The Galaxy Note 7 is an awesome piece of hardware as we saw during its unveiling earlier this month. If you’re interested in owning one demand and geography will determine how much you’ll need to pony up in order to take one home.
Galaxy Note 7 has a big battery, big price tag
Critics are generally in agreement in calling the Galaxy Note 7 a fantastic handset which keeps Samsung on track for a banner year with the release of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge largely receiving rave reviews from reviewers and customers alike. It could certainly be argued that it’s just too much for the average user, it’s not terribly practical huge as it’s frickin’ huge and won’t be fitting in your front pocket any time soon unless you’re considerably more than average sized. Frankly, unless you really need a stylus or are not a proper road warrior of the business world, the Galaxy Note 7 is probable not for you. If, however, you’re in the market for a phone that Donald Trump’s little hands couldn’t even comfortably hold, you will be greeted by a huge molded screen, expandable storage, 12-megapixel camera, a water-resistant coating, iris scanner and a massive price tag.
Samsung skipped the Note 6 this year going straight from the Note 5 to the Note 7. This was likely done in order to avoid the suggestion that it was somehow inferior to the (yet to be unveiled) iPhone 7. Additionally, skipping the Note 6 presumable has Samsung’s flagship devices sharing the same number as they are released each year.
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Galaxy 7 price swings by country
Back to that price tag, in the United States where the Note 7 was first introduced the Galaxy Note 7 starts at $850. Following the unveiling in the States, Samsung later pointed out that the Note 7 will be made available in South Korea, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Russia, France and a handful of others. So far there is such a demand for the Note 7 that Samsung has told prospective customers in Malaysia, Russia and the Ukraine that they will be waiting longer than the other aforementioned countries.
If you’re in Australia and looking to purchase the Galaxy Note 7 you’re looking at a shelling out $1349, a price to match the Note’s screen size and then some. Those in the United Kingdom will need to pay £699, while those Canada will be asked for (CDN) $1049. There is a belief from Samsung that Dubai will be fertile ground for sales and will retail at 2999AED or less than the asking price in the United States with the price being the equivalent of $819.
The first models will be available in most countries (minus the three mentioned) on September 2 and will be available in blue, black and silver in each. For those in India looking to purchase the Note 7, they will be asked to pay Rs 59,900 or just shy of $900. While India remains a woefully poor country, it’s a country with a lot of people and a number of them have a lot of money and Samsung is doing outstanding with sales of the Galaxy S7 series on the Indian sub-continent.
At 80919 yen, the Japanese are getting a relative bargain with the Note 7 costing the equivalent of $800. Those living in China that don’t simply want what are sure to be innumerable knock offs, will be forced to pay 5,688 RMB or essentially the same $850 that customers in the United States will be paying for the phones that will work with Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular as carriers.
Finally, in South Korea where Samsung is based potential customers will pay 988,900 Won or $901 at today’s exchange rate.
Samsung, perhaps recognizing that this is quite the price tag will be offering customers in each of the countries above, with the exception of India, at least one freebie with their purchase. Those freebies include: Gear Fit 2, Level U Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless Charging Stand, S View Cover, Micro SD card and a Lens Kit with Battery Pack.
It truly has been the year of Samsung with the company releasing some brilliant flagship devices. At the same time, Apple announced in its Q2 earnings call that iPhone sales declined for the first quarter year-over-year in the nine year history of the iconic iPhone. Additionally, many analysts are skeptical that the iPhone 7 is going to turn this around as they believe that many customers will hold out for the iPhone 8 that many are calling for next year and is expected to be radical redesign of the phone that is responsible for Apple’s growth over the last decade.