Samsung Galaxy Note may be prohibitively expensive

When it was first announced, I was extremely excited about the Samsung Galaxy Note. The 5.3-inch phone/tablet, perhaps better described as a mobile internet device, is a unique smartphone that filled the void left by the recently EOL'd Dell Streak. It has an awesome list of specifications like a HD screen and dual-core processor, and even a pen accessory to make it useful as a notepad.

However, the latest news about the device has caused my enthusiasm about the device to fade dramatically. No, it is not a missing key feature or piece of hardware. The apparent problem with the device is price. Online retailer The Clove has the device's preorder price listed at 600 pounds, or about $1,000 US dollars. A high price was somewhat expected, as the Note is one of the first devices with such a high resolution display, and the S Pen technology probably costs extra as well.

Still, this is incredibly expensive considering Samsung's pricing for their other devices. The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab has a dual-core processor and retails for $500, and the Galaxy SII smartphone is priced at about $600 (but it will likely be available for $200 with a contract). Both of these devices have top of the line hardware, and I don't see many reasons for the Galaxy Note to be so much more expensive.

Even if the Galaxy Note's hardware is actually more expensive, I doubt that Samsung can get away with a $1000 price point. When people could get both a great smartphone and great tablet for that much, why would they need the Galaxy Note? I really hope that $1000 is no where near the official price, because if it is I am afraid the Galaxy Note will be dead in the water.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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8 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Note may be prohibitively expensive

  • Avatar of x-man

    The price is so high probably because people are freaken out about how awesome this internet device is. I admit its pretty cool but for 1000 dollars there is no way.

  • Avatar of djurkash

    C`mon, CLOVE was allways 30-40% higher priced than other retailers…it` just problem, for you, USA folks, that you probably wont be able to take one with contract, as it was rumored note will skip USA…

  • Avatar of p51d007

    500-600 I’ll get one, anything over that, forget it. I love my Streak, and will hold off on another 4.7-6″ screen if this one has too high of a price.

  • Avatar of David Howell

    Speaking from the UK, I can say that everything’s more expensive in this country; the Galaxy Tab retails at close to £400, the Galaxy S II is more than that (£454 on Clove, slightly less elsewhere). £600 is not wildly out of line in that context, and it’s not an official price. I suspect it’ll actually be available SIM-free soon after launch for about £500, or free on some high-value contracts. (The UK practice is for the most expensive contracts to offer a wider variety of free phones, as well as more minutes/texts/data as appropriate. I understand the US practice is different.)

    I bought my Streak SIM-free in July 2010; I suspect I’ll be getting a Note some time in 2012, probably whenever my Streak breaks (being pessimistic). The form factor is of enormous value to me given my coordination difficulties.


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