The financial collapse of 2008? Thefact that China actually owns the US now (due to US debts to China), ever considered that these gizmos are in part the cause of the present total global imbalance. Western countries do not make phones, ot TVs, or Solar panels, most of them, or the array of new technological devices we buy now, but did not buy 20 years ago, because with digital cameras and computers they were priced too high to spend money you need to live on, on. Now we are all indebt, and we are constantly being charmingly invited to indebt ourselves further on an annual basis to buy a "new phone" because it has a4K video, and now, wow, a 4K screen, as if you can see the difference on a screen so small!! Its only of use to watch your 4K videos on the phone, which can really only be appreciated on a 50"+ 4K TV!! (in case you doubt, try seeing the difference between 720 and 1020 on a 37" HD TV- even with 20/20 vision, you cannot.
So no, it is not a fair price, as it is double the price you need pay for a very good PC with a decent graphics card, and it almost makes a MacBook Pro look a bargain (it isn't, but some people do NEED them). Nobody needs a new phone
I cannot replace for general use my 2010 N8 Nokia with anything as it all just works so well, is so neat, so small, so reliable, and still has as good a 12MP camera as the current iPhone 7. I do have Nokia 1020 for photos, but I bought it secondhand from a British store for £100, and its camera far outclasses anything that Samsung, LG, Sony, or Apple or whoever have because the lens is actually sharp and the sensor is enormous compared to the toy you might consider paying @900 euros for.
jesse.clark, 27 Mar 2017Tech inclined rich people still care about status symbol so they don't buy one plus atleast. O... moreOnePlus and Pixel phones ARE "status" symbol for the technologically literate. Those phones are not sold in many markets, so to get those phones, especially the Pixel, one has to spend extra money to import them. It shows to their geek friends that they have the money to spend the extra effort and paying higher than the retail prices of those phones.
Samsung is available everywhere. Heck, In indonesia, the Galaxy S series is assembled in the country itself. It is a status symbol because of the high price for those not looking at spec.
coolstan, 26 Mar 2017Samsung stops giving support after 13months on all their devices so you are alone on that.are you sure? why my j1 (2016) receive the march security updates?
I bought a Xiaomi redmi note 2 for a 100 USD in January ... can't be happier .. this thing is shit fast .. camera is really good, battery is awesome, and best thing is that If I break it down I can just buy another, It is 2017 guys. mobile tech should be getting better and cheaper not more expensive every year.. this is why Apple is selling the New Ipad 9.7 for 330$, and is is why there are well priced Iphone 5se, 6s refurb for 400-500$ which both offer 90% functionality of what you get with their newest iphone 7 .. but the A series from samsung is an entirely low to medium end devices that differ in quality and camera from the S series .. dont get me wrong, I love samsung, just dont like the way they keep increasing their prices
A phone that can get scratched easily from font and back,, and then cannot even last a full working day because of poor battery life,, and I have to buy a leather case to carry.
No Thanks.. i will never spent this much money on it.
Yuri84, 26 Mar 2017I thought so too - the new A5 is pretty close to last year's S7. But if you look a little deep... moreyup. they kept the best camera performance for the S series, it's the biggest problem with 2017 A series.
udummy, 27 Mar 2017what are you talking about iphone 7 plus is $949, where did you get %759?I mean 750$ is the right price for it
LG G5 is the best value for money. It's the cheapest flagship. It's much much cheaper than the S8, yet it has better features than S8 (removable battery, FM Radio, IR blaster) and it has the best camera among 2016 flagships. And Snapdragon 835 is not a big upgrade compared to last year's S820. So if you consider all factors, LG G5 is still the best phone overall.
I expect a flagship to be around £400-450
The flagship Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was £410 today is £30.
I prefer to wait for the price to go down.
And when they make a Galaxy Note 8..... The price will be $1000-1300, boy I would just get myself a 17" GTX 1080, 7th Gen i7/Ryzen CPU's, 4kUHD(VR Ready) Screen, 32gb DDR4 RAM, 512 SSD+2TB HDD, etc. Gaming Laptop.
bigly, 27 Mar 2017Dude that's how the market has always been I know I've been following it for a long time, how ... moreno the market hasnt always been like that at all, i have had mobiles since day one and its only in the past few years that the price has increased dramatically for example, the galaxy s5 had a bill of materials of $251 (£179) (rates at time) when it was released, and retailed for £529 in the uk, fast forward to S7Edge with a retail price of £729.99 but with a bill of materials of only $230 (£183), the s8+ is due in for £899, so in 3 generations the price has gone up around 40% yet the bill of materials has only changed according to inflation and exchange rates, and NO we dont expect a flagship for £300, we expect a flagship to be around £600-700 Max, not £900
NO!!! It would not even be fair for a Note8. What are they thinking? Greedy! They messed up with Note7, they should eat the financial loss.
Carlos Miguel, 26 Mar 2017The sweet spot for price/value today is in 400-600 range with Oneplus, Huawei and Xiaomi makin... moreDe verdad, with the advancement of today's tech, no phone is worth more than Â€300 - 450, tops. You can get any size battery, CPU/GPU, screen and camera for that.
j7, 27 Mar 2017time to wave bye to samsung and apple and move to other high future potential brands... it's u... moreThey must be doing something right because the vast majority of the smartphone revenue and profits are going to both Apple and Samsung.