Samsung has already revealed the launch date of its Galaxy S9 flagship smartphone, and now through a latest leak we’ve also got some idea about when its pre-orders will begin. Thanks to Korean news site ETNews we’re hearing that pre-orders of device are likely to begin in Korea by 2nd of March. If that indeed turns out to be true, pre-orders in other major markets can also be expected to begin around the same time.
The rumor, if it’s close to the ground reality, means that Samsung is not in the mood of wasting any time to start selling its first flagship of 2018. Taking the pre-orders within a week of global launch it will mean that people can expect the delivery of their units within a week. Once it has happened, the device may become available in offline markets and Samsung stores as well.
But that’s not the only interesting thing which has come out in this latest ETNews leak. The other notable detail is regarding the price of device. But before we dive into those details, there’re a few things that you should know about Samsung Galaxy S9. The device is going to be very similar to its predecessor – single lens camera, 4GB RAM, similar looks and similar price tag. There will be a few notable differences, like primary camera with variable aperture lens and Snapdragon 845 chipset, but none of them is gonna make this flagship look and feel a lot different from S8.
Instead, it will be Galaxy S9+ that will offer a more different experience than Galaxy S8+ or even Galaxy S9, because it will come with dual lens primary camera and 6GB of RAM. The strategy is similar to that of Apple, and so is the expected price of device.
ETNews report suggests from citation of some high authority sources that Galaxy S9 is likely to be priced between 950,000 won to 999,000 won in Korea, which translates to something between $895 and $935. This is slightly costlier than 935,000 won ($875), the price at which Galaxy S8 was launched. In the US, Galaxy S8 had been launched for $750, so we can expect Galaxy S9 to retail for something between $770 – $850. In my opinion, an $800 price tag is more likely though.
However, the ETNews article doesn’t say anything regarding the price of Galaxy S9+. But since it will be a much better version of Galaxy S9, we can expect it to be priced between $900 – $1,000.
Now you can see why this entire story seems like a page taken out of Apple’s book. Two devices being launched at the same time under the same product line, with one being superior over the other, and therefore being priced much higher than the other. The chances of success are also maximum this time, because except Samsung no other major smartphone maker is expected to launch its flagship devices at MWC. LG and Huawei would’ve been among the top two contenders, but both of them don’t seem to be in the mood of launching a flagship at MWC.
Sensing an opportunity, Samsung also wants to capitalize on it as much as possible by shipping the devices as soon as possible. Now it will be interesting to see how successful this Korean giant remains in execution of its plan. If its party isn’t spoiled by some unexpected surprises (launch of any major flagship), the odds of success are very high. Let’s wait and watch.