The GoPro Hero 9 Black appears to be donning its wingsuit in preparation for an upcoming launch when the latest speculation comes up – but its upgrades could potentially cause a financial sting in the tail, according to the latest rumors.
According to a tweet from Roland Quandt of WinFuture, the German website that leaked the packaging for the new action cam earlier this week, the Hero 9 Black will cost 479 euros. Should it turn out to be the case, it would mean a 10% price increase over the Hero 8 Black, which hit € 429 / $ 399.99 / £ 379.99 / AU $ 598 in October 2019.
If all areas got a corresponding price increase, it would mean the Hero 9 Black could arrive for around $ 439 / £ 41
As previous rumors and the following tweet have suggested, the Hero 9 Black is expected to come with a new 1.4-inch front display as well as a larger 2.27-inch display on the back. It is also expected that for the first time in eight years there will be a brand new sensor that will increase its resolution from the usual 12 MP to 23.6 MP, which will allow it to record 5K video.
According to the packaging leak earlier this week, the newest GoPro flagship may also come with a larger battery, with a 1,720 mAh battery instead of the usual 1,220 mAh cell used in previous flagships.
All of these hardware upgrades are likely to come at a cost, and the alleged price hike seems doable with the addition of a new sensor, front display, and battery. There will likely be software upgrades as well, with HyperSmooth 3.0 also being rumored to be stabilizing, but retail prices will not rise as much as the new hardware.
GoPro Hero9 Black: 23.6 MP sensor, 5K video (5120 x 2880 pixels, 20 MP photos, 1.4 inch front screen for preview / status, 2.27 inch main screen, 479 euros. September 9, 2020
If these price rumors turn out to be correct, it will be interesting to see what could happen to the rest of the GoPro lineup when the Hero 9 Black actually hits the market anytime soon.
More recently, GoPro has kept earlier models as entry-level options for those who can’t quite expand to the top of the line. Right now, the GoPro Hero 8 Black is available for purchase for $ 349.99 / £ 279.99 / AU $ 679.95. The current entry-level model is the even cheaper GoPro Hero 7 Silver.
It’s not yet clear what will happen to these models when the Hero 9 Black arrives, but there could well be bargain potential if you don’t need the new flagship’s rumored front screen.
In fact, models like the Hero 8 Black have become increasingly powerful, with the latter being given webcam functionality to adapt to the slightly less extreme pandemic lives we’ve been leading recently.
We’ll bring you all of the official news on GoPro’s new flagship when it arrives. In the meantime, you can read everything we know so far in our GoPro Hero 9 Black: release date, news, leaks and rumors.