Recent reports have revealed Samsung is planning to match Apple’s planned price rise which means the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 will both cost upwards of $1000. Like previous years, the pricing information has been obtained from Eastern European retailers, in this instance Ukraine’s Hryvnia.
According to a report by SamMobile (screen grab below), a database leak has revealed the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and the Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will retail at starting prices of $950 and $1,050 respectively after a currency conversion.
The catch here is that electronics have different costs in different countries, but even factoring this equation the 2017 models carry a circa $100 premium over last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
For users who are prepared to pay this astronomical premium, the listing also reveals Samsung’s initial Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus colour options. Black, Gold or Orchid Gray will be the finishes available, though Samsung usually offers more finishes a few months after launch.
For those feeling frustrated, it should be noted that 2017 won’t be a year of incremental upgrades like the last year. The iPhone 8 is touted to sport an entirely new design, and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have massive 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays while being no larger than the previously released S7 and S7 Edge.