Samsung has been busy of late prepping new Galaxy S9 variants, perhaps to help combat sluggish initial sales. We first heard of the possibility last week when two new Galaxy S9 models appeared on the Verizon Open Development site. This is usually an early sign, but strangely, Samsung has announced the phones with no mention of Verizon.
There are four new Galaxy S9 models in total, 128GB and 256GB versions of each the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. All aspects other than storage have been kept the same, so you get the same display, modern design and spec sheet. Price, though, is higher as you would come to expect given the additional internal storage space. Keep in mind that you’ll also have a microSD port for adding external space if you need even more.
The upgraded variants have gone straight up for pre-order so you can get yours now. I’m quite surprised they managed to remain a secret until essentially one week ago. Buyers in the US have access first, but only to unlocked variants provided by Samsung. These can, however, work on most cell carriers. The release is slated for May 18, which is when we might see carriers gain availability, Verizon being one. Samsung has made no mention of retailers or carriers, but those who buy from Samsung directly can get their unit as early as May 18 in the mail. There will be three colors: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue. The pricing will be as follows:
- Galaxy S9 128GB: $769
- Galaxy S9 256GB: $819
- Galaxy S9+ 128GB: $889
- Galaxy S9+ 256GB: $939
For comparison, the already available 64GB models released at $719 and $839, respectively. This means no matter which model you select, you’ll be paying $50 more for the extra storage. When you put it this way, it’s not bad at all. And as an incentive, those who order before May 18 will benefit from one of two deals. If you pre-order any of the new models, you’ll get a free pair of the new Gear IconX ear buds. Alternatively, you can get a Gear S3 Frontier for an additional $99. Does this make it worth it? Let us know how you feel about the prices in the comments.