This could be the end for the Galaxy Note. Following the revelation, Samsung plans to cancel the range if Galaxy Note 9 sales disappoint, new information from a rock-solid source suggests the (at times controversial) model now has little chance of succeeding…
WinFuture’s Roland Quandt, who has a near-flawless track record and most recently exposed Google’s Pixel 3XL, has confirmed Samsung will jack up the asking price for the Galaxy Note 9 to potentially unrealistic levels.
Quandt says Samsung will start Galaxy Note 9 pricing in Europe at €1050 ($1230) for a 128GB model with a flagship 512GB option costing €1250 ($1460). By comparison, last year the Galaxy Note 8 launched at under €900. If you’re looking a consolation, the Note 8 only had 64GB of storage.
Furthermore, were Quandt’s track record were not enough, this data also ties in with a leak from Samsung sources last week.
It is worth noting at this point, smartphones are more expensive in Europe but mostly because their prices always sales tax. As such, the Galaxy Note 9 looks primed to launch Stateside with prices of $999 and $1199, excluding tax. That won’t hack it in a year when Apple will actually cut iPhone prices substantially.
In defence of the Galaxy Note 9, it does have subtle but sizeable upgrades for which Samsung deserves credit. But when its biggest feature was pulled, that proved Samsung’s focus instead lay with its upcoming 10th anniversary Galaxy S10.
Consequently, laying the future of the Note range at the feet of the Galaxy Note 9 in its most incremental of years seems grossly unfair. It reeks of a company merely looking to rubber-stamp a decision that was apparently made long ago.
Unlike the vast majority of smartphones, the Galaxy Note series is unique with its focus on practicality and productivity. With Samsung’s next big phone innovation set to cost $2,000, it’s sad to see the Galaxy Note 9 (almost inevitably) end the range with a whimper, not a roar…
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