The latest batch of flagship smartphones are pushing new boundaries in terms of price. In the Android camp, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 starts at an RRP of S$1,398 and goes up to S$1,728, while Apple’s latest iPhone XS that launched for sale in Singapore last Friday starts at S$1,649 and goes up to a whopping S$2,349 for the iPhone XS Max.
While these high-end phones arguably offer the best mobile user experiences, it could be argued that the majority of users who casually text, watch videos and play simple games don’t require the latest, most powerful devices. Indeed, when Apple first launched the now-superseded iPhone X model in 2017, just one in three people said they would spend the US$1,000+ price tag on it.
With these top-end cellular phones now costing more than many laptop computers, we ask: Are mobile phones becoming too expensive? Have your say in our poll and leave a comment below.