This is getting more and more concerning! Smartphone manufacturers seem to have gone crazy in 2017. I get it that innovations cost but this is ridiculous, as even Huawei plans to sell smartphone that will have prices north of the $1.000 threshold.
When I first wrote about the subject I was very skeptical because I said to myself: “There’s no way a Chinese company will ask that much money for a smartphone”. Not that Huawei can’t make expensive smartphone, but because Huawei is appreciated for its flagship smartphones at decent prices. What their trying to do know sounds crazy and risky.
New leaks from China reveals some of the specs and the price lists for Mate 10 and 10 Pro smartphones that will be unveiled on October 16th, in Munich. And it’s worrying me.
As you will see in the picture bellow. Mate 10 Pro is going to be very expensive. The cheapest variant, with 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage will have a price tag around 5,499 Yuan, which is around $835 or €670. The most expensive variant will offer 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage, and will have a price tag of 7,499 Yuan. That’s around 1,138 US dollars or 950 euros. The other variants we can see them in the image bellow.
There are information about the standard Mate 10, which, isn’t going to be a cheap smartphone either, but it has more decent prices. The cheapest combo, 4GB or RAM and 64GB storage will be priced at 4,299 Yuan. That’s about $652 or €545. The most expensive variant, 6GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage is priced at 5,599 Yuan, which is around $850 or €710.
Without hurting Huawei’s fans feelings, I get it (kinda) why Apple asks so much for their iPhones. Apple is an iconic brand, they have very loyal fans and are used to pay premium prices, but Huawei has a fans that like them, as I noted earlier, because they sale good smartphones at decent prices. Over 1,100 dollars for a Huawei, no matter how good it is, seems a bit too much.