Just two months after the unveiling of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung is will now offer more internal storage options to its U.S.-based customers.
When the S9 and S9+ launched in the United States, customers were limited to the 64GB model if they purchased it through Samsung.com or via any other U.S. carrier. International customers on the other hand had the option of buying the 128GB variant.
Samsung has now expanded its U.S.-based offering by adding 128GB and 256GB options for both models. These new additions go on pre-order from May 1st through the Samsung.com store ONLY. The devices should start shipping by May 18th (the same day as general availability via the online store).
Besides the upgraded internal storage option, the phone’s other features remain unchanged.
This obviously comes as a huge blow for present S9 and S9+ owners in the U.S. as they felt that they could have waited just a month longer for the option to pick up a higher capacity model. Even though both models have the ability to use expandable microSD cards with storage up to 400GB, the experience is never the same as being able to seamlessly store apps and content on the same partition.
Having a sizable amount of internal storage comes in handy if you plan to install a lot of apps that may not be fully exportable to the expandable SD card.
Both 64GB models will maintain their same launch day prices, but the 128GB and 256GB models will see a respective $50 incremental price bumps (much better than Apple’s $100 step up). The pricing is as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB – $719.99
- Samsung Galaxy S9 128GB – $769.99
- Samsung Galaxy S9 256GB – $819.99
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB – $839.99
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ 128GB – $889.99
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ 256GB – $939.99
Those pre-ordering between May 1st-17th have the option of receiving a free pair Gear IconX wireless earbuds or purchasing the Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch for just $99 (versus the normal price of $349.99).