Samsung unveiled four different Galaxy S10 smartphones yesterday in the form of the S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and S10 5G. We don’t have any pricing for that last model yet since it isn’t up for pre-order, but we do have pricing information for the remaining three handsets, and it looks like you’ll be choking up a lot of change if you want the best of the best.
The pricing is as follows: S10e starts at $749, S10 starts at $899, and S10 Plus starts at $999. Each of these prices gets you the bare minimum when it comes to RAM and storage. Of course, each of them is also upgradeable, and it’s in the case of the S10 Plus where we start entering Crazy Town.
According to Samsung, by upgrading your Galaxy S10 Plus, you get a ceramic back instead of glass along with either 512GB of storage or 1TB. You also get up to 12GB of RAM which, guys, is way overkill. And as you can imagine, the specific model with a ceramic backplate, 1TB of flash storage, and 12GB of RAM has to cost a lot of money. And you’d be right.
The highest-end Galaxy S10 Plus costs $1,600.
To put this into perspective, the highest-end iPhone Apple makes is the iPhone XS Max with 512GB of storage. That model costs $1,449, a price point that simply gets dwarfed by the S10’s higher cost. The newer phone is also much more expensive than the Galaxy Note 9, released not too long it. Its highest end model went for around $1,400 with 512GB of storage. So yeah, as it turns out, you have to pay extra for a terabyte of storage in your phone.
Consumers who want 1TB of internal memory in their S10 Plus will likely buy their phone through a carrier, and by doing so, you’ll pay around $54 extra each month. Remember, this will coincide with your monthly wireless bill which might already be $50. So in the end, you could pay at least $100 a month for phone service for just one line.
The Galaxy S10 Plus will likely stay as the most expensive S10 in the lineup. The S10 5G might come with a larger display and 5G connectivity, but it only ships with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Therefore, if it isn’t cheaper, the device will undoubtedly be the same price as the S10 Plus’ most expensive trim. Y’know, unless Samsung decides to charge extra for the 5G logo on the back.