The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be the most expensive duo in the history of the Galaxy S line. Samsung is likely to increase the starting price of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus by up to £100 more compared to the introductory pricing attached to the Galaxy S8 lineup. That’s according to a TechRadar source in the UK mobile phone deals industry.
Last year, the Galaxy S8 launched at £689 in the UK, that would mean you’ll need to pay £789 for upcoming flagship phone – 2 year ago, Galaxy S7 launched for just £569.
You can assume the US price for the Galaxy S9, around $850. “You can expect the S9 to cost £100 more than the Galaxy S8 when it was released last year,” said source. “The truth is that last year’s massively inflated smartphone prices on handsets like the S8, Note 8 and iPhone X have shown that there are plenty of people out there willing to pay these higher prices.”
“With handsets these days lasting longer, more people are holding onto their phones and opting to go SIM only as a cheaper option. Instead of making phones cheaper to incentivize upgrades, the trend is to simply make flagship phones more pricey. So if you bought a new phone in the last year, you effectively paid a tax on behalf of everyone else who didn’t. The upshot of this is that Apple and Samsung’s profits are at record-breaking highs, despite the fact that total handset sales are down – such is their dominance of the smartphone industry.”
Samsung already confirmed the Galaxy S9 lineup will be officially announced in the run-up to the 2018 edition of the Mobile World Congress on February 25th. After that, Samsung will accept pre-orders for seven days in Korea.