The Samsung Galaxy S9 price has been leaked again, further cementing concerns that the company's next flagship smartphone may be too expensive for some Samsung fans.
Higher prices for the Galaxy S9 is not surprising, especially with Apple's decision to attach a $1,000 price tag to the iPhone X. However, has Samsung made the Galaxy S9 too expensive?
Samsung Galaxy S9 Price Leaked Again
One of the world's most reliable leakers of tech information, Evan Blass, tweeted the prices of the Galaxy S9 in Europe. The Galaxy S9, according to Blass, will be sold for €847, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will be sold for €997. The prices are equivalent to about $1,044 for the Galaxy S9 and about $1,220 for the Galaxy S9 Plus.
The prices coincide with the Samsung Galaxy S9 price leak earlier this week from another renowned tipster, Roland Quandt, who said that the 64 GB models of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be sold in Norway for 8,790 NOK and 9,790 NOK, respectively, or about $1,131 and $1,259.
However, the equivalent U.S. dollar prices of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will likely not be the selling price of the smartphones in the United States. This is because prices in Europe always include sales tax, and smartphones are usually more expensive there.
Given the rumored European prices, the speculation among several reports is that the base model of the Galaxy S9 will be sold in the United States for $799 to $849, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will be sold for $899 to $999.
Is The Samsung Galaxy S9 Too Expensive?
Samsung fans will likely want to buy the 256 GB Galaxy S9 Plus, a purchase that will likely cost over $1,000. Compared to the Apple iPhone X, the pricing is similar, and Samsung will hope that the four-figure price tags will make the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus look like legitimate challengers to the iPhone X.
However, it should be noted that Apple launched the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus alongside the iPhone X. These allowed customers who wanted to upgrade their iPhones but found the iPhone X too expensive to go with the iPhone 8, which has a starting price of $699.
No such option will exist for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, which would force Samsung fans to cough up extra cash to grab the next models in the Galaxy line. There is a chance that customers would find the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus too expensive, and possibly switch to the iPhone 8 or another Android smartphone brand.
We will know the official Galaxy S9 price soon at the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked Event on Feb. 25.