The top three brands of smartphone users should expect almost all the flagships to put a price tag of $1,000 plus.
In the Upcoming days, the flagships of smartphones of top brands will be highly expensive, predict market researchers. Smartphones from Apple, Google and Samsung are said to retail at extortionate prices citing heavy competition between the competitors in the race to be the best in hardware and features.
According to the reports that revealed Samsung is planning to match Apple’s planned price rise which means that the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 series will both price upwards of $1,000.
According to the reports by the famous Samsung tech website SamMobile, a database leak reveals that the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and the Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will retail at starting prices of $950 and $1,050 respectively after a currency conversion. The electronic devices have different costs in different countries, but even factoring this equation the 2017 models carry a circa $100 premium over last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
The users who are prepared to pay this premium, the listing also reveals Samsung’s initial Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus color options which are of Black, Gold or Orchid Gray will be available, though Samsung usually offers more finishes a few months after launch.
Moreover, 2017 won’t be a year of incremental upgrades like the last year. The iPhone 8 is touted to sport an entirely new design, and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have massive 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays which were no larger than the previously released S7 and S7 Edge.
According to the reports, Apples’ iPhone will be putting out a massive 5.8-incher OLED-based flagship this year. In order to obtain a larger display, whilst still keeping the overall handset size below the ‘bulky’ tag, Apple will probably be getting rid of a larger forehead and chin on the Apple iPhone flagships to attain a larger display-to-body ratio with an almost bezelless handset. Apart from the display, the camera, the design, and the internal hardware are also said to be upscaled, since the competition with most flagships today is a camera-centric handset.
On the other hand, Google is also said to be going on the same path. Google Pixel flagships last year, are one of the most expensive handsets areas. The major plus that Google received is the remarkable camera performance and now that Pixel 2 is one of the next upcoming smartphone this year, reports state that Google is planning to race with competitors Samsung and Apple again in the photography space, apart from the hardware front.
In a discussion with technology website Android Pit, Rick Osterloh Google’s senior vice president of hardware alerted that we should not see the cost cut after he confirmed that the Pixel will stay premium. The area that Google should focus on the 2017 models is a design lift, where the smartphones iPhone and Galaxy going down the same route.
Because of a healthy competition between the top three brands users should expect almost all the flagships to put a cost of $1,000 plus.
While the top brands of smartphones are of high cost, this gives other premium low-cost players such as Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, and a few more a great chance to win the hearts of users who seek performance on a budget price.
While Samsung will announce its flagships which will at the end of this month, Apple and Google will have a fair amount of time in their hands to witness the new Galaxy and improve their final flagships accordingly for the September launch.