Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra may keep the same price as their predecessors in the US, but not elsewhere. A previous rumor from Australia made us aware of the upcoming price hike for the first time, and today the newly leaked prices for the trio in Europe mostly confirm the bad news.
The base Galaxy S23 model will cost $100 more than the base Galaxy S22 (here are all the launch prices from last year for comparison). The Galaxy S23+ base model, with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, will be 100 euros more expensive than the Galaxy S22+ version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, just as its price is 150 euros higher than the Galaxy S22+ base model with 128GB of storage.
The base Galaxy S23 Ultra will cost $150 more than the base Galaxy S22 Ultra, but you get 256GB of storage instead of 128GB. The S22 Ultra didn’t have a similar version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage that we could compare directly.
This means that in the cheapest countries in the Eurozone (due to different levels of VAT), such as Germany and Benelux, you should expect to pay €949 for the base Galaxy S23 model and €1,399 for the basic Galaxy S23 Ultra with 8 GB of RAM. and 256 GB of storage. The Galaxy S23+ will likely cost €1,199 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, although this leak doesn’t mention it specifically for those markets.
Germany and Benelux seems to be 949 for base S23 and 1399 for base S23U. There is no S23+ guide for these countries. As usual, the price depends on local taxes and fees etc. There will be great deals (like upgrading to the next higher spec via pre-orders when you buy the base model)
-Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 24, 2023
On the other hand, the tweet embedded above has full pricing details in Spain, for all versions of all models (except the 1TB iteration, as the info here is believed to come from a Spanish retailer and this release may be exclusive to Samsung.com in Spain). The slight difference compared to Germany and the Benelux countries is something that has always been there and most likely has something to do with Spain’s high VAT. Here are the prices above in an easier to read format:
|Galaxy S23||Galaxy S23+||Galaxy S23 Ultra|
|8/128 GB||959 euros||Unavailable||Unavailable|
|8/256 GB||€1,019||€1,209||1409 euros|
|12/512 GB||Unavailable||Unavailable||1589 euros|
If this is resolved, Samsung, like most companies, will react to inflation by creating more inflation, because that’s what price increases do. The irony isn’t lost on us, and it shouldn’t be lost on you, but if you’re interested in the Galaxy S23 phones, you’ll probably save a bit more than you originally expected. However, Samsung usually has very good pre-order deals, which might take away some of the stench of those price hikes.