Sunday, 18 February 2018 08:45 AM
January 31, 2018 14:27 PM
Samsung, South Korean electronics giant, is planning to raise its prices when it releases the new Galaxy S9 phone, according to a new leak which revealed it will cost £35 more than its S8 model.
The new handset is set to be unveiled next month, before going on sale in March.
However, it appears that it is likely to arrive as one of the priciest handsets on the market.
The 5.8-inch S9 is expected to launch alongside the 6.2-inch S9+, a larger, more powerful handset, which will be even more expensive.
The smaller model will cost 950,000 KRW, and the larger model will cost 999,000 KRW in South Korea, according to a report in ETNews.
That is the equivalent of around £625 and £660 in the UK, and around $885 and $935 in the US.
However, the handsets do not sell for the same price in different countries, so it could be more expensive in Europe, the US and elsewhere.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 retailed at 935,000 KRW (£615) when it first came out in South Korea.
In the UK, the S8 was available for £689 when it first came out, with the S8+ priced at £779.
It is therefore likely that S9 will cost more money than its predecessor.
If, as expected, the electronics giant charges slightly more for this year's flagships, consumers will likely have to pay more than £700 for the S9, and around £800 for the S9+.
The as-yet-unannounced smart phones will launch on 25 February in Barcelona.
They’ll look almost identical to the S8 and S8+, with the most noticeable cosmetic changes being made to the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which was disastrous on last year’s models.
Almost every detail about the upcoming smartphones has already leaked, but Samsung is yet to confirm or deny any of the speculation.
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