Where is the best to buy a new phone? I prepared a review and price comparison of 10 popular smartphones. I visited not only Polish and Chinese stores, but also on auction portals. Where can I buy a new smartphone at a good price to not regret later?

Buying a new smartphone is not an easy matter and it is not just about choosing a particular model. We also often wonder where to buy a phone , preferably at a good price. There are a lot of offers in both Polish and Chinese stores as well as on auction portals. I decided to look at the prices of 10 popular smartphones at various points of sale and compare them. Thanks to this you will know where to buy, to save and not regret . Before we get to the details, a few words about the methodology. Polish stores, divided into official distribution and importers, take part in the comparison. In both cases I used the help Ceneo . The amounts given concern fixed prices, as I did not include temporary promotions. Remember that prices are not always specific, because in determining them I have considered the most common ones, not the best ones. As for the auctions, I divided the offers into shops and private, based on Allegro and OLX . I did not include any suspicious listings without any form of guarantee or VAT invoice. Due to the rapid appearance and disappearance of offers, I decided not to include links to specific auctions.

Fot. wikiHow (https://www.wikihow.com/Buy-a-Cell-Phone)

Fot. wikiHow (https://www.wikihow.com/Buy-a-Cell-Phone)

Chinese stores are primarily GearBest , though I've also looked at AliExpress or Banggood . The prices quoted do not include VAT or any form of protection against its imposition. In this category you will not find a large part of smartphones, as they are not sold in Chinese stores. So I replaced them with the German Amazon , but only if it was the seller, not the intermediary. There are hundreds of phone models on the market, so a full comparison of all prices would probably take my whole life, and in the middle of work a great part of the devices would change the price. Therefore, I chose 10 popular smartphones, basing on Ceneo . However, this is not the first ten items, because in the list there would be smartphones of only two companies. Remember that the evaluation of individual prices and offers is purely subjective – I only inform you which option I would choose if I had to buy one of the phones myself. If you have a different opinion, I will be happy to meet them.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Samsung Galaxy S8 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Let's start with one of the most popular flagships on the market, namely the Samsung Galaxy S8. How do prices appear at individual points of sale?
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S8 PLN 2998 PLN 2299 about PLN 2,200 approx. PLN 2,000 approx. PLN 2350

The above table proves that the Polish branch of Samsung maintains the Galaxy S8 price at a really high level. In official distribution you still have to pay almost 3000 zlotys for him, and sometimes even 100 zlotys more. Taking into account competitive offers, we can look for good opportunities in other places. The Amazon.de offer is particularly interesting , as it collects positive feedback for customer service and all forms of guarantee execution. So you do not have to be afraid of a one-time, conditional Samsung warranty for devices outside of the official Polish distribution. In addition, the possibility of saving ~ PLN 600 is very convincing. If it was not for Amazon, it would be equally good to buy from persons prolonging the contract with the operator. A good opportunity hunter will easily hunt down the auction, thanks to which he will buy a new, unused Galaxy S8 with a two-year warranty. You just need to watch out for smartphones from the Plus and T-Mobile networks, due to the possibility of blocking IMEI for unpaid installments. If I had to buy the Galaxy S8 myself, I would rather not think about buying in the official Polish distribution , unless there would be some nice promotion. https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/692618/test-samsung-galaxy-s8-s8-plus/

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6 / fot. gsmManiaK

Xiaomi Mi 6 / fot. gsmManiaK

Until recently, the purchase of a Xiaomi smartphone involved a visit to one of the Chinese stores or the use of intermediaries. Now, we can buy Chinese brand appliances quietly in large Polish stores. Only if it is worth it? Let's check on the example of Xiaomi Mi 6, in the most popular version with 64 GB of internal memory.
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Chinese shops
Xiaomi Mi 6 (64 GB) PLN 1798 PLN 1529 approx. PLN 1500 approx. PLN 1450 about PLN 1300-1500

The official Polish distribution of Xiaomi Mi 6 is offered at a really reasonable price. It's a smartphone in many respects flagship, so spending about PLN 1800 on it can certainly not be called a bad decision. In this situation, I do not see any sense in buying Xiaomi Mi 6 from intermediaries or on auctions. We will not save much in this way, and in addition we will not be sure which software we will get the phone purchased from. This can be particularly problematic for those who do not like or do not want to pick out the software. In my opinion, it is a pity for this sunset. It's a bit different with Chinese stores. As a standard, they sell Xiaomi Mi 6 for around PLN 1,500, so this is not a tempting offer. However, from time to time there are promotions, thanks to which the price drops to the level of approx. PLN 1350 , and the product is sent from a warehouse located in Europe, which means no additional customs and tax charges. When we use this offer in iBuygou , we additionally get a two-year warranty in the Polish Mi Center. In such a situation, you can easily resign from the official Polish distribution , to save even a few hundred. https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/718078/xiaomi-mi6-test/

LG G6

LG G6 / fot. gsmManiaK

LG G6 / fot. gsmManiaK

LG G6 is one of the most profitable smartphones on the market. Only half a year after the premiere, it was enough for its price to drop by about 40%. Now the LG G6 can boast of almost one year's experience. Where and for how much will we buy it?
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Amazon
LG G6 PLN 1699-1750 PLN 1600 approx. PLN 1500 about PLN 1300-1450 approx. PLN 2,000

Looking at LG G6 prices in the official Polish distribution, I come to the conclusion that it is the best source to buy the device in question. The phone can be easily purchased for PLN 1699 . This is quite a good shop price, which completely kills the sense of looking for better offers from importers or Amazon. An alternative option is auctions from private individuals. Most offers oscillate around 1450 zlotys, which gives us a decent saving. In my opinion, however, it is better to hunt for more special occasions, because sometimes cheaper proposals appear clearly. Occasionally LG G6 straight from the operator can be hunted for less than 1,300 zlotys , so it is definitely worth looking around for local offers. Is it worth buying LG G6 now, if the successor will make a debut in a few months? It has been observing LG G6 prices in stores for several months and I sincerely doubt the spectacular discounts in the near future . People interested in this smartphone are unlikely to wait. https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/685040/lg-g6-test/

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi Mi A1 / fot. gsmManiaK

Xiaomi Mi A1 / fot. gsmManiaK

Xiaomi Mi A1 tempts not only because, like every Xiaomi, it is cheap. Mi A1 belongs to Android One, so it works under the control of pure Android, receives regular security updates and has a guaranteed update to Android. P. Xiaomi Mi A1 is worth buying, but where is the best to do it?
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Chinese shops
Xiaomi Mi A1 (64 GB) PLN 950-1100 PLN 820-950 approx. PLN 800-900 approx. PLN 800-900 approx. PLN 750-900

I chose the 64 GB version for comparison. In the official Polish distribution, you have to pay about 950 zlotys for it , although some stores demand a few zlotys more, and others a few zlotys less. This is a fair price and in my opinion, buying this phone in a Polish store will not be a waste of money. The importers are only a little cheaper, so if none of them guarantees a global variant with LTE B20, I do not see any sense in taking risks. I have not found any thrilling offers at the auctions. Xiaomi Mi A1 is not sold to operators, so virtually every offer is called drugs. It is a bit better in Chinese stores, although here it is difficult to talk about reckless savings. Here you need to hunt for promotion and shipping from the European / Polish warehouse. If we do not find such an offer, it seems a better decision to buy in Poland . Important note: the latest version with 32 GB of memory has recently been sold in Poland. It just happens that it is completely unprofitable , because a better variant of Xiaomi Mi A1 can be easily bought at a similar price, and in some cases even cheaper. https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/763236/xiaomi-mi-a1-test-recenzja/

Huawei P10

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Huawei P10 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

The Huawei P10 will soon be replaced, but as in the case of LG G6, I do not expect a sharp drop in price. All because it has already dropped to the optimal level. In addition, the history of predecessors shows that Huawei's annual flagship is only slightly cheaper. Where to look for a good offer on the Huawei P10?
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Chinese shops
Huawei P10 PLN 1699 PLN 1600-1700 approx. PLN 1500-1600 about PLN 1250-1400 approx. PLN 1500

Huawei P10 is the next model in this list, which is sold in the official Polish distribution for really reasonable money . The situation is so interesting that the importers and auctioneers can find the Huawei P10 for more than 1700 zlotys. However, these are rare situations and usually offers are 100-200 PLN more interesting than in large stores. This is only a small saving. The operators' customers, who sometimes want unused Huawei P10, only 1250 zlotys , have much more interesting propositions. If you locate such an opportunity, I would advise you to use it, as long as the smartphone does not come from Plus or T-Mobile, for the aforementioned reasons. In China, there is no need to look for the Huawei P10. The price is similar, the shipping time is longer and the warranty is virtually non-existent. It does not make sense . https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/688260/test-huawei-p10/

Apple iPhone X

fot. Apple

fot. Apple

Apple iPhone X is one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, unless we consider collector's editions with gilding or diamonds or those models on which the Porsche Design logo has been applied. No wonder we are looking for the best price in this situation. Where can I find one?
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Amazon
Apple iPhone X (64 GB) PLN 4979 PLN 4400-4700 about PLN 4300-4500 approximately PLN 3800-4200

For a few days Apple's authorized partners have reduced the price of the iPhone X (64 GB) a little, but soon it has returned to its normal level and the jubilee smartphone of an American manufacturer costs almost PLN 5,000 . Will importers or stores on Allegro save us? Yes and even 700 zlotys . Is it worth it? In the point of view of our portfolio, the most. However, it is worth making sure that the copy we are looking for has a guarantee. We will check this on the Apple website , where you must enter the serial number. If there is a problem with it, it is better not to risk it. Shopping in foreign stores does not make any sense to the inhabitants of Poland . The prices are very similar – once a bit higher, once a bit lower.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Samsung Galaxy S7 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Samsung Galaxy S7 is another proof that the Polish branch of Samsung does not think about serious price reductions of flagships, even two-year-olds.
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S7 PLN 1898 PLN 1600-1800 approx. PLN 1500-1700 about PLN 1250-1500 approx. PLN 1550-1600

Authorized Korean partners demand for Galaxy S7 at least PLN 1989 , and their stores want only PLN 50 less. It was a promotional price for a couple of months and most of you thought it was an excessive price for a flagship in 2016. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 is still "in shape" and not only the manufacturer knows about it. Apart from the official distribution, the device is not much cheaper. Some PLN 200 can be saved for importers, about PLN 300 for Allegro sellers. Private individuals offer to purchase fewer stools, and with good winds, you'll find a piece from the operator's lounge for a little over 1200 zlotys, and this is a sensational price from the Galaxy S7 . If it works, it's definitely worth it – in my opinion it will be difficult to find a better model for that money. Meanwhile, Amazon shows off at the Galaxy S8, but offers on the Galaxy S7 are not so good. Nevertheless, 200-250 zlotys stay in my pocket , so I would not reject this place as a source of purchase of the former Samsung flagship. https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/523392/samsung-galaxy-s7-test-opinia/

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Redmi 5 Plus / Fot. Xiaomi

Redmi 5 Plus / Fot. Xiaomi

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is the last Xiaomi smartphone in this list (I promise!). I took it to a list for several different reasons. First of all, it's cheap. Second, it has narrow frames. Thirdly, it just went on sale in Poland. This time I came to the conclusion that I will check the price of the version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, which is the best possible.
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Chinese shops
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64 GB) PLN 1099 PLN 849 approx. PLN 800-1000 approx. PLN 700-800 approx. PLN 650-800

ABC Data wants us to pay PLN 1099 for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. Theoretically, this is not a high price. I will say more – it can be considered as well-thought-out and attractive. That's what I thought at the beginning, before I looked for this smartphone in other selling points. Polish stores selling the global version of Redmi 5 Plus, often imported from Western European countries or from our southern neighbors, price this smartphone at PLN 800-850 . In this situation, it is a satisfactory saving, especially if the shop promises a guarantee. Xiaomi distributors in our country should notice this and quickly reduce the official price by at least PLN 100. Chinese stores have even better proposals. Every day they offer Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus for 800 zlotys, and when there is a nice promotion from the European magazine, the price often falls to around 650 zlotys. It is definitely worth fishing to buy the Redmi 5 Plus "too small".

LG V30

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Fot. gsmManiaK

LG V30 is a really good smartphone, but it does not change the fact that it came to Poland too late. Its starting price was set at PLN 3799, which is definitely too high for a flagship that could only be bought in the last weeks of 2017. Is the situation better now?
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Amazon
LG V30 PLN 3300-3600 PLN 2749-2899 PLN 2400-2700 PLN 2200-2500 around 2,600

If someone expected a rapid drop in the price of the LG V30 in the official Polish distribution, it probably did some miscalculation. Only for a few days, most stores sell this model for PLN 3299 . Cheaper to buy it only in the promotion. Fortunately, others make sure that LG V30 is profitable to buy. People interested in buying the LG V30 at a good price should benefit from the Amazon promotion, which (temporarily?) Sells the LG flagship for about 2600 PLN. This is a really good and competitive proposal, because LG realizes the European guarantee . In this situation, Polish stores will hesitate, but there is still an alternative. Additional pennies will remain in our pocket when we decide to buy LG V30 from private individuals. On Allegro or OLX, the LG flagship is displayed for around PLN 2,200 , often unused and with seals on the box. If I was not happy with my current phone, I would seriously consider choosing the LG V30 at such a good price. The price of the LG V30 outside of the official store distribution is really attractive. https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/779316/lg-v30-test-recenzja/

Huawei Mate 10 Lite

Huawei Mate 10 Lite / fot. gsmManiaK

Huawei Mate 10 Lite / fot. gsmManiaK

The last hero of this statement is the Huawei Mate 10 Lite, or the best of the frameless mediums of Huawei. Where can we get it preferably?
Official distribution Importers Auctions – stores Auctions – private persons Chinese shops
Huawei Mate 10 Lite PLN 1150-1299 PLN 1050-1150 PLN 1,000-1150 PLN 850-1100 approx. PLN 1200

I noticed that even in official sales channels, Huawei smartphones are not able to maintain a fixed price for a long time. Huawei Mate 10 Lite went to Poland in the autumn of last year and it cost PLN 1499. After a few weeks, the price dropped by 200 zlotys, and now the phone is available even for 1149 zlotys . This is a good price, that in my opinion it is not worth looking for better opportunities in stores that are not partners of Huawei, because the savings are minimal. Amazon also fails, because it does not always offer Huawei Mate 10 Lite, and when it does, it is absolutely not worth thinking about buying in this place. What else about the copies from the operators. On Allegro or LG, we calmly get the device discussed for less than PLN 1000, and sometimes even cheaper. I saw a couple of auctions from Huawei Mate 10 Lite for 850 zlotys , which I call the sensational price for this equipment without much hesitation. https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/776226/huawei-mate-10-lite-test-recenzja/

Summary

Can our review and comparison of smartphone prices be summarized in a single sentence that clearly defines where to buy a new phone? If you have analyzed the offers for all the equipment you have with me, you have probably noticed that this is not possible . Each smartphone must be treated individually, because the store shop is not equal, as is the auction auction or Chinese shop for the Chinese store.

fot. na bazie Lucasdm, Fotolia.com

fot. na bazie Lucasdm, Fotolia.com

One thing I know for sure – official distribution does not always mean an unattractive price . In some cases, the savings resulting from the purchase of the phone at the auction or at the importer is so small that it is not worth risking potential problems with the warranty. A much better idea is to choose a copy from a private person who received it from the operator to extend the contract. You just have to avoid offers for phones from Plus and T-Mobile, as well as the potential delay of updates. In the end, it's branded phones. And what about Chinese stores? Here the matter is simple: the purchase is profitable when the goods are shipped from the European warehouse, the sold model is a global version, and the price is clearly lower than in Poland. Finally, I have a question for you. Is this statement somehow helped you? If so, let me know, we will prepare more such comparisons for other smartphones 🙂

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