Let’s talk about money. No, you don’t owe me anything. What I want to talk about is cash. Those paper notes and coins with numbers on them. While money is important, I do think that we’re in the transition of going cashless while we go shopping. We have multiple instant cashless payment systems these days, and Samsung Pay is one of them.
Samsung’s newly-launched Galaxy A (2017) series smartphones do support Samsung Pay, and they’re the ones who get flagship features without flagship price tags. And it’s really easy to get started with Samsung Pay too.
So how do we go about in using Samsung Pay? It’s rather simple – firstly, just swipe up from your home screen or lock screen, select the card you wish to use, then authenticate with your fingerprint or password. After that, tap your phone onto the terminal and you’ve paid for your purchase!
We can all relate to that fact we all have more than one piece of plastic card in our wallets. Be it a reward card, membership card, or credit card. This adds unnecessary bulk and hassle to one’s wallet, and from my personal experience, I have multiple wallets permanently damaged by the thickness of multiple plastic cards in it. There’s one way to fix this issue, and that’s Samsung Pay.
Now, with Samsung Pay, you can add up to 10 cards. 10 cards. I’m not sure how many credit cards you have, but I’m sure most of us don’t have more than 2. That means you can add membership cards in your Samsung Pay account – AEON and Tesco cards especially. Since I share it with my family, I don’t have to constantly keep tabs on who’s having the card. Really convenient!
Here’s what you can add to Samsung Pay on your phone:
- Credit & debit cards (and sometimes even prepaid cards depending on your bank!)
- Gift cards (huge plus, since I always lose them before spending it)
- Membership and rewards cards (not always used, thus saving it virtually is the best)
Let’s not forget there are deals which are displayed in the Samsung Pay app too, which is a pretty big deal. Coupled with Samsung Rewards, it’s like a dream come true. I get more convenient by not having to bring cash, and still get rewarded? Where else can you find such a thing?
Samsung Pay is debuting at KLCC Centre Court over the weekend, and they’re rewarding early adopters with grandeous gifts daily! The other rewards are pretty great too. As of now, you can purchase one Caffe Bene Coffee and get another one for free. This is only the beginning of Samsung Pay – who knows what other rewards Samsung has in stores for Samsung Pay users.
UPDATED: Samsung just revealed more exclusive deals for their grand launching of the Samsung Pay!
Partnered banks and certain merchant are having their own exclusive deals during the event period.
I think that Samsung Pay solves the little things that make people go mad while dealing with cash. I’ve entered a convenience store before and wanted to get a piece of candy that costs RM2. I only have a single RM50 note with me that time, and that cashier refused to sell me the candy, telling me that they don’t have enough small change. If I had a Galaxy A7 (2017) and was using Samsung Pay that time, I would’ve beeped and walk out without getting into an argument with the cashier.
Another huge issue with cash is the constant ATM machine withdrawals. These machines are oftentimes crowded with an insane amount of people – especially during weekends. It’s never ideal for a bank to put more ATM machines only to cater for the peak periods, and then to sit there and collect dust. Back to the original point – why bring cash in the first place? Debit cards are now coupled with ATM cards anyway, so add that into your Samsung Pay account – and boom! No need to queue for ATM machines!
Then comes one of the scariest aspects when it comes to money – security. Just how secure is Samsung Pay? In my own mind, it’s always difficult to balance between convenience and security.
There’s a saying amongst security experts. Words will only make it difficult to explain, so here’s a graph that briefly explains the problem.
If you ever want better security, it’s never going to be convenient. Take 2-factor authentication for example. It’s never simple, but it’s the only sure-fire way for better security – right? Not really.
Here’s where Samsung comes in. They made things simple, while your money is still secure. Samsung has employed fraud protection from your bank, requires user authentication via fingerprint or pin number for every transaction, tokenization for each transaction, and everything is protected with Samsung Knox – their own technology that monitors and ensures all information are kept safe. All card information is encrypted and stored in a separate and secure data vault too.
If you do lose your Samsung smartphone, there’s always the option to remotely lock or erase your Samsung Pay account. Remember – without user authentication, they can’t use it either.
For someone who experienced losing his wallet before, Samsung offers an interesting solution here. I don’t have to cancel and re-issue each and every single card that I lost – but instead, just lock my Samsung smartphone and erase all data as my last resort.
What an interesting technology to be implemented on smartphones indeed! You can learn more about Samsung Pay at Samsung Malaysia’s website too.
There is no doubt that the brand new Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series smartphones are the first ever to support Samsung Pay, and still cost less than RM 2,000. The Galaxy A7 (2017) is priced at RM 1,899, whereas the Galaxy A5 (2017) is priced at RM 1,699. Both of these devices have fantastic hardware specifications too
Take a look at our full review of the Galaxy A7 (2017) here too – it’s a smartphone that I genuinely had a lot of fun with 😀 However, here’s a quick recap on the hardware found in the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017).
Both of them have a 1920×1080 pixel resolution Super AMOLED display, and it’s powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7880 chipset with a 1.9GHz octa-core processor. No one likes a laggy phone for cashless payment, especially when everyone is in line to pay for their items at the cashier. Also, not to worry about water damages, as both the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) are dust- and water-resistant with IP68 rating!
They both also have the same cameras too – 16MP PDAF camera with f/1.9 aperture for the rear-facing camera and another 16MP fixed-focus camera with f/1.9 aperture for taking selfies. Expect only great images to come out from this camera.
The only difference between the two are the screen size and battery capacity – as the Galaxy A5 (2017) has a 5.2-inch display with 3,000 mAh battery, and the Galaxy A7 (2017) has a 5.7-inch display and 3,600 mAh battery.
Haven’t gotten your brand new Galaxy A (2017) smartphone yet? Available in Black Sky, Gold Sand, together with the two newly-added colors – Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.
Funky colors! Did I mention that both the new Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) are water-resistant too?