Competitive iPhone 5 Price: Less Than Galaxy S II and Droid Bionic?

Talk of the Apple iPhone 5 is increasing even more as we get closer to a release date and one query we’ve had over the past months is what price it may be. Today we wanted to take another look at this as we reckon that a competitive iPhone 5 price looks like it could be less than that of the Samsung Galaxy S II when it appears stateside and also the Motorola Droid Bionic.

This hot trio of smartphones seems to be the ones that everybody and his dog are currently waiting for. Way back in January our Tim Ollason first asked how much readers would be willing to pay for the iPhone 5 and then in June we looked at the rumored specs for the iPhone 5 and discussed whether the next iPhone may stay at around the same price or in fact fall. Given the fact that Apple seems to making real efforts to keep its pricing competitive we imagined that even with improved specs, the price could remain about the same. The current subsidized contract price of the iPhone 4 is $199 for a 16GB version or $299 for a 32GB version so by this thinking the entry-level iPhone 5 could again be around the $199 level.

We also reported recently on a budget iPhone, which has at various times been referred to as an iPhone 4S or iCloud iPhone and this could even be free on contract. As far as the iPhone 5 price though, it seems to be widely felt that the entry-level model will come in at around the same, at $199. For example over on Pop Herald they reckon the cheapest iPhone 5 is highly possible to have the same $199 price tag while over on the iPhone 5 Price Guide it’s also felt that the same pricing will occur for the iPhone 5, $199 for the 16GB model on contract or $299 for the 32GB model.

Moving on to the Motorola Droid Bionic then, the pricing has just been leaked ahead of its rumored September 8 release date. A Verizon MAP listing has a price of $299.99 on the usual two-year contract, above the price we were anticipating of $249. The likely internal memory for the Droid Bionic from a leaked manual, although also as yet unconfirmed, is 16GB but it should also include a16GB microSD card. Nevertheless it’s still a whopping $100 more than we imagine the cheapest iPhone 5 will be.

As far as the Galaxy S II goes, pricing is also unconfirmed at present but the Sprint variant, the Epic Touch 4G with 16GB of internal storage is likely to come in at around $249.99 on contract according to TFTS. Pocketnow meanwhile is speculating a price of $299.99 for the Hercules, the Galaxy S II variant for T-Mobile, so either way the Galaxy S II also looks likely to be more costly than the iPhone 5. If Apple is to maintain its current pricing for the iPhone 5 then, it’s likely to cost less than both of its main rivals, the Galaxy S II and the Droid Bionic. This could really give the iPhone an advantage although it does look as though it will release a few weeks later than the Galaxy S II and the Bionic.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the iPhone 5 price. Do you think Apple will keep pricing approximately the same as the iPhone 4 as is widely felt? If so, would that price lead you to opt for the next iPhone rather than alternatives? Let us know with your comments.