Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 device is expected to come with a price tag of 1.09 million won (Rs 56,000 approx) in its home market of South Korea, industry sources told Yonhap News Agency on Monday. The 64GB variant of the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a factory price of 1.09 million won, while the 256GB edition is expected to be priced at 1.25 million won, reports Yonhap.
This seems in line with last year's pricing of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 7 known for its explosive batteries was priced at 89,800 won for the 64GB capacity variant. The final price for Samsung's latest flagship, the Note 8, will be revealed on Thursday.
Koh Dong-jin, President of Samsung mobile business, said earlier that it will be "extremely difficult" to keep the price lower than 1 million won in South Korea, and expressed an apology for his earlier statement. Shortly after the showcase of the Galaxy Note 8 last month, Koh had said he wanted to keep the price lower than the psychologically significant level.
The Galaxy Note 8 was recently launched by Samsung at its Unpacked event in New York. The flagship smartphone sports a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and dual curved edges. The smartphone comes with 6GB of RAM and there will be options for either 64/128/256GB internal storage. The Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform in the US, while all other markets get Exynos 8895 chipset. The device is expected to be launched in India with the Exynos 8895 chipset sometime soon.
Talking about the camera on the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has equipped the smartphone with dual 12MP sensors at the back; with one f/1.7 aperture wide-angle lens and another telephoto lens getting f/2.4 aperture. The selfie camera is the same as the 8MP f/1.7 shooter with autofocus found on the Galaxy S8. You can read our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 here.
Preorders for the Galaxy Note 8 will kick off on Thursday, providing the devices to early adopters on September 15. As we said before, there is no certainity on the India availability of the Galaxy Note 8. All we know is that the smartphone will make its India debut somethime this month and looking at its Korea pricing, it is clear that the device will cost more than Rs 56,000 in the country. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could even touch the $1000 price tag by the time it reaches India after adding various import duties.
With inputs from Indo-Asian News Service