Galaxy tab 10.1, as well as the soon to be announced 8.9inch version at CTIA on March 22nd.
The Xoom is being heralded nearly unanimously as a remarkable tablet, but it is also being described, almost unanimously, as being a bit pricey. But is it overpriced, or is it just expensive to make? iSupply has a breakdown of the price of the parts used to make the device, and it turns out that just in parts, before the cost of manufacturing, the Xoom’s hardware runs about $359.92. Here’s how they break it down:
- The XOOM’s display and capacitive touchscreen costs a whopping $140, or 38.9% of final cost of parts
- Memory is the second most expensive part with the XOOM’s memory components costing $80.40, or 22.3% of the total cost
- Electro-mechanical parts run $31.30
- The 3250 mAh battery adds $23
- The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor costs $20.78
- The devices two cameras carry a collective cost of US$14, or 3.9% of the total cost
- The baseband cellular components run bout $14
- The other components make up the final $34
So while the Xoom is genuinely pricey, it costs substantially more to make than we realized, noticeably more than the iPad does, so maybe the price tag issomewhat warranted. Hit the source link for the full breakdown.