New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release details arrived today for buyers in the United States and unfortunately, they’re not pretty.
In the weeks since the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announcement on September 3rd, we’ve seen a ton of new Galaxy Note 4 release date details emerge for buyers all over the world. The past two weeks in particular have been exciting as we’ve seen release dates confirmed, Galaxy Note pre-orders start, and Galaxy Note 4 price details emerge. We’ve also seen the first Galaxy Note 4 release date emerge.
Today, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 4 in Korea, the first stop on what the device’s long journey to more than 100 different countries around the world. The Galaxy Note 4 release, according to Samsung, will hit 140 countries by the end of October. One of those initial Galaxy Note 4 release countries is the United States, a key battleground for Samsung in its fight against Apple and the iPhone 6.
Last week, AT&T and Verizon started taking pre-orders ahead of the Galaxy Note 4 release date on October 17th. That date applies to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. T-Mobile didn’t start taking pre-orders until Wednesday and today, for the first time, Sprint has begun taking pre-orders ahead of its own Galaxy Note 4 release date.
Update: Today, Sprint lowered the price of the Galaxy Note 4 down to $299.99 on-contract. It did not say why though we imagine that the $350 price tag wasn’t generating much excitement.
Sprint is offering up the Galaxy Note 4 in two different flavors. Buyers can purchase the Galaxy Note 4 at $0 down with the carrier’s easy pay program. This will allow buyers to pay off the price of the phone slowly with the charges working out to $30.00 for 23 payments and $30.00 for the 24th payment. Sprint’s also offering a subsidized Galaxy Note 4 price to consumers though its price is shocking given the Galaxy Note 4’s price at other, top U.S. carriers.
The Sprint Galaxy Note 4 will cost $350 on-contract. That’s $50 more than the $300 Galaxy Note 4 that’s found on both AT&T and Verizon. U.S. Cellular hasn’t announced pre-orders or a Galaxy Note 4 price though it typically charges $299.99 for the privilege of owning a Galaxy Note. From what we can tell, Sprint’s price doesn’t offer a rebate of any kind which means buyers will need to pony up $50 more for the device on a network that could get passed up by T-Mobile next year.
Of course, this isn’t anything new. Last year, Sprint charged $350 for the Galaxy Note 3, or, $50 more than its rivals. It was a decision that immediately drew the wrath of prospective Galaxy Note buyers though it appears that the complaints fell on deaf ears. Sprint never revealed why it charged $50 more for the Galaxy Note 3 and it probably won’t reveal its plans here.
With an iPhone 6 Plus starting at $299.99 and an iPhone 6 starting at $199.99, Sprint’s $350 Galaxy Note 4 certainly has its work cut out for it, impressive specs and all.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is an impressive smartphone and it comes loaded with high-powered specs including its 5.7-inch Quad HD display, its brand new 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, its new S Pen, its Android 4.4.4 KitKat software that’s backed by TouchWiz, its new design that comes with both plastic and metal materials, and a whole lot more. It’s a true iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus competitor and one of the more intriguing smartphones of the year.
However, it’s also one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, something that could push consumers to cheaper Android phones like the LG G3, a flagship that is loaded with top notch features but is priced much lower.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is expected to replace the current Galaxy Note 3 and it will be joined later in the year by a brand new Samsung Galaxy Edge, a high-end flagship that could cost even more than the Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint and on other U.S. carriers.