While essentially every new flagship device manufactured by the likes of Samsung, Apple, LG, HTC, Sony or Huawei ups the performance ante compared to its predecessor, high-end smartphone prices have mostly stagnated for several years now.
There’s of course a very logical explanation for that, as component and assembly costs rarely surge from year to year, keeping the profit margins nice and thick as long as OEMs afford to charge their MSRPs. Even at moderate discounts, many Android powerhouses generate decent earnings, though sometimes, you need to shave as much as 50 percent off list prices to sell aging flagships.
But one thing’s certain, namely the Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC One M10 and so on and so forth will be initially valued at north of $600 apiece. More precisely, €700 as far as Samsung’s standard “next big thing” is concerned on the old continent, claim sources close to a fairly credible Dutch tech blog.
If true, that’s likely to convert to $700 stateside, whereas the S7 Edge should set you back €800 in Europe and $800 in North America respectively with 32GB internal storage. Chances are you won’t really need extra on-board digital hoarding room, as the two phones support microSD expansion, but if you want 64 gigs of local space nonetheless, expect to pay €70 or €80 more.
By no means we’d describe all that as affordable, and we can understand if you’re a little disappointed, seeing as how the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge look almost identical to the S6 and S6 Edge. But like we said, production costs don’t often rise from generation to generation, and they don’t decrease either, when processing power, camera technology, RAM and battery capacity are upgraded.