The end of April is upon us and the month of May is almost here, meaning that HTC will soon release the HTC 10 for the consumer public. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have been available since March 11th, when they went worldwide (and even earlier, if you are a proud pre-order person), so six weeks sounds about right for Samsung’s new beauties and their “time in the sun.”
You’d think that Samsung’s devices would hold up well price-wise, but it’s a habit that never gets old for consumers each year: the latest Android devices arrive with high price tags, but soon depreciate in value until, after 6 months, you can pick up the latest for a fraction of what it was some weeks earlier. The LG G5, LG’s latest flagship, may cost $600-$700 with carriers and retailers, but the device itself is depreciating quicker than you can say its name at eBay — as consumers there sell the device for as low as $350 outright, a sign that the Korean manufacturer’s latest isn’t quite as appreciated in the market as Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Despite Samsung’s success, though, the Galaxy S7 is also taking a plunge in price, with the device now selling for around $500 at one of the most popular online retailers outside of Amazon and Best Buy.
Just so you know what you’re getting, let’s cover it. EBay seller Yapper Wireless says that you’ll receive a refurbished model that includes non-OEM accessories, but the specs are worth mentioning, too: a 5.1-inch, Quad HD display with a 2,560 x 1,440p screen resolution, a quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage, a 5MP front camera, 12MP back camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. This is the non-edge sibling, though, so remember that. Samsung added the same curved back to the original Galaxy S7 that it brought to the Galaxy Note 5 last Fall, and the new design language makes for a device that’s extremely comfortable to hold.
The Galaxy S7 on sale at eBay is GSM unlocked and tied to T-Mobile, so you’ll only be able to use this phone at T-Mobile and AT&T in the US. If you don’t want this phone for activation but want to have it around the house as something to play with in your downtime, then paying outright is the way to go. If, however, you need a carrier-locked model outside of AT&T and T-Mobile, such as Verizon or Sprint, you’ll need to go through other eBay sellers or your carrier. T-Mobile sales on eBay for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge (as well as the LG G5) are in abundance right now.
So, what do you say? You ready to jump in and take the plunge at $500, or are you waiting until the Galaxy S7 price drops even further before making the leap?