A newly leaked price for the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the larger variant of the upcoming Galaxy S10, suggests it could be a cheaper alternative to the iPhone XS Max, its primary plus-sized competition.
A leaked image, from established leaker Evan Blass, shows how much two different sizes of the device will cost in Chinese yuan. The 8GB RAM and 512GB internal memory model is marked as ¥9,000, which converts to around $1,300, £1,000 or AU$1,850, while a 12GB/1TB model is slightly more expensive at ¥10,000, or roughly $1,450, £1,150 or AU$2,000.
As well as these two entries an 8GB/128GB memory model is listed, but no price is listed for this.
If these prices are accurate, it would mean the Galaxy S10 Plus would enter the market at a considerably lower price point than the iPhone XS Max, Apple’s recent plus-sized device. The iPhone XS Max cost $1,449 (£1,449, AU$2,369) for the 512GB model and wasn’t even available in a 1TB size, meaning if the leaked price is accurate the Galaxy S10 Plus will cost $149, £449 or AU$519 less for the 512GB device.
The specific device sizes listed in this leak back up a previous leak that showed device sizes and colors in euros, although that suggested the lower-memory variant would have 6GB RAM instead of 8GB. That leak did peg the devices as considerably more expensive than the recent one however, with the 1TB device marked as €1,499 or around $1,700, £1,300 or AU$2,370.
That’s about $1,500. pic.twitter.com/5BIDyeegAf17 February 2019
Even if the Chinese prices are accurate the conversions could be quite a way off, and the device may launch at different prices in different regions. Given that the converted figures from the recent leak are curiously cheap it’s possible that the previous leak’s figures are more accurate, however with Samsung preparing to launch the Galaxy X foldable phone, which is rumored to cost up to £1,500 (approximately $1,930 / AU$2,660) to £2,000 (roughly $2,570 / AU$3,550), it’s also possible that Samsung would want to keep the S10 Plus as a relatively affordable device.
As well as these prices, various colors are listed for the devices. As the screenshot seems taken from a translated Chinese web page some of them may not have been accurately translated or may not be available in the West, but they give us a good idea of what to expect.
Listed colors include ‘ceramic black’ and ‘ceramic white’, which we’d already come to expect, but also ‘glass green’ which we’d heard rumored for smaller-sized models of the S10 Plus, ‘yu yubai’ which is likely a Chinese-exclusive color judging by the name (or one which was translated poorly) and “carbon black” which seems indistinguishable from ‘ceramic black’ in the screenshot.
Leaked renders showed off the ceramic white Galaxy S10 Plus, in all its ceramic glory.
While the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus may be cheaper than the iPhone XS Max, if these prices turn out to be true it’s still a high price for a device. But with the S10e, which leaks suggest will cost a lot less, rounding out the suite of S10 devices, the S10 Plus is reserved for those who need a huge device with incredibly powerful specs.
We’ll have the specs, prices and colors confirmed on February 20 at the Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco, when Samsung will officially launch the three new Galaxy S10 devices – so make sure you check back then for everything you need to know about the trio of devices.