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Galaxy S24 prices surface, satellite support not coming

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S24 series is expected to be announced in a few weeks, and as the event approaches, leaks detail the pricing of Samsung’s new lineup as well as the potential removal of satellite connectivity.

Two separate Galaxy S24 series pricing leaks have surfaced this week, both suggesting Samsung will raise the price of the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

GalaxyClub reports that the Ultra will cost €1,449 in Europe for its base 256GB model. That’s up from the €1,399 price of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Roland Quandt of WinFuture adds this price in Sweden for the Galaxy S24 Ultra starts at SEK 17,990, and the 512 GB model starts at SEK 19,490. Although Samsung’s website does not currently list the price of the 256GB in Sweden, the 512GB model is priced at SEK 18,990, which is slightly less than the new Galaxy S24 Ultra.

So, by all accounts, it certainly looks like the Galaxy S24 Ultra will see a higher price tag. Whether this will translate to the United States, however, remains to be seen. The Galaxy S23 Ultra starts at $1,199, and based on these non-Europe prices, $1,249 seems like a reasonable expectation.

Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports on the pricing of the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+.

Quandt says the Galaxy S24 will start at SEK 11,490 in Sweden, the same price as the current S23. The Galaxy S24+ would start at SEK 14,490, also unchanged from the previous model. But GalaxyClub claims that, in the rest of Europe, the lower two models could actually see lower price compared to last year. The Galaxy S24 would start at €899, compared to €949. The S24+ will apparently land at €1,149, down from €1,199.

Part of the increase in the price of Ultra, GalaxyClub speculates, this could be due to more RAM, with the base model now including 12GB instead of 8GB.

In the meantime, ETNews reports that Samsung is testing the network in Korea and that the Galaxy S24 series will apparently not include satellite connectivity yet. Satellite support has become a talking point since Apple added the feature to its iPhone 14 series in 2022, but Samsung has surprisingly ignored it until now. With the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung said it expects the technology to be “ready,” but at this point it’s unclear exactly what the company expects, especially now that its own cellular modems for Exynos chipsets are taking support the technology (and Exynos is expected to be used to some extent on the Galaxy S24 series).

In the broader Android landscape, Qualcomm recently ended its satellite connectivity efforts, and things have been pretty quiet in terms of new tech efforts.

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