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[Poll Results!] Would you pay more for Samsung’s experimental/research devices?

Samsung is gigantic, to say the least, and it also happens to be one of the most innovative corporations. For the last few years, though, Samsung has playing it safe when it comes to launching game-changing products before the market is ready for them. It’s great for the average consumer that the company is focusing on making things work right instead of being the first out the gate with a new product, but it’s not so good for the die-hard fans.

Early access to Samsung’s “innovative” hardware: Yay or nay?

Here at SamMobile, we’ve been wondering: Would you pay more to be able to get your hands on experimental hardware from Samsung? Take the first real foldable device, for example, which Samsung has been working on for a few years and has managed to keep a secret for a long time. We think an online-only “innovators” line (or something like that) from the company would be nice to see, if only for its most ardent fans who would help test the waters and act as beta testers for the final product.

How awesome would it be to be among the first few with brand new tech in your hands, even if that technology may never go mainstream and may cost too high? We remember when we had the chance to test the Galaxy Round all those years ago; that felt great, and we all know how the Galaxy Note Edge acted as the precursor to the curved Edge variants of the Galaxy S line that ultimately replaced flat-screen variants of the company’s flagships.

Well, do let us know what you think by casting a vote in the poll and by getting a discussion going in the comments!

Results: As expected, those who voted in favor of experimental devices were in a minority, but many say they’d be okay with such a device if the price was okay. Again, there may not be many takers, but it would certainly make the geeks happy and allow Samsung to better test such devices before a general market release. Alas, it looks implausible, but one can hope, right?

Would you pay more for Samsung’s experimental/research devices?

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    tim54
    tim54

    So I would pay more for a product with all its bugs, help Samsung sort them out, then the general public would buy the finished, bug free device for less? Um… No.

    n900mixalot
    n900mixalot

    More than we already do?!! Lol. Hilarious.

    The Note Edge was what, $599? The standard base model Galaxy Note 8 was $950 at release, at suggested retail pricing.

    What a joke.

    WladoW
    WladoW

    i don’t need to own experimental devices but would be nice if they use YouTube’s like MKBHD… as their testers, or reviewers of this ,,experimental” devices. It would be nice videos 🙂

    fcaroll
    fcaroll

    Suggestions for the next experimental device: removable back and removable battery (so you can save money on the glass at the back XD)

    o0MHJ0o
    o0MHJ0o

    and see their sales and profit drop – you clearly do not remember the sales figures of the S3, S4 and S5 – they stuck to plastic and removable batteries way after the competition had moved on.
    Just like they are doing with the headphone jack, though thankfully, people still require a headphone jack because their is no alternative/better technology for it.

    fcaroll
    fcaroll

    They should develop a new way to build phones and implement it in an elegant way, everyone would appreciate it (ask iphone users now for example)

    martindale
    martindale

    What I see as experimentation is things like the original Galaxy Note. Not just the stylus; remember the thing was huge by contemporary standards, and was a high risk launch. It was widely mocked at first, “who’s going to be seen holding a thing like that to their ear,” etc. Until they realised that making phone calls is the least part of what we use a mobile for, and even then, who cares? Meanwhile, of course, a big screen makes sense for everything else. And now the original Note looks small. Since then I have not noticed Samsung show the… Read more »

    o0MHJ0o
    o0MHJ0o

    They released the Galaxy K Zoom the following year. literally a digital camera attached to the back of the phone. and before then they had the Samsung Beam, and they are still making clamshell phones with wireless charging and Samsung Pay. there is only so much you can do with a handheld screen that is supposed to fit in your pocket. can’t go making pyramid shaped phones, or spherical ones. bare in mind also, they have spent years in development of their foldable smartphone. I think that will be the next big thing from them. RED are supposed to be… Read more »

    Lucidfer
    Lucidfer

    Experimental device that are not utilitarian should cost less that a finished device. This is the huge mistake Apple made with the iPhone X, this is an unfinished ugly product with unacceptable screen fragility and cost. Only Xiami did it well with the MiMix which was an experimental but finished product.

    naranova7
    naranova7

    Experimental devices are cool to play with and discover but given how Samsung treats even some of its finished products in terms of features and updates, I really wouldn’t want to play with a shiny expensive piece of tech and throw it away after a few months.

    Biransahin
    Biransahin

    I wouldn’t. Most people probably wouldn’t. Look at iPhone X, Apples first experimental new form factor. The notch, a horrible design decision coupled with a Face ID system a family member can unlock and the lacklustre sales of the device proves that getting things half right doesn’t work.