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[Deal Alert] Open box Samsung Galaxy S8 G950U is $476 on eBay

Don't you love when smartphone prices drop to a point where what counts as a high-end flagship starts becoming affordable again? In this case, the Galaxy S9 is around the corner and that explains why prices for the S8 and S8+ will see some significant discounts now, but if you can't wait and want a good deal this very moment, there's one to be had on eBay.

best_deal_today, a positively rated seller, has open box units of the Galaxy S8 G950U 64GB on discount for $475.95. This is the US factory unlocked version of the phone and according to the description, these were display units or excess inventory and have been checked, tested, and cleaned.

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LineageOS adds support for Xperia Z5, international Galaxy S6, and more

The last time we covered LineageOS, the project had started supporting seven new phones, including the Xperia Z5 Compact and LG K10. Since then, several additional devices have been added to the official build roster. These include the Sony Xperia Z5, Samsung Galaxy S6, and Redmi 3S/3X.

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Samsung posts best ever financial results in 2017, with profits of $50 billion

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has revealed record-high sales figures for last year, with a total operating profit of $50 billion (KRW 53.65 trillion). The company released its Q4 results today, alongside numbers for the whole of 2017. In the last three months of the year, Samsung amassed $61.54 billion (KRW 65.98 trillion) in consolidated revenue, which amounted to $14.13 billion (KRW 15.15 trillion) in operating profit.

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Samsung just trademarked "Uhssup" as the name of an upcoming location-sharing social app for peak trendiness

Some of you might recall the "suh dude" meme that became popular around this time of year... two years ago. It seems like the execs over at Samsung watched a compilation or two of that, ultimately deciding that "Uhssup" would be popular with the urban crowd and trademarking the name in Europe and Asia. You know, before anyone else could take this glorious idea.

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Bizarre OnePlus ads show implausibly odd series of smartphone tests

I've been told that smartphone enthusiasts are often a bit prickly about their preferences, though OnePlus is taking things to a bizarre new extreme with their latest campaign. Apparently titled "The OnePlus 5T Smart Tests," the first in the series features two men in underwear—one holding a OnePlus 5T, the other holding a Samsung Galaxy S8—having bits of cactus thrown at them, only able to leave after they open 20 "everyday apps." Truly, this takes advertising to a bizarre and unwarranted new level, and you should trust me on this because I live in Japan.

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Samsung Pay officially launches in Mexico

Samsung Pay launched in South Korea back in 2015, then expanded into the US, China, and more for a total of 19 official markets before today. Now, Samsung adds number 20: Mexico. You may be thinking, "didn't that already happen?" Well, apparently the appearance of the landing page last November was not the full launch.

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Galaxy S9 may feature 'Intelligent Scan,' a combination of iris scanning and facial recognition

As the Galaxy S9's launch date of February 25th creeps closer, we're learning more and more about the upcoming flagship. Just two days ago, we even got a peek at the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 plus in press render form. Now, after some digging around in Samsung's settings app, a developer and AP reader reached out to us about his discovery of something called 'Intelligent Scan,' something we've never heard of.

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Alleged image of Galaxy S9 and S9+ leaks ahead of February announcement

Samsung only just confirmed the Galaxy S9 unveiling for February 25th, and now some of the wind has been taken out of its sails thanks to Evan "evleaks" Blass. What appear to be press renders of the upcoming smartphones have leaked, and they look mostly as you'd expect. The phones have "Infinity Displays," but the bezels look a bit larger than last year's phones.

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Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 ending January 26

Back in November, Samsung started rolling out beta builds of Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Several updates to that beta have been released over the past few months, but now Samsung is getting ready for the final public release. In the release notes for the most recent beta, the company announced that the program would end on January 26.

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Samsung sends out press invite for Galaxy S9 unveil at MWC, boasts about 'reimagined' camera

As it does with every major flagship and smartwatch release, Samsung has just sent out a press invite for the Galaxy S9's unveiling. You'll note that the invitation doesn't explicitly mention the S9, but given the gigantic purple "9," it's safe to say we know what Samsung will be taking the wraps off of.

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