Samsung Electronics is having a hard time setting prices for its newly showcased phablet Galaxy Note 8as the South Korean government is pushing to cut down telecom costs, industry sources said on Monday.
Last week Samsung showcased the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8 with a dual-camera and improved stylus features.
Pre-orders are expected to start September 7 in Seoul, with the official release slated for September 15.
Industry watchers earlier expected the local price tag will hover above KRW 1 million ($892 or roughly Rs. 57,000), Yonhap news agency reported.
The price of the 64GB Galaxy Note 8 in the US, already available for pre-order, stands at $929. The price is even higher in European countries, industry sources were quoted as saying.
The Galaxy S8+ launched earlier this year came with a price tag of KRW 990,000. Industry watchers said a lower price of the Galaxy Note 8 will adversely impact the sales of the Galaxy S8 models.
The new South Korean government is also pushing to cut telecom costs for households, giving smaller leeway to local tech giants to release pricy smartphones.