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Galaxy S9 pre-orders open March 2 in South Korea, priced higher than Galaxy S8

We already know that Samsung is going to unveil the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ on February 25 in Barcelona. The company will reveal the pricing and availability details of its new flagship at the event. A new report out of South Korea possibly reveals when Samsung will open Galaxy S9 pre-orders in its home country. It also mentions that the Galaxy S9 will be priced higher than the Galaxy S8.

Galaxy S9 pre-orders

According to a new report out of South Korea, the Galaxy S9 pre-orders will start on March 2 in Samsung’s home market. All three major carriers in the country are said to offer the device. The Galaxy S9 pre-orders will reportedly be live for one week from March 2-8.

The report also mentions that the Galaxy S9 is going to be slightly more expensive than its predecessor. Samsung sold the 64GB Galaxy S8 for 935,000 won or $875 in South Korea and it’s now expected to charge between 950,000 won and 990,000 won or $890-$930 for the Galaxy S9.

As we know what to expect from the Galaxy S9, it’s not surprising to hear that it’s going to cost a bit more than its predecessor. It was never believed that the new flagship might cost the same as the Galaxy S8.

If the information in this report is accurate then Samsung will open Galaxy S9 pre-orders a week after the handset is unveiled at MWC 2018. It started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 the very next day after unveiling it on March 29. Some reports have suggested that Samsung will stick to the script for the Galaxy S9 as well.

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VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

This is a joke, a bad one too. This trend with phones getting more expensive needs to end, like right now. I hope S9 flops or gets poor sales so Samsung wakes up from their wanna-be-Apple dream and they can return to their normal price tags that actually make sense.

ace123456
ace123456

The real problem on new – old galaxy s9 is not the camera , the real problem is the battery that is not bigger than s8 , same capacity and the power of the new processor it is a bad joke…in real using it is same time like s8 , so why buy a new expensive phone , for a new camera that is not better on the market or a the new procesor that are not so good like predecessor ??? even so, samsung is cheating on this new release, buy a new phone priced higher than predecesor only… Read more »

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Confused why it’s going to be more expensive, the design has stayed the same and looks like they can reuse a lot of the s8 production line with minor tweeks, the battery is same, the 4gb ram will stay the same so that shouldn’t increase the cost and same for the 64gb internal storage. Additionally the front camera sounds like it’s the same as the s8 8mb auto focus, expectations are that there will be a lot of reuse such as the USB c port, headphone jack, speakers and recievers. One would think that price should come down with the… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

“Camera reimagined”… I am expecting the cameras, both front and back to be a massive step up from previous generation. including a big MP step up. maybe something as far as a 16MP front and 24MP dual pixel rear camera. I will be shocked too if they have increased the price for something as measly as a couple of new camera features. I also think that they will both have 6GB RAM as Bixby needs that extra RAM. Either way, the S9+ will be the price to watch out for, I will be annoyed if it breaks the £1000 mark… Read more »

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The leaks are stating 8mp for front and 12 at back camera respectively.

I think most would be happy if both has 6gb ram but as per leaks from different sources it’s not looking to be the case.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

One can only hope, they are rumours and not secrets

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Just be prepared to be disappointed

superf
superf

Because Sammy became the new Apple. Because Galaxy fans continue to buy no matter what.

Martin R.
Martin R.

It will have the single lens camera yes, but with a variable aperture. The second phone sport such camera tech.
You’ll get the new SOC aswell and you’ll get stereo speakers.

Any idea what R&D cost?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

If you take into perspective of building a new phone, area where need to spend money for design, build test and overall production line changes/setup: 1-External shell and screen 2-cpu and motherbaord 3-memory internal and ram 4-camera front and back 5-battery 6-speakers and recievers 7-other (head phone jack, led lights, flash, heart rate monitor, etc…) If the phone is a complete new design then it would be expected that there will be big funding for all areas thus high costs. For the s9 it looks like the major costs of changes for the s9 is points 2 and I would… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I’d like to think this is true, but the external shell will be very different from the S8 – the dimensions may be the same but as we know the camera, FPS, flash and HR sensor are all in different places, even if it is only a slight difference, it which means a whole new production line. Even the front panel – the Note8 has a better screen than the S8s – something that I found hard to believe until Netflix refused to release HDR content on the latter. So the S9s will still be getting new and improved front… Read more »

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

This comment shows that you’ve been around for a very long time. I remember when we used to argue about the cost of R&D as a justification for the things Samsung does way back in 2009. LOL. But now, that really doesn’t factor in quite as much, especially since Samsung’s economy of scale is absolutely massive. They recover their R&D spending many times over. Also telling is the fact that they move so many phones as part of a constant stream of “buy one get one free” deals. They have to make up for that cost somewhere. What’s more likely… Read more »

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

As long as people keep buying, prices will continue to climb. Why wouldn’t they?