For a couple of years now, Samsung has sold their flagships with Snapdragon chips in the US and Exynos chips everywhere else. The performance (and development, interestingly enough) is superior on the Exynos models nowadays, and the dual-SIM capabilities of these SM-G965F/DS variants can often come in handy. You can now pick up a dual-SIM S9+ for $754.99, which is lower than previous deals we've posted about.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung's flagships for 2018, went on sale last month (just three weeks ago, in fact), but you can already find good deals online if you don't want to pay the full MSRP. Just last week, eBay posted a deal on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ for $709.99 and $819.99, respectively, which comes out to between $10 and $20 less than buying directly from Samsung, plus any additional tax savings. Today, we've got another eBay deal on the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S9+ for just $769.99, a total savings of $70. Read More
Samsung DeX allows your phone to project a desktop-like UI onto a larger screen, but the first generation Station that debuted last year had a rather clunky dock. There's a new version of the DeX hardware that's lighter, and you can get the "DeX Pad" free when you purchase a Galaxy S9 right now. Read More
Google's ARCore technology is building steam since its initial test launch on Pixel and Galaxy S8 phones. This came with a promise to support more phones, which was followed a few weeks later with a half-dozen more phones added during MWC. To keep the momentum going, Google also featured nearly 90 new apps and games that made use of ARCore in some way. Now with the latest update, we can likely guess at the next phones on the list. Read More
Having trouble enrolling your Galaxy S9 or S9+ in Samsung Premium Care? You're not alone - but fear not: Samsung says post-purchase enrollment is opening in the coming weeks, and that you'll be notified once it's available.
Samsung Premium Care is one of the better extended warranty programs out there for smartphones in the US, and Samsung made it available starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Basically, you pay Samsung $12 a month for an extended warranty - including accidental damage protection - and Samsung makes the process of replacing a damaged or inoperable phone a lot easier. Read More
The touchscreen on your phone is the primary way you interact with it, so it absolutely needs to work. That makes problems like so-called "dead zones" or ignored/unregistered inputs among the most annoying out there. Based on reports, many are running into those types of touchscreen input problems with Samsung's Galaxy S9+. Read More
Many people swear by the Exynos versions of Samsung's Galaxy flagships, as performance is often better and there's more development. Others require a phone with the ability to use two SIM cards at once. If you belong to either (or both) of those parties, you may want to have a look at these deals for the dual-SIM Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on eBay. Read More
Samsung is a big fan of including or charging a little bit more for bundles with its newly-debuted phones, as is evident from the free Gear 360 or 128GB + wireless charger combo for the Note8, the free Gear VR and optional $99 bundle for the S8 at launch, the later free Samsung Entertainment Kit for the S8, and more. Now Samsung is offering two optional bundles for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: a $99 'S9 Ultimate Bundle' and a $49 'Power Upgrade Bundle.' Read More
Earlier this week, I noticed that my Galaxy S9+ review unit had an OTA update available. This update addressed some stability issues with the camera and put the phone on the latest security patch (which is certainly a good thing). But at nearly 250MB, it was quite a sizable update, too, and so installation took a bit to complete - my phone was out of commission for over five minutes.
Really, though, it shouldn't have been. Android introduced a feature called seamless updates as part of the 7.0 Nougat release... Read More