The soon-to-be released Samsung Galaxy S6 may carry a pricetag of more than $1,000 without a contract , making it more expensive than even the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Even after contract discounts are applied, will it be too much to pay?
Ars technica reports that there will be two models of the Galaxy S6, one with a curved screen, and one without. The report says that the 64GB curved version will cost $1,076 (€949) without a contact, and the top-end 128GB version will cost $1,189 (€1,049). That's before discounts for contracts are applied.
As for the non-curved version, it will cost a little bit less, $849 (€749) for the 32GB version, $963 (€849) for the 64GB version, and $1,076 (€949) for the 128GB version. Again, that's before contract discounts.
All that is a big jump above the initial entry-level price of the S5, which sold for approximately $650. If the report is accurate, that means the entry-level price of the non-curved S6 will be about $200 more than that. Add another $100 or so for the curved version.
The S6 non-contract costs will exceed that of iPhone models. A non-contract iPhone 6 Plus with 128 GB of storage sells for $949, $100 less than the non-curved version of the S6, and about $200 less than the curved version. And the iPhone 6 with 128 GB of storage sells for $849.
It's tough to know at this point what the contract pricing will be for the S6. At the moment the contract price typically starts at $199 for the iPhone 6 and $299 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Will carriers be willing to eat an extra $100 or $200 in order to bring S6 pricing down to that of the iPhone? It doesn't seem likely, but it's possible.
The upshot of all this is that the S6 better be a truly spectacular phone if it's really priced as high as it seems it will be. Otherwise, consumers aren't likely to line up for it.