They’re no longer an alternative to Apple
Today marks the official launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. It’s bigger, badder and better than any of Samsung’s flagships and as such commands a premium price. Of all of Samsung’s current flagships and past flagships, the Galaxy Note 8 has the highest price tag of them all: at Php 49,990, it’s the most expensive Android-powered flagship announced so far.
I’m old enough to remember when Samsung rolled out their first Galaxy Note back in 2011, and back then the phone had a substantially cheaper price point compared to Apple. Despite carrying premium price tags, Samsung’s flagships has always maintained a price advantage over Apple, retailing (via official SRP) a few thousand pesos below them.
That’s changed with the Galaxy Note 8. And while we expect Apple’s iPhone 8 to be much more expensive than previous iterations, Samsung’s pricing for their newer flagship signals a shift to a more premium pricing structure.
It was inevitable really, as Samsung could not price the Galaxy Note 8 too close to the S8+ since it’s still a model they make and sell. As for the price, well you’re getting a stylus, dual-cameras and 2GB more RAM for the Php 4K more over the price of the S8+.
We’re sure that many loyal Note users who had to skip the Note 7 and who waited for the Note 8 are not going to be happy at the price. It’s a 10K price jump from last year’s model, quite steep and well into Apple’s pricing territory.
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