Samsung Galaxy S21 series losing its trade-in value like nobody's business: report
All baseline pricing was correct and the earlier message still holds: the Galaxy S21 series has lost around 50 percent of its value since its release and the iPhone 12 is doing comparatively better.
The article has been updated to reflect the changes. The previous information is given below for reference:
Compared to their retail price during the launch month, the Galaxy S21 series smartphones have depreciated between 44.8 percent and 50.8 percent in value. In contrast, the iPhone 12 range, which went on sale in the last quarter of 2020, has lost between 18 percent to 33.7 percent of its value.
The priciest Galaxy S21 model is now worth nearly half its price, the most expensive iPhone 12 variant has only lost 31 percent of its value
Overall, Apple's newest phones are holding on to their value better than the Galaxy S21. This is doubly annoying for Samsung Galaxy S21 owners because the range costs more than the iPhone 12 series on a like-for-like basis.
The most expensive iPhone 12 model, the 512GB iPhone 12 Pro Max that costs $1,399, has lost around 31 percent of its value since its launch in October last year. The priciest Galaxy S21 model, the 512GB S21 Ultra that goes for $1,379, has depreciated by 45.8 percent since launch.
Trade-in depreciation is usually higher for Android phones
Per the site, the iPhone 11 lost around 13 percent of its trade-in value in the whole of 2020. The Galaxy S20, on the other hand, lost nearly 35 percent in the first nine months only.
Smartphone upgrade cycle is lengthening
While the latest trade-in value data may upset Android users who upgrade their phones every year, it will likely not be a concern for most people, given that reports suggest that the upgrade cycle has increased to 3 to 4 years. It also appears that the depreciation gap between iPhones and Android devices begins to decrease after three years.
Still, why do Android phones depreciate at a faster rate than iPhones? SellCell believes it may have something to do with brand loyalty. Nearly a third of Samsung users may consider switching to Apple, says the site, but the majority of iPhone users are unlikely to leave the Apple ecosystem. The higher demand for iPhones helps them retain their value better than Android handsets.
On the bright side, if you have been eyeing the Galaxy S21 series, a used model sounds like a good idea.
Also, keep in mind that millions of smartphones are sold every year via various channels and the number of transactions on SellCell may not be high enough to reflect a wider trend.
In related news, Samsung has reclaimed the title of number one smartphone seller from Apple after losing it in Q4 2020.