Samsung Galaxy S4: When should I buy?

ByAnthony Hill

Price cuts could mean you save 25% by waiting six months before buying the Samsung Galaxy S4.

When's the best time to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4? Research suggests that to get a good price you need to wait half a year!

You could save around 25% on the price of a Samsung Galaxy S4 by simply waiting six months before buying the smartphone, a study by comparison site Idealo has found.

Researchers looked at historical pricing of the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 - both immensely popular handsets that preceded the recently unveiled S4 - and charted how quickly their price dropped in the months immediately after release.

Samsung Galaxy smartphone price trends

After just three months on the market, the average price of both the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 had slipped to just over 85% of their initial cost. Six months after launch, they'd dipped further to 75% of the original price.

In June 2012, the average price of a Samsung Galaxy S3 was £450. When September arrived you could pick one up for £384 and by December prices had dropped to £349.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, unveiled for the first time last Friday, will reportedly cost around £529, although no release or pricing details have yet been confirmed.

Should it follow the same trend, and assuming it's released next month as planned, Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphone could be priced under £400 by October.

Would you wait to save money on a Galaxy S4? Let us know in a comment below.

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