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One of the Galaxy S10 and iPhone XS’s top rivals might be priced out of contention

Published Feb 11th, 2019 7:31AM EST
LG G8 vs. Galaxy S10

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Ever since the iPhone X arrived, we’ve come to expect all new flagship handsets to cost more than they used to. That’s because Apple introduced the $1,000 premium phone, and everyone in the business followed. The new wave of Android devices will also be pretty expensive, and a brand new leak indicates the same goes for the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ.

A few days ago, LG confirmed that the G8 will feature front-facing camera technology capable of measuring depth. In other words, the phone will support 3D face recognition just like all the iPhones that followed the iPhone X. LG also teased a few days ago that the G8 will deliver support for gesture-based navigation, which should replace traditional touches, at least for some features. It’s likely that the same 3D camera will be responsible for recognizing gestures and translating them into actions on the screen. Finally, a leak said that an upcoming LG phone would have a secondary display, with the G8 being the obvious suspect.

Thus, the G8 will have more advanced features than any of its predecessors, which would warrant a higher entry price.

A Redditor from Canada posted an image showing the price for the 128GB Galaxy S8 version, as found in the system of an unnamed Canadian retailer. The phone will cost CAD 1,199.99 ($904), according to this listing, and the Redditor said the US would likely get a $900-ish price. If the price is accurate, the phone will still be cheaper than the $999 iPhone XS, but $900 is still plenty of money.

The Galaxy S10, which launches in a few days, is also expected to be slightly cheaper than the iPhone. Here’s what the latest leak said about purported Galaxy S10 pricing for Europe:

  • Galaxy S10 Lite 6GB RAM / 128GB storage, in Canary Yellow, Prism Black, Green, White: €749 ($859)
  • Galaxy S10 6GB RAM / 128GB storage, in Black, Green, White, Blue: €899 ($1,031)
  • Galaxy S10 8GB RAM / 512GB storage, in Black, Green, White, Blue: €1,149 ($1,318)
  • Galaxy S10+ 6GB RAM / 128GB storage, in Black, Green, White, Blue: €999 ($1,146)
  • Galaxy S10+ 8GB RAM / 512GB storage, in Black, Green, White, Blue: €1,249 ($1,432)
  • Galaxy S10+ 12GB RAM / 1TB storage, in Ceramic Black, Ceramic White: €1,499 ($1,719)

The regular Galaxy S10, priced at €899 in the list above, would likely be the direct competitor to the LG G8 when it comes to prices.

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.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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