Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is the most powerful phablet the company has ever released, and it carries a hefty $1,000 price tag to match. The Galaxy S9+ is just as powerful, and it starts at $840. Google's newest and most powerful smartphone ever is the Pixel 3, which starts at $800. Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 3 XL version costs $900 and up. The LG V40 ThinQ is a great option if you want to stray from the beaten path, but it'll also cost you a pretty penny with prices starting at $950.
The bottom line is that if you want real power from your flagship smartphone, it's going to cost you dearly. But shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Phones have been getting more and more expensive in recent years, and now there's no ceiling in sight. Smartphone makers have focused on power and speed as key selling points when trying to warrant sky-high prices and convince customers to upgrade, but on Friday a new problem emerged. If power is what you're looking for in a smartphone, you don't need to spend $1,000 or $900 or even $800. Why? Because the brand new iPhone XR was just released on Friday and it wipes the floor with every single flagship Android phone in the country.
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