Samsung launched its digital payments app, Samsung Pay, in India a few months back. But, due to compatibility reasons, Samsung decided to launch it for some selected devices only. Hence, many smartphone buyers get confused about which are Samsung Pay supported devices and which aren’t. But, you do not need to worry a little about this. I am going to tell you every smartphone that supports Samsung Pay App. But, let me first tell you what actually is Samsung Pay.
Samsung Pay App
Samsung Pay App is actually a payment app from Samsung. It provides you the feature to add your credit and debit cards to it for payments. After you add cards in Samsung Pay, you won’t need to carry your cards with you. Instead, you can make payments using Samsung Pay itself.
And the best part is that you can use Samsung Pay as a replacement for your cards. You can use it just like you use your cards for payments. Samsung Pay utilizes NFC and MST technologies to make transmit the card details. You just need to put your phone near the swipe machine.
Along with that, you can also make payments using BHIM UPI just like BHIM app, PhonePe and BHIM SBI Pay. Moreover, you can also add mobile wallets like Paytm and Mobikwik in Samsung Pay. Sounds great, doesn’t it? You can even make Bharat QR Code payments with Samsung Pay.
Not every Samsung smartphone is on the list of Samsung Pay supported devices.
Let’s find out.
Why every Samsung Smartphone is not Samsung Pay supported
As you know Samsung Pay needs NFC (Near Field Communication) and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technologies to work. These technologies allow one device to communicate with another device wirelessly.
Samsung Pay utilizes these to transmit card details to PoS machines. PoS machines allow us to make payments using credit and debit cards. Some PoS machines have swipe facility and some simply use NFC. And you can use Samsung Pay to pay at any of these machines.
Here you should note that both NFC and MST technologies are hardware dependent. And it is costly to implement both or any of these on smartphones. That is why Samsung doesn’t provide NFC and MST with its every smartphone. And it cannot be a Samsung Pay supported device without having NFC and MST.
Hence, Samsung only released Samsung Pay for its high-end devices only. Because all of them have essential hardware i.e. NFC and MST.
Samsung Pay Supported Devices
Since Samsung Pay is only available to Samsung smartphones, you cannot get it on any other smartphone brand. Only some selected high-end devices from Samsung are Samsung Pay supported devices.
If you are using a ‘J series’ or ‘On series’ Samsung smartphone, you probably won’t get Samsung Pay. Only one ‘J Series’ Samsung smartphone, i.e. Samsung J7 Pro, supports Samsung Pay.
Apart from that, A Series (2016 and 2017) smartphone also support Samsung Pay. Samsung flagship models launched after Galaxy S6 edge+ are also in the list of Samsung Pay supported devices.
Below is the list of Samsung Pay supported devices:
- Galaxy Note8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S7 edge
- Galaxy S7
- S6 edge+
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy A7 (2017)
- Galaxy A5 (2017)
- A5 (2016)
- A7 (2016)
- Galaxy A9 Pro
- Galaxy J7 Pro
Note: Future Samsung flagship and high-end smartphones will support Samsung Pay. Especially smartphones of ‘A Series’, ‘S Series’ and ‘Note Series’
Samsung Pay Alternatives
Samsung Pay is a pretty useful app for you if you pay often pay at shops using credit or debit cards. But for UPI and wallet payments, you may find other options better than it.
However, if you try to get a true alternative to Samsung Pay, you will get nothing. You may find better UPI apps and even mobile wallets too. But, you won’t find an app that acts like a real card while making payments.
Though Android Pay is almost similar to Samsung Pay, it is not yet available in India. So, as an Indian citizen, you cannot use Android Pay on your smartphone.
Hence, if you want to use the features of Samsung Pay. Then you must spend some extra bucks while buying a phone. Since Samsung Pay is only available for high-end Samsung smartphones, you need to but one of those.
However, if you don’t use cards very often, then you can also go for Samsung Pay Mini. It also provides you payments through UPI and mobile wallets. And it is available for mid-range Samsung smartphones too. Hence, it will definitely save some of your bucks.