Samsung to infuse premium features into its low range smartphones
posted by Paul K. / Nov 18, 2015, 5:58 AM
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.
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.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 6:08 AM 1
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In other words, they may be sealing the batteries on ALL of their smartphones. Dumb move, Samsung.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 6:22 AM 6
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I'm sure the prices will slightly go up as well, you end paying the price of a OnePlus for mid range hardware.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 6:39 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 6:49 AM 6
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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.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 11:56 AM 1
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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/2015/1
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.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 2:18 PM 0
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Will hurt samsung sooner or later if they bring all premium feature to low-end phones.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 9:14 AM 1
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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.
posted on Nov 18, 2015, 11:45 AM 0
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