Samsung kicked off this month's security patch rollout last week with the budget Galaxy A50. Within days of that release, some of its recent S Pen-clad flagships are also being bumped to the latest Android security level. Alongside their international variants, the US Note20 and Note10 series have started getting the October update, starting with the unlocked models.
Samsung has been pretty quick to update their devices with the latest security patches in the past couple of years, and it looks like not much is going to change for the month of September. The company is continuing to update its lineup of phones from the past few years, starting with the Exynos Galaxy Note9.
Plenty of us have ogled Samsung's Note series phones, thinking, "one day." They're great devices, but they usually come at an astronomical price, with the Note10 still sitting at $950 MSRP. As it turns out, though, today might be that day: you can grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note10 for its lowest price yet of $550 ($400 off) on Microsoft's eBay store.
Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Note20 series around a month ago, which means that now is a great time to be buying last year's model. Microsoft's eBay storefront is currently offering the US unlocked model of the Galaxy Note10+ for $749.99, which is $350 off MSRP.
Samsung got incredibly fast when it comes to security patches, often beating even Google to the punch. The story is different for carrier-issued updates, but compared to prior years, they've gotten quicker, too. As such, AT&T has started pushing the update to the S20 series and the Note9 while the Verizon S9 and S9+ are in for the patches.
The first Galaxy S20 units are already receiving the July security patch in Korea and Europe, but in the US, the slow carrier rollout of the June update continues to arrive on many people's phones. People using a Galaxy S10 device on T-Mobile can look forward to the patch, which is only now starting to roll out to them. Along with the security enhancements, the phones are getting smaller system and performance improvements.
We've got a month left before the Galaxy Note20 phones make their way to store shelves, but if you're looking to maximize your value on a smartphone purchase, perhaps you should look to a Galaxy Note10. New, dual-SIM international units are currently on sale for $610, but you might need to act now to get this price.
Last year's Galaxy Note10+ is still a top-tier smartphone, with a massive 6.3-inch display and an S-Pen for stylus input. The phone is now available from Amazon for just $849, a savings of $250 from the original MSRP, and its lowest price yet (at least on Amazon).
Samsung's phones appear to have beaten Google again to deliver this month's security patches. Reports indicate that some U.S. models of the Galaxy S10, S20, and Note10 series started receiving the update early this morning, though it isn't landing on all variants at once.