South Africans really don’t like the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The Korean company’s latest phone was outed today, sporting an infinity screen, an iris scanner and a new personal assistant dubbed Bixby. But it seems that the price got the most attention.
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Priced at R15 499 for the standard S8, and R17 499 for the Samsung Galaxy S8+, they are by no means cheap devices. And Twitter was all too ready to point that out.
Pricing info: R15499 for the Samsung Galaxy S8, and R17499 for the S8+.
— Gearburn (@gearburn) March 29, 2017
The general concensus? It’s not entirely positive.
— H.Pylori positive (@BulumkoLusu) March 29, 2017
— Mpumza (@MpumzaNgwenya) March 29, 2017
— Devout Rageous (@Malibu0G) March 29, 2017
Damn that’s my tuition money
— Fat and boujee (@Masello_K) March 29, 2017
Nokia 3310 where you at….. https://t.co/vLFugMZXVq
— Phili (@MaMsimango_2) March 29, 2017
NAH FAM https://t.co/D2WObZzDej
(@miss_andisa) March 29, 2017
Nah fam, not positive then.
Flagship smartphones generally get more and more expensive each year. 2016’s Samsung Galaxy S7 launched around R13 999. And considering the number of features the S8 has, the price hop isn’t surprising or all that ludicrous.
We should also mention that there were some users expecting it, or largely unfazed by it too. But they’re by no means the majority.
Overall though, we’ll see if people bite when the devices goes on sale in South Africa on 5 May.
For more technical information on the device, be sure to pay Gearburn a visit.