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Samsung Pay Now Supports Boost eWallet!

Samsung Pay Now Supports Boost e-Wallet!

Samsung Malaysia just announced that Samsung Pay will now support Axiata Digital’s Boost e-wallet! Here are the details!

 

Samsung Pay Now Supports Boost e-Wallet!

As part of Samsung Pay’s third anniversary, Samsung Malaysia is partnering with Axiata Digital to add support for the Boost e-wallet to Samsung Pay.

With the Boost integration, Samsung Pay users will have an easier option to perform cashless payments with cash merchants and small business owners, even if they do not have a physical credit or debit card.

The Boost integration will be particularly useful for small businesses operating in night markets, food trucks and bazaars.

The Boost option will also be useful for students and younger users who do not have credit or debit cards. They can just use the Boost functionality for peer-to-peer money transfers.

In addition to online banking, the Boost e-wallet can be topped up using any Visa, Mastercard or AMEX credit or debit cards.

 

Samsung Pay + Boost : Additional Benefits

Both Samsung Pay and Boost each offer their own reward systems, so using the Boost QR payment within the Samsung Pay app will give you both Samsung Reward Points and Boost Coins.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 +  Galaxy Z Flip smartphones, which support Samsung Pay.

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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The Samsung Galaxy A80 With Rotating Camera Revealed!

The new Samsung Galaxy A80 smartphone comes with a rotating camera module that lets you take the best photos from both the front and the back! Here is a primer on the new Samsung Galaxy A80 smartphone!

 

The Samsung Galaxy A80 Smartphone

The new Samsung Galaxy A80 is a smartphone specifically designed for spontaneous pictures (selfies), live video streaming (Facebook Live, and Instagram Live. It accomplishes all that with a nifty rotating camera!

Rotating Camera

Instead of separate front and rear cameras, its has a single rotating camera module with three cameras :

  • A 48 MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • An 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • A 3D depth sensing camera with a Live Focus video capability

By default, they point backwards, like regular triple-lens rear cameras. But if you need to take a selfie, the camera module pops-up and rotates! This allows you to take high-quality selfies with Live Focus capability!

The rotating camera module also supports three other features :

  • Super Steady video mode to reduce video shake and ensure smooth videos.
  • Scene Optimizer to recognise and enhance up to 30 scenes
  • Flaw Detection to automatically identify glitches before a picture is taken

Better Display And Sound System

Unlike the Galaxy A70 with its Infinity-U notch, it has an Infinity Display like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9. This is a very large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 pixels.

To complement its brilliant display, It also comes with a Dolby Atmos audio system that delivers a 360-degree audio experience

Longer Battery Power

It is powered by a 3,700 mAh battery that supports 25 W Super-Fast Charging!

Enhanced Security And Intelligent Features

Its security and intelligent features have also been beefed-up :

  • Intelligent Performance EnhancerAI-powered performance optimization software that manages the battery, CPU and RAM based on the user’s unique usage
  • Bixby Routines – automates everyday tasks and apps based on your routine
  • Samsung Knox keeps your sensitive information safe
  • Samsung Pass lets you access apps and websites using biometric authentication
  • On-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Samsung Health and Samsung Pay preloaded

Samsung Galaxy A80 Colour Options

Samsung is offering it in three colour options –  Angel Gold, Ghost White and Phantom Black.

  • Angel Gold color includes elements of pink
  • Ghost White combines some blue characteristics

 

Samsung Galaxy A80 Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A80
Display6.7-inch Infinity display
- Super AMOLED panel
- 1080 x 2400 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Processor2 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Silver (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 618
Memory8 GB RAM
Storage128 GB internal storage
No micro SD card slot
Front CamerasNone, Uses Rear Rotating Camera
Rear CamerasTriple-Lens Rotating Camera
- 48 MP main camera + f/2.0 aperture
- 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera + f/2.2 aperture
- 5 MP depth sensor + f/2.2 apearture
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat15 DL (800 Mbps), LTE Cat13 UL (150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
Battery3,700 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 25 W Super-Fast Charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, On-Display
Other SensorsGravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
NFC / Samsung PayYes / Yes
DimensionsNA
WeightNA
Colour OptionsAngel Gold / Ghost White / Phantom Black

 

Samsung Galaxy A80 Price + Availability

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy A80 on 29 May 2019 worldwide.

The 8 GB + 128 GB variant will be available in Malaysia at a RRP of RM 2,299 / ~US$ 559 / ~£ 426 / ~€ 494.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Note9 Price, Offer + Deal Guide 3.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is a bestseller for Samsung, breaking all expectations. But Samsung has not let up the pressure, regularly announcing promotions. In this guide, we will keep track of all Samsung Galaxy Note9 price changes, offers and promotions. Bookmark and share!

Updated @ 2018-10-05 : Added details of the RM400 instant rebate.

Updated @ 2018-09-20 : Added details of the 512GB Ocean Blue pre-order promotion.

Originally posted @ 2018-09-18


 

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 was a smashing success, selling out the largest pre-order Samsung ever created. With good reason too. It packs a ton of new features at great price points.

  • 6 GB + 128 GB : £899 / $999.99 / RM 3,699
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : £999
  • 8 GB + 512 GB : £1,099 / $1,249.99 / RM 4,599

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) is available worldwide starting 24 August 2018. In some countries (e.g. Malaysia), it will only be offered in Midnight Black and Metallic Copper with a matching S Pen, and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen. There is also a Lavender Purple colour option that is available in certain countries. Samsung may eventually introduce it at a later date to the rest of the world.

 

Where To Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note9

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Malaysia.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB storage : RM 3,699 (Web | App)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 512 GB storage : RM 4,599 (Web | App)

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in the US.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $849
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $1,214
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99

 

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Offer + Promotion Guide

Samsung is never one to rest their laurels, so you can expect them to introduce regular offers and promotions to keep the pressure on their competitors. Let’s start with a look at the great Galaxy Note9 pre-order offers that quickly sold out!

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 Pre-Order Offers (Ended)

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB) : FREE Gifts worth RM 1,530 (Gear Sport smartwatch, Gear Sport Strap and Wireless Charger Pad)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB) : FREE Gear Sport smartwatch worth RM 1,219

1. Samsung Galaxy Note9 Mystery Box (Ended)

Those who bought the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) early got a nice surprise when they started to use Samsung Pay. They immediately received a Mystery Box containing a gift voucher or Samsung Points.

2. Free Starbucks Beverage (Ended)

Early purchasers of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) also received a free drink from Starbucks! Although the promotion was slated to end on 30 September 2018, it probably ended early due to the overwhelming response. If you did not get your free Grande-sized Starbucks drink, there’s no harm checking your Samsung Members app, just in case it is still available…

3. No Increase From SST (Ongoing)

This is not a Galaxy Note9 promotion per se. It applies to all Samsung mobile devices – smartphones, tablets and wearables. Samsung will absorb the 5% SST (Sales and Service Tax) on the purchase of those mobile devices. Great news!

4. Samsung Galaxy Note9 Yearly Upgrade Program (Ongoing)

Validity : 14 September to 2 December 2018

Samsung just announced an exclusive Samsung Galaxy Note9 Yearly Upgrade Program! This Yearly Upgrade Program is limited to those who purchase a new Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) from 14 September until 2 December 2018. They will have the option of paying RM 100 extra for the following benefits :

  • automatic 10% discount on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 in 2019!
  • FREE 5,000 Samsung Reward Points (worth RM 125)
  • one month FREE instalment (if purchased with Easy Payment Plan), OR Samsung Protection Plus worth RM 298.

As you can tell, this is a great offer as the 5,000 Samsung Reward Points are already worth MORE than what you pay to join the upgrade program. In fact, the whole deal gives you 7X what you pay into it! Read our detailed analysis @ Why The Galaxy Note9 Yearly Upgrade Program Is Such A Great Deal!

5. Samsung Galaxy Note9 512GB Ocean Blue Pre-Order (Ended)

Samsung just announced that the 512GB model, which was originally available only in Midnight Black will now be available in the Ocean Blue colour with its iconic Yellow S Pen! From 21 – 23 September 2018, you will be able to pre-order the 512 GB Ocean Blue model with only a RM 300 deposit at the recommended retail price of RM 4,599 (unchanged). But that’s not all. Those who pre-order the 512GB Ocean Blue model will receive a Samsung POWERstick vacuum cleaner worth RM 889 / ~US$ 219 absolutely FREE! Please note that this offer does NOT apply to the 128GB models, or the 512GB Midnight Black model. Those who pre-order the 512GB Ocean Blue model will be able to collect their devices from 5 October through 14 October 2018.

6. RM 400 Instant Rebate!

Validity : 5 October to 28 October 2018

Samsung just announced an incredible RM 400 instant rebate offer!

This RM 400 instant rebate is applicable for both the 128GB and 512GB models. However, this offer is limited to purchases from Samsung Authorised Dealers, and excludes the Samsung Online Store and telcos.

All you have to do is walk into any Samsung Authorised Dealer shop, and ask to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 with the RM 400 instant rebate! What an awesome deal!

Full Details : Save RM 400 With This Samsung Galaxy Note9 Rebate!

 

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Samsung Pay Giveaways @ KLCC Centre Court

Kuala Lumpur, 17 February 2017 – In anticipation of the official arrival of Samsung Pay in Malaysia on 24th February 2017, Samsung Malaysia Electronics will be organizing a special roadshow to reward early adopters of Samsung Pay and to demonstrate a truly simple and secure experience that’s available almost anywhere for compatible Samsung devices.

 

Samsung Pay Giveaways Promotion

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Over the next weekend from 24th February until 28th February 2017, drop by the Samsung Pay Day at KLCC Centre Court and experience Samsung Pay together with special promotions by participating banks.

Be the first 100 Samsung Pay users daily with three transactions done within the same day worth a minimum of RM30 each and receive a Samsung Wireless Charger worth RM279. Rewards are even bigger for the highest Samsung Pay spender of the day as Samsung will be giving away one Samsung Galaxy S7 edge worth RM3,099!

So come one, come all for a mobile wallet experience unlike any other, and get rewarded when you activate and use Samsung Pay on your device! Samsung Pay is compatible on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy A Series (2016 and 2017 versions) in Malaysia.

 

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Watch How Easy It Is To Use Samsung Pay!

With the early access programme for Maybank Visa customers, Samsung is getting ready to roll out Samsung Pay on a massive scale in Malaysia. After their announcement of the official availability of Samsung Pay for Maybank customers, we were given the opportunity to check out just how easy it is to use Samsung Pay, instead of our credit or debit cards.

In this article, you will learn about Samsung Pay’s key features, and find out just how easy it is to use Samsung Pay.

 

Samsung Pay : More Than A Payment Service

Samsung Pay is a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used almost everywhere that credit / debit / prepaid cards are accepted. It offers these key features :

  • Simple : To make a payment on Samsung Pay, users can simply swipe up on their eligible Galaxy smartphone, scan their fingerprint and pay.
  • Secure : Samsung Pay uses three levels of security to enable secure payments – fingerprint authentication, tokenization and Samsung KNOX, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security platform.
  • Almost Anywhere : Samsung Pay is compatible with the majority of existing and new terminals, allowing users to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.

Samsung Pay is currently compatible with the following Samsung smartphones :

 

Watch How Easy It Is To Use Samsung Pay!

In the first video, we make a payment at Marks & Spencer (M&S). They are still using the older MST terminal, but look at how easy and fast it is to use Samsung Pay, instead of a credit card.

It is the same experience at Starbucks, which is also using an older MST terminal. This gives Samsung Pay a huge advantage, as they do not rely exclusively on the new but much rare NFC terminals.

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The steps on using Samsung Pay can be summarised as such :

  1. Swipe up on the screen of your Samsung smartphone, and Samsung Pay appears
  2. Swipe left and right in Samsung Pay to select the credit / debit / prepaid card you want to use
  3. Press on the fingerprint sensor or key in the pin number to authenticate the transaction
  4. Tap your Samsung smartphone on the credit card terminal

That’s it! Whether it’s an older MST terminal, or the newer NFC terminal, the payment’s authenticated and accepted.

 

Samsung Pay Support In Malaysia

Samsung Pay is currently supported by Maybank, and these participating merchants :

Beauty & Wellness
– Blackmores
– Caring Pharmacy
– Castania Nut Boutique
– GNC
– Kiehl’s
– Watsons
– Wellness

Departmental Stores / Supermarkets
– AEON
– Metrojaya
– Marks & Spencer
– Robinsons

Leisure & Entertainment
– Box of Bricks
– Comics Mart
– S&J

Fashion
– Charles & Keith
– Crocs
– Pepe Jeans London
– PK Time
– Quiksilver
– Soda
– Sports Direct
– Stadium
– Studio R
– Under Armour
– Urban Republic
– Vans
– Why Pay More

Homes
– Bubee
– Muji
– Samsung Experience Store

Food & Beverages
– Baskin-Robbins
– Carl’s Jr.
– Chatime
– Garrett Popcorn
– Hakata Ippudo
– Kenny Rogers Roasters
– Komugi
– Krispy Kreme
– La Juiceria
– McDonald’s
– NY Steak Shack
– Red Lobster
– Shojikiya
– Starbucks
– The Library
– The Manhattan Fish Market

Convenience Store
– Family Mart

Samsung Malaysia will be announcing the other banks and merchants that will be supporting Samsung Pay during the official launch in the coming weeks. So stay tuned!

 

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Maybank Leads The Mobile Payment Wave With Samsung Pay

Samsung Malaysia just announced their partnership with Maybank, one of the largest banks in Malaysia, to introduce Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay is the only mobile wallet that allows users to pay with their Samsung smartphones at terminals that support either NFC or MST payments.

Be sure to also check out how easy it is to use Samsung Pay!

 

Maybank’s Exclusive Early Access To Samsung Pay

Maybank will be the first bank to join the Samsung Pay ecosystem in Malaysia. Working closely with Samsung, they are now able to offer their customers the exclusive opportunity to start using Samsung Pay.

Since last month, hundreds of thousands of Maybank Visa cardholders were given access to Samsung Pay. The early access programme ends on 11 February 2017, so if you haven’t signed up, go do it now!

Maybank customers who try out Samsung Pay will also get to win RM 100 cashback for purchases paid via Samsung Pay. Every RM 500 spent via Samsung Pay will entitle you to a qualifying entry. Hurry, because this cashback is only limited to 500 lucky customers!

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Samsung Pay : More Than A Payment Service

Samsung Pay is a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used almost everywhere that credit / debit / prepaid cards are accepted. It offers these key features :

  • Simple : To make a payment on Samsung Pay, users can simply swipe up on their eligible Galaxy smartphone, scan their fingerprint and pay.
  • Secure : Samsung Pay uses three levels of security to enable secure payments – fingerprint authentication, tokenization and Samsung KNOX, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security platform.
  • Almost Anywhere : Samsung Pay is compatible with the majority of existing and new terminals, allowing users to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.

Samsung Pay is currently compatible with the following Samsung smartphones :

Be sure to also check out how easy it is to use Samsung Pay!

 

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Samsung Forum 2016 (Southeast Asia) Coverage

On the 1st of February 2016, Samsung unveiled their 2016 line of products at the Samsung Forum 2016 (Southeast Asia). Held in sunny Kuala Lumpur, the Samsung Forum 2016 showcased Samsung’s technological prowess in everything from wearable technology to laundry cleaning technology.

Some of the Samsung products revealed at the Samsung Forum include the new Curved SUHD TVs with quantum dot displays, the new Samsung AddWash washing machine, the Internet-connected Family Hub Refrigerator and the Windows tablet, Galaxy TabPro S!

Take a look at two of the presentation videos we managed to record…

 

Samsung 2016 Home Appliances Revealed

In this video, Sasitorn Khoopatanakul and Ken Ding reveals the new Samsung Twin Cooling Plus and Internet-connected Samsung Family Hub refrigerators. They also show off the new Samsung AddWash range of washing machines. Finally, they showcase the Samsung 360 cassette air-conditioner that not only looks good but is more efficient and powerful.

 

Samsung 2016 Mobile Devices Revealed

In this video, Joehan Martinus reveals that the Samsung Gear S2 classic smartwatch will be available in premium 18K Rose Gold and Platinum finishes. He also reveals the new Windows 10-powered Samsung Galaxy TabPro S tablet.

Finally, Nicholas Wodtke shows off the new mySamsung app. We will have an in-depth session with him later on. More to come on the mySamsung app!

 

More Samsung Forum Videos & Coverage

We are in the midst of preparing a slew of video clips and a ton of pictures of the new Samsung products that have been revealed in the Samsung Forum 2016. We also have exclusive media sessions with Samsung on the new mySamsung app, and Samsung Pay. We will add the links to these and more to the list below :

So check back here later for more on the latest Samsung products from the Samsung Forum 2016!

 

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Trend Micro : Next Gen Payment Technologies

18 March 2016 – Since the boom of e-commerce, credit cards have been the target of many cybercriminals who have designed many malware and phishing schemes to steal banking credentials. The numerous threats that have preyed on the traditional credit card payment system, coupled with new technology, has led to the development of different payment processing technologies that not only allow for more convenient transactions, but also ones that are more secured.

Trend Micro Incorporated released its annual security roundup report, “Setting the Stage: Landscape Shifts Dictate Future Threat Response Strategies,” which dissects the most significant security incidents from 2015. Mobile devices continued being hotbeds for cybercriminals looking to exploit security flaws.

Mobile payments may be convenient for people armed with smartphones that support it, especially right now with the arrival of Visa Checkout in Malaysia that allows you to pay easily on across all your devices but the problem with using popular technology is that threats are always sure to follow, the same way they did with cloud computing and the Android platform.

“What both MasterCard and Visa are trying to do here is consolidate the payment activity that they’re doing online so they have a chance to inject a bit of extra security,” says Eric Skinner, Vice President of Solutions Marketing, Trend Micro Inc. “It’s a great opportunity for them to do more fraud protection and reinforce a more controlled checkout process.”

The attack on mobile devices can range from:

  • Forcing a device’s system to go on endless reboot, draining its battery.
  • Rendering Android devices silent and unable to make calls due to unresponsive screens.
  • Exposing a device’s memory content.
  • Giving hackers the ability to replace legitimate apps with malicious versions in order to steal information from the user.

 

Next Gen Payment Technologies

  • EMV Credit Cards – Also called Chip-and-PIN cards, these cards feature a chip that stores a cryptogram that detects modified transactions. It also requires a PIN for extra authentication.
  • Contactless RFID Credit Cards – This payment technology uses passive Radio Frequency Identification that allows cardholders to wave the cards in front of RF terminals to complete transactions.
  • [adrotate group=”2″]Mobile Wallets – First launched in Japan in 2004, this technology works on NFC enabled smartphones, and has since been implemented by Google and Apple through their mobile platforms.
    • Apple Pay
    • Android Pay
  • New Payment Processing Architectures – three next gen payment architectures designed to improve secure mobile payments.
    • Encryption and tokenization
    • Cloud-based PoS systems
    •  Secure Element systems.

Since personal mobile devices are heavily used in the enterprise setting, it is important for corporate data to never reside in them. But this would be impractical given the need for employee mobility. Enterprises hoping to keep confidential data within their own servers can invest in virtual mobile infrastructure.

A solution like this allows employees to access company files and records without ever having to save the data on their physical gadget. In case an employee device ever gets rendered useless by mobile exploits or compromised by malware, the data remains separate and intact.

Enable your users to safely leverage mobile technology for their work. Mobile Security Solutions from Trend Micro will help you find the balance between empowering mobile employees to be more productive, and protecting their sensitive information. Accomplish both without incurring the expense and time of deploying multiple new applications.

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Why Samsung Pay Outperforms Apple Pay & Android Pay

Bloomberg recently reported that Samsung Pay has less than half the users of Apple Pay5 million versus 12 million. That puts it on the same level with Android Pay, which is frankly impressive in its own right. However, the chart below does not tell the whole story.

Apple Pay vs Android Pay and Samsung Pay | Credit : Bloomberg

Apple Pay has so many more users because they had a year-long head start over its two rivals. If we consider how long they were in the market, Samsung Pay and Android Pay signed up an average of a million users per month. Apple Pay, on the other hand, averaged 706,000 new users per month.

That means, both Android Pay and Samsung Pay are growing 42% faster than Apple Pay.

 

Why Samsung Pay Did So Well

Samsung Pay only worked with the 5 Samsung Galaxy devices during the survey (the newly announced Galaxy S7 and S7 edge do not count). Yet, they managed to sign up as many users as Android Pay, and sign new users 42% faster than Apple Pay.

That is likely due to the fact that Samsung Pay is easier to implement than both Apple Pay and Android Pay. Samsung Pay works with the old magnetic stripe terminals as well as the newer NFC payment terminals. Apple Pay and Android Pay, on the other hand, only works with NFC payment terminals.

In other words, Samsung Pay works with any credit card terminal anywhere, while Apple Pay and Android Pay will only work at retailers that have upgraded to the new NFC terminals.

 

Samsung Pay Demonstration

At the recently-held Samsung Forum 2016, we were given an exclusive briefing and demonstration of Samsung Pay. Check out just how easy it is to pay using Samsung Pay. This is why Samsung will have an easier time driving its adoption over their two rivals.

The only downside with Samsung Pay is that it is limited to Samsung’s top-of-the-line Galaxy smartphones. If Samsung adds support for their other smartphones with NFC chips, their adoption would probably be much higher. Here are the 7 Samsung Galaxy smartphones that support Samsung Pay :

In H2 of this year, consumers in Australia, Brazil, Spain, Singapore and the United Kingdom will be able to try out Samsung Pay on their Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

 

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