Samsung was ahead of the curve again this month when it released the May 2021 security patch for the international Galaxy S21 before anyone else. That continues now as several devices on T-Mobile receive the same update, even as the June security patch arrives for several devices.
Verizon used to be among the slowest carriers to update their phones, but that may not be true anymore. Big Red became the first US carrier to send out the Android 11 update to the Galaxy Note10 mid-January, only a couple of weeks after it debuted on the Exynos-powered international Note10 models. And now, a month later, T-Mobile is jumping on the bandwagon and has started rolling out Android 11 to its Note10 and 10+ units.
Samsung's software has come a hell of a long way over the years, becoming the only version of Android I consider worth using. The One UI 3 beta, based on Android 11, looks to improve things further in multiple areas across the board, but currently, it's only available on the S20 and Note20 range. However, that's about to change with the company announcing an upcoming beta program for the S10, Note10, Z Flip 5G, and Z Fold 2.
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.
The Galaxy Note10+ is an excellent handset, which unfortunately cost a whopping $1,100 when it came out. As its replacement might be around the corner, prices are continuing to drop. The dual-SIM international version is now down to $740 on eBay, which is $360 off the original 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).
The Galaxy Store began as the black sheep of the Android store family, offering little incentive to use it and existing as almost entirely bloatware. As with most of Samsung's first-party efforts, that's slowly changed over the last few years, with One UI's rollout being extremely well received and One UI 2.0 just around the corner for most. Samsung has brought its flagship store's design up to date with the latest version release, introducing a One UI-themed storefront along with dark mode and a few aesthetic changes that bring it in line with the rest of its apps.
International versions of Samsung devices often pop up on eBay with significantly lower prices than the retail editions. The Galaxy Note10+ was no exception, as it was selling for $900 on the site last month. It dropped a little more, as the handset is now available for $874.
The Galaxy Note10 has been available for just two weeks, and despite the pre-order offers being gone, the device is available at a discount on eBay, with both the 256GB Note10 and Note10+ selling for $776 and $900, respectively on eBay.