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 …

Samsung Galaxy S8 teaser ad airs in South Korea, might be hinting at some interesting features

If you’ve lost count of all the rumors, leaks, and teasers about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, worry not – we did too. At this point, we can’t help but suspect that Samsung might be behind the barrage of leaked material, but whether intentional or not, the effect of this “campaign” has been clearly beneficial – our interest grows proportionally to the amount of released information.

The latest Galaxy S8 teaser video released in South Korea is a perfect example of the above statement – it doesn’t reveal that much at a first glance, yet it might hint at some interesting …

ZTE agrees to pay $1.19 billion record fine for selling goods and services to Iran and North Korea

Huawei and ZTE have been banned from selling their products and services to U.S. government back in 2013, but while the ban was lifted for the former, the latter remained under scrutiny.

U.S. government agencies found that telecoms equipment from the Chinese companies posed a national security risk. On top of that, authorities in the United States have been investigating ZTE since 2012 over allegations it sold software and equipment made in the U.S. to Iran.

ZTE won U.S. government’s mercy after a series of talks with Washington officials, and the company was allowed to export …

LG chief tips an $800 price tag for the G6 in Korea, March 10 release date

With the newly announced G6, LG broke a number of traditions for its flagship line – the phone is no longer with a removable battery, and at the same time carries a chassis made out of premium, glass and metal materials. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful LG phones in the G-series, and has the specs to match, with a novel 5.7″ display that is Dolby Vision/HDR 10 certified, flaunting a fresh 2:1 aspect ratio to make it futureproof.

The V series focuses more on multimedia experience such as audio. The G6 will appeal to mass-market users.LG pulled …