Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (international model) now costs just $730


Buying an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in the US (or anywhere
else) is a costly affair, as the handset is normally sold for at least $900. But
what would you say about an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 that’s offered for only $729.99?
This is exactly the price that a top-rated eBay seller is currently asking for the
international, dual SIM variant of the smartphone, and we don’t remember seeing
such a low Note 8 price ever (though this certain deal was pretty close).

 

The $729.99 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that’s available on eBay
is “brand new in sealed box,” and is compatible with GSM/LTE
carriers …


Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year

Amazon’s category creating Amazon Echo first was offered widely in the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Since then, the combination of a speaker and a virtual assistant has become such a big hit that almost every major consumer tech company has developed a smart speaker of its own. Google has Google Home featuring Google Assistant, and the Microsoft Invoke is equipped with Cortana. The Apple HomePod, now expected to launch early next year, carries Siri, and Sony’s smart speaker will come with Google Assistant.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Samsung was going to produce a smart …

Samsung Galaxy S9 could be my perfect phone of 2018, if…

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming soon. Not as soon as we’d like, but rumors say that it will be unveiled in the first months of 2018, a bit earlier than previous Galaxies, and we have plenty of reasons to believe it will be exciting. Here are a few: it is expected to have Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED screen, an even better display than one of the best screens ever made with the S8, it is said to improve an already great camera and it will be the first Samsung flagship with Android 8 Oreo on board.
Despite all the excitement, I have been …

Android Oreo Beta 4 update now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, see what's new

The fourth beta build of Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is now rolling out. Users who have signed up for the program can check if the update is available by going to Settings > Software Updates > Download Updates Manually.

The update should bump the software version of the two 2017 flagships to ZQL8. With a size of 850MB, this patch is rather hefty, so make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding with the download. 
The latest beta version introduces a new security patch (likely …

Samsung Galaxy A (2018) series rumored to launch in these three colors

The rumor mill is spinning hard yet again, this time powered by the gossipy winds of Samsung’s upcoming mid-range smartphones. The latest speculation about the next members of the Galaxy A series comes from reliable tipster Roland Quandt. In his usual fashion, he took to Twitter to declare that the Galaxy A8 (2018) will be available in three colors – Black, Gold, and Orchid Gray:

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) SM-A530 colors: black, gold, orchid gray.— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 12, 2017
Needless to say, any unofficial information …

Samsung users, what do you use more often: iris scanner or fingerprint scanner?

So, Samsung was among the first manufacturers to break the mould in terms of biometric locks on our smartphones — the Note 7 came not only with a fingerprint scanner, which had been the norm for years now, but also had an iris scanner. The latter made it to the Galaxy S8, S8+ and now the Note 8 and it seems it’s going to remain a staple in Sammy’s security arsenal.

Well, some months have passed and we wonder — are people used to the iris scanner by now, or do they still prefer to just use a fingerprint unlock? Then again, the Samsung fingerprint scanner is in a very awkward place nowadays, …

Renders give us an idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ will look like

Based on various leaks such as one from the Samsung S Health app that show a new position for the camera and fingerprint scanner on the back of next year’s flagship model, and a screen to body ratio that is expected to come close to 90%, a series of renders reveals what could be an accurate look at the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. This year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ had the fingerprint scanner right next to the camera lens. That created a problem when users blindly searching for the fingerprint scanner to unlock their phone, would smudge the camera lens accidentally.

For …

AT&T rolls out new update to Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, see all the new changes

AT&T has released a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Weighing in at 480MB, the software upgrade should bump the version of the S8 to G950USQU2BQK5. Meanwhile, the larger variant gets version G955USQU2BQK5.

There are quite a few changes on board the latest update. The patch log mentions the introduction of an HDR API for DirecTV, a new Mobile Hotspot APN, improvements to network performance, and various enhancements and bug fixes. The Android Security patch for the month of November is also included. 
Last …

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ tipped to boast a 3MP iris scanner for improved iris recognition

It’s December already, which means that we are mere months away from the anticipated announcement of Samsung’s next big things, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, so it’s quite normal to hear more and more about what these might have in store for us. 
The latest rumor circulating about the duo comes straight from Samsung’s home turf and claims that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature iris scanners with increased resolution which would both increase the sensors’ recognition rate and shorten the time needed for a successful scan and greatly increase the success …

OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+


OnePlus is different from all other phone makers: it has just one phone at a time and focuses all its efforts on it. Its newest phone, the OnePlus 5T, comes half a year after the previous and features an edge-to-edge screen, a new camera, Face Unlock and a few other tricks.

The OnePlus 5T also happens to be an Android phone, and it’s only natural to compare it against the most popular flagship Android phones out there: the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The two Galaxies cost significantly more, but are they also significantly better?

DesignAll stylish phones. OnePlus is metal-made and slippery; …