• March 25, 2023

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Samsung’s Galaxy S23 range delivers the most anticipated Android smartphones of the year, but international buyers are in for a shock when they see the prices.

A new leak from Roland Quandt, one of the most reliable leakers in the business, reveals that prices for the Galaxy S23 lineup in Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium will be increasing by as much as €300 ($325) — the biggest generational price rise in Galaxy history. And those rises are unlikely to be isolated.

Quandt breaks down the prices for each Galaxy S23 model, stating that the Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra will start from €959, €1,209 and €1409 in Spain and €10 less per model in Germany and Benelux. For comparison, last year the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra started at €719, €898 and €1,079, respectively, in those countries.

These jumps contrast sharply with the US. Last week, an alleged internal Verizon document revealed pricing for all Galaxy S23 models would be unchanged. This means the entry-level Galaxy S23 starts from $799, the Galaxy S23+ from $999 and the Galaxy S23 Ultra from $1,119.

Prices for smartphones internationally have been skyrocketing in recent years, particularly iPhones. Those hikes have been resisted in the US until now, due to the strength of the US dollar. But Apple is expected to break this stasis with global iPhone 15 Pro price rises when the new phones launch in September.

In Samsung’s defence, it will bring a lot to the table with the Galaxy S23 range, including a 200MP Galaxy S23 Ultra primary camera. But whether international buyers consider them to be worth over $300 more remains to be seen.

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