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[Deal Alert] Costco offers up to $500 in lump sum Samsung trade-in credit toward T-Mobile Note9

Many of the recent Pixel 3 leaks haven't exactly been celebrated — our own recent poll results show 60 percent of participating readers don't like the look of it — leaving the well-reviewed Samsung Galaxy Note9 in a strong position. Carrier deals only enhance the allure —for instance, T-Mobile's offer of up to $500 in trade-in credits (split over 24 months) on Note9 activations. Even better, though, is Costco's new offer in partnership with the carrier, which gifts the full $500 in one lump sum. 

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iFixit gives Samsung Galaxy Note 9 a repairability score of 4 out of 10

As is tradition, iFixit has torn the latest mobile device apart to see what makes it tick. The Note 9 has several distinctive features that set it apart from the Galaxy S phones, but it shares a lot as well. It even shares a repairability score: 4 out of 10.

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Samsung will send Note 9 owners a free adapter to make the phone work with Gear VR headsets

The Galaxy Note 9 is a big phone—even larger than last year's Note 8. So, it doesn't fit in last year's Gear VR headset (SM-R325N). This has been a theme for Samsung over the last couple cycles, but it's not releasing a new variant of the headset this time. You can use last year's model, but you need an adapter. Samsung will even send that adapter free to Note 9 owners who ask.

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Samsung releases kernel source code for the Galaxy Note9 (Exynos variant)

Developers, get your fingers and keyboards ready, it's about to get busy in here. You can now download the kernel source for the hottest Android smartphone of the past months, the Galaxy Note9.

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The Galaxy A8 Star is another overpriced phone for India

India is perhaps the most competitive smartphone market in the world, but Samsung doesn't seem to care much. The company has launched a number of phones targeted at India over the past few months, like the Galaxy On6, On8, and J2 Core; all of them are priced much higher than comparable devices from Xioami, OnePlus, and others.

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The Galaxy Note9 is already $930 ($70 off) on eBay, Wireless Charger Duo is $100 ($20 off)

Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note9, officially went on sale yesterday for a whopping $999.99 - or $1,249.99 for the 512GB model. We started seeing sales almost immediately when the similarly-priced Note8 was released, and now the first discount on a Note9 is here. The 128GB model is currently $929.99 on eBay, and you can get the Wireless Charger Duo for $20 off as well.

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The Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch officially launch today

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 earlier this month and promptly began taking pre-orders. Some of those phones already shipped, but today is the official street date for the Note 9. You can stroll into your local carrier store or purveyor of electronic ephemera and walk out with a Galaxy Note 9. Well, it'll be hard to walk out and carry the phone after giving up and arm and leg to get it. You can, however, adorn your one remaining wrist with the Galaxy Watch, which is also launching today.

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Samsung announces its first Android Go phone, the Galaxy J2 Core

We've been hearing about a rumored Android Go phone from Samsung for a while now, and alleged pictures even leaked last month. Samsung just officially announced the Galaxy J2 Core, the company's first phone running Android Go.

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Samsung Pay is now available in South Africa as platform celebrates 3rd anniversary

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 durability test finds removable buttons are the closest thing it has to a real physical weakness

 

Do you judge a smartphone by its weakest components? In his most recent durability test on the JerryRigEverything channel, YouTuber Zack Nelson identified one slightly-less-sturdy element of the otherwise highly durable Samsung Galaxy Note9: the buttons, which are removable and pop out easily just by prying with a fingernail.

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