Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ are heavily priced.. With such a hefty amount, a middle class person with a member count of 3 can spend 2 months at an average.
In India, see the Irony regarding the pricing of Phones..
S8 5.8" INR 58,000.00
S8+ 6.2" INR 62,000.00
Education Cess, Krishi Kalyan Surcharge, Swach Bharat Tax, GST, Service Charges, Local Taxes, and Levies Extra.
Why to spend such a huge amount, when one can invest it for future. This year, the S8 and S8+ will be in lime-light, next year this month S9 et al will be in lime-light and S8 and S8+ will be the thing of past.
I am not against Samsung's Phones, This will be the First Phone to feature the 6.2" Screen, Dual Curved Edges, First of its kind in the Series: Virtual Buttons, I liked the Grace UI, Nougat 7.1 OS, The Infinity Display, The nano Chip Octacore processors, 4/6GB RAM 64/128GB Storage. But the Only Drawback is the Oversized Price-tag. Had it come in the price-tags of INR 36,000 for S8 and INR 48,000 for S8+, I would have opted for S8+ for sure.
Please Samsung, do something to attract the Indian Consumers. I too am an avid user of Samsung Phone. I have bought Note 4 for INR 45,000 in October 2015, when I went for a re-sale valuation, during January 2016, they told me that it will fetch INR 1,500. So, still I am continuing the Note 4. I expected I could get INR 30,000 for the Note, so that I can purchase the then S7 edge, which was priced at INR 45,000 during June 2016. :'(
Actually it's not ''a bit pricey'' but much much more that you've mentioned
Price should be a concern for everyone but its unbelievable that how everything is based on price nowadays. S8 is being called pricey, why? Because its pricier than a OnePlus 3? Yes. But how many things are actually flagship grade on the S8 over a OP3? And what about Moto G5? A phone which costs half of a OP3, but still a fantastic phone nonetheless! Its all relative, always was. One should buy a phone which he/she likes according to the required features of theirs, price should come next, it should never be a deciding factor at first place. Whatever most experienced users don't do that anyway but this message was never meant for them at first place.
PS: I am never gonna purchase an S8 by the way, at whatever price I am offered.
P, 02 Apr 2017I would happily pay £50-£55 a month on the S8 Plus here in the UK with a decent pl... moreI seriously think that the Galaxy S8+ will score less than 90+ hours in GSMArena's test. (lower than the GS7 edge, which is unfortunate)
But that's OKAY as the battery in the Galaxy S8 will maintain 95% of its original capacity in a year's worth of usage. For comparison, the Galaxy S7's battery only maintained 80% of its original capacity in a year's worth of usage. So, in the long term, the Galaxy S8+ will have a better battery life endurance than the GS7 edge.
AnonD-654090, 02 Apr 2017No one really knows the reason why these phones are expensive. Its because everything is desig... moreAll wrong.
Ram matters especially more in things like browsing (Facebook, instagram or Internet browsing). In my Mi Mix I never have to reload tabs, my S7 did all the time. So one down.
Design: the design of Mi Mix is much better. Almost same size as S8+ but 1000 more battery , bigger screen too and unlike Note 7 no explosions (note 7 design was bad as it allowed no space for batteries to exland causing explosions).
Upgrades: Xiaomi gives weekly upgrades. Samsung upgrades every three months if that, for 20 months (in total) max. I expect at least 3 years of support for my Mi mix (Mi 3 still gets upgrades , 3 years and counting).
So those are cheap justifications. Samsung does not offer much better quality. Not anymore. They just sell for more money because their brand is more well known amidst richer audience(s).
I would happily pay £50-£55 a month on the S8 Plus here in the UK with a decent plan (at least 10GB of data), but what puts me off is that 3500 mAh with a 6.2 inch screen. If that battery would've been 4000 mAh or upwards, I would already pre-order it.
But if the phone, in its current state, scores less than 90h endurance rating here on GSM, then I will have to unfortunately skip this one..
techlover1, 02 Apr 2017Well, okay most probably i will buy the S8 anyway. But, reasonably speaking, it makes really a... moreThese are mod range specs for 2017. I do have the money for this phone but I much prefer to give them to a company that actually try.
Rumours for Mi Mix 2 -for example- is 90% BtS ratio (instead of 84% that S8 uses), under the glass fingertip (instead of the awful in the side of the camera of S8), 6 or 8GB of ram (instead of the midrange 4GB of ram), same SoC. 4500+ battery instead of 3500 battery. Useful aspect ratio instead of the weird 18.5:9 that fills everything with a black bar. Same size as S8+ but bigger screen (due to the better StB ratio)...
Need I to go on? Mi Mix 2 would not be a flagship killer, it would be *the* flagship. S8 hardly seems an upgrade over S7, way too many gimmicks.
No one really knows the reason why these phones are expensive. Its because everything is designed in a proper way.. If you guys think OnePlus has the best smartphone, its mainly because of what they just show outside like 6GB RAM, dash charge and latest processor. But for other high end companies like Samsung, they think of every details. Just because it doesn't have 6GB RAM people talk like its a big thing but in reality 4GB is more than enough! In speed test videos they show and talk about background tasks, but in reality no one keeps games in background, you'll just waste the battery. The design matters, specially inside. OnePlus dont care much about their older flagship, thats why OnePlus 2 still didn't get nougat, after OnePlus 5 launch it'll be interesting to watch 3T users. And on that OnePlus will bring some new problems each time it has an update. Instead of OnePlus 3T, you could buy other phones which has better support, only the processor will be different but as if that matters? Oneplus doesn't have anything which a mid range phone cant do.
Most people will talk about a small problem in Samsung as the headline of smartphone world, but problems of phones like OnePlus or even Google pixel will only be visible in their forums.
And always remember Samsung will always support your phone as much as possible for as long as possible.
I'm sorry, but anyone paying more than around 400 eur for a smartphone these days, is a complete retard.
Someone Else, 02 Apr 2017Didn't upgrade the things people actually use? Tell that to the people who're praising the XZ ... moreNow they should put those features in after 2-3 years when they would actually be useful. Right now they are gimmicks.
Also I'm no friend of 4k phones either. I agree w you, it's a gimmick. 500+ PPI is the limit for most people already. I seriously doubt that any more can be seen with anything g less than a microscope....
Anonymous, 02 Apr 2017Yet they didn't upgrade the things people actually use. Like the Ram amount (what matters in e... moreDidn't upgrade the things people actually use? Tell that to the people who're praising the XZ Premium's 4k display and 960 fps camera. You won't actually use both of them on daily basis. I don't even think people even use the normal 240 fps slow-mo feature. And seriously, can you even distinguish between a 4k display and a QHD display in a 5.5 inch display? You just said it yourself that "the human eye can hardly see the difference at 500+ PP"
People don't use 1 gigabit LTE and BT 5.0? I guess all manufacturers shouldn't opt them, right? They should just stick with regular LTE and BT 4.2, am I right?
Well, okay most probably i will buy the S8 anyway. But, reasonably speaking, it makes really a lot of sense to wait for the so called flagship killers to see what they have in store. And along the OnePlus 3/T ( then 4), Xiaomi, etc. I really like the ZTE Axon 7 (fantastic flagship killer), (then 8), so I'm not 100% sure what is best to do, if i was wealthy i will buy them both (the easiest decision), but because I'm not, so i have to choose only one of them, probably the S8. But if i will (have to) opt for one of the flagship killers, i will choose the ZTE Axon 8 over the OnePlus 4 (obviously we'll have to see what the OnePlus 4 & ZTE Axon 8 will offer, which will offer the most), don't get me wrong, the OnePlus is a value for money phone too, and it is even more stable and polished than the ZTE Axon 7, but overall, the ZTE Axon (7/8) is even more value for money. So finally, or i will buy the S8 or waiting 2 more months (approx), to see mostly the ZTE Axon 8.
Note 8, 02 Apr 2017When Apple, Samsung, Google increases the price by huge margins, then consumers increase the r... moreOnePlus 3T is significantly better than Oneplus 2. Xiaomi Mi 6 (rumoured) is significantly better than Mi5.
Great changes between generations is possible and pretty much what happens in the land of competition (china). What you see in the west is called milking by cartel like entities.
Someone Else, 02 Apr 2017Why are YOU so biased? Samsung ALSO upgraded the SoC, introduced world's first QHD+ HDR sAMOL... moreYet they didn't upgrade the things people actually use. Like the Ram amount (what matters in every day performance even more than the soc), the battery amount (despite the bigger screen), the screen width (the screen would now have giant black bars due to the wire aspect ratio, basically making the screen smaller than S7's for most content).
Instead they upgraded things you literally can't use. 1GBit LTE is literally unusable, no place in the world that is going to have this for the next 4 years. Bluetooth 5, no such device for the next 2-3 years. RGB instead of pentile makes no difference in such a resolution , the human eye can hardly see the difference at 500+ PPI, bixby is bloat ware, actually a negative.
So again, what are you talking about? This is the smallest upgrade ever, a downgrade even in some things (battery)
When Apple, Samsung, Google increases the price by huge margins, then consumers increase the refresh cycle from 2 years to 4 years....If we keep upgrading every year, things will not change....It has become Laptop - Desktop product cycle, where nothing much could be improved significantly for frequent upgrades (every 2 years I mean)! I normally replace laptops now a days after 5-7 years range.
[deleted post]Apparently upgrading the SoC (and pretty muck keeping the rest the same, yes, even the screen since most apps don't support the weird aspect ratio) is what gets you the title masterpiece these days.
Some of you have short memories and forget true masterpieces from this company like Note 4 or galaxy S4 , where every single spec was being upgraded, some revolutionarily so.
If S8 is a masterpiece, then those older models would be making Mon Lisa blush by how great they are ...
The lowering of standards evidenced in this thread is dangerous. It pretty much ensures that Samsung will continue to milk us, as small upgrades are enough to have her products called masterpiece these days. Stagnant technology is what killed desktop computing (Intel releasing the same cpu and fanboys buying it regardless), that's how phones would die too, please raise your standards before its too late.
This is Samsung, so what we hate about Apple, doesn't apply to Samsung. We only hate it when Apple does it, but one by one, when Samsung does it, we accept it, and in fact it suddenly makes perfect sense. Yeay Samsung!
Sony The Innovator, 02 Apr 2017For that price, people expected huge changes like from the S5 to S6. S6 to S7 wasn't really th... moreWhy are YOU so biased? Samsung ALSO upgraded the SoC, introduced world's first QHD+ HDR sAMOLED display with RGB arrangement, world's first phone to have the SD835-powered device in the market, world's first phone to have BT 5.0-supported device in the market, and even the world's first phone to have 1 gigabit LTE in the market. Samsung is still the only main manufacturer to offer Fast Wireless Charging for their phone (that supported globally, unlike the G6) They ALSO improved the camera, the image processing, the design, the display, the audio quality, the build quality, the software, the performance, the Iris Scanner, the front camera and the list goes on and on.
Sony The Innovator, 02 Apr 2017For that price, people expected huge changes like from the S5 to S6. S6 to S7 wasn't really th... moreS5 to S6 was the greatest downgrade in both sales and features from Samsung.
They only really improved the SoC and the camera (to a point)
*but* completely decimated the battery, no storage, killed water resistance, I think it was the year that IR was out too.
Fans wanted nothing to do with it and f*cking wrecked it in sales. S7 was basically what the S6 *should* have been which is why it sold kind of better (but not by much).
So yeah nobody wants a repeat of S6, but I'm afraid that's what we got (and sales will show that too).