Following number of leaks which largely confirmed the Galaxy Note 8 will miss out on a game changing (and iPhone 8 matching) in-screen fingerprint reader, is new information that the phone will be even more expensive than originally thought…
Quoting an unnamed Samsung Electronics official, Korean site Osen says it has learned retail pricing for the entry level 64GB Galaxy Note 8 will start from as high as $1,100. This is $250 more than a 64GB Galaxy S8 Plus and $130 more than a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus.
Osen says Samsung will also introduce a 128GB Galaxy Note 8 which, presumably, is going to be even more expensive.
Osen states that price increases for certain components are behind the (significant) price rise, though it stopped short of naming specific parts. Interestingly while the iPhone 8 will also be the most expensive iPhone ever made, much of its cost increase has been tied to the integration of Touch ID into the display – something the Galaxy Note 8 will miss out on.
But there are some crumbs of comfort.
Osen confirms, despite the introduction of a larger 128GB storage tier, the Galaxy Note 8 will still support expandable microSD. Furthermore the Galaxy Note 8 will still launch in August (26th to be exact), the same month as its ill fated predecessor. This means no generational delay and retaining the slight lead it has over Apple’s traditional September launch date for new iPhones.
It is also worth pointing out the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be Samsung’s first premium dual camera smartphone, it will have 6GB of RAM (50% more than the Galaxy S8), a massive 6.3-inch Infinity Display and top of range Snapdragon and Exynos chipsets (depending on where you live).
Whether this is enough to challenge Apple’s redesigned iPhone 8 or reduce the momentum of Google with upcoming supersized Pixel 2 remains to be seen. But with such a high price tag, simply not exploding would be a good start…
Samsung salvages Galaxy Note 7 parts for new phone
Samsung is releasing a new phone using parts from its Galaxy Note 7, which was axed after a battery fault led to some devices catching fire.
The firm said the Note Fan Edition would “minimise the environmental impact” of its high-profile flop.
The handset will go on sale only in South Korea on 7 July, with a safer, smaller battery, the firm added.
Samsung stopped production on its iPhone rival late last year after an earlier botched recall and re-release.
About 2.5 million handsets have since been recalled. The new phone features components from those recalled devices, as well as unused parts Samsung has in stock.
Environmentalists had been putting pressure on the firm to reuse Galaxy Note 7 components to reduce the amount of so-called e-waste.
It is thought about 400,000 handsets will be made available from Friday. It will be priced about 30% cheaper than the Galaxy Note 7 at around 700,00 Korean won ($615; £472 ).
The devices will be fitted with 3,200 mAh batteries that Samsung says have passed strict safety tests. The Note 7 used 3,500 mAh batteries.