BTS purple phone from Samsung can be ordered starting Friday

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BTS purple phone from Samsung can be ordered starting Friday

Boy band BTS poses with Samsung Electronics' BTS edition smartphone and ear buds. [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]

Boy band BTS poses with Samsung Electronics' BTS edition smartphone and ear buds. [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]

A BTS phone made by Samsung Electronics is to hit the market, as expected, on July 9, with orders taken from June 19. The iridescent purple device with band-oriented apps will cost only slightly more than the band-free version.
 
Samsung Electronics is rolling out the device amid challenges in the smartphone market and particularly weak demand for the S20.  
 
The BTS phone is a Galaxy S20+ 5G, which was released in March. A set of matching purple wireless earbuds with the band's logo are also being offered.  
 
July 9, the official start of sales and the date on which the device will be available on Samsung.com and Amazon.com, is the seventh anniversary of ARMY, the BTS fan club.
 
The purple glass and metal exterior of the phone is adorned with the boy band's logo. Packaging for the phone is deep purple and has seven hearts, one for each band member. Purple is considered the band's color.
 
BTS-inspired themes will be programmed into the phone, and Weverse, the band's fan community platform, is installed by default. The device comes with each band member's photo card.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]

 
The BTS edition Galaxy Buds+ utilize technology from AKG, a Harman International acoustics engineering and manufacturing company. Samsung Electronics bought Harman in 2017.  
 
Customers who place orders for the smartphone before the introduction of the phone to the market will receive a 50 percent discount on the earbuds and a limited edition poster. Those who order the earbuds early will get a free BTS limited-edition wireless charger.
 
The smartphone will list for 1.39 million won ($1,140) and the earbuds 220,000. Together, they can be purchased for 1.58 million won. The bandless version of the Galaxy S20+ costs 1.35 million won.
 
BY SONG KYOUNG-SON   [song.kyoungson@joongang.co.kr]
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