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Yup, the Galaxy S9 will be more expensive than the Galaxy S8

Published Feb 19th, 2018 12:13PM EST
Galaxy S9 vs. Galaxy S8
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In less than a week, we’ll know exactly how much Samsung plans to charge for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones. They may be almost identical to last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on the outside, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be as affordable as last year’s flagships.

A recent wave of reports claimed the phones will be £100 more expensive than their predecessors in the UK, which would likely equate to a price increase of €100 in Europe and $100 in the US. A new leak seems to further confirm that scenario.

The same man who brought us today’s massive Galaxy S9 leak, WinFuture’s Roland Quandt, posted Galaxy S9 pricing details for Norway on Twitter:

The 64GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ should retail for 8,790 NOK and 9,790 NOK, respectively, which translates to $1,130 and $1,258. We’re looking at price increases of 1,200/1,300 NOK, or $154 and $167 compared to last year.

However, Quandt also notes that Norwegian prices are typically higher than the rest of Europe, which are of course higher than US prices. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launched at $750 and $850 in the US, respectively.

In his report on WinFuture, Quandt noted that the prices from Scandinavia suggest the Galaxy S9 phones could cost €100 more in Europe than their 2017 equivalents. Quandt said in the same report that the phones may be made available to preorder on February 25th, right after Samsung’s Unpacked press conference, and the handsets should ship to consumers two weeks later, on March 8th.

Earlier reports from Korea said the handset will be available to order online on March 1st, and in stores on March 16th.

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 brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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