Samsung and LG announce big profit drops for Q4 2018

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While Samsung and LG are both making major product announcements in Las Vegas during CES 2019, both companies released some bad financial news. Samsung and LG each reported that investors should expect much lower profits for the just-completed fourth quarter of 2018 when it officially reveals those numbers later this month.

According to CNBC, Samsung now says it expects its operating profit for the fourth quarter to be around 10.8 trillion Korean won ($9.67 billion). That’s down 28.71 percent compared to the same period a year ago, and 18.1 percent lower than what financial analysts had predicted Samsung would report.

This is the first such decline in profits in two years for Samsung. The company claimed the lower profits were due mainly to memory chips sales made to data center customers, which were lower than expected in the quarter. However, Samsung added that both marketing expenses and flat sales in its smartphone division also led to some of its lower profits.

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LG’s numbers for the quarter will be even worse. According to Reuters, the company reported that it expects its profits for the period to be 75.3 billion won ($67.03 million), or 80 percent lower compared to the same period a year ago. While LG didn’t mention any reasons for this decline, analysts have pointed to its lower smartphone sales as part of the problem, along with smaller profit margins for its big-screen TVs.

Samsung might release new Gear IconX earbuds this year

According to SamMobile, Samsung is working on new Gear IconX true wireless earbuds. The company will reportedly release the updated earbuds sometime this year.

Anonymous sources claim that the updated IconX earbuds come with model number SM-R170. They also claim that the earbuds feature 8GB of internal storage. That’s double the amount of storage we’ve seen in Samsung smartwatches and previous IconX models.

Finally, the updated IconX reportedly comes in three colors: black, white, and yellow. The current version of the IconX comes in black, pink, and gray.

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Not much else is known about Samsung’s upcoming wireless earbuds. We can guess that Samsung will use Galaxy branding instead of the Gear branding used in older IconX models.

We can also guess that the updated IconX features AKG branding and tuning. Samsung flagship smartphones released in the last two years feature AKG-tuned speakers and AKG-branded earbuds.

Released in 2016, the original Gear IconX earbuds arrived during a time when true wireless earbuds were just taking off. Even though battery life was poor and they were difficult to control, the original IconX earbuds had plenty of potential.

Samsung followed up its freshman effort with the Gear IconX (2018). Samsung made improvements across the board with the newer earbuds, though the touch controls remain a bit finicky.

We can be sure that the upcoming IconX earbuds feature even more improvements. We just don’t know what those improvements look like just yet.

NEXT: What we know so far about Samsung’s foldable phone

T-Mobile offering BOGO Samsung Galaxy Watch deal (with lots of requirements)

It’s only the first few days into 2019, and T-Mobile is already offering a pretty decent deal. Right now, there’s a buy-one-get-one-free promotion at T-Mobile for the Samsung Galaxy Watch in both the 42mm and 46mm case sizes.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the latest-and-greatest wearable from Samsung, released alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The smartwatch does away with the “Gear” branding and offers a good combination of features. Here at Android Authority, we voted it the best smartwatch of 2018.

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As has become the norm with T-Mobile promotions, there are a lot of caveats to this Samsung Galaxy Watch deal (which doesn’t seem very “uncarrier,” but whatever). To help you navigate the offer, we’ll do our best to summarize how it works below.

  • This deal is open to both new and existing customers, even those of you who already have a smartwatch linked to your T-Mobile account.
  • You will need to buy a Samsung Galaxy Watch (in either case size) under an installment plan. You’ll pay $0 down and then pay $15.63 per month for 24 months (for the 42mm size) or $16.67 per month for 24 months (for the 46mm size).
  • That watch will need to be connected to a new Data with Paired DIGITS plan, which costs $10 per month.
  • With one Samsung Galaxy Watch on your account connected to a DIGITS plan, you can then get a second Samsung Galaxy Watch under one of the previously-mentioned installment plans. You will also need to connect it to a DIGITS plan.
  • The cheaper of the two watches will be paid off by T-Mobile via monthly bill credits, which will begin after two billing cycles.
  • If you leave T-Mobile prior to paying off the watches, the total remaining price for both watches will be due.
  • Additionally, you must maintain the DIGITS plans to get the bill credits.
  • You may get up to six discounted watches with the purchase of six non-discounted watches, for a total of 12 watches.
  • This deal is for well-qualified customers (i.e., those with good credit).

Basically, you’re paying for one watch over 24 months and then T-Mobile is paying for the second watch over 24 months. The only real downside is the DIGITS plans, which may or may not be useful to you (it allows you to use your phone number on your smartwatch).

If you’re interested in this deal, click the button below.

From better ASMR to live-stream editing, Samsung is using AI for everything at CES

A screenshot from a Samsung video, showing Medeo. Samsung

  • Samsung has revealed eight AI projects that it will be showing off at CES 2019.
  • Four of the projects are related to smartphones in various ways.
  • A smart hearing aid and a live-stream video editor are two of the more impressive projects.

We’re still in the middle of the festive season, but CES is barely two weeks away. Now, Samsung has peeled the curtain back on some AI projects it’ll be revealing at the tech expo.

The Korean company announced that it’ll be showing off eight AI projects from its C-Lab (Creative Lab) initiative. Some of these projects aren’t for mobile, but several are indeed related to smartphones, such as aiMo and MEDEO.

The former application aims to deliver better ASMR sound clips if you’re recording on your smartphone, in conjunction with a cover case (it’s unclear if a special cover is required). Samsung says aiMo delivers better sound directivity, as well as more realistic ASMR sounds, without the need for professional equipment. In fact, the firm says you can get “high quality” results while recording outside too.

Meanwhile, MEDEO is branded as an “instant video making service,” allowing creators to simultaneously shoot and edit live videos. The service uses AI in order to recognize scenes and context, automatically adding video effects, music, and pre-recorded videos to your live stream.

We’ll need to wait and see if this service is a gimmick or genuinely useful, but Samsung says MEDEO is also capable of “one-click video rendering at an expert level that extracts only the core scenes of the saved video.” Hopefully the service isn’t severely limited in terms of the number of video effects and music tracks.

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The third mobile-related project is a hearing assistant called SnailSound. By using an app and earpiece, the service conducts feedback via hearing tests to figure out the user’s desired sounds. From here, it conducts AI-based suppression and amplification in order to boost the desired sounds.

Finally, the last mobile-related AI project by Samsung is a perfume app, called Perfume Blender. It essentially lets users make their own perfume with a “compatible device,” then lets you share the recipe with others via a mobile app. But the app is pretty smart in its own right too.

“When the user takes a photo of their favorite perfumes with the app, it analyzes the common ingredients and recommends fragrance recipes that the user might like,” the Korean company explains. It sounds like you’ll need to buy a potentially expensive machine to actually make your perfume, but it’s an interesting concept anyway.

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Another noteworthy project is a virtual advertising service for live-streamers, dubbed Tisplay. This service recognizes a streamer’s clothing, then places ads over them. According to Samsung, the ads look “as if they were actually printed on the clothing.”

Creators can also use the service to add images that are actually relevant to the stream in question. Furthermore, Samsung reckons that this new type of ad is less invasive than mid-video pop-up ads. Then again, who says we won’t see both?

Other noteworthy Samsung AI projects set for CES include an auto-adjusting monitor to help users maintain the correct posture, an “AI desk light,” and an AI-driven news analysis platform. Personally, I’m quite keen to hear results from the ASMR solution, but the SnailSound hearing service has the potential to be a game-changing take on the hearing aid. What would you like to try out? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

NEXT: Honor View 20 hands-on: Are holes better than notches?

Let’s hope that Samsung sticks to its Android 9 Pie update roadmap

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Samsung celebrated Christmas a little early in the form of its stable Android 9 Pie update with One UI for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners. In addition to the rollout, SamMobile reported that Samsung updated its Members app with its Android 9 Pie update roadmap.

According to the roadmap, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will receive Android 9 Pie in January 2019. Even though the update is rolling out to the phones starting today, the carrier variants might not see the update for another month.

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Next in line is the Galaxy Note 9, which looks to receive its Android 9 Pie update in February 2019. We’re not sure why the newer Galaxy Note 9 will get the update after the older Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but there it is. Keep in mind that the Galaxy Note 9 might also get Android 9 Pie ahead of schedule.

Following Samsung’s 2018 flagships are the company’s 2017 flagships: the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8. All three phones will receive Android 9 Pie, along with One UI, in March 2019.


Things then get a bit crazy. The Android 9 Pie rollout is expected to go from April 2019 with Samsung’s Galaxy A7, A8, A8 Plus, and A9 (2018) through October 2019 with the Galaxy Tab A 10.5. A slew of devices will also get the update between April and October, such as the Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy A8 Star, and much more.

You can see the full list of devices that will get Android 9 Pie in the above screenshot. You’ll also see that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are not on the list — both devices received two major Android updates, usually the quota for flagship Android smartphones.

NEXT: Hands-on with Samsung One UI and Android Pie on the Galaxy S9

Samsung rumored to have Gear Sport smartwatch successor in the pipeline

  • Samsung is rumored to be working on a follow-up to the Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch.
  • Not much is known about the fitness-centered smartwatch, but it likely won’t feature the “Gear” branding.
  • The Samsung Gear Sport follow-up could launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 in early 2019.

According to SamMobile, Samsung is reportedly working on a follow-up to 2017’s Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch. Allegedly, the smartwatch’s internal codename is “Pulse” and it features the model number SM-R500.

The Samsung Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch, acting as kind of a hybrid of the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. However, Samsung is doing away with the “Gear” branding, so it’s highly unlikely this Gear Sport follow-up will be called the Gear Sport 2 or have much relation to the previous Gear smartwatches.

Instead, it’s far more likely this new Pulse smartwatch will be a sportier, fitness-centric version of the highly-rated Samsung Galaxy Watch, which launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in August. It’s possible the model could be called the Samsung Galaxy Sport (which would make sense), but that’s just a guess at this point.

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It’s also relatively certain the new Pulse smartwatch will run Samsung’s proprietary Tizen software instead of something Like Google’s Wear OS. There were rumors the Galaxy Watch might come with Wear OS, but that didn’t come to pass, so it would be quite surprising if Samsung did so with this new watch.

Since the Galaxy Watch launched with the Galaxy Note 9, it’s reasonable to guess that this watch will launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10, which we expect to see towards the end of February 2019. However, Samsung is expected to launch three variants of the Galaxy S10 so it might launch this watch on its own to avoid an over-crowded launch event. We’ll have to wait and see.

Are you excited about a sportier (and maybe cheaper) version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch? Let us know in the comments if this device is on your watch list!

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy Watch review — the smartwatch that tries to do it all

Samsung could bring Google Assistant to TVs, lowering wall around Bixby

A new report from Variety suggests some interesting news: Samsung could bring Google Assistant to its 2019 televisions. This would be the first time Samsung has allowed a virtual assistant on its TV products that isn’t its own Bixby.

Although information is scarce at the moment, Variety suggests the two virtual assistants will live next to each other in harmony, similar to how Google Assistant and Alexa are both made available on LG televisions. If this is the case, customers could then choose whether to use Bixby or Google Assistant for all or some of the necessary tasks.

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Samsung’s flagship smartphones — such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — come with Bixby heavily integrated, including a physical Bixby button. Users can install Google Assistant on these phones, but Samsung makes it very clear that it wants you to use Bixby instead.

If Samsung does allow Google Assistant onto its 2019 televisions, it will represent a sizable shift in its attitude towards Bixby, which as of now has been pretty much “all or nothing.” The company has already committed to putting Bixby on literally every product it makes by 2020, but if it also brings Assistant to its TVs, that means it could integrate Assistant into other products as well.

Although there are advantages to using Bixby over Google Assistant — such as better command functionality when asking your smartphone to perform a task — in almost all cases Google Assistant is superior. Assistant’s superiority is especially clear when you discuss smart home integration, considering there still is no Bixby-powered smart speaker available and no third-party integration available yet.

What do you think? Are you going to be more apt to buy a Samsung TV if it has Google Assistant? Let us know in the comments.

NEXT: If your phone has an OLED display, Samsung likely made its screen

Samsung gunning for the low-end market with Galaxy M series?

The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified an upcoming Samsung smartphone believed to be the Galaxy M10. The phone was certified earlier today, as spotted by 91Mobiles (via PhoneArena), indicating Samsung may launch it within the next few weeks.

According to the certification document, the phone has serial number SM-M105F/DS — the DS standing for dual-SIM — and will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with support for the 2.4 GHz frequency band.

The Wi-Fi Alliance gives little else away about the handset, but 91Mobiles’ sources have hinted at some specifics about it.

A Wi-Fi Alliance screenshot of a new Samsung phone certification. Wi-Fi Alliance

It’s tipped to be part of a new budget lineup from Samsung, with the M10 packing an Exynos 7870 chip at 1.59GHz, 3GB RAM, and 16GB or 32GB storage. It’s also set to come with a more powerful version, the Samsung Galaxy M20.

These phones would apparently start from 10,000 rupees (~$140) in India, pitting them against phones like the Oppo Realme 2 (starting at 8,990 rupees, or ~$127.50) and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 (7,999 rupees, ~$113).

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Chinese OEMs have been trouncing Samsung in the low-end market lately, though Samsung has been making positive moves this year with the release of phones like its ultra-budget Android One device, the Samsung J2 Core. This launched in India for 6,190 rupees, or ~$88.

The Galaxy M10 may launch as soon as January, but will it help Samsung claw back market-share from Chinese OEMs? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review: The rise of the mid-range

To a lot of people, Samsung just makes flagship devices like the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. However, it also makes a range of mid-tier devices with its “J” and “A” series. The “J” phones are the more competitively priced and the “A” range is designed to be more premium. I recently got hold of a Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) because I wanted to run Speed Test G on it and its Exynos processor. I was so impressed, I thought it warranted a full written review!

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) design

The first things you may notice about the A7 are the bezels. In an age where flagship devices are all about edge-to-edge displays and getting the highest screen-t0-body ratio possible, the A7 (2018) might seem a little jarring. When I showed the device to a teenager in my family, the first reaction was, “wow, look at the bezels.”

The A7 (2018) has a 10 percent lower screen-to-body ratio than a device like the Galaxy S9 Plus, which is one of the reasons it’s cheaper. Making all those curved edges costs money in the manufacturing process. That doesn’t mean the A7 (2018) is ugly — it isn’t. In fact, if you can see past the bezels, it has a certain elegance, even a premium look and feel.

The device has a 2.5D rear glass back, which means it is a glass sandwich with some kind of toughened plastic frame acting as the filling. The glass on the back can be a fingerprint magnet, or more precisely a finger-smear magnet, but that is par for the course nowadays.

The buttons are fine but the volume keys may be a bit too far up. All the buttons are on the right side and the SIM tray is on the left. My biggest gripe is with the power key — not as a power key, but as a fingerprint reader. It works well as a power button, but it is quite narrow, which means using it for authentication or unlocking isn’t as seamless as other Samsung experiences. Yes, you can wake and unlock the phone using your registered finger on the power button, but not 100 percent of the time. Once it in while it will glitch and you need to try again (or even a third time). I guess we have been spoiled by the high accuracy of existing fingerprint reader technology.

On the bottom edge of the device, there is a headphone jack (hooray), a MicroUSB port (not so much hooray), and a single speaker. The audio is clear and loud and doesn’t suffer from distortion at higher levels.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) display

The A7 (2018) has a 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display. It is bright, clear, and vivid. The colors are rich, and as usual with AMOLED the blacks are deep. Once you have grown accustomed to the bezels, the vibrancy of the display makes using the Galaxy A7 a pleasure. You might even catch yourself wondering why you need to spend so much money on a flagship, when devices like this exist in the mid-range.

There is no physical home button, so on-screen navigation is the order of the day, something that’s been the Samsung way for quite a while now. The 6.0-inch display offers a screen resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 (FHD+), which is actually the default resolution for flagship devices like the S9 and Note 9 (although they can go higher). The display has a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, and a 411ppi density.

Overall the display is certainly a strong plus point for the A7 (2018).

See also: The best displays of 2018

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) software

The A7 (2018) comes with Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0. If you are familiar with Samsung’s skin and UI then you will feel right at home here. Because of the unifying nature of the Samsung Experience, the UI looks and responds exactly like a bigger flagship. When I put the Note 9 next to the A7 it is hard to tell them apart from a UI perspective. The settings menu is the same, the Samsung icons are the same, and the theme is the same.

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One thing missing compared to its bigger siblings is Bixby Voice. While Bixby Home is present (swiping left from the home screen) the voice assistant isn’t included and there is no dedicated Bixby button. I guess Samsung considers Bixby a luxury for flagship owners. The snarky side of me is tempted to say the lack of Bixby voice is another reason to buy the A7 (2018), but I shall resist! The device still has AI functionality, though — you can access Google Assistant by long pressing on the home key.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) performance

The A7 (2018) uses the 14nm Exynos 7885 processor. It has an octa-core CPU with two 2.2GHz Cortex-A73 CPU cores and six 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores. For gaming, there is good news and bad news. The 7885 features an Arm Mali-G71 GPU. The G71 is an advanced GPU using Arm’s latest Bifrost GPU architecture.

Unfortunately the G71 can be configured by chipmakers like Samsung to including anything from 1 to 32 shader cores. The Exynos 8895 in the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, has a G71 GPU with 20 shader codes. The Exynos 7885 has two. That said, I tested the device with both Asphalt 9 and PUBG Mobile (using the Medium graphics settings) and found the gameplay to be smooth.

The Exynos 7885 also has a built-in LTE modem which supports 2G, 3G and 4G, with LTE download speeds reaching 600Mbps. There is also a nifty Image Signal Processor (more on that in the camera section). On board, there is also 4GB of RAM (6GB on some models), 64GB of internal storage (128GB models available) and a microSD card slot.

For those who like benchmark numbers, the A7 (2018) scored 1524 on Geekbench’s single-core tests and 4379 on its multi-core tests. That puts in into the same ballpark as a Galaxy S7 with a Snapdragon 820 processor. For AnTuTu, which also tests the GPU, the score was 123,302. The AnTuTu score puts the A7 (2018) in the same general area as a flagship device from early 2016.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) battery

The 3,300mAh battery in the A7 (2018) is larger than the battery in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and certainly big enough to give you all-day battery life. According to my testing, you should get at least six hours of screen-on time per charge. That number will increase if you mainly do less demanding tasks like watching YouTube. If you enjoy a bit of 3D gaming, then no fear, five hours minimum. Remember, screen brightness can dramatically change the battery life. If you bump up the brightness to max, expect to shave at least an hour off of all those numbers.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) camera

The camera on the A7 (2018) is a story of simultaneous brilliance and woeful inadequacy. It is brilliant in that it has three cameras — one for normal photos, one for wide-angle shots, and one for depth information. It is brilliant in that the depth camera adds the ability to alter the depth of field while taking a shot, and afterwards. It is brilliant in that the main camera has a 24MP sensor and an f/1.7 aperture, which is great for low-light.

It is woefully inadequate in that the wide-angle camera is just 8MP. It is inadequate because it lacks OIS. It is inadequate because it can only record FHD at 30fps.

Related: Best of Android 2018: The best cameras

Maybe “woefully inadequate” is harsh — this isn’t a premium device — but Samsung has managed to raise the standard with the A7 to a tantalizing level, only to fumble the details. For daily use, there is little bad to say about the main 24MP camera. The colors are true, the dynamic range is good, and the HDR functions work well.

However, the 8MP wide-angle camera is just a little too wide. The pictures often suffer from barrel distortion and the slower f/2.4 aperture isn’t as good in low light.

The third camera is for depth information. It uses a 5MP sensor and an aperture of f/2.2. Those numbers aren’t so important as the purpose of this camera is to enable the depth-of-field functions. The inclusion of a bokeh mode is certainly a plus for the A7, as it is often a feature reserved for more premium devices. While the effect isn’t as precise or advanced as flagship devices, it is nonetheless useful and fun to play with.

Having opted for an 8MP wide-angle camera on the back, there is some redemption for selfie lovers. The A7 (2018) has a 24MP front-facing camera! There is a f/2.0 lens and lots of computational photography options, including bokeh selfies, beauty mode, pro-lighting (for “a more glamorous look and feel”), AR emoji, and wide-selfie, which is basically a panorama mode for the front-facing camera.

It’s not like the 8MP sensor and the occasional barrel distortion on the wide-angle camera ruins the camera experience. Overall the A7 (2018) packs a solid setup backed by lots of interesting trickery from the software.

Here are some more sample photos so you can judge for yourself. If you want to see the full resolutions images you can find them here.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) specs

  Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Display 6.0-inch Super AMOLED
2,220 x 1,080 (FHD+) resolution
SoC Exynos 7885 Octa (14 nm), 64-bit
CPU Octa-core (2 x 2.2GHz Cortex-A73 & 6 x 1.6GHz Cortex-A53)
RAM 4 or 6GB
Storage 64 or 128GB
MicroSD card slot
Cameras Rear cameras:
Triple camera: 24MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2.2) + 8MP (F.24)

Front camera:
24MP sensor, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash

Battery 3,300mAh
Network 2G:
– GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
– B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)
– B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B20(800), B28(700), B66(AWS-3)
– B38(2600), B40(2300), B41(2500)
Connectivity MicroUSB
3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80
GPS, Glonass, Beidou
Software Android 8.0
Samsung Experience 9.0
Dimensions and weight 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm
Colors blue, black, gold

Pricing and final thoughts

Overall the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is a better than average mid-range device. It has a great Super AMOLED screen and an intriguing triple camera setup. The battery life is good and it has a headphone jack! The dual-core GPU could potentially be worrisome to gamers, but if you are more of Candy Crush kind of person, you have nothing to worry about.

If the A7 (2018) doesn’t tempt you, plenty of other mid-range phones have solid chipsets and good cameras, including the Xiaomi Mi A2, Nokia 7.1 Plus, Honor Play, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Moto G6 Plus, or of course the flagship spec’d Pocophone F1.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is available in blue, black, and gold for 279 euros (~$317) in Europe and 249 pounds (~$315) in the U.K. Those prices are dependent on various seasonal discounts. It won’t be coming officially to the U.S. but you can find it on Amazon!

Deal: Pick up a Galaxy S9, S9 Plus or Note 9 at, save up to $300

Samsung is offering up to $300 savings on Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, and Galaxy Note 9 purchases from its online store.

The exact savings depend on carrier and model. For example, T-Mobile is offering a little bit less than the other carriers on the Galaxy Note 9 ($200 rather than $300) and the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus ($200 rather than $250). The offer applies not only to the base models but the higher storage versions also.

If you take the base model on the carrier with the highest discount, you’re looking at $519.99 for the S9, $589.99 for the S9 Plus, and $699.99 for the Note 9. Of course, the caveat here is that you’re getting a branded device; if you want to take an unlocked model, you’ll end up paying $150-$200 more.

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The fine print also mentions AT&T’s $300 savings will apply instantly, while with Verizon you’ll get $100 instant savings with the remainder paid back in credit. It’s not immediately clear what the terms are for the T-Mobile and Sprint units.

There’s little else that needs to be said about these devices at this point — they’re among the best smartphones of 2018. In fact, the Galaxy Note 9 took home this award from us as well as in your Reader’s Choice awards.

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