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Trying to buy China’s extra-powerful Galaxy S8 will make you broke

Published Apr 4th, 2017 7:06PM EDT
Galaxy S8 Price 6GB of RAM
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

The Galaxy S8 is the talk of the town right now, and you can already preorder it from a variety of retailers and carriers. It doesn’t matter whether you choose the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, as you’ll get exactly the same set of specs. However, we learned last week that the best Galaxy S8 or S8+ version isn’t even going to be available in the US, or any other international market. Only China-bound Galaxy S8 models will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you hated that news, then you should know it gets even worse.

The beefed up Chinese Galaxy S8 version will be significantly more expensive than the US version. According to ETNews, a Galaxy S8 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will cost you more than $1,000. Buyers looking to preorder a 6GB Galaxy S8+ model in China will be treated to a free Samsung DeX dock, whose retail price is $150.

If you were planning to somehow purchase the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ from China, you’d have to adjust your budget accordingly. It’s unclear at this time whether this special Galaxy S8 version will launch in other markets in the future.

In the US, the cheapest Galaxy S8 that you can buy right now costs up to $720 to $750, but Best Buy has a great deal that will help you save $50 on top of all the other promotions. For that price, you get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Regardless of model or region, you also get a microSD port which can take cards of up to 256GB of storage.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.