Samsung to infuse premium features into its low range smartphones

Samsung to infuse premium features into its low range smartphones
Sammy has been changing the way it does things – that's pretty well known by now, and instantly noticeable by anyone who compares the Galaxy S6 to the Galaxy S5. However, the company didn't just focus on making their flagship more shiny – it also brought some bling to the low-, mid-, and upper mid-range niche with the Galaxy A3, A5, A7, and A8. Yes, Sammy is restructuring, and is planning to offer less smartphones in every tier, but make them more desirable in an attempt to stabilize its monstrous presence on the market.

Seems like slim metal bodies are not the only thing Samsung intends to use to make its lower-tier smartphones more alluring, however. According to The Korea Herald, an industry source whispered that Sammy also wants to install fingerprint sensors on it's low- and mid-range handsets. In 2015, as you most probably know, Samsung really upped the quality of its biometric scanners, so that'd be a great feature for anyone who doesn't want to shell out for a top-class smartphone.

Secondly, Samsung, reportedly, plans to install Samsung Pay on these handsets, making it available to even more users. This is great news for the service, as Samsung Pay currently has the potential of being the most useful and widespread digital wallet, thanks to it being able to function with any kind of magnetic POS terminals, instead of needing special tech installed by the retailer. This rumor also comes on the tail of another report, which claimed that Sammy may allow the service to be installed on other Android smartphones as well, so it seems that the company may in fact be devoted to reaching as large a userbase as possible with its Pay service.

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21 Comments

1. carlemillward unregistered

This is what Huawei said at IFA2014, however they increased the price of their lower and mid tier range. Let's just hope Samsung does not do the same.

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

They will, look at A models

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

In other words, they may be sealing the batteries on ALL of their smartphones. Dumb move, Samsung.

19. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The article mentions the A Series in particular, and as far as I know, the current A Series have a unibody build with sealed in batteries. Try again.

3. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Great.

4. Valol23

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

I'm sure the prices will slightly go up as well, you end paying the price of a OnePlus for mid range hardware.

9. redmd

Posts: 1900; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I end up paying something readily available.

5. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

I've been using Samsung Pay almost everywhere I go and I love it when the cashier goes, "That doesn't work here" and I prove them wrong every time.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So far the only national chain I went too, where it didn't work was Cracker Barrel. Also at locations where they normally take your card, I take my phone and put it next to their POS/Monitor because I dont want to give them a car. The only downside is it needs to work with any credit card. Example. get Visa and MasterCard onboard, and it should work with any Visa/Mastercard no matter who the bank is, because the bank issues those with permission from VisaMC. They need to get Discover added. Also, shouldnt matter if the card is a credit or debit card. Also, Samsung mention at the announcement that Chase was onboard, but I couldn't add my Chase card. Apple has the bank advantage, but the the retail advantage where you can actually use it. Samsung doesn't have the bank advantage, but has the retail acceptance advantage. Samsung Pay has a chance to dominate. They need to be working to get more banks involved.

17. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

I agree with you 100%. I basically got lucky by having Bank of America (which I use both my debit and credit card on Samsung Pay). They did announce that they'll be adding more banks by this year but they still have quite a ways to go. http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/27/9621464/samsung-pay-support-more-banks-gift-card-discover I have wondered about using it at bars and once I use my fingerprint to verify it, hand it to the bartender to put it up against the terminal. That way they don't hold onto your card and accidentally or purposefully swipe it for someone else's tab. It will almost never be realistic in restaurants where you pay your bill at your table unless you're willing to chase down your waiter/waitress and go to the register with them and then use it.

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

From what I understand it works fine with mastercard and visa? seems odd that it wouldn't since it is using magnet communication not nfc or similar.

18. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

So true...I still get that once a day!

6. rkoforever90

Posts: 411; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

what`s the point.they wont give updates to their mid- low ranger phones id rather buy one plus two or mi4 for same price.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Fingerprint sensor or a better body build would be nice!

10. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Will hurt samsung sooner or later if they bring all premium feature to low-end phones.

11. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes true. Today's features will become yesterday's. I'm sure we will see newer features in the coming years.

12. Nallaikumaran

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

64GB iPhone 6s Components Cost Only $234, the Rest Goes to Apple. I have the 6s Plus. I don't like and I prefer Samsung galaxy edge plus or note 5.

13. Nallaikumaran

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Now Samsung low range smartphones better than apple phones.

21. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

I don't think so

14. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

This isn't really anything different... mid-range and low-range phones always eventually get the features previous high-end flagship phones had. This just means that Samsung has run out of new features for the high-end phones. Until mobile VR changes the structure of the market, it just seems like in the foreseeable future, high-end phones will only be labeled as such because they better processors and more memory. And Samsung obviously wants Samsung Pay in EVERY phone.

16. Kakarot

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

Aahh! Just get the new theme enabled touchwiz for my S5! I will be more than happy! Also ot might be better if they expand samsung pay all over the globe!

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