WANT a new Samsung device? There’s an approved list you should probably stick to – or you’ll be left disappointed.
That’s because some Samsung phones are already obsolete, or will be very soon.
Not all Samsung phones are born equal – so choose your purchase carefully[/caption]
Unlike Apple’s iPhones, Android handsets rarely receive more than one or two years of updates.
These updates provide new features that keep your phone feeling fresh.
And they’ll also include vital security updates that lock hackers out.
Samsung has vowed to give at least three years of updates to a select roster of phones and tablets.
Samsung regularly releases new phones, so make sure you’re buying one with at least three years of software support[/caption]
And the South Korean tech giant has published a list of all the devices that fall under the new scheme.
Any devices that aren’t on the list might not receive at least three years of updates.
That’s a dangerous gamble to take, as you’ll miss out on the latest features your pals might be enjoying.
And you may also miss out on important fixes that stop your info being exposed to hackers.
Sticking to a list of long-lifespan devices means you’ll get more value from the money you spend.
It could potentially bump up the resale value of your phone too – as second-hand buyers will know that your mobile is still supported three years on.
“Samsung is committed to supporting our users to fully enjoy the latest mobile experiences while they are using Galaxy devices,” said Samsung’s Janghyun Yoon.
“As people hold onto their devices for longer, we are working to bring secure protection and exciting new features to the devices already in their hands.
“By supporting up to three generations of Android OS upgrade, we are extending the lifecycle of our Galaxy products.
“And [we are] making a promise that we will provide a simple and secure mobile experience that takes advantage of the latest innovations as soon as they are available.”
This also brings Samsung closer in line with Apple, who regularly offers four or more years of updates for iPhone handsets.
Here’s the list of long-lifespan supported Galaxy devices:
- Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, S20 Ultra, S20+ 5G, S20+, S20 5G, S20 in addition to S10 5G, S10+, S10, S10e, S10 Lite and upcoming S series devices
- Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 5G, Note20, Note10+ 5G, Note10+, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices
- Galaxy Foldable devices: Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold and upcoming Z series devices
- Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices
- Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G3, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G4, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices
Inevitably more devices will be added to this list as they launch in the coming months and years.
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In other news, Samsung has unveiled a selection of new smartphones for 2020.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 lets you play Xbox games using a joypad.
And Samsung rival Google is reportedly working on a futuristic foldable phone, codename Passport.
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