Prices of two Galaxy S6 phones are still a secret
The top smartphone vendor did not unveil the prices of the two high-end models - with storage capacities of 32, 64 and 128 gigabits - that will hit 20 countries including Korea and the United States in April, nor is it willing to confirm speculation even now.
At the website of U.S. telecom operator T-Mobile, the Galaxy S6 is valued at $699.99 as part of a giveaway event for people who pre-register. That’s assumed to be the price for the lowest-capacity 32 GB version given that the iPhone 6’s 16 GB model retails for $649. Since Apple offers no 32GB iPhone 6, the unsubsidized Galaxy S6 fits between the price range of its 16 GB and 64 GB iPhone, which costs $749. The S6’s direct predecessor, the S5, was initially priced at 860,000 won in Korea ($783)
“Samsung had the good sense to go with 32GB for its entry-level Galaxy S6, which could also be meant to appease customers upset about losing microSD card support,” writes The Verge, a U.S. online media, Thursday. “Remember also that the S6 features a larger, higher-res screen.”
But Forbes is taking issue with possibly hefty price tags for the new phones. Noting that the Galaxy S6 Edge, with a display that curved down two sides, is “really the model most potential buyers would rather own,” the magazine said the Edge is rumored to sell for up to $150 more than the standard Galaxy S6. That means a 32GB Galaxy S6 Edge would be $849, the same price as an iPhone 6 Plus with double the storage volume.
“This could really hamstring the phone and make it a niche option when it deserves to be a mass market game changer,” Forbes wrote.
BY SEO JI-EUN [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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