Samsung S’pore Provides High Trade-In Prices for Huawei Phones

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If you’re someone who only reads headlines, then you might be one of those who are panicking and selling all their Huawei products.

You might even have believed that Huawei phones were truly worthless after seeing some phone shops declare Huawei Phones to have S$0 resale value.

But that’s what you think. Samsung clearly doesn’t (and actually, neither do we) think so, since they are offering additional S$200 trade-in value when trading up to the Galaxy S10 series until 31 May 2019.

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And yes, that trade-in includes Huawei phones, though the P30 Pro doesn’t appear to be on this list.

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In case you’re unable to see the actual images:

  • Huawei P20 Pro – $560
  • Huawei P20 – $445
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro – $755#
  • Huawei Mate 20 – $545#
  • Huawei Nova 3i – $300#

These prices include the S$200 promotion, and the # are only available for Instant In-Store Trade Up at Samsung Experience Stores (except Changi Airport T3). There also appears to be additional $100 trade-in value when you trade up to a Galaxy S9/S9+/Note9.

If you own another model and are interested in more details, check out their web page here.

Samsung’s offer for the Mate 20 Pro, which is the most expensive Huawei phone on the list, stands at S$755, while StarHub’s is S$600, and M1 is at S$400. Singtel doesn’t appear to have their trade-in prices online currently.

Samsung winning back market share?

Quick, where are most of the top market shares of smartphone companies located? US and China would be a pretty correct answer, with the exception of Samsung.

Here’s a thing to understand: the fiasco affects US companies as much as Chinese companies, despite the spotlight being placed on Huawei. ArsTechnica has a fantastic article here for specific technologies in the Huawei P30 Pro.

To make a Huawei P30 Pro requires buying things from US companies like Gorilla Glass, Flash Storage, some chips and radios. And that’s business lost for the US companies supplying to China.

There are also discussions that the fiasco could also result in boycotting of US, specifically Apple’s products.

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If any one single company benefits from the US-China fiasco that resulted in the Huawei wild ride, it seems to be Samsung. One thing that the ArsTechnica article also mentioned is that “Samsung is an option”. That is, many of the technologies that Huawei (or other Chinese companies) have to buy may be replaced by a Samsung or some other alternative.

And in this trade-in offer, which seems to only be in Singapore, it sounds like Samsung is literally buying back their market share.

Time to swap?

Just based on price alone, it seems hard to beat already with the trade-in options. If Samsung phones are already under your radar, and you have a phone that you want to trade in, then there seem to be little reasons to hesitate.

But if you are a fan of Huawei or another affected company, it is best to do your own research instead of relying on headlines to decide your purchase.

Personally, I like to take a wait and see approach, as the US-China fiasco doesn’t seem very clear cut in how it will affect the rest of the tech world.