The 512GB variant of the Galaxy Note 9 will be Samsung's most expensive smartphone ever, German tech outlet WinFuture reports, citing no specific sources. The 256GB model that's presently also understood to be in the works won't be released in the West but the 512GB one will and is likely to be priced at between €1,250 and €1,300, i.e. as much as $1,500, as per the same source. The basic model will retail at roughly €1,050, which translates to more than $1,200 and is more expensive than the $960 starting price attached to last year's Galaxy Note 8 in the United States, though the difference between the two figures may be explained by the fact that there's no value-added tax in the U.S. and sales tax differs depending on the state, meaning it isn't calculated into the listed price.
The same source also claims Samsung won't be ditching the 64GB memory base from its flagship portfolio with the Galaxy Note 9 lineup, contradicting some recent implications made by other industry insiders. Even if the South Korean tech giant doesn't make that move this year, it's likely to move the base flash memory specification of its high-end smartphones to 128GB by this time next year. The 512GB variant of the Galaxy Note 9 will only be available in Midnight Black and Deep Sea Blue, at least in Europe, whereas other models sold on the Old Continent will also be offered in Midnight Purple, the same report indicates. The Teddy Brown color and a potential gray variant of the device will hence only be retailed in other parts of the world.
Samsung will be officially unveiling the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 and is expected to release the Android phablet on August 24 following a brief pre-order period that may include a number of promotions involving the company's other gadgets, according to a recent set of product renders obtained by AndroidHeadlines. The international variant of the device should feature Samsung's Exynos 9810 chip, whereas the models sold in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and China are likely to have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 silicon, as was the case with the Galaxy S9 family.