Galaxy S8 going for $140,000

May 09, 2017
Visitors try out Samsung Electronics Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones at its shop in Seoul, South Korea.

Samsung is making it easier for consumers to switch wireless carriers by offering an unlocked version of its new Galaxy S8 phone.

Phones sold by carriers are typically locked to a carrier’s network, meaning it might not work when customers switch to a rival or travel abroad.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature an upgraded 8MP F1.7 front camera, complete with smart autofocus that is ideal for day or night. The 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera ships with enhanced multi-frame image processing 4, which creates sharper photos, even in low-light environments.

Enhanced biometric security capabilities come standard on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ with an advanced fingerprint reader and iris scanner.

Samsung is selling the 5.8-inch S8 phone for $725 (approximately$94,000) and the 6.2-inch S8 Plus for $825 (approximately $J107,000). Both prices are about $25 (approximately J$3,250) cheaper than what the four main U.S. carriers charge. Monthly instalment plans are available, something unusual for unlocked phones. The unlocked version comes out May 31. Verizon phones are typically already unlocked, though Samsung's version is cheaper.

The S8 is being advertised in Jamaica for more than $140,000.