Smartphones aren’t getting any cheaper as today Samsung has launched sales of their Note 9 in Canada, which comes ahead of Apple’s widely expected iPhone refresh next month.
Samsung Canada is selling their Note 9 directly on their website, as well as through Canadian wireless carriers. The Samsung website lists the top-end Note9 with 512GB storage and 8GB of RAM for a whopping $1,629 outright. The 128GB model 6GB RAM is available for $1,299.
To put this price into perspective, a 256GB iPhone X costs $1,529 outright from Apple, and this year’s rumoured batch of larger iPhone models may cost even more.
Rogers, Telus and Bell are selling the Galaxy Note 9 both with and without a contract.
Telus says the new phone is available for $550 on a Premium Plus plan, $750 on a Premium plan and $1,440 outright.
Rogers has the phone for $749 on a Premium Tab and $100/month plan (1GB + 2GB bonus data) and $549 on Premium+ Tab with a $110/month plan (1GB + 2GB bonus data) and $1,299 outright.
Bell’s pricing is at $549.99 with a $105/month plan; $749.99 on a $95/month plan; and $1,379.99 outright.
The new Note 9 has their S Pen with new Bluetooth support to allow control of phone functions and a huge 4,000 mAh battery.
Early benchmarks still saw the iPhone X fare better than the Note9 in Geekbench 4 and 3DMark Slingshot Extreme 3.1 graphics tests, while Samsung also launch some attack ads on Apple’s latest smartphone.