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How have Galaxy S series prices changed over the years

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It’s normal for phones to go up in price, so if you tell a smartphone user that the prices of a series like the Galaxy S have only gone up over the years, they’ll believe you. However, this is not the truth. There have been a few years where prices have really gone down including 2021, believe it or not. If we look back, we will find a lot of interesting changes taking place in prices. We highlight it here.

With Samsung being the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world and the Galaxy S series being its most popular family of phones, we thought that by looking back at its history we’d be testing everything from the start. Below, you will find a list of every flagship Galaxy S phone and its original launch price. And you’ll find a chart that provides a brief view of how these prices have changed over time.

Please note that we will not include all types of Galaxy S series here. Non-essential copies from mid-2010, for example, will not be included. We also ignore Fan Editions, Lite Editions, etc., in favor of focusing only on the main versions in the series.

Galaxy S – $399

Galaxy S – $399

The original Samsung Galaxy S had many different names. Like Galaxy Proclaim, Galaxy Showcase, Galaxy Vibrant 4G, the list is too long. However, it remains the Galaxy S, which started it all.

The average price of the phone is around $399, which is about $515 in 2022. That sounds like a bargain compared to today’s smartphones, doesn’t it? But keep in mind that this phone was less advanced – and it was a lot cheaper to produce.

Galaxy S2 – $549

Galaxy S2 - $549
Galaxy S2 – $549

The Galaxy S2 was a huge success. It swept the market, all eyes were on the Galaxy S2 in early 2011. Unfortunately, Samsung got caught up in this huge sales and released multiple versions with completely different designs and specifications, relying on the Galaxy S2 brand. It was messy, but Samsung fixed that bug with the next phone in the series.

Galaxy S3 – $599

Galaxy S3 - $599
Galaxy S3 – $599

After the success of the Galaxy S2, Samsung entered 2012 as the king of smartphones. Where it outperformed Apple in terms of smartphones in the third quarter of 2011, which was the first time for the Korean company at the time. Not satisfied with this success, Samsung launched what is arguably one of the most beloved phones of all time, the Galaxy S3.

Despite the big jump in specifications and design, the price of this phone did not jump by a large distance from the previous model. In 2012, the Galaxy S3 cost about $599, or about $734 in 2022. That’s one of the smallest increases in Samsung’s long history of pricing for the S series.

Galaxy S4 – $649

Galaxy S4 - $649
Galaxy S4 – $649

Statistically, the Galaxy S4 is the best selling Android phone of all time. It has sold 80 million units, and the only other Android phone to come close is its predecessor, the Galaxy S3. Even the powerful iPhone 5s – launched in the same year – has only sold 52 million units.

Once again, Samsung only symbolically increased the price of the phone compared to the Galaxy S3. Of course, the cost was $649, which is the equivalent of $783 in 2022.

Galaxy S5 – $649

Galaxy S5 - $649
Galaxy S5 – $649

So far, the prices of the S series have only been going up. However, in 2014, for the first time, Samsung launched the latest Galaxy S at the same price as the previous year, which was $649, or $771 in 2022.

Although the price remained the same, many new specifications and features were launched with this phone. This included a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and a 16MP rear camera lens.

Unfortunately, the sales of the Galaxy S5 failed to come close to the sales of the Galaxy S4.

Galaxy S6 – $649 – $799

Galaxy S6 - $649 - $799
Galaxy S6 – $649 – $799

The Galaxy S6 has been rated as one of the series’ worst phones, despite being the third time in a row that the price of the base Galaxy S phone has remained unchanged. But removing the microSD card slot, IP rating, and the start of scrapping the idea of ​​a removable battery, caused the phone to fail.

For the first time, the manufacturer has also launched a more premium version of the base S phone. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was basically the same phone but slightly larger with curved glass on both sides. Although the device doesn’t offer much more than the average, the Edge version cost an additional $100 for a total of $749, or $888 in 2022.

And Samsung didn’t stop there, as Samsung eventually launched the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus for $799, or $948 today.

It’s also worth noting that due to low sales, Samsung slashed the price of the regular Galaxy S6 to $579 soon after its launch. This was the first time this had happened in the middle of the Galaxy S’s life cycle, and it wouldn’t be the last.

Galaxy S7 – $669 – $769

Galaxy S7 - $669 - $769
Galaxy S7 – $669 – $769

With sales of the Galaxy S6 series incredibly disappointing, Samsung needed to find success — and fast. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge released. Both phones took away what was good with the Galaxy S6, but brought back things that Samsung had neglected the year before. This included a microSD card slot and IP rating. Unfortunately, the removable battery is not back again.

Galaxy S8 – $749 – $849

Galaxy S8 - $749 - $849
Galaxy S8 – $749 – $849

In 2017, the company gained wisdom in a few ways. It has finally given up on the Edge brand, which seemed to simply confuse buyers. Instead, it launched the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The Plus version was larger than the basic version, which was why it cost more, and it made more sense.

The Galaxy S8 lineup represents a seismic shift in the series’ design. For the first time, the fingerprint sensor moved to the back of the phone, allowing the entire front to be displayed (with large bezels, of course).

Things went well with the Galaxy S8, because Samsung didn’t lower the prices of these phones in the middle of their lifecycle.

Galaxy S9 – $719 – $839

Galaxy S9 – $719 – $839

If you go back to the series, you will see a lot of similarities between the first versions, as the Galaxy S3, S4 and S5 all feature the same basic design elements, but despite that the design looks a bit different.

Not so with the Galaxy S9. It’s starting to repeat the legacy of previous phones. The biggest change was the movement of the rear fingerprint sensor from the side of the camera to the bottom. The Galaxy S9 also got a second rear camera, the first time this has happened in an S phone.

Perhaps because of how similar these phones are, Samsung dropped pricing slightly, the S9 dropping to $719 while the S9 Plus came in at an extra $120.

Galaxy S10 – $749 – $1,299

Galaxy S10 - $749 - $1299
Galaxy S10 – $749 – $1,299

By 2019, it had been four years since Samsung released two flagship devices per year for the Galaxy S series. If a company can make two phones, why not make three? Why don’t you even make four? With the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung moved away and launched four phones simultaneously.

The main S10 and S10 Plus in the series remained the same as in the previous two years. New was the launch of a smaller, cheaper model known as the Galaxy S10e, which cost $749. Then, on the other end of the spectrum, the Galaxy S10 5G launched, and that phone cost $1,299.

Galaxy S20 – $999 – $1,399

Galaxy S20 – $999 – $1,399

The prices of the Galaxy S10 in 2019 were very diverse. The price of the S10e was $749, while the price of the S10 5G was almost double that. But with the Galaxy S20, Samsung chose to forgo the low price, the cheapest Galaxy S20 was $999. The Galaxy S20 Plus started at $1,199.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra in particular has gone far in terms of price. Starting at $1,399, there was a $1,599 model with more RAM and storage.

Galaxy S21 – $799 – $1199

Galaxy S21 - $799 - $1199
Galaxy S21 – $799 – $1199

The Galaxy S20 series has failed to appeal to consumers for Samsung. But in 2021, the company corrected this error by significantly reducing the entry cost of the Galaxy S21 family. And you didn’t even need to lower the overall quality so much to do that.

The lowest-priced Galaxy S21 started at $799. Buyers at this price got the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and also provided the buyer with a powerful triple-lens rear camera setup, a good amount of RAM and internal storage, and a great new aesthetic design that looked very elegant.

Galaxy S22 – $799 – $1199

Galaxy S21 - $799 - $1199
Galaxy S21 – $799 – $1199

In 2022, Samsung did not raise or lower the prices of the latest Galaxy S lineup. The Galaxy S22 starts at $799, the Plus version starts at $999, and the Ultra version starts at $1,199. Once again, every shopper has a phone that fits their budget.

Conclusion

Below, you will find planned Provides an overview of the major versions in the entire Galaxy S family. You can see prices are steadily increasing over time, but there is a lot of fluctuation from year to year. Be sure to note this huge difference from 2020 to now.

Conclusion
Conclusion