The Galaxy S10e is a better buy than the Galaxy S9 for Black Friday

This is a fine deal, but deep discounts on the Galaxy S10 series are much more appealing.

Black Friday deals are bringing incredible discounts to even the latest and most expensive phones. But when you’re looking to save money on a new phone, you may be inclined to look at previous-generation devices as well. So when the Galaxy S10 line seems too rich for your wallet, you may take a look at the Galaxy S9 for only $599.

That’s hundreds off of its original price, while offering the same core experience as the Galaxy S10 lineup and a regular capacitive fingerprint sensor rather the slower in-display unit of the newer phones. The Galaxy S9 is still a solid phone in late 2019, especially at this price, and it runs effectively the same software as the Galaxy S10 as well.

Better choice

Samsung Galaxy S10e

$550 at Amazon

A newer phone for the same money.

For a little less than a Galaxy S9, you can get an S10e with newer specs and no loss in features. Plus, a wide-angle camera and longer software update future.

But don’t get too far down the road of thinking this is a great buy. The biggest thing hurting the Galaxy S9’s value is the relative prices of other Samsung phones around Black Friday. The Galaxy S10 is on sale for only $700, including a pair of Galaxy Buds wireless headphones (which retail for $120 themselves). If you don’t care about the headphones, B&H has an international version of the Galaxy S10+ for only $680.

Upgrade pick

Samsung Galaxy S10

$700 at Amazon

A little more money goes a long way.

The S10 is a bigger and more capable phone, and with current discounts and free Galaxy Buds thrown in it’s a great value for only $100 more than the Galaxy S9.

If your budget really is maxed out by the on-sale Galaxy S9, there’s still a strong argument for going with a newer generation device when you can get a Galaxy S10e for only $550. The S10e has the same screen size as the S9, and though it doesn’t have the striking curved screen it does still have a standard capacitive fingerprint sensor. You’re also getting a newer processor, more RAM (6GB), double the storage (128GB), and an ultra-wide rear camera all while retaining the same overall hardware experience in terms of features and capabilities. Plus, you get slightly better battery life and putting you on a longer runway for future software updates.

When the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 are at these Black Friday prices, there’s no reason to buy the last-generation Galaxy S9. Don’t settle for the old phone when there’s a newer model out there.

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