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Samsung enters the gradient color game with Ice Blue Galaxy S9 for China

Smartphones are all the same; boring black slabs of glass, metal, and/or plastic, with no character, no soul. That's where we were at a couple of years ago, before Huawei and others decided to change things up and introduce bright colors and gradient designs. Now they're all at it, even OnePlus, and Samsung has decided to join the party with an Ice Blue option for the Galaxy S9.

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Samsung's foldable smartphone reportedly arriving in March for a price that'll make your eyes bleed

So far we know only bits and pieces about Samsung's foldable phone. At the tech giant's recent developer conference, it revealed a first glimpse at the device's two displays — one a 7.4-inch foldable screen, and the other a 4.6-inch display that is active when the handset is folded. During that conference, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh also noted that the smartphone would arrive within the first half of 2019, and that the company planned to ship a million devices within the year. Now, the Yonhap News Agency in Samsung's native South Korea has reported a few new details, including a March release date and steep retail price. 

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Samsung's Linux on DeX turns your phone into a Linux computer [APK Download]

Samsung debuted DeX last year to make your phone behave a bit more like a computer when plugged into a monitor. This year, DeX functionality has improved so you don't need to expensive custom dock, just a video cable. At Samsung's developer conference last week, it announced DeX would also get full Linux support. It's only officially available to those in the beta program, but we've got the APK.

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Get a dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965F/DS) for $600 on eBay

The Galaxy S10 is likely only a few months away, so we're starting to see even better deals on this year's model. Right now, you can get the dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy S9+ on eBay for just $599.99. That's roughly $120 less than the US unlocked model on Amazon.

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Samsung's ~$2,700 W2019 flip phone debuts with Snapdragon 845, dual cameras, and dual displays

Yes, you read that right: Samsung has just released a flip phone with top-end specs. Those of you familiar with the brand will know this phone, the W2019, as the latest addition to Samsung's flagship flip phone line. Like its predecessors, the W2019 will be available in China (and maybe a handful of other countries), and it'll run you over $2,700 USD.

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Samsung Galaxy J4 Core is the company's second Android Go phone

Samsung announced its first Android Go device, the Galaxy J2 Core, back in August, and it's already back with a sequel. The company has quietly released information about the new J4 Core, and it's about what you'd expect from a follow-up to the unexciting J2 Core.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 on sale at Best Buy for up to $520 off

It's getting to be that time of year. No, not the holidays—that is coincidental. It's getting to be the time of year when major retailers start discounting the hell out of things to get you in the door. Case in point, Best Buy has Samsung's current-gen Galaxy phones on sale for $150-520 off. There are various catches, but that's a lot of potential savings.

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[Update: Display specs] Samsung just announced its foldable phone and display technology, coming next year

At the Samsung Developer Conference today, Samsung announced its new Infinity folding display, the basis for an upcoming foldable smartphone that we now know will launch in 2019, news Google let slip earlier today. The device didn't have any specifications detailed, but the concept is certainly interesting.

Samsung's folding phone will actually have three screens - a large display that will unfold the phone into a small tablet, and a smaller display which sits on the outside of the phone for use in one-handed operation.

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Android 9 Pie is coming to the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9 in January

Samsung's new One UI isn't just a development in the company's previous design aesthetic, it's also noteworthy for being the vehicle for the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9's update to Android 9 Pie. You see, we've seen the early tests for One UI before, we know it's based on Android Pie, and according to Samsung's Developer Conference keynote, One UI is expected to land next January. Ipso facto, those phones should be getting Pie then. 

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Gallery: Take a look at Samsung's new "Night theme" dark mode for Galaxy phones

We had a chance to go hands-on with some Samsung test devices running the company's new One UI - the latest in a long line of TouchWiz rebrands - and the feature likely to generate the most attention is almost certainly the new "Night theme" option. Basically, night theme sets nearly every stock app, along with the launcher and lockscreen, to an all-blacked-out look - something Android enthusiasts have been asking of device makers for years. My initial take is that Samsung's done this pretty well, and essentially every stock app on the test device had a dark theme. Here's a quick look at some of those apps in a gallery.

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