Samsung has launched an ‘Avant Edition’ variant of the Galaxy Note 8, designed to appeal to folk who think the iPhone X is a little too cheap to warrant a place in their vicuña-lined pockets.
The Galaxy Note 8 Avant Edition was developed in partnership with 99 Avant, a Korean artist, who designed a batch of unique icons and wallpapers, as well as an exclusive soft-touch case, to launch alongside the handset.
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What’s strange is that the Avant Edition is otherwise nearly identical to the regular Galaxy Note 8, with the main difference being it ships with 256GB of expandable internal storage, instead of the 64GB the base model is equipped with.
The unit doesn’t even come with a flashy paint job. It’s essentially a bog standard Galaxy Note 8 with a spruced up theme and a flashy protective cover – and Samsung somehow thinks that warrants an extra $870.
The firm is demanding an eye-watering $1,800 for the Avant Edition, almost twice as much as the entry-level Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X. It’s even more expensive than the extortionately-priced LG V30 Signature Edition.
It doesn’t look like Samsung’s planning on releasing the Galaxy Note 8 Avant Edition outside of South Korea, which is probably good news because we can’t imagine there being much demand for the unit in the Western world, outside of a few Portofino-bound super yachts.
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