12 Feb - 4 min read
Samsung has officially opened pre-orders for its latest flagship smartphones. Announced just this morning, the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra will officially be available in Malaysia from 4 March 2020.
Touted as heralding a new decade of mobile innovation, the Galaxy S20 series all come with brand new camera setups to meet the demands of consumers today. They also pack significantly larger batteries, while gamers will be pleased to find 120Hz displays as standard across the three models.
For the Malaysian market, Samsung is only bringing in the 128GB storage options for the three models, and they will be powered by the Exynos 990 processor (the US, Japan, and China markets will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset).
The retail prices for the new Galaxy S20 models are:
Samsung Galaxy S20: RM3,599
Samsung Galaxy S20+: RM3,999
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: RM4,999
Just like previous pre-order campaigns, Samsung is standardising the Galaxy S20 pre-orders across all its retail partners, including its own. You can do so at Samsung Malaysia’s official website, its retail outlets, Lazada, Shopee, as well as various retail and telco partners.
Where in previous years Samsung have generously bundled free devices such as tablets and earphones as well as complimentary extended warranty and screen crack protection, this year’s offering looks quite disappointing. Galaxy S20 pre-orders will include a free wireless charging pad (bonus item that’s only mentioned after you place your order), while Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra pre-orders will add a free Galaxy Buds+ valued at RM599 alongside the wireless charging pad.
We’ve checked across other retail partners and e-commerce sites, and found that virtually all of them are offering the same package. That said, Senheng and Harvey Norman have sitewide promos that apply to the Galaxy S20 pre-orders as well.
For Senheng, its PlusOne members automatically get an extra 1 year extended warranty, while PlusOne members who purchase using Citi credit cards get 2 years extended warranty.
As for Harvey Norman, it is giving up to RM150 Harvey Norman vouchers when you make a minimum purchase of RM2,500 via 0% instalment payment plan of 12 months and above. Unfortunately, you’ll be RM1 short of getting the RM150 voucher if you’re getting the S20 Ultra, but you can always purchase a small item to push the total purchase value past the RM5,000 mark.
Otherwise, you’re stuck with the stock freebies provided by Samsung. If you wish to further maximise returns, you can always use your credit cards’ benefits. If you pre-order online, use credit cards that offer cashback for online transactions such as the Standard Chartered JustOne Platinum, Public Bank Quantum Mastercard, Maybank 2 Cards Amex, or even the Standard Chartered Liverpool FC Cash Back Card – all of these will offer cashback between RM30 to RM50.
If you are placing the pre-order offline, you could actually split the payment across different cards to maximise your returns. This is generally accepted at most credit card payment terminals, and you just need to inform the cashier. You can potentially earn up to three times more cashback this way – if you have the right credit cards, that is.
If (in theory), you split your payment for the Galaxy S20 Ultra between the Maybank 2 Cards Amex, Standard Chartered Liverpool FC Cash Back Card, Public Bank Quantum Visa and Mastercard, UOB YOLO, and the AffinBank Visa Signature, you can earn RM193.97 in cashback – that’s an effective return of 3.88%. Of course, owning six credit cards is uncommon, but it’s an illustration of how much returns you can earn by optimised spending.
Alternatively, if you own a good rewards points credit card, you can save yourself the hassle of splitting payments – a single card can give better returns in the form of these cards. For example, the Maybank 2 Premier cards offer returns anywhere from 8% to 15% in the form of air miles.
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