The Black Friday discount deluge is finally, officially, here after days of early discounts.
Smartphones will likely be one of the most popular categories this holiday shopping season, with almost all Android manufacturers knocking money off their cheaper devices. But products from Apple, Google and Samsung are what buyers really want – and it is Samsung that has outflanked the competition with its hefty price cuts.
Samsung isn’t exactly shy with its promotions, the Korean company is notoriously aggressive when it comes to undercutting the competition. 2020 appears to be no different.
Samsung is offering $200 off the Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note 20 5G and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G. Elsewhere you can get $100 off the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and $150 off the Galaxy S20 5G.
The Korean company is also giving away $30 of additional credit towards wearables like the Galaxy Buds Live/Plus and Galaxy Watch 3. This is alongside straight discounts of up to $100 off on all of its wearables (most are discounted by $60). If you have a device to trade-in there are more savings to be made.
Google doesn’t have a Pixel Watch (yet), but its Pixel Buds headphones have not been discounted for Black Friday. Meanwhile Apple is offering a £25 gift card with the AirPods and AirPods Pro (alongside a free engraving), and Apple Watch Series 3, which comes with three months free of Fitness+.
The Gift Card deal is extended to the iPad, too, which comes with $100 credit and 1 free year of Apple TV+, alongside a free engraving. For its smartphones, Apple is offering a $50 gift card to spend in-store on the iPhone 11, iPhone XR and iPhone SE, which doesn’t match up to Samsung’s deals.
Apple is famously stingy with its shopping season discounts. You’ll have to go to other retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart to find straight money-off deals. Check out my colleague David Phelan’s round up for details.
But the issue with shopping at third party retailers is that not all of them offer money for your old phone, which is why it’s good to check what deals manufacturers are offering first. It is in trade-in prices that Samsung is comfortably beating Apple and Google.
Apple Vs. Samsung trade-in prices
- Apple is offering up to $300 for the iPhone XS, whereas Samsung is offering $430.
- Apple is offering $370 for the iPhone XS Max, whereas Samsung is offering $520.
- Apple is offering $250 for the iPhone X, whereas Samsung is offering $260.
- Apple is offering $100 for the iPhone 7, whereas Samsung is offering $210.
- Apple is offering $280 for the Galaxy Note 10, whereas Samsung is offering $460.
- Apple is offering $160 for the Galaxy S10, whereas Samsung is offering $370.
This gap in trade-in deals can be seen across the full range of devices that both companies will accept.
Samsung also has a “cracked screen” promotion. For example, it is offering $350 for an iPhone XS with a cracked screen, Apple is offering $300 for a phone with normal wear and tear. The specific difference here is that Apple will not accept your phone if it has a major crack, whereas Samsung will accept phones with cracked screens under this special promotion if it falls under the below requirements.
Google Vs. Samsung trade-in prices
- Google is offering $211 for the Galaxy S10, whereas Samsung is offering $370.
- Google is offering $270 for the Galaxy Note 10, whereas Samsung is offering $460.
- Google is offering $275 for the iPhone XS, whereas Samsung is offering $430.
- Google is offering $335 for the iPhone XS Max, whereas Samsung is offering $520.
- Google is offering $208 for the iPhone X, whereas Samsung is offering $260.
- Google is offering $93 for the iPhone 7, whereas Samsung is offering $210.
Samsung’s trade-in prices means it should be your first stop if you’re hunting for Galaxy products and you have old tech to sell. But if you want to buy an iPhone or a Pixel, then take a look at the deals other retailers are offering here.
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