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Galaxy Note 8 Leak Reveals Samsung’s Expensive Secret – Forbes

We know just about everything about the Galaxy Note 8. But if you thought Samsung couldn’t make its smartphone any bigger or more expensive with its release now close, think again… 

Following his superb expose of the Galaxy S8 earlier this year (a 25 point nailed on smash), WinFuture’s Ronald Quandt is back pointing out Samsung has found a way both enlarge the massive 6.2-inch Galaxy Note 8, which will in turn push its price well beyond on expected $1,100 asking price.  


Ghostek and Gordon Kelly

Galaxy Note 8 in Ghostek case, shown off from all sides ahead of launch

What Quandt has found is a listing for an extreme version of the Galaxy Note 8, which some are dubbing the ‘Emperor Edition’. This will quadruple the 64GB of native storage on the standard version of the Galaxy Note 8.

How much will this cost? Right now there is no figure but to put it in context: the limited edition 128GB Galaxy S8 Plus which Samsung released in June saw the $850 asking price jump to almost $1100 (70,900.00Rs). So quadrupling the storage on the Galaxy Note 8 is going to result in an eye watering price tag.

That said, it is unlikely Europe or the US will get a chance to complain about the cost of the Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition because right now its launch is expected to be limited to Asia (and possibly India as the 128GB Galaxy S8 was released there). Grey imports will inevitably be available, but expect them to further markup the official price.


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Galaxy S8 Plus 128GB special edition on Samsung’s website. It’s expensive.

In fact the only thing which may keep the price of Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition down is it will not increase the smartphone’s RAM from the standard 6GB to 8GB. The 128GB edition of the Galaxy S8 increased its RAM from 4GB to 6GB, but Samsung has clearly decided 6GB is enough for now.

Of course what strikes me as odd with all these Samsung special editions is they aren’t standard. Samsung is a solid state memory manufacturer and supplies many of the 256GB modules used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus top tiers. So why not equip its own phones with more than a single 64GB storage tier?

Yes I realise there’s microSD, but external memory isn’t as fast or convenient as native memory and – for those who can afford to pay more – Samsung has removed the option of a highly profitable premium tier in two huge markets.

And until Samsung does this Apple will continue to dominate the high capacity end of the smartphone market. Following the iPad Pro’s move to 512GB could the iPhone 8 even join it? Personally I doubt it because that is another premium model whose price tag is already high enough

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Galaxy Note 8 Leak Reveals Samsung’s Expensive Secret – Forbes

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