Galaxy Note FE now for sale in South Korea with Bixby on board

Samsung’s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 has finally been resurrected in its final form — the Galaxy Note FE. The new S Pen-toting phablet bears the same design as last year’s beast and — since it’s built from the returned and recycled Note 7 units — mostly the same hardware, save for the battery and the processor. To be extra, extra safe, Samsung has downgraded the Note 7’s 3,500 mAh cell to a 3,200 mAh one to put inside the Note FE. The SoC has been slightly upgraded to Snapdragon 821, from the Snapdragon 820.

After a long wait, the Fan Edition has finally hit store shelves in South Korea. There …


Galaxy S8 continues to break records in Korea, sales exceed 1.3 million

Samsung has managed to sell over 1.3 million units of its 2017 flagship duo on home ground. Media outlet The Investor reports that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have broken all sales records in South Korea.

It is estimated that between 11,000 to 12,000 units of the two models are sold on a daily basis – a feat that no other high-end handset has managed to achieve in the East Asian country. The strong results have also caused the share price of Samsung Electronics to hit an all-time high of $2,123 on Monday. 
While nobody …

LG V30 slated for August 31 announcement just before IFA 2017, to cost ~$700 in South Korea

A recent report from Korean media outlet ETNews claims that LG will unveil its next top-tier handset, the LG V30, at the upcoming IFA trade show which will take place in Berlin, Germany, from September 1 to September 6. Supposedly, the phone will become official on August 31, just a day before IFA kicks off, which is not unusual at all — such high-profile phone announcements usually happen just before a major expo kicks off so that they get as much media coverage as possible. 
If we judge by LG V20’s arrival last year, which also coincided …

Samsung Galaxy S8 price drops to $177 in South Korea because of illegal discounts

The hot new smartphone flagships usually debut on the market with different discounts, promotional initiatives and subsidies that help the carriers expand their customer base. Last month, Sprint, for example, offered the opportunity to lease two Samsung Galaxy S8 phones for the price of one with each new line activation. But this is nothing at the background of the price drop noticed recently on the South Korea market. There, the price of the Galaxy S8 has dropped to the hard to believe point of about $177, ET News reports. 

The reason is that the smartphone sellers in South Korea …

Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 7R set for late June release in Korea priced at equivalent of $620 USD

With the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 expected to launch in Korea by the end of June, Samsung plans on re-releasing the phablet with a lower battery capacity, and a lower price. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had no shortage of fans and the device was on its way to becoming one of the most popular Samsung handsets of all time when several units exploded. This led to a pair of recalls and a decision by the manufacturer to pull the device from the marketplace.

Samsung tried to get Galaxy Note 7 owners to trade in their phablet for a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, or some other similarly priced phone. …

Red discoloration of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ displays upset buyers in Korea

After last year’s fiasco with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it was very important for Samsung to have no problems at all with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+. So the company took extra time, unveiling the phones a month later than usual to make sure that the flagship models would launch without any issues. But over the last few days, several Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners in Korea started complaining about a reddish tint that was showing up on their devices.

Pictures of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ popped up on social media sites as insecure device owners asked others if they …

The Galaxy S8 preorders top a million in Korea, the highest on record for a new phone

Samsung has unleashed the preorder season for the Galaxy S8 at its home turf in Korea for a good while now, since April 7, and those who have reserved the right to be the first in purchasing the handset have now surpassed the one million mark, tips local media, based on carrier reports. 

This is the highest preorder amount on record for a new phone over there, which bodes well for the total Galaxy S8 sales numbers. Samsung is expecting to ship about 60 million S8 units overall, and analysts predict that 50 million of those will be purchased this year alone. 
The …

LG G6 with Quad DAC no longer Korea exclusive, will come to Australia later this week

Good news for fans of high quality audio: the Quad DAC LG G6 edition will no longer be limited to Korea only. Well, good news for fans of high quality audio in Australia, at least, as this appears to be the only confirmed non-Korea region to receive this version of the device so far.

The news comes from Ausdroid, who reports that the Hi-Fi edition of the G6 will be sold in a couple of Australian retailers: JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman. The device will be sold for AU$1,199, which is $900 in US currency. That is AU$191 more than the regular device’s price, …

The Xiaomi Mi MIX is heading to South Korea very soon

Xiaomi’s “concept phone” Mi MIX, which essentially kickstarted the recent shift to nearly bezelless smartphones, is one of the better examples of a good marketing decision being a bad one in a market sense. The device’s production is intentionally limited, so as to promote a sense of it being a rare luxury and also avoid the negative publicity surrounding some of its more questionable design choices (like the ceramic body, for example). And the tactic worked, but at the expense of the many tech enthusiasts who fell in love with the phone’s curious looks.

Still, …

LG announces the G6 Black Edition in South Korea

The LG G6 may not yet be officially available in the United States, but that doesn’t stop the company from releasing new editions of the device in its home country, South Korea. LG announced today it will release the G6 Black Edition, which features an all-black front, which different from the regular version, which features colored front bezels.

Granted, the black color option of the device already features black bezels as well, but this new option is for users who would prefer a more colorful back as well. Samsung will reportedly offer the same …