You can now order the latest top-end Samsung in SA – for the price of a pretty decent used car
- Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Note20 smartphone, and it is due to be in South Africa on 21 August.
- But it's pricey. The base model costs R25,000. The top-end Ultra model is on pre-order for R36,000 cash.
- For that money, there's quite a handsome selection of second-hand cars available right now, including a 2008 Dodge Caliber.
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Samsung just launched its new Galaxy Note20 smartphone – and it’s pricey. Really, really pricey.
The company announced two models for the plus-sized phone: the Galaxy Note20 (in 4G and 5G variants) and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, the one with all the bells and whistles.
Considering consumers everywhere are hard-hit by Covid-19 and the resulting economic damage, the phone has a pretty hefty pricetag. According to Samsung, the base model retails for R25,000 while the Ultra retails for an eye-watering R37,000.
Telkom currently has both models up for pre-order. The base 4G model will set you back R899 over 24 months, and you'll pay R1,399 per month over 24 months for the Ultra. For the Ultra, that’s a lifetime cost of R33,576, including a FreeMe 3GB contract from Telkom.
It's not just Takealot and Telkom. Though most of the other retailers Samsung lists as accepting pre-orders aren't displaying prices, online retailer Hi is also listing the Ultra at R37,000. Delivery is free.
Or, for the same money, you can buy a Mobicell Astro smartphone – one of the top smartphones in South Africa for under R1,000 – use it for a week, throw it away, buy a new one, and keep doing that for more than a year and a half.
So what do you get for the price of a second-hand car? Well, the cameras are really nice.
The Galaxy Note20 has a 64MP primary camera, with two 12MP lenses. The Note 20Ultra has a 108MP camera. That’s enough for filming in 8K resolution.
They also have really nice AMOLED displays. The Galaxy Note 20 has a 6.7-inch display while the Ultra has a 6.9-inch display.
If that doesn't appeal, you could always buy yourself a car.
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