It's official: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is really expensive
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The sales process of the latest Samsung flagship, the Galaxy Note 9, has reached the pre-order stage. The leaks that surrounded this device indicated that the phone would come with a high price-tag, and it seems they were right.
Even on Samsung's own website, the base model (which comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB in fixed storage) is going for $999 in the United States. The Note 9 has a second SKU, however: an 8GB/512GB variant. This is priced at US$1,249 on the same site. However, it comes with some extras (for now). US customers who are pre-ordering the device can add a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones or the exclusive Fortnite skin to their carts for free (as of August 10, 2018, at least). The Fortnite skin also comes with 15,000 V-bucks for the game.
These prices seem comparable to those of the iPhone X (on the Apple website, at least). On the other hand, US$999 buys you a 64GB iPhone variant, whereas the basic Note 9 comes with double this storage. In addition, although the other Samsung SKU is US$250 more, the nearest iPhone X analog comes with only 256GB for US$150 more than its corresponding base model.
However, it is up to new customers to decide whether this pricing scheme is fair or not. In addition, others may have carrier plans to contend with, which may change the total price of a new Note 9 somewhat.
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