Following his superb expose of the Galaxy S8 earlier this year (a 25 point nailed on smash), WinFuture’s Ronald Quandt is back pointing out Samsung has found a way both enlarge the massive 6.2-inch Galaxy Note 8, which will, in turn, push its price well beyond on expected $1,100 asking price.
What Quandt has found is a listing for an extreme version of the Galaxy Note 8, which some are dubbing the ‘Emperor Edition’. This will quadruple the 64GB of native storage on the standard version of the Galaxy Note 8.
How much will this cost? Right now there is no figure but to put it in context: the limited edition 128GB Galaxy S8 Plus which Samsung released in June saw the $850 asking price jump to almost $1100 (70,900.00Rs). So quadrupling the storage on the Galaxy Note 8 is going to result in an eye watering price tag.
That said, it is unlikely Europe or the US will get a chance to complain about the cost of the Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition because right now its launch is expected to be limited to Asia (and possibly India as the 128GB Galaxy S8 was released there). Grey imports will inevitably be available but expect them to further markup the official price.
In fact, the only thing which may keep the price of Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition down is it will not increase the smartphone’s RAM from the standard 6GB to 8GB. The 128GB edition of the Galaxy S8 increased its RAM from 4GB to 6GB, but Samsung has clearly decided 6GB is enough for now.
Of course what strikes me as odd with all these Samsung special editions is they aren’t standard. Samsung is a solid state memory manufacturer and supplies many of the 256GB modules used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus top tiers. So why not equip its own phones with more than a single 64GB storage tier?
Yes, I realize there’s microSD, but external memory isn’t as fast or convenient as native memory and – for those who can afford to pay more – Samsung has removed the option of a highly profitable premium tier in two huge markets.
And until Samsung does this Apple will continue to dominate the high capacity end of the smartphone market. Following the iPad Pro’s move to 512GB could the iPhone 8 even join it? Personally, I doubt it because that is another premium model whose price tag is already high enough…
So Samsung is clearly looking to hoover up some late custom before it launches and kills off demand for the S8 and S8+. So now is a good time to buy a Samsung S8 or S8+, especially if you’re happy with the 64GB model, which seems to be the main focus of these discounts.
For the simple life, if you want $150 off, just head over to Amazon.com where you can get the phone unlocked for $574.99 or the S8+ for $100 more at $674.99. This only applies to the midnight black model though, there doesn’t seem to be a discount on the other colours, and this is the US model, not the “international” edition.
Best Buy has the phone for $150 off unlocked too, and you can choose which colour you want, either Midnight Black or Coral Blue, both are the same $574.99 you’ll find on Amazon. Best Buy has some additional savings if you’re connecting to a network. Save $300 on Verizon, $400 on Sprint with new lines, or $350 on upgrades. AT&T is doing buy one, get one free if you’re a DirecTV customer and are activating one new line.
Over at Samsung.com there are some good options too. You can get the same $150 off as at Amazon and Best Buy for an unlocked phone. You can also get another $150 off if you are trading in a handset, those qualifying are: Galaxy Note 5, S5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S7, S7 edge. The Apple iPhone SE, 5, 5S, 6/6 plus, 6S/6S plus or 7/7 plus.
LG trade-ins are available on the LG G4, G5, G6 and Google’s Pixel/Pixel XL. The majority of those phones would be worth more on eBay than the $150 trade-in, but let’s be honest, a trade-in is a lot easier and less hassle.
The price for the S8 on Samsung.com also drops to $450 (or close to it, some operators vary by a few dollars) when you take it with a contract. But with it costing just $424.99 unlocked, it’s hard to beat that deal when you factor in the extra costs of a new contract.
The S8 is a terrific phone, I’d have no hesitation in recommending it. I think the S8 is a nicer size than the S8+ and for most people, I think the smaller device is the better phone. Of course, when the Note 8 launches shortly we might see a new killer device, but no matter how good it is you’ll be in safe hands with the S8.
Anyway Samsung Electronics on Wednesday won a class-action case which saw approximately 1,900 owners of the Galaxy Note 7 sue the company for 935 million won — around $822,000 — over various inconveniences they claimed to have experienced due to the recall of the 2016 phablet.
The lawsuit was filed in Samsung’s home country in October and the Seoul Central District Court now ruled that any inconveniences caused by the recall weren’t unacceptable to a degree that they’d warrant such significant compensation, especially in light of the fact that the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) organized an extended recall period and gave its customers plenty of opportunities to return their possibly dangerous devices when it best suited them, receive a full refund, and in most cases even keep the accessories they got with the handset as part of several promotions.
Regardless of the last year’s problems, the Galaxy Note 8 is projected to be a massive commercial hit in many of Samsung’s key markets. The successor to the discontinued flagship will be officially unveiled on August 23 and is expected to go on sale in South Korea on September 15.