When a new phone is announced, long before all the specs are dissected by every blog, news outlet, and tech forum, everybody wants to know one thing: the price.

The cost of smartphone devices around the world is the most important aspect, truth be told (even though we all love features first and foremost).

Even though smartphone prices seem fixed, every country has a slightly different selling cost of smartphone for each device. The differences might be as little as currency conversions, or they might vary by several orders of magnitude due to shipping costs and taxes.

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The recent news about India’s $5 smartphone got me thinking – how much would it actually cost if I had it shipped to Europe? Or if my Updato colleagues wanted to get their hands on it in the US? The $5 phone would be anything but $5 at the end of the day.

So I wanted to take a look at how prices vary for one of the most popular Android devices: the Nexus 6P, taking the list prices at launch. 

One world, many prices: How a purebread Android phone varies in price

Nexus 6P Prices

Go figure that the Nexus 6P price is actually cheapest in the U.S. How often is anything cheapest in the US.?

It’s worth noting that I used the launch cost of smartphone for every country, since in the months after launch different price drops have popped up across the globe, and resellers have adjusted their offers.

So what’s the lesson here? Whenever you hear that the new smartphone you have your eyes on goes on sale for a price, check to see how much it will actually go for in your region.

The Nexus 6P has a cost of smartphone that’s set by Google themselves, and other phones have much more headache-inducing pricing schemes. This isn’t even taking into account the price you’re offered when you subscribe for a carrier plan, so be wary of that as well!

What do you think, should we mention worldwide prices when we talk about a new phone being launched? Is it fair that phone prices vary so much depending on what country you’re in?

photo credit: theverge.com

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