The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be cheaper than the iPhone 5, or will it?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be cheaper than the iPhone 5, or will it?We're all waiting to hear what the Samsung Galaxy S4 will cost when it is officially available in the UK at the end of next month.

And tantalisingly, a couple of price leaks have sprung up on the continent, one suggesting the Galaxy S4 will be slightly cheaper than the Apple iPhone 5, and one suggesting it'll be slightly more expensive.

Italian site Android Caotic is claiming the 16GB Galaxy S4 has been priced there at €699 SIM-free, which works out at a touch over £600. But it also says that it should go for about €100 less elsewhere in Europe if Samsung's approach to pricing the Galaxy S III is anything to go by.

Unlucky Italians, but the point is that would put the price in pounds at around £513, a tad pricier than the Galaxy S III's £500 launch price a year ago, but slightly cheaper than the Apple iPhone 5 16GB, which goes for £529 SIM-free.

However, Amazon Germany has stuck up a Galaxy S4 pre-order page with a €649 price tag, which works out at £556. More confusingly, it lists the actual German RRP as €699 just like in Italy, effectively making the €50 difference a pre-order discount.

Neither Amazon UK or any of the other typical online sources in the UK have priced the Galaxy S4 themselves so far, though with the GS4 set to go on sale on April 26, we'd be surprised if that situation hadn't changed by the end of the week.

And whether the final figure is slightly above or slightly below the iPhone's price, the point is the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a premium Android smartphone and will carry a premium Android smartphone's price.

Via GSMArena

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matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 08:39

the point is the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a premium Android smartphone and will carry a premium Android smartphone's price.
In other shocking news, the earth continues to rotate...

martinjjames / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 11:27

the point is the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a premium Android smartphone and will carry a premium Android smartphone's price.
In other shocking news, the earth continues to rotate...


Ah, but with the Galaxy S4 you can take a photo of it AND record a voice clip saying how amazing it all is.

Anyway, S3 for £375, S2 for £275 and that's not even looking too hard. Even if I did have cash to buy a new phone outright, that sounds way more appealing than £500-plus no matter what you're getting.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:16

Was on hukd the other day at £529 from a uk site (mobilesphonesdirect) so hard to imagine it being dearer that that here.

Suspect we'll see at least one deal for £499 including extra "gifts" by launch.

mightyforest  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:28

£26 a month on contract, happy days

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:31

£26 a month on contract, happy days
Decent price for a ~£500 phone which isn't even out yet. What are the contract allowances and what network is it on? I assume the phone is free for £26 per month?

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:34

Could be the second one mentioned here
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/galaxy-s4-preorder-31-pm-free-phone-1000-minutes-unlimited-data-text-mobilephones-1501813

Could just be a network upgrade though I guess.

mightyforest  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:44

as per ^ 500 mins,unlimited text,unlimited internet phone cost £79

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:52

That Amazon Germany price is a whole lot cheaper than what they want for the HTC ONE (€730 if memory serves...)

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:54

as per ^ 500 mins,unlimited text,unlimited internet phone cost £79

Fairly sure that's less than i5, though they don't sell that.
Nice timing as price went up on the one you got.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:59

That Amazon Germany price is a whole lot cheaper than what they want for the HTC ONE (€730 if memory serves...)

True, it's still that mad price.

mightyforest  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:02

oh yea now £99 for phone, didnt order :(

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:28

oh yea now £99 for phone, didnt order :(
Doesn't really matter, what's £20 over 2 years? 80p per month ish, I think.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:34

It's a principle surely of not wanting anyone to have got a better deal :)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:43

It's a principle surely of not wanting anyone to have got a better deal :)
80p per month...

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:50

Treab mode
Wouldn't expect a lawyer to get a point of principle
/treab mode

;)

Besides I think he was aching for a reason not to buy

mightyforest  Mar. 18, 2013 at 14:38

was a job just moving to the darkside but for another £20 im on a rethink

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:16

Treab mode
Wouldn't expect a lawyer to get a point of principle
/treab mode

;)

Besides I think he was aching for a reason not to buy

Principles are stupid; depriving yourself of something you're paying so much for already for the sake of not spending an extra 83p per month seems more than a little nonsensical to me :p.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:22

Blimey yet another 3p a month..... ;)

Like I said he wanted a reason not to do it.

No way I'd lock myself into a 2 year 3g contract on a 4g phone right now though.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 17:41

Blimey yet another 3p a month..... ;)

Like I said he wanted a reason not to do it.

No way I'd lock myself into a 2 year 3g contract on a 4g phone right now though.

4G seems pointless to me, I don't have a desire to stream HD video when I'm out and about. I certainly don't have a desire to pay through the nose for the privilege of having the option to do it.

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