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Price tags leaked for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

The price tag leaks came from "mobile reporter" Evan Blass. (Source: Forbes)
The price tag leaks came from "mobile reporter" Evan Blass. (Source: Forbes)
As Samsung has been shipping over 70 million smartphone units each year for the last two years, it certainly seems likely the South Korean company is not short of loyal fans. But will these loyal fans be willing to shell out on the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships when they discover the astronomical price tags? According to a new leak, expect to fork out €841 (~US$1037) for a brand-new Galaxy S9, while the Galaxy S9+ will cost €997 (~US$1229).

It is not entirely surprising that a manufacturer like Samsung is confident that Galaxy-lovers will be willing to spend large sums of money to own the company's new flagship products, considering the device line's prestige. However, leaked figures of €841 for the S9 and €997 for the S9+ are enough to make any smartphone enthusiast think carefully before paying the price.

Estimated prices for the US market have been put forward: Around US$850 for the S9 and US$950 for the larger "+" version. Keep in mind these figures have been touted for the basic configurations, so if Samsung releases handsets with additional storage options then the prices will increase accordingly. Notebookcheck reported the same US prices for the new devices a couple of weeks ago.

Samsung should be revealing the new flagship devices at MWC 2018 during the company's Unpacked event. The Galaxy S9 is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 and feature a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 3000 mAh battery. The slightly larger S9+ should offer a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display and a 3500 mAh battery. Camera improvements include the ability to use a variable aperture feature, allowing the camera to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4. An option to shoot super slow-motion videos is also expected.

It will be vital for Samsung to make sure the new flagship devices offer a wide variety of functions using the best components to justify such high prices. Prices of €841 and €997 (~US$1037 and ~US$1229 at the latest exchange rate) will be unsustainable if the Galaxy S9 and S9+ fail to shine.

Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: @evleaks)
Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: @evleaks)
Samsung Galaxy S9+. (Source: @evleaks)
Samsung Galaxy S9+. (Source: @evleaks)


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-02-22 (Update: 2018-04-19)