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After spending roughly a week with the phone, I wanted to present to you my initial impressions of the device, with a full review to follow in coming weeks. Please be aware that while the phone has been announced for both China and India, this piece (including the specs themselves as well as the $615 price tag) all pertain to the Korean model.

The Galaxy A8 features a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor backed by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. It also has a 16MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing shooter, and a 3050mAh battery. It runs the most recent version of Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and also comes with the same fingerprint sensor as seen in the S6. The device measures just 5.9mm thin and weighs only 151g, making this the thinnest smartphone Samsung has released to-date. It also retails, in Korea at least, for 714,000 won (about $610), though current pricing on sites like eBay has it going for around $800+

Hardware

On paper, the phone seems like a fairly solid mid-ranger, even if still considerably less impressive than a flagship-level product. Unfortunately, after using the phone for even just a few minutes, its limitations become quite obvious. Between the Snapdragon 615, the 2GB of RAM, and TouchWiz, the phone is constantly lagging and stuttering. At times it takes seemingly ages for Swiftkey to load up or to open an application and, coming from the Galaxy S6, this is egregiously problematic. Even something as simplistic as opening the Settings menu has lag with the background loading up a pure white screen, followed by the actual listing. After many of these apps are running in the background, reloading them doesn’t take quite as long, but suffice to say from the software side of things, the A8 is probably not going to make any top-10 lists this year.

Running a benchmark test on AnTuTu, the device scored 45233 placing it on-par with some 2014 flagships. Curiously the app reported the SoC as a 32-bit variant, and didn’t prompt for side-loading of the 64-bit version.

Battery

Battery life is relatively good, with the A8 easily lasting throughout the day with moderate use including liberal web surfing, texting on several applications including Line and Slack, and a few phone calls. Tethering seemed to drain it quickly however, and I have opted to wait for the full review before evaluating it with respect to games and heavy-handed tasks. All-in-all, the battery performed better than that of the S6 and at no point during the day did I actively worry the phone would power down before getting home.

Sold in South Korea but aimed at Asia

In an almost comical way, the A8 doesn’t seem to be made for South Korea. Despite featuring the same “Dual SIM” set-up that is found in the Chinese model, the second slot is strictly relegated to microSD even though you can technically put a nanoSIM inside it. The primary tray is even labeled as “SIM 1”, clearly indicating Samsung didn’t bother to create an original part for this model. Likewise the software is puzzling given that the dialer has not a shred of Korean-language text on it, something that I had yet to ever notice on a Samsung device. In standard Korean models, the “ABC” markings are all replaced with Hangul characters, regardless of the device’s language setting.

This, coupled with the lack of LTE band support compared to the Korean Galaxy S6 model truly serve to emphasize the notion that this phone is literally an “Asian market” product. Through tinkering with a hidden menu, I was able to enable LTE support, but at the expense of any voice. Altering the band settings again, voice was possible but no data. Given that testing for this impression piece was carried out in Japan there is somewhat of a caveat, but in testing the Korean Galaxy S6 this troublesome problem didn’t occur at all.

An Acceptable Display

The display, while a Full HD SAMOLED panel, fails to have the same ultra-sharp, vibrant in-your-face colors and crispness that the Galaxy S6 has. The phone does support multiple screen modes, thus allowing for those who hate over-saturated colors to dial-back the concentration. It also has the fantastic auto-brightness “outdoor” automatic setting Samsung has championed as of late, where using the device in extremely bright conditions results in a high contrast color enhancement making it easy to see. This feature is definitely worth having and makes switching back to a standard phone all the more difficult afterwords.

Serviceable Sounds Troubled TouchWiz

It’s amazing that for all the positive or interesting changes Samsung brought to the table with the Galaxy S6, it has gone right back to the traditional comfort zone with the A8. Gone is the motion-sensitive background effect seen in the S6, and gone is the ability to select multiple lock screen backgrounds. Hybrid Download, a feature which allows users to download files over 30MB using both Wi-Fi and LTE, is missing. There is no setting menu for “Accessories” allowing for features like an “S-Window” type cover. There is no high-sensitivity mode for those who want to use the device with gloves.

This, in addition to the lag mentioned earlier, basically relegates the Galaxy A8 to the same type of user experience found in the original A-models. The only real exception is the presence of a full Theme Store.

The build is paradoxical

As mentioned earlier, the build of the Galaxy A8 is fantastic, especially at first glance. The sides in particular have a modified version of the “pointed oval” design motif seen on the Galaxy S6, but instead of being flat, curve along with the contour of the device. It is extremely thin as well, though for a device this large the lack of girth actually makes it a bit more difficult to hold than were it to be a bit thicker.

On a final note, given the size of the device, it is going to be immediately compared with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ when they launch next week. Perhaps Samsung’s timing was done to get the A8 out beforehand, allowing those with more meager budgets to “get in” on the big-screen action.

The pricing problem

The idea that Samsung Korea is charging 714,000 won (about $610) for this phone is truly an impressive proposition, and one that reflects the fact it’s sold on local carrier SKT. Ideally, those individuals living inside the country will purchase the A8 on-contract and thus receive subsidiaries and discounts. This is not unlike what goes on here in Japan, where devices are often sold at prices far higher than in the rest of the world, but with no down-payment and the potential of saving hundreds and hundreds of dollars via monthly discounts.

It looks nice, but with a price tag between $500-610+, is it actually a good value-proposition?

Even when considering the price in India (Rs. 32,500; $506) we are still talking about a sizable stash of cash to part with. How Samsung deemed this to be an acceptable figure is mystifying to say the least, with the upcoming OnePlus Two and even Moto X Play offering more-for-less. If the whole idea to create the Galaxy A-series was to better compete with top-tier offerings from Xiaomi, HUAWEI, OnePlus, OPPO, Micromax, or any number of other rivals, one might be forgiven in assuming the cost would be an area of concern.

Based on my impressions of the A8 however, Samsung has basically sought to justify a premium price tag simply based on the presence of a thin aluminum construction and fingerprint sensor. There is very little else inside (or about) the device that actually serves to elevate it beyond what would otherwise be a much cheaper, plastic packing product. At the very least without the lag present the experience would be much, much better.

Wrap Up

The Galaxy A8 is somewhat of a puzzling phone, to say the least. From all the press renders and pictures that had been leaked and later officially released, the device looked like it would be a truly stunning piece of kit. The new design flourishes for example: the way the side curves ever so slightly. Indeed the material itself looked to be of somewhat “better” quality, a belief perhaps fostered by use of the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge for the past few months.

The camera protrudes slightly less than the previous Galaxy A models.

Ultimately the only real problem with the Korean Galaxy A8 is the price, as charging $610 for a device that can’t even hold a candle to last year’s OnePlus One is a bit hard to swallow. Truth be told the experience with the A8 is quite similar to that of the previous installments in the A-series, and not unlike what we had with the HTC Desire 626 earlier this year. Unfortunately while HTChad enough Sense to price its product to better compete with rival offerings, Samsung has opted to charge above and beyond what some flagships retail for.

Even at the lower price points the device is being sold at in Asia unfortunately doesn’t compensate for the lag issues however, as there are undoubtedly cheaper local products with similar build quality and better performance. 

The Galaxy A7 certainly looks different than the A8, yet at this point is going to cost much less money despite having similar features.

It is highly unlikely that the Galaxy A8 will ever see release in North America, though given the release of the A3 in the UK, there is a possibility Europe might get it. While we suggest waiting for the full review, based on our initial time with the device, there are seemingly far better, cheaper products that can be purchased that offer similar (or better) specs at much more competitive prices, including Samsung’s own Galaxy Alpha -if you can still find it.

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10 Best Samsung Galaxy S21 Screen Protectors You Can Buy

Samsung recently launched its flagship Galaxy S21 series at its virtual Galaxy Unpacked 2023 event. If you’re planning to purchase a Galaxy S21, here are the best screen protectors you can use to protect it from accidental scratches and damages. Without further delay, let’s get started with the list.

Best Samsung Galaxy S21 Screen Protectors in 2023

1. Spigen NeoFlex

Spigen is one of the top-rated brands when it comes to smartphone accessories. With the Spigen Neoflex, you get edge-to-edge protection on your new Galaxy S21 device. Using the wet application process that involves spraying NeoFlex with water, the company ensures that you won’t get air bubbles while you’re applying it. Moreover, Spigen promises that you won’t get glares or rainbow effects with this product. To sum up, Spigen NeoFlex is one of the best screen protectors you can buy for your new smartphone.

2. Caseology PET Film

If you’re looking for an ultra-thin screen protector made of flexible PET material, you should consider getting Caseology’s PET Film screen protector. It is capable of preventing accidental scratches from ruining the beautiful display of your phone. With the bundled application spray, you can easily apply the screen protector even if you’re not a professional. In addition, Caseology’s offering is compatible with most cases you can purchase for the Galaxy S21.

Buy from Amazon: $11.99 (pack of 2)

3. ESR Liquid Skin

Another option worth checking out if you need additional protection is ESR’s Liquid Skin screen protector. While it is not a glass screen protector, the flexible polymer offers full-screen coverage to your phone. You can also use this product with most of the leading cases available in the market. According to the company, the screen protector has self-healing capabilities so that light scratches and small bubbles disappear over time. You also get a convenient clip installation tool for a hassle-free installation experience.

Buy from Amazon: $11.99 (pack of 3)

4. Olixar

Olixar’s 9H rated tempered glass is made with impact resistance in mind. Olixar promises up to thrice the strength of non-tempered screen protectors with this product, along with scratch and shatter resistance. It is worth noting that the screen protector adds just 0.27mm thickness to the phone, which is neat if you don’t want your phone to look bulky. The company has also added oleophobic dirt and grease resistant coating for avoiding fingerprint smudges on the screen.

Buy from Amazon: $19.99 

5. GlassFusion VisionGuard+

Combined with the anti-microbial properties, the screen protector makes sure that your phone will stay clean without relying on a screen disinfectant. Apart from this, GlassFusion’s VisionGuard technology filters harmful high-energy visible (HEV) blue light from your screen.

Buy from ZAGG: $59.99

6. Pulen

Pulen’s bubble-free tempered glass offers scratch resistance without compromising on quality. It comes with oleophobic and hydrophobic screen coating to protect your phone against sweat and fingerprint smudges. In addition, the screen protector has 2.5D round edges to avoid the trapping of bubbles in the long run. Apart from screen protector, Pulen is offering camera lens protectors in the package so that the camera lens doesn’t get accidental damages.

7. amFilm Hybrid Screen Protector

amFilm’s Hybrid screen protector offers 7H hardness and is created from a scratch-resistant and ultra-thin material. The company promises that the product protects your screen from scratches, dust, scrapes, oil, and fingerprint smudges. In the package, you get all the items essential to apply the screen guard including the application tray, rubber mounting pad, dust removal stickers, microfiber cloth, and alcohol cleaning wipes.

Buy from Amazon: $10.99 (pack of 2)

8. QHOHQ

If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly screen protector for your Galaxy S21, QHOHQ’s screen protector should be your pick. At $13.99, you get three screen protectors and three camera lens protectors. As a result, you can easily swap out one when you eventually end up breaking or scratching it. At 0.15mm thickness, QHOHQ’s screen protector manages to offer an arc 2.5D design for complete protection towards the edges.

Buy from Amazon: $13.99 (pack of 3)

9. AYCFIYING

If you’re looking for a screen protector that comes with the added bonus of protecting your privacy, AYCFIYING’s screen protector is what you should be looking at. Apart from offering 9H hardness and scratch resistance, the product is designed in such a way that the screen is visible just to the person directly in front of the screen.

If you have pesky roommates or relatives with no sense of respecting boundaries, you should consider using this. That said, the extra privacy comes at the cost of fingerprint unlocking and you should skip this if you rely on the fingerprint scanner for unlocking your device.

Buy from Amazon: $13.99

10. TQLGY

Buy from Amazon: $13.99 (pack of 3)

Choose from the Best Galaxy S21 Screen Protectors

Samsung Galaxy S21’s screen protectors will ensure that you don’t end up damaging your phone’s display. It is always better to purchase a screen protector if you don’t want to spend a lot if you accidentally break or scratch your screen. You should also consider getting a case for your new Galaxy S21 device for complete protection.

We have also covered best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus cases and S21 Plus screen protectors, so if you have purchased that device for someone in family, check those out. If you found this useful, do not forget to let us know which screen protector you picked for your smartphone.

Samsung Syncmaster Sa550 Full Review And Final Impressions

To start off I would like to address a question that I’ve been asked countless times.  “Does the monitor get that nasty yellow tint?” As I’ve mentioned in my first impressions, I have had no problems with any yellow tinting. My brother’s iMac has a slight yellow tint problem so no worries guys (and girls ;D ) I know what I’m talking about here.  If I open a blank word document and maximize it, it looks white as snow. (Without that yellow stuff you find time to time!)

Samsung SyncMaster SA550 With brightness max

The monitor has a refresh rate of 2ms and to this day I have not noticed once any ghosting problems.  But I have noticed some pixilation lag which I mentioned below in the Macbook Section; it’s more likely to be a graphics card issue rather than a monitor one though.

The LED backlit display has a crisp resolution of 1920×1080 and it is simply a pleasure to work on. ( As cliché as that sounds!) In my first impressions I said that the colors aren’t as vibrant than glossy monitors, while that may be true, I’ve noticed I’ve been watching more movies on this monitor than my glossy Macbook Pro’s. Not just because of size but I have noticed that after a long period of watching movies or shows on any glossy monitor my eyes start to hurt a bit. (My friends HP monitor) But with the Samsung, while it isn’t the most vibrant, it is a great companion monitor to watch movies on.  And I do watch plenty of movies! And whether I’m watching DVDs or simply watching youtube videos the Samsung SA550 gets the job done right.

When it comes to doing work such as photo/video editing this monitor is A-MA-ZING.  I can’t go back to editing on my Macbook Pro’s glossy monitor after using the Samsung for so long– again not because of size—but rather the colors aren’t as accurate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Mac guy and I love the Macbook Pro but when it comes to work the Samsung attached to it just blows it out the water.  At first glance, there isn’t much about the Samsung that separates it from your typical glossy.  However, I do a lot of photo editing and I’ve edited the same picture on the Samsung, the Macbook Pro, and the iMac. Once I’ve actually printed out the photo, I can easily say that the Samsung had the much more accurate colors; hence my opinion that the Samsung was the best to edit photos on.

NOTE: I am using an HDMI cable with this monitor which is NOT included in the box. Definitely get an HDMI cable if you’re planning to get this monitor for the best results.

I understand that looks don’t change but I had to bring it up again. As with a lot of new products that you buy the first impressions are always, “This machine looks incredible”. However about a few weeks later the looks seem to lose its lust. And I usually fall victim to this of course. However when it comes to this monitor I must say that it has not lost its appeal. It just sits nice and sleek next to my Macbook Pro and I CONSTANTLY get reminded by friends and family of how “Pro” it looks.

Setting up the monitor is a breeze. It has a few pieces that pop together in place. (Pieces are pretty much self-explanatory) The entire feeling hallow argument that I stated in my first impressions actually no longer bother me at all. I go to electronic stores often and I can say that as of 2011 a lot, if not all Samsung monitors, have the same hallowed feel to it.

Keep in mind that the actual display is plastic. (Including the what looks like a glass border around the display)

I stated in my first impressions that I didn’t like how the touch sensitive buttons felt unresponsive. I’ve tried tampering with it daily JUST to see if my opinions on it would change: it hasn’t.  I really never need to use them but for the sake of having my final impressions of it I had to give it some time.  I like physical buttons like my friends HP monitor. It feel faster to navigate through menus on my friends HP monitor with the physical buttons. On my Samsung I feel as if I have to be gentle with it to get the touch sensitive buttons to register. While not a huge deal it does slow you down. And of course I’m sure a lot of us won’t be changing the monitors’ settings hourly so it wouldn’t be a big deal regardless.

I think this monitor is a great deal. While it is a tad bit pricey at about 250 dollars, you do get what you pay for.  I know you can find many monitors online for a great bargain but don’t stump this monitor out yet. It’s hard to explain but you won’t notice how nice this monitor really is until you’ve used it for a long period of time and then try out another.  You not only appreciate it more but you also  really get the sense just how nice and accurate colors are. Thumbs up to Samsung!

Note: When using it in mirrored mode I did notice the resolution didn’t fit the Samsung’s monitor well.  So I had to use it in clamshell mode. Simply close your Macbook and use a mouse or keyboard to wake the machine up. (While the lid is still closed) And there you have it; the Macbook Pro on your Samsung SA550 with the monitors crisp maxed out resolution.

For those curious about the actual performance of this monitor being attached to the baseline 2011 Macbook Pro 13” look no further.  A lot of people have asked me whether the Intel HD 3000 was capable enough to run an external monitor smoothly. And my answer?  It works PERFECETLY fine when doing your basic task.  No lag, no ghosting, nothing.  However, I have noticed when I am doing work in Adobe Illustrator the Samsung Monitor pixelates. When I hover over the dock, a simple task such as adding a watermark to our TechShift pictures will cause the monitor to pixelate for a moment, which gets pretty annoying quickly.  (ONLY THE DOCK GETS PIXELATED) And yes, without the monitor there is no lag or pixilation with any of my software.

If you’re not on a tight budget then this monitor is definitely worth considering.  There isn’t too much to complain about. It is able to connect to a computer or laptop just fine. It’s built, while it’s not the best,  isn’t too far behind from what other monitors have to offer. I have enjoyed watching movies and videos on this monitor but I’ve even more so enjoyed more editing on it. And, while the touch sensitive buttons aren’t my ideal, at the end of the day I must consider that this product is a monitor and it does exactly what it needs to do without any compromise to the actual display. So if you’re in the market, check out the Samsung SyncMaster SA550. The TechShift team and I definitely recommend it.

Galaxy A8 Firmware Download: Android 8.0 Oreo Available! (A530Fxxu2Brg1 And A730Fxxu2Brg1)

Samsung is handing its infinity display with Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ 2023 to smartphone buyers looking to buy a solid mid-range Android phone. While there is some solid competition under this range from established names (read: OnePlus and Nokia), this still makes sense given the brand goodwill Samsung enjoys, and a somehow-still-persisting traditional belief in people’s mind that Chinese OEMs don’t offer quality, something we digress.

Anyway, if you own a Galaxy A8, or are looking to buy one, you would be glad to know that we already have a stock firmware with us, and have made it available for download for you guys too.

Having a stock firmware of your device is plenty helpful, as in case an emergency arises, where your phone is bricked due to any reason you can simply install the firmware to go back to stock on your A8. This helps in unbricking the phone, as well, as update the software when with the latest firmware, which we shall provide you below.

In case you ever root your Galaxy A8 or install TWRP recovery, this will also help you unroot the Galaxy A8, and remove TWRP recovery — all you need to do it is install the firmware provided below on your Galaxy A8 using the installation guide that is also provided below.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Firmware

Android 8.0 Oreo firmware?

Update [June 12, 2023]: None of the Galaxy A8 models have received the Android Oreo update till date. But the good news is that the Oreo update has already been certified for the 2023 models of the rebooted Galaxy A8 sets, the Galaxy A8 2023 (SM-A530) and Galaxy A8+ 2023 (SM-A730).

And not only that, even bigger — and far more cheerful — news is that even the 2024 model of the Galaxy A8 (SM-A810) will be receiving Oreo update, which given its age, is an incredible news and a welcome step from Samsung.

However, Oreo update for the Galaxy A8 2024 (SM-A800) is not expected at all, which is fair.

Galaxy A8 2023

This is Samsung Galaxy A8, released in 2023, carrying the model no. SM-A530.

Model Date Free Download Link

SM-A530F 07 July 2023 A530FXXU2BRG1_A530FOXM2BRG1_SER.zip

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SM-A530F 05 Mar 2023 A530FXXS2ARC1_A530FOXM2ARB6_ATO.zip

SM-A530N 19 Feb 2023 A530NKSU2ARB6_A530NOKR2ARB6_LUC.zip

Galaxy A8 Plus 2023

This is Samsung Galaxy A8, released in 2023, carrying the model no. SM-A730.

Model Date Free Download Link

SM-A730F 09 July 2023 A730FXXU2BRG1_A730FOXM2BRG1_SER.zip

SM-A730F 28 May 2023 A730FXXU2ARE2_A730FOJM2ARE1_TUR.zip

SM-A730F 23 Sep 2023 A730FXXU2ARE1_A730FODM2ARD4_INS.zip

SM-A730F 09 Apr 2023 A730FXXU2ARD1_A730FOJM2ARD1_TUR.zip

SM-A730F 21 Mar 2023 A730FXXU2ARC9_A730FOXM2ARC9_SER.zip

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SM-A730F 29 Jan 2023 A730FXXU1ARAB_A730FOJM1ARAB_TUR.zip

SM-A730F 11 Jan 2023 A730FXXU1ARA6_A730FODM1ARA2_INS.zip

SM-A730F 21 Dec 2023 A730FXXU1AQLE_A730FOJM1AQLE_TUR.zip

Galaxy A8 2024

Model Date Free Download Link

SM-A810F 05 Oct 2023 A810FXXU1BQJ1_A810FOJV1BQJ1_TUR.zip

SM-A810F 11 Jun 2023 A810FXXU1BQI1_A810FOJV1BQI1_TUR.zip

SM-A810F 09 Aug 2023 A810FXXU1BQH3_A810FOJV1BQH3_TUR.zip

SM-A810F 24 Jan 2023 A810FXXU1AQA2_A810FOJV1AQA1_TUR.zip

SM-A810F 14 Dec 2024 A810FXXU1APL1_A810FOJV1APL1_TUR.zip

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SM-A810S 13 Jun 2023 A810SKSU2BRA1_A810SSKC2BRA1_SKC.zip

SM-A810S 17 Apr 2023 A810SKSU1AQD2_A810SSKC1AQD2_SKC.zip

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SM-A810YZ 14 Jul 2023 A810YZZTU1AQG2_A810YZZZT1AQG2_BRI.zip

Galaxy A8 2024

Model Date Free Download Link

SM-A800F 09 May 2023 A800FXXU1BQE2_A800FODD1BQF2_INS.zip

SM-A800F 10 Feb 2023 A800FXXU1BQB1_A800FODD1BQB1_INS.zip

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How to download the correct firmware file

This is an important part!

Be sure to check and find the correct model no. of your Galaxy A8. Then, based on your device’s model no., look for the appropriate firmware build from above.

Now that you know the model no., download the latest firmware from above for that model no. exactly.

Next, install the firmware on your Galaxy A8 by following the guide linked right below.

How to install a firmware

First, read our disclaimer, then take backup and then follow the guide below to install the firmware.

Disclaimer: Installing an official firmware through Odin doesn’t void your device’s warranty, but it remains an unofficial process and thus you need to be cautious of it. In any case, you only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Backup, backup, backup! Create an appropriate backup of contacts, pictures, videos, songs and other important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have a backup of all your important files. Sometimes, firmware installation may delete everything on your device! Like, when you change the CSC of your device, knowingly or not.

Step-by-step Firmware Installation Guide

Let’s see how to install the firmware on your Galaxy A8. Make sure you have more than 30% battery on your device.

Step 1. Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware file on your PC. See above for how to download correct firmware file for your Galaxy A8 and download links.

Step 3. Also, download Odin PC software (latest version).

Step 5. Extract the Odin file. You should get the Odin exe file (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).

Step 6. Disconnect your Galaxy A8 from PC if it is connected.

Step 7. Boot into download mode:

Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.

Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Home + Power together until you see the Warning screen.

Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Step 9. Connect your device now using the USB cable. Odin should recognize your device. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in the bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.

You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.

If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with the device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).

You can try different USB ports on your PC too.

Load the firmware files(s) on your device. This depends on how many files you got in step 4 above upon extracting the firmware .zip file.

Case 1: If you got a single .tar/.tar.md5 file, then load this into AP tab of your Odin software. Then go to next step.

Case 2: If you got more than one .tar/.tar.md5 file, then you must be having files starting with AP, CSC, Home_CSC, BL, CP, etc. stuff. In this case, choose the files as follows. Select the firmware files as follows.

About CSC file: Using the HOME_CSC file won’t reset your device, and data on the phone shouldn’t be deleted. However, when we select regular CSC file, and it results in CSC on the device being different than that in CSC file, your phone will be formatted automatically. You can even choose to ignore loading the CSC file, that may do alright too. But if it doesn’t work out, repeat the whole process and select CSC file this time around.

Info: When you load files, Odin checks the md5 of firmware file, which takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t worry if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it’s normal. Binary size will also show up in Odin.

Go back to Log tab now, as it will show the progress of firmware installation when you hit the start button in next step.

Wait till installation is finished, after which your device will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as shown below upon successful installation from Odin.

Some errors you may run into, and with respective solution.

If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the file and flash it again as said above.

If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the file again as stated just above.

That’s it. Let device restart automatically.

Firmware Benefits

You can use the firmware for a variety of purposes, which includes:

Fix your Galaxy A8 if it’s giving you force closes errors and restarts randomly.

Unbrick your Galaxy A8 if it’s bootlooping and stuck at logo when restarting.

Go Back to Stock on your Galaxy A8 — helps when looking to sell the device, or fix installing OTA updates if broken.

Restore Galaxy A8 to factory state.

Upgrade your Galaxy A8 to newer Android version.

Downgrade your Galaxy A8 to lower build no. at same Android version.

Unroot your Galaxy A8.

Remove custom recovery like TWRP and CWM, if installed, on your Galaxy A8.

Root Samsung Galaxy Exhibit Sgh

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  GUIDE: ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY EXHIBIT SGH-T599

Before you begin with the instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

Please know that this page is exclusively meant for Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

► ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

  STEP 2: INSTALL LATEST DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully root your Samsung Galaxy Exhibit.

In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Samsung device on your computer.

► SAMSUNG DEVICES DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  DOWNLOADS

Download the files given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy, that is).

  FIRMWARE FILE   WIPE FILE   ODIN FILE   STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after flashing with Odin, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

Extract/Unzip the Odin file, Odin_v3.09.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably). You’ll get the following files:

Odin3 v3.09.exe

Odin3.ini

Extract the chúng tôi file from the T599-Pre-rooted.zip into the same folder where the Odin was extracted.

Disconnect the Galaxy Exhibit from PC if it is connected.

Boot your Samsung Galaxy Exhibit into Download Mode:

Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off

Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home

Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode

If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:

Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy Exhibit as said above.

If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and re-install back.

Connect using a different USB port on your PC.

Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.

Reboot phone and PC and then try again.

Load the firmware file (extracted in Step 1) into Odin as instructed below:

Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)

Double check the above two steps. (Step 7 and Step 8)

When you get PASS! message, your device will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy Exhibit from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Galaxy Exhibit from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

Similarly, flash the t599_wipe.tar.md5 file obtained from the t599_wipe.zip in the AP box of Odin. (This is just an empty cache file which is used to break the bootlops if you can’t get to recovery)

FEEDBACK US!

It was easy to root your Galaxy Exhibit, right?  Let us know how you plan to use root privileges on your Galaxy Exhibit.

Your suggestions and queries, if any, are most welcomed!

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review

Our Verdict

With more memory and excellent battery life the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a powerful phone and a great choice if you want a large screen. However, it’s expensive, unwieldy and Samsung has dropped the IR blaster and hardly added anything to the edge screen. With the regular S6 available for less than £340 it’s a no brainer.

Samsung made a splash in the smartphone market with the curved screen Galaxy S6 Edge. Well there’s an even bigger model now so here’s our full Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review. Also see: Best new phones 2024 and Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price and specs rumours.

The S6 Edge+ was announced in August at Samsung’s Unpacked 2024 event along with the Galaxy Note 5. This would normally be launched in September at IFA but it was seemingly brought forward to avoid a clash with the iPhone 6S – and other rivals in Berlin.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review: Price and competition

The original Galaxy S6 Edge was one of the most expensive phones we’ve ever seen at launch price. Well the Edge+ beat it with Samsung initially selling it at £749.

For a while it was reduced to a cheaper price than the smaller Edge at £599 but it’s now £629 from the official Samsung store. That’s not too bad but it’s still one of the most expensive phones around. However, head over to Amazon and you can pick one up for just £519, a relative bargain.

That’s £100 cheaper than the iPhone 6S which comes with half the storage but you need to consider that the Galaxy S6 can be purchased for under £340 which can only be described as a bargain.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S6+ release date, price and specs.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review: Design and build

There’s not a great deal to say about the design and build of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ since it is really just a bigger version of the original model. It retains the same look and feel compromising of a rounded metal frame and glass on the front and back.

It’s one of the most stylish phones around but we haven’t found it as comfortable as the regular Galaxy S6 due to the slightly sharp metal running down either side in order to house the curved edges of the screen – this hasn’t changed much on the Edge+. It’s still thin at 6.9mm but the Edge+ model being even larger makes it all the more unwieldy.

Despite increasing the screen size, Samsung has managed to make the Edge+ 0.1mm thinner than the Edge. There’s a larger battery too and yet the phone is only around 20g heavier. This is some impressive engineering from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review: Hardware and specs

As alluded to, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is larger than the original model. If you thought a 5.1in screen was a bit small, the Note range is no longer your only option if you’re a Samsung devotee. The Edge+ features a 5.7in display which matches that of the new Galaxy Note 5 – it’s quickly becoming the standard size for larger phones with the new Nexus 6P also offering this screen size. Also see: 100 funny things to ask S Voice

The display still uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology and uses a Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560). This does mean a drop in pixel density from 577- to 518ppi but we’re talking seriously high numbers here so it’s still awesomely crisp.

Also see: Best smartphones 2024.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is one of a handful of phones announced with 4G of RAM which is plenty of memory – an extra 1GB compared to the Edge which power users may find helpful. On the storage front you might be sad to hear there’s still no Micro-SD card slot and the 128GB model has been dropped from the line-up, leaving just 32- and 64GB choices. As mentioned earlier, getting 32GB as standard is good when compared with devices like the iPhone 6S.

What’s even more impressive than the above numbers is the battery life on offer here. In our test the Galaxy S6 Edge+ lastest a whopping eight hours and 39 minutes with a score of 5192. The nearest contenter to date is the Honor 7 which managed just over seven hours.

The larger physical size means there’s room for a 3000mAh battery inside and the Edge+ also offers wireless charging which is something we always want to see from a high-end handset.

We didn’t think Samsung would drop any of its usual extra features so while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a fingerprint scanner in the home button and a heart rate monitor, the IR blaster has been dropped with the firm promoting new features such as ‘Live Broadcast’ although we don’t really see the need for this with apps like Periscope. There’s also 11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX, GPS and 4G LTE support.

With such high-end specs on the existing Galaxy S6 models, it’s not really a shock that things haven’t changed for the Edge+. This means there are still top-notch cameras at 16Mp at the rear with optical image stabilisation (it still sticks out a few millimetres but is one of the best on any smartphone), a single LED flash and support for 4K video at 30fps. There’s also still a decent 5Mp camera at the front.

With so many specs remaining the same, the key difference is the screen size and battery life (although more memory is welcome and it’s a shame to see the IR blaster gone) here so Samsung is delivering for all of you out there with a craving for an S6 Edge in a larger model.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review: Software

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes pre-loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface – as you would expect.

Unfortunately, not much has changed but you can position the tab with with to access the People Edge where is most comfortable on the edge. There’s also the added feature of accessing your most used apps with via the People Edge on top of contacts.

We were hoping for more.

There’s little in TouchWiz that’s stock Android, it’s really just the recent apps menu. Otherwise Samsung has opted for its own way of doing things. That’s fine for fans of the UI but others may be put off.

Bloatware is much less of an issue these days but the Edge+ comes with a number of apps which can’t be uninstalled. This includes a folder full of Microsoft apps and Samsung’s own such as S Health and S Voice.

Specs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: Specs

Android 5.1 Lollipop

5.7in Super AMOLED dual edge screen Quad HD (1440 x2560)

Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor

32/64GB storage

4GB RAM

16Mp rear camera with OIS

5Mp front camera

Heart rate monitor

Fingerprint scanner

NFC

GPS

11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth with atpX

3000mAh battery

6.9 mm

153g

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