Samsung to Sacrifice Galaxy S8 and S8+ Raw Power in Order to Keep the Prices Low

Samsung Galaxy S8

Since the turn of the year, a lot has been flying around with respect to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ and despite Samsung’s efforts to keep the phones a secret until they are unveiled, we know quite a lot about what to expect.

The South Korean company confirmed that the phones will be launched on March 29. While this announcement was accompanied by a video teaser of what Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will probably look like, the company did not give out any details about the expected specs of the phones. But as noted, there’s a great deal of info about these two phones out here.

So far, we know that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will ship with the largest display screens in the Galaxy S series’ history. The S8 will have a 5.8-inch screen while the S8+ will have a 6.2-inch screen. We’ve also heard about the internal specs, where we expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC to the run the show alongside 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. However, there are also other reports suggesting that Sammy will come in with a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option for either phone, especially for the Chinese market.

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One major reasoning behind releasing high-end 6GB/128GB variants of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ for the Chinese market is that the region is already filled with devices boasting this kind of hardware specs and even more – talk of the Huawei Mate 9, P10 and P10 Plus, OnePlus 3T, ASUS ZenFone AR, Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Mi MIX, Vivo Xplay5, LeEco Le Pro 3 and a bunch of many others.

 

With a 6GB/128GB variant, Samsung will be able to compete fairly in this highly competitive market. However, reports coming from South Korea claim that the tech giant wants to skip this variant in order to keep the prices of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ manageable. Just recently, UK’s MobileFun listed the price of the S8 as £799, but the retailer later pulled down the listing, which had probably been published by mistake.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

If this is the price of the standard Samsung Galaxy S8 – which is already way costlier than last year’s S7 – the high-end variant could attract an outrageous price tag, probably somewhere in the regions of £900 or possibly more. The story could get even worse when talking of the larger Galaxy S8+, which could be priced well above £1000, the same price that is being touted for the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 (iPhone Edition).

Samsung Korea wants to completely scrap the idea of a 6GB/128GB variant so as to keep the prices of the phones down, but Samsung China wants this variant in order to keep up with the competition in the local market. But with higher specs comes a higher price tag and vice versa is also true!

So, which one are you for? More raw power at a higher price tag or standard specs with a lower price tag? Let us know your thoughts via your comments below.

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