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The Galaxy S20 is here, but the smart money's on the newly discounted S10

With prices on the new models ranging from $1,000 to $1,400, consider the S10, which now starts at $599.

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Save $150 on the Galaxy S10E and $200 on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.

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Last month, Samsung announced the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Out with the old, in with the new, right? Actually, Samsung is keeping the S10 lineup, but lowering prices across the board. Result: Yesterday's flagships are today's deals. You stand to save $150 on each of the three models.

Those price cuts are now in effect at Samsung proper. However, there are other Galaxy S10 deals to consider as well (see below). Here's a rundown of the three models and what they'll cost you.

Read more: How to preorder the Galaxy S20

Galaxy S10E

Old price: $749.99

New price: $439.99

Read CNET's Galaxy S10E review.

Galaxy S10

Old price: $899.99

New price: $589.99

Read CNET's Galaxy S10 review.

Galaxy S10 Plus

Old price: $999.99

New price: $849.99

Read CNET's Galaxy S10 Plus review.

All this reminds me of when Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 and lowered the price of the iPhone XR -- the latter now arguably the single best iPhone deal ever. (In fact, right now you can get an iPhone XR for as low as $376, without getting roped into a contract.) At $600, the S10E is now the same price as the XR, making it arguably the best Galaxy deal ever.

Other ways to save on the Galaxy S10

Samsung may have discounts but it isn't the only Galaxy game in town. Just last week I shared a deal (now sold out, alas) from a reseller: A new, unlocked Galaxy S10 for $480 -- a far better price than Samsung is offering. Deals like those will continue to crop up from time to time, especially now that the "official" price cuts have gone into effect.

You may also want to look at a refurbished Galaxy. At Back Market, I found an unlocked Galaxy S10E for $349.99, again with a one-year warranty. 

Once the S20 goes on sale, expect even more choices (and probably even lower prices) for refurbished S10 models.

What do you think? Are you going to pounce on an S10 now that there are better deals to be had? Would you choose a refurb if it meant saving even more?

Correction, March 5: We incorrectly reported the amount the S10 and S10 Plus price cuts. All three Galaxy S10 models were cut by $150.

This article was previously published. It has been updated to reflect the latest pricing. 

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