B&M (NoCal) [starts Friday]: 128GB Samsung EVO Plus microSD for $15

This starts on Friday, the actual Black Friday!

This is a brick and mortar offer! If you are in Northern California or happen to be traveling there for work/etc, the Central Computers stores have a B&M doorbuster: the 128GB Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC card for $15. Limit two per customer, so if you need more, be sure to keep a few disguises ready in your car ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS: these are the rest of their Black Friday offers

32GB Samsung EVO+ microSDHC for $10

Memory card doorbuster time at B&H Photo. They are offering the new condition 32GB Samsung EVO+ microSDHC card (UHS-I, U1, C10, with full size adapter) for $10. You can buy up to twenty of these at the sale price per shopping cart. As with most cards in this Samsung line, they are multi-proof (X-Ray, water, magnet), but keep in mind, nothing is totally indestructible ~ more so fragile little memory chips ๐Ÿ™‚

64GB Samsung EVO Select microSDXC returns to $20

If you are a fan of the Samsung green-gray (“EVO Select”) microSD cards, their 64GB UHS-3 card has oscillated back down to $20 at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to ten per customer at the sale price. It comes with a full SD adapter. The 128GB goes for $40, and these two “defeat” the 256GB and 32GB options in this line in $/GB.

On the other hand if you are a fan of the Sandisk, their 64GB Ultra microSDXC [CORRECTED LINK!] UHS-I A1 also goes for $20, so price is a wash, you can decide on the merits of each card. Their 128GB goes for $39 which actually defeats in $/GB their 200GB Ultra microSDXC which goes for $65. [MATH CORRECTED]

None of these are lightning deals, so expiration time is unknown…

64GB Samsung or Sandisk Ultra microSDXC for $20 each

We have dueling 64GB microSDXC memory cards for $20 each, both popular options that you can’t go wrong with. It is the Samsung EVO Select (green-ish) and the Sandisk Ultra A1 (A1 for faster app performance). Both come with a full-size SD adapter. Limit up to five for the Samsung, up to thirty for the Sandisk. These are not lightning deals. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order (check Add-Ons and $5 Gadget for ideas)…

Refurbished Samsung Monitor Sale (45 options, $70 to $1500)

Woot Plus has launched a sale on refurbished Samsung Computer Monitors. As of the time of writing, 45 models are in-stock and five of them are sold out. The sale continues until 4/16/18 or earlier for any individual models that sell out.

They come with a 90-day Samsung warranty. Prices of the in-stock options range from $70 to $1500, and screen sizes range from $19″ to 75″. Free shipping for Prime members, or $5 flat shipping for non-members for everything purchased during a Woot shopping day (= the Central time zone).

(ENDED) Tuesday (B&H): Samsung Smart TVs, Etc

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64GB Samsung EVO Select microSDXC for $20

It has flattened to $20 again, the popular kiwi-lime (green color scheme) 64GB Samsung EVO Select microSDXC memory card (U3, Class 10), sold and shipped by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time unknown.

128GB Samsung EVO Select microSDXC for $40 w/FS

On the lime-kiwi front, the green color scheme of the Samsung microSD cards, the EVO Select [I am giving them fruit-color names as an easier way to remember them; not sure it helps :)] in the 128GB storage option, is trapped in this convoluted sentence. Okay, it is currently down to $40 at Amazon by Amazon itself. It includes a full size SD adapter and a ten year warranty on the card storage. This is a Class 10 UHS-3. It is not a lightning deal, so expiration unknown. It “defeats” the other options (16GB to 256GB) in its line.

B&H now offers Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9* pre-orders

We rounded up the various carrier options for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S9* earlier today, but if you are a fan of factory unlocked with US warranty purchased from independent retailers, you are in luck! B&H Photo now has them available for pre-ordering as follows:

+ Samsung Galaxy S9 for $720 in four color schemes

+ Samsung Galaxy S9 PLUS for $840 in three color schemes

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ today

The Mobile World Congress party is over but the Samsung Galaxy S9* party has just began! Today is the first time pre-orders are accepted for the new Snapdragon 845 duo [remember, only the S9+ gets the dual camera], with orders shipping/delivered two weeks from today (March 16).

+ Samsung’s own website offers the S9 for $720 and the S9 Plus for $840, unlocked with USA warranty
+ optional financing available on 24 or 36 month plans
+ up to $350 trade-in credit of eligible phones
+ Unlocked with USA warranty is the best way to buy it unless you prefer a carrier or their leasing/buying/upgrade options
+ Samsung also offers carrier versions of the phone, sometimes with lower prices than the carrier themselves if you plan to buy it outright (the carriers are favoring the 18-month and 24-month plans and leases instead of outright purchases)

+ Unlocked not available for purchase yet at 3rd-party retailers like B&H and Amazon (phone manufacturers and their carrier friends intentionally delay them because … carriers)

+ Verizon Galaxy S9 for $800 outright or $33.33/mo on 24 month plan
+ Verizon Galaxy S9 PLUS for $930 outright or $38.74/mo on 24 month plan
+ up to $350 trade-in credit on eligible phones; $150 if you switch to Verizon
+ $150 off if you buy it together with a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch

+ AT&T Galaxy S9 for $$790 outright or $26.34/mo on 30-month plan;
+ AT&T Galaxy S9 PLUS for $915 out right or $30.50/mo on 30-month plan
+ AT&T NEXT options also available;
+ up to $350 trade-in credit on eligible phones; $150 if you switch to AT&T

+ T-Mobile Galaxy S9 for $720 outright or $30/mo for 24 months
+ T-Mobile Galaxy S9 PLUS for $840 outright or $120 down plus $30/mo on 24 months
+ up to $360 trade-in o eligible phones
+ all you can eat magenta is FREE ๐Ÿ™‚

+ Sprint Galaxy S9 for $792 outright or with 18-month Flex Lease plans
+ Sprint Galaxy S9 PLUS for $912 outright or with 18-month Flex Lease plans
+ up to $350 trade-in credit; $150 prepaid VISA if you switch to Sprint
+ note that Sprint lease plans do not pay the full price of the phone; at the end of the lease you have to pay the difference if you want to keep the phone

+ Xfinity Galaxy S9 for $720 outright or $30/mo on 24 months
+ Xfinity Galaxy S9 PLUS for $840 outright or $35/mo on 24 months

+ other regional and emerging carriers should also be announcing their offers

+ as usual, the carriers have a variety of terms, conditions, restrictions and traps when you sign up for their installment plans, so be sure to read through it all!

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ on March 2nd

The Samsung S9/S9+ was officially revealed earlier today and pre-orders are scheduled for March 2nd, and they include trade-in offers if you are willing to part with your existing smartphones (at least the ones eligible for the trade-in promotions). You can reserve and be notified but the actual pre-orders will happen on March 2nd. Which may sound like it’s in the future but it’s actually Friday at 12:01am ET! Shipment and in-store availability is March 16 (two weeks later, also a Friday obviously).

+ Samsung’s own website offers the S9 for $720 and the S9 Plus for $840, unlocked with USA warranty
+ their website will also offer carrier versions of the phone when they become available

+ AT&T offers it through their NEXT plan on a 30-month installment plan of $26~ and $30~ per month respectively

+ T-Mobile offers them on a 24-month $30/month installment plan; the S9+ has $120 down, while the S9 does not

+ Sprint offers them on a 24-month installment plan of $33/mo and $38/mo respectively

+ Verizon has 24-month installments of $33~ and $39~ per month respectively

+ other regional and emerging carriers should also be announcing their offers

+ as usual, the carriers have a variety of terms, conditions, restrictions and traps when you sign up for their installment plans, so be sure to read through it all!

(ENDED) Thursday Daily Deals: Storage, Networking, Samsung Curved Monitors

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Samsung EVO microSDXC U3: 64GB for $20, 128GB for $40

It’s kiwi-lime time once again! The green Samsung microSDXC EVO Select U3 with full size SD adapter is on sale for $20 (64GB option) or $40 (128GB option), sold and shipped by Amazon itself. It comes with a ten year warranty and various “proofnessess” (water, temperatures, etc). Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order…

32GB Samsung PRO+ microSD for $27 w/free S&H

Best Buy has this for $40 as a daily deal but their price is destroyed by a sale from the Beach Camera group of companies. “This” refers to the 32GB Samsung PRO+ microSDHC memory card, model MB-MD32DA/AM going for $27 with free shipping by Beach through Amazon and Buydig directly and by BuyDIG’s eBay store.

Meanwhile they have the 64GB version for $49 with free shipping.

64GB Samsung EVO Select microSD for $20

It has drip-dropped by another $1 since the last time we posted about it. It is back to $20 as of 1/31/18 recheck…

It is the new condition 64GB Samsung EVO Select microSD card (model MB-ME64GA/AM) on sale for $20 sold and shipped by Amazon itself. You can buy as many as you like. This is not a lightning deal. This defeats (in terms of GB/$) the other options of this line. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

64GB Samsung EVO Select microSD w/adapter (Green) for $20

If you are a fan of the Samsung green elementproof microSD memory cards, it is the turn of the 64GB EVO Select model to be on sale, going for $20 at Amazon by Amazon itself. You can buy as many as you like (limit 30 per customer). Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time unknown. It comes with a full-size SD adapter and a 10-year warranty on the memory card.

64GB Samsung microSDXC EVO Plus for $20 w/FS [limit 3]

To the eBay Deals we go, where for a limited time the Best Buy eBay store is offering the new condition 64GB Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC card, aka the red one, for $20 with free shipping. Limit up to three per buyer.

No color is left behind as Samsung has microSD cards in red, orange-cream, green, blue, and black ๐Ÿ™‚

128GB Samsung EVO Select microSD for $40 w/free S&H

If you are a fan of the green Samsung EVO Select microSD cards, the 128GB version is currently “defeating” the 64GB and 32GB version in $/GB, as it goes for $40 with free shipping, while the other two go for $23 and $12 respectively. It comes with a full size SD charger and 10-year warranty on the card itself. This is not a lightning deal. Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3. These come with 4-proof protection (temperatures, water, magnetic fields, etc).

32GB Samsung EVO Select microSD for $10 [limit ten]

Last time it was the orange-cream on sale, now it’s the kiwi-cream! It’s the 32GB green EVO Select Samsung microSD card, 95MB/s (U1),. model MB-ME32GA/AM, on sale for $10 each, in new condition and with a full size SD adapter at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to ten of them per customer at the moment. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

Of the same line of cards, the 64GB goes for $20, the 128GB goes for $37, and the 256GB goes for $130.

The orange cream is not discounted.

FREE 27″ Samsung CF398 Curved Monitor with select Samsung Notebook 9 PRO laptop purchases ($850 to $1200)

A trio of Notebook 9 PRO laptops are eligible for FREE 27″ Samsung CF398 Curved Monitor at the Samsung website. Use your browser’s search function to search for “CF398” on that page, or slowly skim and scan the info dump to find them ๐Ÿ™‚ The three eligible laptops range from $850 to $1200. The monitor is added automatically to your shopping cart for FREE while this promotion is running. There’s no coupon, no rebate!

If you want to research the monitor, this is its product page. Do not add the monitor to the shopping cart from this page. I’m only including it for reference. If you page further down on that page, you’ll also find the PDF user manual of the monitor.

As far as I can tell, only these three models are eligible for the free monitor.

(SOLD OUT) Samsung Chromebook PRO + $50 Gift Card + 6mo Netflix + $20 GPLAY GC + 100GB GDrive for $500

As of a late 12/18/17 recheck, this sold out again… [Read more…]

(ENDED) 32GB Samsung microSD (Orange/Cream) for $8

As of a late 12/19/17 recheck, this sale ended…

If you need 32GB microSD memory cards, you are in luck! The orange-cream 32GB Samsung 95MB/s (U1) MicroSD EVO Memory Card with full size SD Adapter, model MB-MP32GA/AM, is on sale for $8 at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to five per customer at the sale price. They are not “Add-On” items, so you don’t need a $25+ minimum order to buy them! Prime members get free 2-day shipping even with one card.

They are not a lightning deal, so expiration time is unknown. The other two storage options are not on sale.

(SOLD OUT) Samsung Chromebook PRO + $50 Gift Card for $500

As of a 12/14/17 recheck, both Samsung Chromebooks are sold out and cannot be purchased from Amazon with this promotion. I will be monitoring the situation to see if/when they return…

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Tuesday: Samsung EVO+ MicroSD sale: 128GB for $45, 64GB for $25, 32GB for $13

One of the Tuesday daily deals at Best Buy is a sale on orange cream memory cards, more specifically the Samsung EVO PLUS with the 128GB going for $45, the 64GB for $25, and the 32GB for $13. The sale is also available by the Best Buy eBay store if you have eBay Bucks or Gift Cards or other PayPal promotions to use, more specifically the 64GB version and the 128GB version. Limit three per buyer. Free shipping even if you buy one memory card.

128GB Samsung 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC EVO Select for $37

There are back on sale again, these are the green soda (not the orange cream soda), it is the 128GB Samsung 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC EVO Select goes for $37. On the same listing, the 64GB version goes for $20, and the 32GB goes for $10. They come with a full size SD adapter. Limit up to ten per customer. These are sold and shipped by Amazon, with free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

Speaking of Samsung and storage, their 500GB Samsung T5 Portable External SSD, model MU-PA500B/AM, is on sale for $150 with free shipping with up to three units per customer.

64GB Samsung EVO Orange Cream microSDXC for $20 w/FS

It’s an orange-cream soda price match, the new condition 64GB Samsung 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Memory Card with Adapter (MB-MP64GA/AM) is going for $20 with free shipping at Walmart by Walmart itself (limit 2) and at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 10; free Prime or $25+ shipping). It comes with a full size microSD adapter.

PSA: 6 Months of Netflix, $20 Google Play Gift Credit with Samsung Chromebook Plus or PRO purchased between 2/12 and 12/31 in 2017

UPDATE: Google added another freebie to their Chromebook Offers page, you also get six months of Netflix for FREE. This is the $11/month plan. You can alternately apply the value of this towards other Netflix plans. This offer is available for Pixelbooks, and Samsung Chromebook Plus and PRO. You must redeem by 12/31/17 and redeem it from the eligible Chromebook and Pixelbook. This is pretty good!

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Samsung Galaxy S8 for $574, S8+ for $674, Note 8 for $800

If you are not already waiting in line for the new Samsung Galaxy S9, there are sales on the current S8 duo. The S8 goes $574 in new condition, unlocked, with USA warranty by Amazon itself (limit 2) and at B&H Photo.

In a parallel sale, the larger S8+ goes for $674 in new condition, unlocked, with USA warranty at B&H Photo and by Amazon itself (limit 2).

Meanwhile the Galaxy Note 8 (unlocked, USA warranty) has upticked from $780 to $800 at Amazon itself and B&H Photo.

At both places, if you are surfing around the listings, make sure you are looking at the North American variant (if that’s the one you want).

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (USA Warranty, Unlocked) for $780

SURPRISE! The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a big sale, the Midnight Black color scheme goes for $780 while the Orchid Gray goes for $800. These are new condition, with USA warranty, unlocked, no contract, sold & shipped by Amazon itself with up to two per color per customer! This is not a lightning deal… UPDATE: Both colors go for $780 at B&H Photo. Make sure you are buying the “North American” variant because their listing has International models too…

(SOLD OUT) 128GB Samsung EVO+ UHS-I microSDXC for $30 w/FS

I was too sleepy to grab one last night, and now it’s gone, sold out and cannot be ordered as of 11/23/17 at 11am ET recheck… But wipe those tears away, other offers are running at the B&H Photo Black Friday sales..

If you love the Samsung EVO orange-cream microSD cards, it’s time to nom-nom, the new condition 128GB Samsung EVO+ UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card, model MB-MC128GA/AM, is on sale for $30 with free shipping at B&H Photo… .

Samsung Chromebook Plus for $349

And so it begins, today’s madness of posts with the Samsung Chromebook Plus discount that was promised. It is now down to $349 in new condition at Amazon by Amazon itself and Samsung itself and Office Depot and B&H Photo and Adorama.

This is a great combo if you want both a new ChromeOS touchscreen laptop and an Android tablet with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a built-in stylus. If the included stylus is too small for some of your pixel peeping, fear not, there is also a Samsung-blessed made-in-Germany Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil (EMR Technology, Yellow Black, GP-U999ERIPAAB) that is now on sale for $17 in new condition. IF the color scheme is familiar, it is the famous German pencil manufacturer. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 74 customer reviews. This not only works with these Chromebooks but also various other Samsung Note phones, tablets and laptops.

Speaking of others, the Samsung Chromebook PRO with the Intel processor had a parallel discount, dropping to $450 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit five) and at B&H Photo and Samsung itself.

PS: the Amazon same-day delivery window closes in a couple of hours, the PLUS is calling me at this price ๐Ÿ™‚ And the discount on the Staedtler stylus is a sign ๐Ÿ™‚ #Temptation

PS2: note that these only have two multi-purpose USB-C ports (one on each side) and a microSD slot. There are no full-size USB ports, no HDMI, no Ethernet.

Cameraphone Deals: Note 8 for $908, Essential back to $450, Moto G5 Plus (2/32) for $170

The cameras in smartphones keep getting better and better, they are no longer an afterthought or a marketing gimmick to lure consumers in with a bigger than the competitor megapixel number. Newer models are climbing all over each other in the DxoMark rankings. (as usual, it should go without saying, the Dxomark measurement are only one part of the equation, benchmarks are never the whole answer).

The Orchid Gray version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now down to $908~ at Amazon by Amazon itself. That’s the lowest I’ve seen it there for the US warranty, US unlocked version.

Meanwhile the Essential Phone by Android’s Andy Rubin is down to $450 again in either color scheme.

Cutting the price even further, you can get the new condition Motorola Moto G5 Plus in the 2/32 configuration (2GB RAM, 32GB storage) for $170 at Costco (members only) and by Amazon itself (limit 3 per customer). This creates an oddball situation at Amazon where the model with Prime Ads actually costs more ๐Ÿ™‚

Note that the 64GB version of the Moto G5 Plus has 4GB of RAM (instead of 2GB), that’s part of the price difference, sale or no sale. As with previous generations, these are “all carrier” phones, they work on all four major US carriers.

PSA: Samsung Chromebook PRO and PLUS dropping to $450 and $350 next week

I mentioned these earlier in the week in the Chromebook posts, but we have an update on them today!

The official Samsung Black Friday Ad has been revealed and it in they reveal that starting on Saturday their Samsung Chromebook PRO (Intel) will drop to $450 and their PLUS (custom OP1 ARM for ChromeOS) will drop to $350. Both comes with an S-Pen stylus, touchscreen, 360 degree, two USB-C ports (no full size USB), Google Play integration, 3:2 aspect ratio, microoSD card, etc.

So this is the price to meet or beat right now! This give us five more days to research it and decide whether to jump in or not. I am definitely tempted! Both my Chromebook and Android tablet belong in a technology history museum, so this could replace both devices, and would let me do more serious blogging work on the go, not just lightweight stuff.

PS: one lesser known feature of ChromeOS is that you can login to multiple Google accounts at the same time, without having to logout and login over and over. You can even move Windows between the two accounts. Handy if you have work and personal accounts and/or multiple people in the same household using the computer interchangeably (eg during TV binging marathons). See Help page for details.

(ENDED) Wednesday: refurb 28″ 4K Samsung LED Monitor for $230, Etc

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In-Stock Now: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Factory Unlocked USA version) for $950

Flagship time! Hide your wallets! The new condition factory-unlocked USA version with USA warranty of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone flagship with dual OIS back cameras, in the Orchid Gray color scheme, is, as of the time of writing, in-stock and ready to ship to your front door for $950 at Amazon by Amazon itself. The other color (“Midnight Black”) is only in-stock by 3rd-party sellers.

It is very important when buying phones at Amazon to pay attention to the seller of record and the listing, and also double-check to verify. It is chaos and disorder when it comes to the 3rd-party sellers over there ๐Ÿ™‚

But that’s not all. If “Orchid Gray” is not your thing, and you are comfortable with International Variants (not the US model with US warranty but compatible with some GSM carriers – check carrier and frequencies before buying), the “Maple Gold” is in-stock for $950 at B&H Photo, while the “Midnight Black” goes for $1000. These are International versions!

The US versions are not yet in-stock at B&H Photo. B&H Photo will begin accepting orders again Saturday night, so they won’t sell out, giving you time to research the phones ๐Ÿ™‚

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (US version) TOOS at Amazon

The US version with US warranty, factory unlocked, of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 flagship smartphone with its dual OIS back cameras, in the Orchid Gray color scheme is now at the all-encompassing “Temporarily out of stock” status at Amazon, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. This is a step in the right direction (over Pre-Order status without a date) but still not a concrete date. But it’s getting there!

Meanwhile the B&H Photo listings remain in “New Item – Coming Soon” condition. Note that the B&H page has a mix of North American and International variants, so make sure you are looking at the correct model you are interested in.

Speaking of flagships, the Essential Phone is now down to $599 (from $699) in both color schemes, in the new condition factory unlocked with USA warranty model.

BANG FOR THE BUCK ALTERNATIVE

This if you want an uber flagship smartphone. If not, for the same price, you can buy 3-4 units of the Moto G5 Plus with “all carrier” support (the Big Four in the US market) for $240 with Prime Lockscreen Ads or for $300 Factory Unlocked. Note [no pun intended] that the $185/$235 model is with 2GB RAM / 32GB storage, while this $240/$300 model is with 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. The extra RAM is more important, especially if you plan on keeping/using the phone throughout its lifecycle, since apps get more and more bloated as time goes by (even if you don’t upgrade to a newer OS version).

Refurbished Samsung WB1100F superzoom for $150, DJI Phantom 3 Standard for $314, Etc

NewEgg launched what they call the Ultimate Refurbished Sale and it includes:

+ manufacturer refurbished DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k CamerA for $314
+ sold by the official DJI store on NewEgg
+ limit three per customer

+ various refurbished Parrot drones prices ranging from $20 to $70

+ some $100-ish refurbished Chromebooks in the middle of the page

+ and a blast from the past towards the bottom, the refurbished red Samsung WB1100F superzoom for $150 by RedTagCamera thru NewEgg (35x optical zoom)

Samsung Gear 360 VR camera for $89

The new condition Samsung Gear 360 VR is now down to $89 with free shipping and handling, sold by various 3rd-parties sellers with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day Prime shipping if a member. It averages 3.6 out of 5 based on 270+ customer reviews and has almost 200 answered questions.

Samsung EVO Select U3 microSDXC: 32GB for $13, 64GB for $23, 128GB for $45

If you are a fan of the Samsung EVO Select U3 microSDXC cards, they are currently on sale at amazon.com. The 64GB version goes for $23, while the 32GB version goes for $13, and the 128GB goes for $45. This is the card with SD adapter option. The option with the card readers go for more.

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Per the Mobile OS Fairness Doctrine, having mentioned the new iPhones, we now have to mention the flagship Android phone with its dual OIS cameras, which, what a coincidence, is also available for pre-order!

FACTORY UNLOCKED

If you prefer factory unlocked, with USA warranty and no carrier strings attached, you can get it for $930 in two color options at B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

Samsung’s own store offers it both factory unlocked, and also in six carrier configurations (the Big Four, plus US Cellular and Comcast/Xfinity) for $930. They also have an optional $300 Trade-In Promotion of qualifying/eligible trade-in phones.

UPDATE: if you are a fan of eBay shopping, they have a variety of listings. Keep in mind, eBay is an open marketplace with all kinds of product conditions and authorized dealer status and international models and such, so be sure to scrutinize each listing before buying!

CARRIER OFFERS

Carriers have a variety of offers with their terms and conditions and restrictions and pitfalls, so be sure to read and understand them before jumping aboard a particular carrier…

There are also some promotions that get you free accessories with early pre-orders. Check each carrier’s various options for details.

AT&T offers a 30-month installment plan with 0% APR on approved credit and such, for $31.67 per month. They have an up to $300 trade-in promotion, fineprint buried at the bottom of that page.

T-Mobile offers an old fashioned “Buy One, Get One FREE” promotion, with their own set of prerequisites and requirements for the promotion.

SPRINT has a “Switch to Sprint” promotion that is $20 per month on the 18-month Sprint FLEX Lease program with monthly bill credits on approved credit, with their prerequisites and restrictions. Note that this is a lease promotion, not a purchase promotion.

Verizon Wireless has a Trade-IN promotion that gets you up to 50% off Galaxy Note 8 with select trade-ins and a monthly payment plan and with other requirements. The 50% off is reserved for ten models (S7*, S8*, iPhone 7*, Pixel XL, etc), while the 35% off is with previous previous generation flagships, and 25% off is three times previous generation models.

Samsung PRO 850 Series 2.5″ Internal SATA III SSD sale: 256GB for $120, 512GB for $212, Etc

SSD time once again because the data must flow, and flow, and faster and faster it must flow ๐Ÿ˜‰ The new condition Samsung 850 PRO series of Internal SATA III 2.5-inch SSDs is on sale in the various storage denominations at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three units per storage option per customer. The 256GB goes for $120, the 512GB for $212, the 1TB for $421, and the 2TB for $898. Each one also has an option to come bundled with a Mount Bundle for +$7.

UPDATE: corrected link!

64GB Samsung EVO Select microSDXC for $23

Speaking of storage, the new condition 64GB Samsung EVO Select U3 microSDXC memory card, model MB-ME64GA/AM, is back on sale for $23, in new condition at Amazon by Amazon itself. Meanwhile the 128GB version goes for $45.

If you need additional items to get free shipping (non-Prime members), check our previous AmazonBasics posts.

Pre-order new 49″ Samsung 32:9 Curved 4K 144 Hz FreeSync HDR LCD Monitor

If you are a fan of state of the art really-really wide monitors, the new 49″ Samsung 32:9 Curved 4K 144 Hz FreeSync HDR LCD Monitor is now available for pre-ordering for $1500 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo with a late July 2017 release estimate.

Speaking of Samsung, their Samsung Gear 360 VR camera is on sale for $110 with free shipping with up to three units per customer. This is the US version with US warranty.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 for $425 with Trade-IN or $575 without [add $100 for S8+]

Samsung too joined the dual camera party with the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship introduction. And the prices are dropping. You can now get the Galaxy S8 phone in new condition, unlocked, with USA warranty and no carrier obligations for $575 at B&H Photo and the Samsung website. Make sure you are looking at the US variant if you are switching between colors and such.

On the other hand, if you have an older ex-flagship smartphone that are willing to part with, the samsung website has a $150 off trade-in promotion that would drop the price to $425. Only specific Samsung, iPhones, Pixels and LG phones are eligible for the trade-in promotion.

There is also a parallel promotion on the Galaxy S8+ going for $675 unlocked, or for $525 with a qualifying trade-in at the Samsung website.

PS: note also (yes, pun intended) that the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be revealed August 23 in 2017 but it’s likely going to be closer to four figures unlocked when it starts rolling out.

Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera for $110

If you are part of the Samsung ecosystem, the new condition Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera is on sale $110 with free shipping at Groupon Goods until 7/18/17… Speaking of Groupon, they are currently running a Black Friday Bonanza sale. Because they already used up their Gunsmoke and Love Boat themes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you are planning to place a $34.99+ order (to get free shipping), they have $7 Lens-Shaped Coffee Cups.

Samsung EVO Select U3 MicroSD cards: 128GB for $45, 64GB for $23, 32GB for $13

If you are a fan of the green Samsung EVO Select U3 microSD memory cards, the whole line-up (except for the 256GB) is on sale and in-stock and shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself: the 32GB goes for $13, the 64GB goes for $23, and the 128GB goes for $45. You can buy as many as you like. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $35+ order.

For more Amazon action, check our Prime Day Situation Room which will continue throughout the Prime Day 2017 festivities.

Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop drops to $379

Temptation time! The Samsung Chromebook PLUS (PLUS = ARM processor; PRO = Intel) Convertible Touch Laptop, model XE513C24-K01US, is on sale for $379 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three per customer.

Of interest if you want a multi-purpose device, as you get a ChromeOS laptop that can officially run Android apps through Google PLAY, a touchscreen display, a built-in and included Samsung stylus (S-Pen), a non-widescreen aspect ratio, a 360-degree rotating screen, and more.

This will not replace a Photoshop machine, but you can use it for all kinds of other tasks. Also handy when on assignment or when working with others, you can put it in Guest mode or they can login with their own Google account and pick up quickly from where they left off.

The PRO (Intel) model remains at $550 and was the one that got delayed because of hardware and software issues.

PS: I don’t know if the included S-Pen is compatible with (or which) other Samsung devices that have their own version of the S-Pen (phones, tablets, laptops, etc).

PS2: one lesser known feature of ChromeOS is that you can login with multiple Google accounts at the same time and switch between them as needed. You don’t have to login and logout all the time. Handy if you use it for both personal and work, or have one account with paid subscriptions (eg YouTube RED or Music All Access or extra Google Drive storage).

Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ for $700 with USA warranty

The official Samsung eBay store (yes, almost everyone is on eBay these days), is offering the factory unlocked new condition Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus; the larger model), model SM-G955U, in the Midnight Black color scheme, with 64GB on-board storage, for $700 with free shipping and a Samsung USA warranty. Limit up to five per customer.

You own the phone and you can use it on any carrier, it is one of only a few smartphones that are what I call “uber carrier”, they work with all four major USA carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and their various MVNOs. There are many benefits to getting an unlocked no-contract phone, but historically Samsung has not been giving their previous unlocked flagship phones OS updates as fast as they did the carrier-branded ones. There’s only one unlocked color at the moment.

On the other hand, if you want an “uber carrier” phone without breaking the bank, B&H Photo comes to the rescue! They offer the Motorola Moto G (4th Generation) for $160 in the 2GB RAM / 16 GB storage) option, or for $200 you can get a better value/performance combo with the 4GB / 64 GB storage. RAM being the more important factor as you have a lot more flexibility in terms of multi-tasking and using big apps.

Orderable Again: Samsung Chromebook PRO for $550

If you are a boldly going early adopter, the Samsung Chromebook PRO is orderable again for $550 at Amazon by Amazon itself. It had returned a few days ago but then quickly became un-orderable again. But as of the time of writing, this is orderable again in the all-encompassing “temporarily out of stock” status.

The difference between this and the $436 PLUS model is that the PRO has an Intel processor versus ARM of the PLUS.

More details on what caused the delays and their plans for the future of the ChromeOS + Android marriage can be found in this Google I/O 2017 Verge post. It turns out the delays were a mix of software and hardware:

“The Chromebook Pro hardware itself needed to be redesigned. Issues with the thermals and antennas meant some things had to get shifted around. Google itself handles the software stack, so it needed to tweak that software as Samsung tweaked the hardware.”

Of photography interest is the combination of the S-Pen (for retouching and such), touchscreen, combination of Android and ChromeOS apps and options, a 3:2 QHD screen (if you prefer to work in this aspect ratio), and such.

Note however that it may take a few weeks/months before everything gels as Android apps are in Beta. On the plus side, it is on a six week update cycle, so fixes will definitely come faster than they do with Android phones.

If I wasn’t a poor blogger I would scoop this up ๐Ÿ™‚ Please feel free to send me one ๐Ÿ™‚

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