The duo of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are undoubtedly the most anticipated flagship device from the Samsung brand. The Samsung Company will unveil the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in less than three weeks from now, which is February 25th precisely, in a press conference in Barcelona, Spain. The devices will, however, become available for pre-order on March 1st and they will be launched on March 16th, if we are to go by recent reports.
The new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ designs should look almost identical to last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, with some vital design differences. Aside the impressive photo and video quality due to the rumoured camera upgrade, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will feature other changes such as next-generation processors which help increase performance and battery life. Although the front side of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are due to look like the S8 and S8+, there are claims that the back will come with some design differences, with the fingerprint sensor now located and repositioned beneath the camera on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to be either powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC (for China and The US), or a Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC (other international markets, with India inclusive). The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ will likely come with a 4gb of ROM and 6GB of ROM respectively.
A report claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be costlier than the Galaxy S8, but price increase might not be so substantial, so buyers should still expect it to cost more than its counterpart.
However, reports from the UK, recent claims that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will make a grand entry with the cost to be £100 more than its Galaxy S8 predecessor did at launch, which would be a substantial price boost. This boost was rumoured to be as a result of the new pricing system of their competitor brand, Apple, with the cost of iPhone X at $999 (about Rs. 64,100) as a major factor.
This bump in price, although not confirmed, could also be as a result of a notable camera upgrade, which has been forestalled. These two hunches floating around that seem quite credible, could possibly make these claims true. First, Samsung had an issue in the manufacturing of their new design, which had a screen-to-body ratio of over 90%. Secondly, Samsung felt its huge camera upgrades in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ were so important in bringing about great sales, that they decided to delay its big redesign by a year.
The report says the Samsung Galaxy S9 will probably be sold at £789 in the UK (about Rs. 70,700), and $850 in the US (about Rs. 54,500). The Samsung Galaxy S9+ might have a cost price of $950 in the Us (about Rs. 60,900). This could make the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to be the costliest smartphones ever in the Galaxy S series.
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