iPhone vs Samsung prices in South Africa from 2011 to 2021

The prices of flagship smartphones from Apple and Samsung continually rose between 2011 and 2021 in South Africa, an analysis of the top-end devices released in the past ten years by MyBroadband has revealed.

While some of this constant price escalation was driven by the manufacturers themselves, the weak rand has also been a significant factor in driving up smartphone prices in South Africa.

Whereas in the past flagship smartphone releases introduced two models at most, launches in the last five years often saw more models released onto the market.

The four iPhone 12 models launched last year are an example of this.

Through the introduction of many more models in their annual release cadence, Samsung and Apple have shifted the structure of the iPhone and Galaxy S series. The base models of the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21 are no longer the true “flagships”.

Instead, it is the top-tier devices like the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Galaxy S21 Ultra that pack the most advanced features at the highest prices.

Base models have become what the iPhone XR was, a more affordable option for those not keen to dish out the money for the most expensive handsets.

Our flagship pricing comparison, therefore, considers the prices of the most expensive model from each smartphone series, and the highest spec of this model available in South Africa.

One thing to note is that in addition to its Galaxy S series phones, Samsung also releases the Note series, which often features larger screens and batteries and sells for even higher prices.

The tables below show the price comparisons of the iPhone and Galaxy S-series flagships, with pricing information taken from MyBroadband’s archives.


Year Model Price
2011 Apple iPhone 4s 64GB R10,299
2012 Apple iPhone 5 64GB R10,799
2013 Apple iPhone 5s 64GB R12,999
2014 Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB R13,999
2015 Apple iPhone 6s Plus 128GB R17,499
2016 Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB R19,499
2017 Apple iPhone 8 Plus 256GB R18,499
2017 Apple iPhone X 256GB R23,999
2018 Apple iPhone Xs Max 512GB R31,999
2019 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB R32,399
2020 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 512GB R32,999



Year Smartphone Price
2011 Samsung Galaxy S II R6,699
2012 Samsung Galaxy S III R7,500
2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 R8,499
2014 Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB R9,815
2015 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB R15,999
2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 64GB R16,999
2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 64GB R17,499
2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 128GB R17,999
2019 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128GB R20,999
2020 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 128GB R26,999
2021 Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 512GB R29,999

Now read: Best smartphones under R3,000 in South Africa

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