These leaked Galaxy S9 and S9+ prices are high, but there’s no need to panic
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Even as we count the remaining hours rather than the days left to Samsung’s MWC 2018 attention-hogging Galaxy S9 announcement, inside information continues to be disclosed without official authorization, painting a not-very-pretty pricing picture.
Namely, according to images presumably obtained from some kind of a sanctioned European seller, the “regular” Samsung Galaxy S9 is slated to fetch €821, with the larger, more powerful and technologically advanced variant likely to command a starting price of €997.
That’s certainly expensive, translating to over $1,030 and a whopping $1,225 respectively, although US conversion rates for high-end smartphones are never so simple and unreasonable.
It's worth mentioning that direct currency conversions are /never/ accurate when it comes to phone pricing. For instance, a Galaxy S8 that costs ~800 euros directly from Samsung goes for $725 in the US.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 23, 2018
Instead, it’s probably safe to assume the smaller Galaxy S9, with its single rear-facing camera and 4GB RAM, will officially cost no more than $800 stateside. The US MSRP of the S9 Plus is a little harder to guess, but something tells us it might (narrowly) undercut the $999 iPhone X starting price.
Samsung is typically far more generous than Apple with early adopters of its hot new flagship handsets, with a number of launch deals, special offers and freebies likely to make the Galaxy S9 purchase sting a little less. Could that be the only surprise the chaebol still has hidden up its sleeve ahead of Sunday’s Unpacked celebrations?