Apple iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: Which smartphone holds its value?

by Sheetal

SellCell, which is an online platform that offers the best prices for old smartphones has recently published a blog post that shows the ranking of mobile phone retention rates in April 2021. Reports show that Apple’s iPhone 12 series outperformed the Samsung Galaxy S21 series released earlier this year.


Conversely, if you want to trade after about 12 months of use, the iPhone 12 series is still the most valuable option. Since its launch in 2020, the iPhone 12 series has lost only 18.1% ~ 33.7% of its initial value.

Now, talking about Samsung, the devaluation of the Galaxy S21 series is faster than expected. However, the value of these phones dropped by 44.8% ~ 57.1% when launched earlier this year.

In addition, the 256GB variant Galaxy S21 is priced at US $ 799. Meanwhile, the 6.1-inch and 64GB models of the iPhone 12 series dropped by 33.7%, which is comparable to the 512GB iPhone 12 Pro model.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini is clearly considered the best-selling iPhone 12 series of all time, but its monthly depreciation rate is comparatively low.

SellCell compared the suggested retail prices of all iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone models with their current prices. The company uses monthly depreciation and total depreciation as a percentage of the suggested retail price and cash value and compares these numbers to find which phone (iPhone 12 or Samsung Galaxy S21) is the fastest depreciation.

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