Now is the worst time to buy a new smartphone

Santiago Bluguermann/GettyNow is the worst time to buy a new iPhone, Pixel, or Galaxy Note.
  • Don’t buy a new smartphone right now.
  • In just a couple of months, the biggest tech companies in the world, including Apple,Google, and Samsung, will announce their flagship phones for 2019.
  • The presence of new flagship smartphones will also cause older phones to drop in price.
  • It’s worth holding on just a little longer – and there are easy ways to get more juice from your current smartphone if you’re worried about getting there.
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It’s the dead of summer – and maybe you’re thinking of upgrading your smartphone.

But if you hold on for a little bit longer, it will be worth it.

Starting about September each year, the biggest tech companies in the world, such as Apple, Google, and Samsung, unveil their newest flagship phones. This year, we’re talking about Apple’s iPhone 11, Google’s Pixel 4, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10. Those will be three huge smartphone releases.

Maybe you don’t want those (presumably) expensive new phones. That’s OK! When a new smartphone like the iPhone 11 comes out, it causes older models to drop in price – and that’s significant when you’re talking about smartphones like the iPhone XR or the iPhone XS, which start at $US750 and $US1,000.

If you’re thinking of upgrading to a new smartphone, here’s why it’s worth waiting – and if you’re worried about your phone lasting for a couple of more months, we have some tips to extend its life as well.

If you wait just a little while longer, you could get your hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10, which will most likely be revealed on August 7.


We’re expecting a clean and gorgeous design for the Galaxy Note 10, which reportedly has an in-display fingerprint sensor, a triple-lens camera system, and the same “Infinity O” OLED screen as the Galaxy S10, with the same hole-punch cut-out for the selfie camera and everything.

Expect a large 6.3-inch display, a big battery, and a new camera setup that includes an ultrawide sensor to capture larger scenes.


Some reports also say Samsung will release a “Pro” or “Plus” version of the Note 10 that will have a larger 6.8-inch OLED screen, a fourth camera lens, and an even bigger battery. We’ll have to wait until August 7 to see whether the rumours are true.

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We’re not expecting many more smartphone announcements in August, but the real fun starts in September with Apple’s next iPhone, presumably called the iPhone 11. (That’s because we’ve had two years of the iPhone X, pronounced “ten.”)


We’re expecting three new versions of the iPhone 11, including an iPhone 11, an iPhone 11 Max, and an iPhone 11R — a successor to last year’s iPhone XR.

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By most accounts, the design of the iPhone will look like last year’s phone, which looked like the prior year’s phone.

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But there’s one standout difference in the iPhone 11: the rear camera system. All reports point to Apple incorporating a three-lens system, which will include a super-wide lens for the first time to capture even more detail in your photos.

If you find the iPhone 11 too boring, or if you’re disappointed that it won’t support the superfast 5G wireless standard that is likely to roll out next year, at least you’ll save money if you wait to pick up one of Apple’s older iPhone models, like the iPhone 8 or the iPhone XR, which ought to drop in price after Apple’s September announcement.

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But this fall isn’t just for iPhone fans. If you love Google’s line of Android phones, the coming Pixel 4 may be perfect for you.


Earlier this year, Google actually did something no one expected: It released a photo of the actual Pixel 4, coming later this year. This is what it will look like.

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Expect a new dual-lens camera system on the back — including an ultrawide lens, like the iPhone 11’s — and a slightly redesigned front that hides the selfie cameras better and moves the speakers to the bottom of the phone.


While Apple’s iPhone announcements almost always occur in September, you’ll need to hold onto your current phone for at least one month longer if you want the Pixel 4 — we’re expecting an October announcement for Google’s new Pixel.

Even more smartphones are expected to arrive this fall, including the two foldable designs unveiled earlier this year, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X.


Heck, maybe we’ll even see the newly redesigned Motorola Razr, which The Wall Street Journal said would cost about $US1,500 and release in a limited run, possibly this year.


Source: The Wall Street Journal

But even if you don’t want those new, futuristic, and presumably expensive phones, it’s smart to wait for these announcements to happen because older models are sure to drop in price — which is great if you want a Pixel 3, an iPhone XR, or anything else.

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Some people are probably worried their smartphone won’t last long enough for new phones to arrive. Let’s try to address that.

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A lot of people upgrade their smartphones because the batteries in their current phones are worn out and expire quickly. Nobody likes the feeling of their smartphone not lasting through the day the way it used to.

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If your smartphone’s battery feels insufficient, consider buying an external battery pack. I recommend any of Anker’s portable chargers, including this $US50 one with two ports and a massive battery that can recharge an iPhone 7 almost seven times.


Buy it right here.

You can also try replacing the battery in your smartphone. That should give your device a significantly longer life.

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It costs $US50 to $US70 to replace an iPhone battery if your phone is out of warranty. Google can replace your battery through its repair center, but apparently it’s cheaper to go through a third party like uBreakiFix. Same goes for other Android phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, since you’d have to send those phones back to the manufacturer for repairs. You could also take your chances at a Best Buy, which is authorised to service Samsung devices.

There are other ways to extend the life of your current phone: You can try deleting unused apps or buying more cloud storage. Also, be mindful of temperatures: When it’s super hot, or super cold outside, your phone can struggle to function.

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Either way, it makes sense to hold on to your current smartphone for as long as you can — especially with these new phones coming out soon. If you hold on a little bit longer, you’ll be rewarded with new models worth considering and price drops for older ones.


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