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The Samsung Galaxy S9 could start at $800+

Photo: Evan Blass/Venture Beat

With every new flagship release, phone prices just seem to continually creep up and up over time.

For instance, Apple’s iPhone X which is not a huge jump over the iPhone 8 Plus, has a premium price bump of $200 which puts it at a starting price of $999. After taxes, that sets it well above $1,000 on checkout.

It now seems that Samsung may be following that industry norm and raising the price of its upcoming S9 flagship. Compared to the respective S8 models, the S9 seems more like a small incremental update rather than something mind blowing.

However, multiple sources seem to point to an increased starting price anywhere from US $800 and more depending on who you ask, versus the S8’s starting price of $720 last year.

  • ETNews claims that the phone will start at 925,000 and 1 million won (which is around $875 and $925).
  • TechRadar says the UK price has been bumped up to £789, which is £100 more than the S8’s starting price. Even though that converts to a few dollars short of $1,100, US prices are normally cheaper, which could translate to a starting price of $800 t0 $850.

It could be argued that like the iPhone X, the Samsung S9’s facial recognition system and dual lens cameras could be the main reason for the higher price point. However, it’s a shame that the phone does not feature an in-display fingerprint sensor like the Vivo X20 Plus UD.

If it did, then I think it would have definitely been worth the few extra bucks.

Based on recent leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S9 features a generally similar body style with slightly more processing power, dual lens cameras on the S9 Plus model, as well as potential facial and iris unlocking technology. Both phones will be officially launched on February 25th, with devices becoming available at retail outlets from March 16th.

Increased flagship prices definitely seem to be the norm now, given that newer models are selling slightly slower than their predecessors did. Even with that in mind, brands like Samsung and Apple have still managed to make even more money because of the constant price bump year over year.

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