Samsung’s next top-shelf smartphone, the forthcoming Galaxy S8, has a lot to live up to. Following two Galaxy Note 7 recalls and the news of its discontinuation, the S8 needs to be nothing short of the best phone ever built to make up for lost sales and lost faith in the brand.
And of all the people who need convincing, even cajoling, perhaps it’s the previous Note 7 owners who require every ounce of persuasion to coax them back into a Samsung store. Or maybe not.
In an online statement on Monday, Samsung announced a new upgrade program for Note 7 owners in Korea where they could exchange their phone — replacement or otherwise — for the Galaxy S8 or Note 8 next year. Reuters said the press release issued in Korean had told “customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version of the Galaxy S7 can trade up for a Galaxy S8 or Note 8.”
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Reuters also reported that Korean customers would only have to pay half the price of a Galaxy S7 to get their hands on the S8 or Note 8 instead of paying the full price. It remains unclear how the program would work for those who have already traded their Note 7 in and for those who got their unit from a wireless carrier.
It’s also worth noting that Samsung’s plans are limited to Korea for the time being. When we asked a Samsung executive about it, he told us that “it’s initially a Korea-only program,” and that the company is still discussing internally whether to roll it out further.
In any case, the statement confirms the existence of another Note device due for release in 2017, contrary to some reports that claimed Samsung would drop the Note branding altogether after the Note 7’s brief but disastrous shelf-life.
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Analysts already estimate the cost of the Note 7 disaster at somewhere north of $5 billion. It might cost a lot more in the long term if Samsung settles the class-action lawsuits from customers in South Korea and the United States.
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Up to 75% off
Regardless of how you feel about 2K’s newest games, it’s undeniable that they have done everything they could to push forward the franchises they have under their belt. And now, you can get these games at a massive discount.
Whether you’re buying for yourself, your friends, family, or loved ones, you’re sure to save some hard earned cash with up to 75 percent off on selected games.
Here are some of the major titles you can grab for a lower price.
Borderlands 3 is the fastest-selling game in 2K history. The original shooter-looter packs bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure.Blast through dangerous new worlds as one of four brand new Vault Hunters — the ultimate treasure-seeking badasses of the Borderlands, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, score loads of loot, and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.
NBA 2K20 continues its dominance as the premiere basketball simulation game. And while its MyCareer mode is far from perfect, it’s by far the best RPG-esque experience on a sports game.
Play as your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends like Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, The Ultimate Warrior, the Rock and many more in WWE 2K20. The latest game also features a brand new 2K Showcase focused on the story of the Women’s Evolution and an all-new MyCareer featuring both male and female MyPlayer characters together for the first time.
SID MEIER’S CIVILIZATION VI
The recently released Civilization VI is now available lets you explore a new land, research technology, conquer your enemies and go head-to-head with history’s most renowned leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known. You can think of yourself as Senku Ishigami in the animé Dr. Stone when tackling this game.
XCOM 2 is the turn-based tactics sequel to the award-winning XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Taking place 20 years after the events of Enemy Unknown, aliens now rule Earth, promising a brilliant future for humanity while secretly hiding a sinister agenda. As the leader of a guerrilla force facing impossible odds, players must ignite a global resistance to eliminate the alien threat and save the human race from extinction.
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