Rumoured pricing sees 25%-30% increases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as fake Geekbench listing fools people; Galaxy Z Fold 2 likely to cost over US$2,000
Samsung has already "leaked" the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, offering a glimpse of what the company will launch next month. However, now Techmaniacs claims to have received information about the prices of the device and its smaller siblings. Citing a "very reliable source", Techmaniacs reports that Galaxy Note 20 will start at €1,249, which would put the Galaxy Note 20 series at a significantly higher entry-price than the €999 entry-level Galaxy Note 10.
Additionally, Techmaniacs claims that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 20 Plus or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for €1,499. Again, this would make the device significantly more expensive than the Galaxy S20 Ultra or Galaxy Note 10+. These prices are unlikely to reflect wider Eurozone prices for the Galaxy Note 20 series. As Phonearena points out, Greece has a higher value-added tax (VAT) rate than most other European countries, so the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should cost €1,199 and €1,449 in the rest of the Eurozone give or take €10.
We cannot merely convert these supposed Greek prices into US$ either. However, a retail price of €1,499 in Greece for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra would represent a 30% uplift on the price of the Galaxy Note 10. Similarly, a launch price of €1,249 would make the Galaxy Note 20 around 25% more expensive than the Galaxy Note 10. Applying those increases to the MSRP of the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in the US would result in astronomical prices.
Techmaniacs also states that the launch price of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the apparent name on which Samsung has settled for the Fold 2, will be €2,199 in Greece. This would make the Galaxy Fold 2 cheaper than the 5G version of the original model, but the device would still be prohibitively expensive for most people.
Separately, a spoofed Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Geekbench listing has fooled a few people. The listing is titled "Samsung SM-N986U", which is believed to be the codename of Samsung's upcoming flagship. If the low scores and 6 GB of RAM were not a giveaway of this being a fake, then the SoC identifier of "ARM implementer 83 architecture 8 variant 1 part 2 revision 0" is. This is the identifier for the Exynos 9810, which Samsung used in the Galaxy S9 series and the Galaxy Note 9. Max Weinbach of XDA Developers has confirmed that he created the faked listing.