Thinking About A New Phone? Get Ready For A Sticker Shock.

This year’s new phones and other gadgets from Google, Apple and Microsoft have something in common. They’re all really expensive.

By Shelly BrisbinOctober 11, 2018 6:59 am| ,

Every fall, the big tech players – Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and most of the rest – release new phones and gadgets, hoping you’ll send some holiday gift-buying dollars their way, or more likely perhaps, be unable to resist buying a new toy for yourself. With Google’s hardware announcements this week, the fall unveiling season is almost over. This year, the big news isn’t just a better camera or a bigger screen. It’s price. Tech expert Omar Gallaga says buyers are due for a bit of sticker shock.

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the latest phones to arrive with a higher price than previous year models. Same goes for Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max. All of them sport price tags of $1,000 or above.

“You would think these gadgets would get cheaper over time, but they’re actually getting more expensive,” Gallaga says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Why prices are on the rise

– How you can still find an affordable phone

– What you get for all that money

– How Microsoft is getting in on the premium gadget market