36 percent of Galaxy S8 owners don’t feel like upgrading to the Galaxy S9

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Last updated: March 27th, 2018 at 14:16 UTC+02:00

We recently conducted a poll asking our readers who decided not to purchase the Galaxy S9 their reasons for not upgrading their handset. There have already been a couple of reports about the Galaxy S9 proving to be a tough sell as some customers, particularly those in Samsung’s home country of South Korea, aren’t that enthusiastic about the new flagship.

The results of our poll revealed that 36 percent of Galaxy S8 owners feel that it doesn’t make sense for them to upgrade from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy S9. Some of them based that decision on the fact that it’s not much of an upgrade over the Galaxy S8 in terms of battery life and design.

The upgrade just doesn’t make sense to some customers

The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ offer more powerful internals but those gains are expected from generational upgrades. For example, the Snapdragon 845 was already expected to be better than the Snapdragon 835 well before its technical specifications were officially announced. That certainly doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S8 is a slouch and the power that it offers is more than enough for the average user.

It doesn’t help that the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S9 are almost identical in terms of design. Sure, the latter has kicked things up a notch in the camera department but that’s not enough for some to justify the cost of purchasing a new flagship. 17 percent of the respondents said that they feel the Galaxy S9 is too expensive. The new software features like AR Emoji and Super Slow-motion video are novelties that may not drive a lot of people to buy the Galaxy S9.

20 percent of those who took part in our poll said that they would rather wait for the 10th anniversary flagship that Samsung is due to launch next year. That’s something that we’ll see quite a few Samsung fans doing as the company’s next flagship is expected to be more of a revolutionary upgrade.

Do you agree with the opinions of those who have decided to skip this flagship? Let us know in the comments below.

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