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Galaxy Note 9 proves $1,000 is too steep a price to pay

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The Galaxy Note 9 is here. We've had a chance to share our first impressions of it, and you've seen the specs, design and price for yourselves. So, in last week's poll, we asked whether you would consider buying one. What's the verdict? Let's take a look at the poll results and find out.

Smartphone prices have finally hit the dreaded $1,000 mark. That seems to be where a lot of smartphone users draw a line and start to think twice about purchasing a device. The Galaxy Note 9 goes for $999 to $1,249, depending on whether you want 128 GB or 512 GB of internal storage, and the results of last week's poll indicate that number is more than the majority is willing to pay.

Even if it comes with killer specs, a gorgeous display and a gigantic battery, 40% of respondents said the Note 9 was just too expensive and wouldn't buy it, while 11% are waiting until next year for a price drop. That's a 51% majority whose deciding factor is the price tag. That doesn't bode well for sales.

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Nevertheless, there seems to be a decent number of serious Note fans in the house. A quarter of all the voters said they would absolutely buy the Note 9. That's not an insignificant figure, especially considering how expensive the device is and that it hasn't had a chance to prove itself in longer term reviews yet. Of course, there are some holdouts who are waiting for the final reviews before committing. These cautious folks comprise just 7% of the vote.

Then, there are those who just don't like the design, who represent another 7% of the vote. That leaves 10% who wouldn't buy the Note 9 for reasons not listed in the poll. In the comments, some of these users report that they wouldn't buy it for other important factors, like already having a perfectly good Note 8, not seeing any super innovations in the Note 9 or already being loyal to another brand.  

Do you agree with the results? Would you ever buy a smartphone that costs more than $1,000?

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Brittany McGhee

Brittany McGhee

Brittany loves to keep up with the latest technology and innovation, so she is excited to have the opportunity to write about the wonderful world of Android. She thinks spreadsheets and numbers are fun, in addition to reading books and volunteering.

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  • 28
    itprolonden Aug 21, 2018 Link to comment

    For me it is but this phone will sell by the boatloads

  • Jonatan Gomez 4
    Jonatan Gomez Aug 20, 2018 Link to comment

    Yeah, I would never pay over 600 for a phone. I was going to get the OnePlus 6 but my carrier offered me the S9+ with 50% off, and I didn't think twice. The Samsung is too perfect at that price.

  • Taoufiq Lak 14
    Taoufiq Lak Aug 19, 2018 Link to comment

    Of course not. If I am ready to pay that price, it would not be on the SG Note 9. I had enough Samsung things, expensive phones and impossible repairs lately. Also, for me, its design is the uglier in the whole Note series.

  • Rafael Rodriguez 3
    Rafael Rodriguez Aug 19, 2018 Link to comment

    I believe Samsung better stop copying Apple if they don't, they will regret it. Now a days people are being super smart on how they spend their money since economy is tight and people know is not worth buying expensive phones, since they all do the same one a little bit better than the other nothing major. I have my Galaxy s6 since it came out proud to say is still kicking. but best of luck to Samsung love you, but IS NOT THAT SERIOUS.

    • 28
      itprolonden Aug 21, 2018 Link to comment

      I know, that SD card and AMOLED display and notchless display. Those were Apple's invention....not really!

  • Rusty H. 33
    Rusty H. Aug 19, 2018 Link to comment

    I've never paid more than $500 bucks for a phone, of ANY kind. Considering the power of phones these days, paying more than 500 bucks, is just paying for a name, color & style. I can do without that! As far as color/style, you're probably going to slap a case on it to protect it in the first place.

    Deactivated AccountRafael Rodriguez

  • 2
    ANIL S PATIL Aug 18, 2018 Link to comment

    In India a discount is offered to the tune of Rs6000 or say 80 dollers so the effective price is about 900 dollers with current exchange rate

  • 26
    Andrew Burgin Aug 18, 2018 Link to comment

    Samsung already knew that they want there 10th anniversery phones to really stand out from there others,so should have made the Note 9 more affordable or even cancelled the release on the Note 9,and Samsung said they have released the Note 9 early because of bad S9 phone sales,but how can a price tag over a £1,000 make a phone very demanding,all its going to do is deter people into buying the Note 9,people nowdays are growing up about the money the spend on phones,and this is why phone sales in 2018 as been so bad,and people are sticking to the phones they already have,something needs to be done about phone pricing or Apple and Samsung will be losing not gaining phone users in the near future,as budget phones are getting better than premium ones and are more affordable as well

    Rafael Rodriguez

  • Mike 22
    Mike Aug 18, 2018 Link to comment

    Prices are getting too high. I think my next phone will be a WalMart trac phone.

    Rusty H.

  • Edward Wong 4
    Edward Wong Aug 18, 2018 Link to comment

    They can do what the Singapore telcos are doing. They are offering a free upgrade to the 512gb version at the 128gb price if you pre-order. That's an amaing deal and my wife is getting one.

  • 46
    Deactivated Account Aug 18, 2018 Link to comment

    you can get great phones for half the price. the only reason to buy it is the status effect the same reason so many people buy Crapple.

    nightflyer2131Rusty H.

    • 28
      itprolonden Aug 18, 2018 Link to comment

      Tell me which these phones have an SPen.

      • 46
        Deactivated Account Aug 19, 2018 Link to comment

        The Note 8 very soon will be around 500 bucks (if it isn't already) and all the notes before. Plus there are other phones out there from different manufactures.

        Checked B&H the Note 8 is already $639

      • 28
        itprolonden Aug 21, 2018 Link to comment

        That's a good deal but it's unfortunate it doesn't support Band 71 :(

  • 15
    Bruce Lee Aug 18, 2018 Link to comment

    I agree. Even with the AKG headphone Samsung is throwing in, it's still too expensive. Fortunately, TMO is giving me $500 for my S7. So I pulled the trigger.

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