The Galaxy Note 8 was always going to be an expensive little devil; the latest device in Samsung’s most premium range will reportedly sport a lot of high-end tech when it launches in just two days.
Official Note 8 price and release date information isn’t yet known, and these details may still arrive after the New York launch event on Wednesday. However, a rumor of Chinese news site IT Home (via Android Community) has provided some hints as to how much we can expect to pay to get our hands on one.
IT Home suggests that the Note 8 will be available in three storage variations, with the prices coming in at the following:
- 6 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM: 6288 yuan
- 6 GB RAM / 128 GB ROM: 7088 yuan
- 6 GB RAM / 256 GB ROM: 7988 yuan
So, the Galaxy Note 8 would house at least 64 GB of internal storage space (something which has been speculated in previous rumors also) and start at 6288 yuan, which comes in at around $940. The mid-tier variant, meanwhile, is estimated to cost the equivalent of around $1060
The top-end version, said to house 256 GB of internal storage space, converts to just shy of $1200 (~$1197), which, if this is indeed how much the device would cost at retail in the US, would make it the most expensive flagship phone Samsung has ever produced. Samsung’s most recent expensive flagship was the Galaxy S8 Plus: this also came with 64 GB of internal storage space but started at around $850.
Apple is also expected to break the $1000 barrier with its upcoming iPhone 8 this year — a phone that would become a direct competitor to Samsung’s fall flagship. Given last year’s Note 7 problems, however, consumers may be cautious of picking up the Note 8 at those kinds of prices (they’d likely be cautious about a $1200 smartphone regardless).