The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be the most expensive duo in the history of the Galaxy S line. The sources cited by ETNews said Samsung is likely to increase the starting price of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus by up to ten percent compared to the introductory pricing attached to the Galaxy S8 lineup.
The two phones will be available on all three major carriers in Korea, but “although the domestic price of the Galaxy S9 will increase, it will be decided at a level where consumers do not feel burdened,” divulged a source from inside one of those carriers.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to start between 950,000 to 999,000 won, i.e. $890 to $935, or up to $60 more than the Galaxy S8. The exact price range of the Galaxy S9 Plus wasn’t disclosed but the device is also said to be treated to a comparable price hike.
The Galaxy S8 started at $750 in the US, with its successor hence being likely to retail for around $800 in the country. The sources said Samsung isn’t planning a major price hike so as to avoid “burdening” consumers looking to upgrade their handsets soon after the Galaxy S9 lineup is launched.
A senior official of Lee Myung-bak said, “We decided to make a reservation sale with Samsung Electronics for 7 days from March 2-8,” he said.
Samsung already confirmed the Galaxy S9 lineup will be officially announced in the run-up to the 2018 edition of the Mobile World Congress on February 25th. After that, Samsung will accept pre-orders for seven days in Korea.