Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ May Skip 6GB/128GB Variant to Keep the Phones’ Prices Down

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Many people are looking forward to revolutionary Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets to be announced at the end of this month, however, the same people will not be happy if the prices of the phones will be super high.

There have been rumors that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be priced at about $799 and $899 respectively, but as noted, these are just rumors. Samsung has remained silent on the pricing aspect of the phone, but with the many changes that are being touted for the two phones, be ready to meet the most expensive Samsung Galaxy S series yet.

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were priced at about $670 and $770, respectively. But looking at the aforementioned prices, we are facing possibilities of a price increment of more than $100 in each case. There’s no doubt that this will not be taken well by many Sammy lovers out there, especially after what happened to the Galaxy Note 7 and the level of skepticism some have developed over the course due to the issue.

We already know what to expect from Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in terms of specs. The phones will come with QHD+ AMOLED screens with beautifully curved designs, but the S8 will have a 5.8-inch screen while the S8+ will feature a 6.2-inch panel. The huge screens are as a result of the slim bezels on the top and bottom and no bezels at all on the sides. The space that was occupied by the physical home button and fingerprint scanner has also been converted into display space, hence the increased screen sizes.

Under the hood, both phones will have the same specs – a Snapdragon 835 SoC/Exynos 8895 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. While there has been talk of a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant for either model, this talk is reportedly being quashed away on pricing grounds. Apparently, the South Korean company is against the introduction of a high-end variant as it aims to keep the prices of the phones down.

As noted earlier, the pricing details of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are still unclear. But with talk of $799 and $899 for the entry-level S8 and S8+, a 6GB/128GB variant of each model could demand an extra $100 or possibly more, considering that a jump from a 4GB/128GB package – without a change in RAM – usually ups the price by the said $100.

Even though Samsung Korea is against the 6GB/128GB combination, reports from China claim that the country’s Samsung branch is ready to come in with this package so as to compete on equal grounds with other players in the Chinese market. Here, we already have devices powered by 6GB and even 8GB RAM, something that Samsung China wants to be part of, but this could mean the Galaxy S8 is priced at over $900.

Only time will tell what happens – and it won’t be long. Samsung will launch the S8 and S8+ on March 29, which is when we’ll know the exact details of the phones’ specs and prices for different markets across the globe.

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