The same problem seems to apply to Googles Oculus Rift. Hopefully HTCs Vive price which will officially be announced next week won't have the same issues. Problem is that while we as european consumers have the option between many smartphone producers and aren't relient on Google/HRC, this does not apply to VR-headsets as of yet because HTC and Google are the only main players.
Why would you care? Boycut both companies in Europe and lets see what happens.
I spotted the 16GB/2GB RAM model in a Belgian webshop for Â€ 599. It's so strange that it's that much more expensive. Shame, too, because I was really considering getting this one instead of a new iPhone. I've always liked HTC phones, but for that price it's just not worth it. I could have lived with them just taking the dollar price and not converting it to euro, as happens with so many products nowadays (iPhone 6s base model costs $ 749 but is Â€ 749 in Europe - which is actually $ 832) but if it's going to be priced the same as a Galaxy S6, I don't think many units will be sold over here.
Their thoughts (and not only theirs) are probably "Europeans are retarded and rich, they will buy it anyway". Or something along those lines.
Having a slightly higher costs because of VAT is one thing, costing about a third more is another. Or another example: a pair of headphones that costs ~190Â€ in Japan costs 400+Â€ in Europe. You can't possibly be telling me that it costs about 200Â€ to get them imported, or that the VAT is 50%
Anonymous, 21 Oct 2015New trend?? Phones and electronics in general have costed significantly more in Europe then US... moreYou're right, such things have always been more expensive here (in Europe). Primarily because we include taxes which the US doesn't. Still, taking it at an average 20% that should make it $480, possibly round that up to $500 for the effort of having to adjust - not $664! The Nexus did the same thing, went way above the taxable amount... it's doodoo. DOO-DOO I TELL YOU!
Â€600 for a phone with a Snapdragon 6-Series SoC inside? No, I am afraid not.
I can buy a Snapdragon 615 powered phone for Â€300. and a phone with a Snapdragon 801 for Â€400. HTC is making a big mistake letting Europe behind. Europe is a very demanding continent, but if the clients like the product they will stick with the brand. USA clients swap brands and opinions very quickly.
I would hardly consider buying it for 399$ for such potato-phone, why would anyone in Europe with their sane mind buy it for so much more? It's a device with sub-300$ specs, with the Amoled screen as the only redeeming factor.
New trend?? Phones and electronics in general have costed significantly more in Europe then US for years. Hard to understand since everything is made in Asia. I remember a while ago I wanted to get a nexus 5 in Norway where I live, it costed about 500 usd, while you could have it for something like 250 in the US. The only phones that seem to be reasonably priced in Europe are windows phones.
Akalp, 21 Oct 2015no, they are priced high even after conversion to rupees. I phone 6s 16 gb after converting to... moreNexus 5X & 6P and iPhones 6s & 6s Plus are priced very high in India, iPhones are as high as Rs 18K~19k than the US price (yes there are import duty other taxes but they doesn't come upto Rs 18~19k). Same goes with the Nexus. Nexus are prices higher than the US price but not as high as iPhones.
Anonymous, 20 Oct 2015Sony burned to ashes...? Seems like they are making some pretty great phones. I'm 90% certain ... moreagreed Sony are making pretty great/amazing phones but they are unable to sell those amazing phones. They are no where near to top OEMs in no of units shipped annualy.
dexterouz, 21 Oct 2015Also, i think low rupee value against US$ no, they are priced high even after conversion to rupees. I phone 6s 16 gb after converting to rupees should be under 45K, but it is sold at 62K. 5x and 6P also have 5-6 K difference.
adlk, 20 Oct 2015tax my friend tax!.Also, i think low rupee value against US$
for the ones of you with an M8 and M9 keep them cause those are going to become classics soon now that HTC is working hard towards its end!
What's in the US that's not in Europe to warrant such price difference?????