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The OnePlus 5 is about to launch on June 20, according to the latest leak and although it's not confirmed news, I am pretty sure that it's not far from the actual date anyway. However, should that influence your decision to buy the Galaxy S8/S8+? Let's find out.
Similar but Not Same
The OnePlus 5 will feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC which is powering the Galaxy S8, but that's where the "sameness" ends in-between these two smartphones. The OnePlus 5 may sport a QHD AMOLED display as well, but it will most likely not be as good as the Super AMOLED QHD+ panels on the S8, because nothing really is at the moment! The OnePlus 5 may have an edge in the RAM department as it's rumoured to pack 8 gigs of RAM. We will have to wait on the camera quality though.
The Bottom Line
Yes, you should wait and the reason is not because I think that the OnePlus 5 will be better than the S8. The truth is that if you really like the Galaxy S8 for its screen, camera and design, the OnePlus 5 will probably not be able to deliver anything better than that. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 will feature a better fingerprint scanner, a more responsive UI and most importantly, a price tag that will make the S8+ in particular, seem overpriced. The main reason I would suggest that you wait is because the OnePlus 5 will come out by the end of the month and since you have already held on for this long, why not a few more days?
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The OnePlus 5T is supposed to replace the OnePlus 5 and the company has confirmed that once stocks clear out, OnePlus will not be making any more OnePlus 5 models. However, does it mean that you should buy the handset? Well, that is not an easy question to answer but we will try to do that here.
OnePlus smartphones were once famous for selling flagship hardware at unbelievably affordable rates, but those days are long gone. Make no mistake, in nations like India and the company's own home country of China, the phone is still a lot cheaper than other flagships such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2, etc. Nevertheless, in America and Canada particularly, the carrier offers and Samsung's own offers make these flagships almost as affordable as the OnePlus 5T, but with better hardware. The OnePlus 5T cannot beat flagships from other more established OEMs in terms of display quality, camera or even water resistance (it doesn't have any!) and if it cannot even beat the price by much, they need to up their game. Nevertheless, if you are in one of those regions where the 5T is a lot cheaper than its competition, it makes for a good buy. By the way, if you already do have an OnePlus 5, do not even bother to buy a 5T because everything about the two phones is identical, except the full-screen display and the back-mounted fingerprint scanner. It might look a bit better, but that facelift doesn't warrant buying a 5T by any logical means.
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So far, the year 2019 has some amazing phones. The Samsung introduced Galaxy Note 10 plus, the Galaxy Fold, but the most important phone of the year was $399 - Google Pixel 3A. Right now, the trend is shifting towards budget smartphones like Apple and Samsung finding it hard to justify their $1000 tag prices. The phones which cost around $500 or under are becoming faster, stylish, and have a premium quality camera. Expensive phones are great but they have been almost the same every year. Thanks to Google, Moto, and OnePlus the technology is becoming more affordable.
Google Pixel 3A looks slick, fast enough and has comparable photos from a recent Samsung smartphone. The Pixel3A doesn't sacrifice the picture quality at all. It doesn't have 10x zoom, like Oppo's or an ultrawide lens on the P30 phones but the camera on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3A is still highly remarkable. Even though dual or tri camera is in trend these days, Google uses only one camera and still the picture quality is amazing due to its software. It has 8MP front camera with a 12MP rear camera. The phone's rear camera has autofocus and phase detection. It comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Between the astonishing camera and its pleasant user interface, the3A is a much better to phone than Android smartphones that cost nearly three times as much. The Google Pixel 3A has a Qualcomm's snapdragon 855 chips, while the iPhone XR and XS are powered by Apple's own A12 Bionic chip. These processors are powerful. They shoot to the top of every benchmark test. The Pixel3A can run 3D games like PUBG on high settings just fine. It has a 3000mAh battery that helps it offer a good all day long battery experience. It also includes an 18W Type-C charger that charges the phone very quickly. With the Pixel 3a, Google promises 3 years of guaranteed software support. The smartphone offers a good user experience without any lag or stutter during usage.
We know that the year 2019 is going to be big for foldable smartphones and we have already done a piece on that, but the real question is, will you buy a foldable smartphone? Is it so much better at watching media, browsing the internet or even playing 3D slots online? Sure, they offer a bigger screen without compromising too much on the portability factor, but given the high price and the added heft, would it really matter to the real world user?
The Huawei Mate X is expected to be priced at roughly $2600, while the Galaxy Fold will cost nearly $2000. Other smartphone manufacturers have not yet confirmed the price tags for their respective foldable models, but they are not going to be much cheaper and that much is for sure. However, Xiaomi might just change the game here too, like it so often has with ridiculously aggressive pricing.
The Xiaomi Mi Flex or Dual Flex will probably be the cheapest foldable smartphone of the lot and it could even be the most impressive, given its double fold design. Even then, it is going to be far more expensive than any of Xiaomi's other models and that leads us to the question once again, is all that extra money worth it? I mean you can get a brand new 65" LG OLED TV or the latest 65" Samsung QLED TV at the same price and sometimes even for less than that! The comparison in between the two may seem absurd but given that a smart TV is a much better and bigger machine for media consumption than a foldable tablet, and it usually lasts at least 5 - 8 years, if not more, should you really pay $2600 for a smartphone that will become completely outdated in two years time? Is portability worth that much to you? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
Android smartphones continue to get better each year with better cameras, faster processors and new apps. Many of these phones are also much cheaper. This does it make it difficult when choosing an Android smartphone. This article will look at some of the top Android phones to buy.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is considered the best Android smartphone and comes with a 5.8 inch screen. The display is large and fills almost the entire face of the phone. It has a great processor, loads of storage space, a slot for an SD card and it is fully waterproof. The camera takes high quality photos and videos. Some reviews have said the phone may be a bit overwhelming, but Samsung has added many features into this phone which means there is a feature for everyone. The phone is aesthetically appealing filled with great features and is a great choice for a wide range of users. It may be advisable to spend a bit more to get the Galaxy S8+, which is a bit bigger and has more battery life. A drawback of this phone is that the fingerprint scanner is located on the back of the phone and the facial recognition does not work as well as expected.
The LG V30 is a great phone and takes over from the G6. The V30 is designed using metal and glass, but is slimmer and has subtle curves. The phone is easy to hold even though it has a 6 inch display. Internally the phone is well made, comes with a great camera and is ideal for playing the online Blackjack Canada has to offer. Even though the pixels are small the standard shooter takes exceptional photos and the secondary shooter comes with a wide angle camera. The LG software is easy to use and this phone does all the necessary basics really well and looks good. There is also a V30+ available which has more storage space which makes it more value for money. The built-in quad DAC makes great sound, better than most phones. It's a pricey phone, but offers good value for money.
The OnePlus 5 comes with the latest Android OS, 7.1 Nougat and Snapdragon 835 CPU and has been compared to the iPhone X. It has a rear and front camera. It has received rave reviews for being the best Android phone and the Chinese manufacturer of this phone has made improvements from the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The OnePlus 5 comes with a slick design and loads of power. The display, AMOLED, is vibrant and bright and has a fast fingerprint scanner. It does not have a micro SD card and the battery life is not great, generally lasts for about a day, but the price is worth it considering the features.
The HTC U11 comes with a 5.5 inch 2 K display which allows for great quality videos and has 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 835 CPU. It has squeezable sides that allows for quick launching of apps. The camera, although only a 12MP takes good quality photos from the back and the front camera has a 16MP camera. The HTS U11 has Liquid Surface design and offers two colours at the same time, a unique and fun feature of this phone.
The BlackBerry KEYone may be a strange inclusion on this list, but this phone is efficient and has great battery life. It has a 635 Snapdragon chip and it has a keyboard which will appeal to some users. It is a great phone and also comes with a good camera.
Not everyone always has the time to visit phone shops to check out phones and buy hence buying phones online is what people always opt for. Buying phones online is easy with just simple clicks and everything is over and done with. Refurbished phones are commonly found online and a lot of people always purchase them. In as much as buying refurbished phones have many advantages, there are some things buyers need to check out before settling for a particular phone.
Things to check out when buying refurbished cell phones
Refurbished phones always go through professional reconditioning which can sometimes be done by the manufacturer or a qualified retailer. Most of them usually come with limited warranties to convince and motivate people to buy phones. They are usually valid and there are very good phones that come out from the right selection. But before settling down for a refurbished phone, there are some very important factors that people need to check out before making any payments. Some of the factors include:
Check out the phone brand
The very first thing to do when shopping refurbished phones in any online mobile store are to check out the company that refurbished the phone. Factors like company reputation and customer reviews about the mobile store equally matter.
Before buying any phone, always check out the warranty offered by the online mobile store. All new phones always come with warranties thus any professionally sold refurbished phones should do so as well.
But generally, the warranties that come with refurbished phones are always shorter than new phones straight from manufacturers. Irrespective of how little the warranty time is, it does offer some guarantee the phone works well and is of good quality. But if no warranty is offered then it could be just proof that the phone may not be the best. Always make sure the warranty is confirmed before purchasing so there will be no future issues without proof.
Refurbished phone vendors have to be able to justify the price of their products and explain to customers how they carry out their restoration process. If they are unable to this, it could be a possible red flag and customers are encouraged to look elsewhere.
Advantages of buying refurbished phones
One of the basic reasons most people always go for refurbished or used phones online is because they are cheaper. The standard return policy is often 30 days with no questioning and the phones can be returned phone is no longer considered new when it is returned for any reason during that period. The returns usually cost buyers some sort of loss which most of them do not wish to experience.
Easy to use
With refurbished phones, people who do not love changing phones all the time or find it difficult adapting to new technology and most of them are always easy to use with familiar basic features and functions.
Vivo V17 is almost similar to its Pro version that has almost similar hardware and software experience but the Vivo V17 is slightly cheaper than V17 Pro. The device has the same design as the Pro model. The major difference is the L shape rear camera set up inside a rectangular module. The Vivo V17 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with minimum bezels. The device has a pop-up module with a modified punch hole that dies. The selfie camera is being placed on the right corner instead of the center. This does give users an almost full-screen experience but you will feel the cutout while watching videos or playing games.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, which is good enough but not the best one. It can't handle heaving gaming or multi-tasking. So if you want to play PUBG on mobile, there will be a significant compromise on graphics. It has 8GB RAM with 128GB storage that can be expanded using a microSD card slot. For charging, it uses a Type-C USB charging port with 18W fast charging that helps to go from zero to 100 percent in less than an hour. The device has a 4100mAh battery whereas the pro version uses a 4500mAh battery.
V17 uses FunTouch OS 9.2 based on Android 9 Pie. The Vivo has a confusing interface and a new user may take some time to get used to it. The biggest hype around Vivo is its camera. The quad-camera setup is a perfect gift for photography enthusiasts. It can take stunning images with great detail and perfection under low light conditions. V17 has a 48MP primary camera with f/1.8, 8MP sensor with f/2.22, a 2MP sensor with f/2.4 for bokeh effect. The fourth 2MP camera with f/2.4 is a macro lens for macro photography. The night mode lets you take decent pictures even in a low light environment. There is a 32MP front camera that also has a night mode.
The Vivo V17 is great for the price tag Rs 22,990 and seems more attractive than its pro model but if you have you have to choose between Redmi K20 Pro and Vivo V17, it is hard to recommend V17. Realme X2 Pro is available at the same price or even less but with the same specs and bigger battery.
Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging servicess among the teens. It's been around for over three years now and even though it's yet to monetize its user base, things are going very well for it. There were even rumors Snapchat refused acquisition bids from Facebook and Google worth $3 to $4 billion.
It seems the Snapchat CEO was right to turn those offers, if real. The company is estimating its value at $10 billion as it prepares for another round of financing.
Apparently Yahoo is very close to investing $20 million into Snapchat. It has done such investments before and they turned into billions of profits later.
If you are looking for a decent affordable Android Smartphone, then look no further. The new ZTE V5 3 4G is made to set your needs. It's available for $199.99 on GearBest now.
ZTE V5 3 4G Phablet packs a 5.5" Full HD display with 1920x1080 resolution with a drupal Aluminum uni-body design and scratch resistant Glass.
ZTE V5 3 4G Phablet is running Android 5.1 Lollipop Out-of-the-box so you don't need to worry about updates. The device is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit based Octa-core CPU for optimal performance along with a 2GB Ram, so no lag whatever how many Apps you'll run.
As for the connectivity and media specs, the ZTE V5 3 4G has all the features you need from Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, MP + 13MP Cameras, FHD video recording. Here's what you need to know.
ZTE V5 3 4G Specification
Type: 4G Phablet
Service Provide: Unlocked
OS: Android 5.1
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
SIM Card Slot: Dual Standby, Dual SIM
SIM Card Type: Dual Nano SIM
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
Cores: 1GHz, Octa Core, 1.5GHz
RAM: 2GB RAM
External memory: TF card up to 128GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: WiFi, GSM, 3G, 4G, GPS
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA+FDD-LTE
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz
Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Pixels Per Inch (PPI): 401
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: with flash light, 13.0MP
Front camera: 5.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Picture format: BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF
Music format: AMR, MP3, WAV
Video format: H.263, 3GP, AVI, MP4, RMVB, H.264
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: TXT, PDF
Live wallpaper support: Yes
Games: Android APK
I/O Interface: TF/Micro SD Card Slot, Micro USB Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port
Sensor: Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor
Additional Features: Sound Recorder, Bluetooth, People, GPS, Gesture Sensing, Browser, 3G, Proximity Sensing, MP3, Wi-Fi, 4G, MP4, FM
Battery Capacity (mAh): 3000mAh Built-in Battery
Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 15.53 x 7.72 x 0.855 cm / 6.10 x 3.03 x 0.34 inches
Package size: 18.0 x 12.0 x 6.0 cm / 7.07 x 4.72 x 2.36 inches
Product weight: 0.160 kg
Package weight: 0.550 kg
You can Purchase the ZTE V5 3 4G now for $199.99 only from GearBest Here, limited quantity remaining.
Nokia once enjoyed the lead position that Samsung does today, but with more authority than even the Korean giant. A large part of that leader status was achieved through a combination of quality products and a loyal fan-following. It did not survive the smartphone revolution due to a series of bad decisions that ultimately resulted in its telecommunication production department being sold off completely to Microsoft. However, Nokia is about to make a comeback to compete against the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and a host of other companies that are all dedicated to the cause.
We have a report from Weibo that the flagship Nokia smartphone (NOT the D1C) which will be released in 2017 may sport a 5.2-inch/5.5-inch 2K display. Additionally, Nokia (HMD) is bringing the Carl Zeiss optics from the Lumia-series to this one as well. Unfortunately, rumors are also indicating that Nokia will opt for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Given that the chip is already not flagship-grade anymore, since the Snapdragon 821 is out and about, I would be very surprised if Nokia releases a flagship phone that's powered by the SD 820 in 2017, when most of the other premium phones will be powered by the Qualcomm SD 835 SoC.
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Amazon's latest sale brought a few new exciting discount rates for the smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is available just for $600. However, the best deal is not by Samsung or Apple. The credit goes to Nokia 7.1. It was retailing for $349, and now in the sale, the phone is available only for just $249 after a full $100 off. Since last year, the mid-range smartphones are getting better. Back in November when Nokia 7.1 was released, it stood out as something special. This remains true to this day.
At $250, no phone even come close to it. The Nokia 7.1 has the glass back and metal frame which is only found in flagship smartphones that costs hundreds of dollars more. The design looks amazing. Along with the design, It has 19:9 aspect ratio with a compact screen to body ratio of 80%. Nokia 7.1 took time to work on display. It has LCD panel with a resolution of 2220 x 1080. Nokia 7.1 can play HDR10 videos and games. It has USB-C port for charging, the 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also NFC chip that allows you to execute the contactless Google Pay.
The Nokya 7.1 is powered by the latest Android 9 Pie out of the post. You get the One UI experience with no clutter and guaranteed software & patches updates. At this price, Google Pixel 3a was competing Nokia but after the $100, Nokia 7.1 took a huge leap. It has premium design, the display looks great, and the software is updated. It has 12 MP camera lens at the rear side with another 5MP camera lens for creating the stunning pictures. For selfie it uses an 8MP camera at the front with 84 degree FOV so you can take wide-angle pictures and everyone gets fit in the picture. It uses the HDR, dual sight, and pro camera modes to create unparalleled images.
Just when it was almost confirmed that there will be no flat screen versions of the Note 7 this year, but only a single device that will sport a dual Edge display, new photos have surfaced that suggest otherwise. The photos show the device to have a flat back as well, unlike the Galaxy S7 regular, which has a curved back. We can also see the USB Type-C port, connected to a USB Type-C cable. If you look carefully, you can actually see the iris scanner too.
If you like the flat version seen in these pics and would like to buy one, we have bad news for you unfortunately. In all probability, the Note 7 will only sport a dual Edge display this year. While these images prove that the flat screen version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 does exist, it will possibly not be marketed to the public. In fact, this is actually a prototype and will remain only at that stage for now. The curved Note 7 however, is going to be unveiled on August 2, equipped with a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB/6GB of RAM and the same camera setup (12-megapixel/5-megapixel) as the S7 series.
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It was only a matter of time before Sprint and Verizon launched their own "buy one, get one free" offer for the Galaxy S7 as AT&T and T-Mobile already had launched their own. There is a catch however, if you even consider it a catch that is. As of now, Sprint is not offering the Galaxy S7 Edge as a part of this package but only the regular Galaxy S7. Nonetheless, if you are keen on picking up a Galaxy S7 Edge from Sprint, you will get it at half the retail price from them.
Sprint has even incorporated the Galaxy Forever lease program into both their offers. This particular program allows you to exchange your old Galaxy device for the latest one, after just twelve months. The lease on the other hand will continue as before until the contract ends or you decide to keep exchanging as future Galaxy smartphones keep launching.
Verizon has taken a slightly different approach when compared to Sprint because they are offering both the S7 and the S7 Edge in their Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer. In fact, they have actually taken it a step further by allowing the customer to get both devices at the price of one. What this means is that you can buy a S7 Edge and choose to take a regular S7 instead of another S7 Edge as the free device.
If you are considering any of these offers then keep in mind that they all require the customer to get into a contract with the concerned company and the offer will take anywhere between eight-ten weeks to get validated via a prepaid card. We urge you to go through the terms and conditions carefully before taking a decision. There is now denying though, that these offers do make the S7 series of smartphones seem like much better value for money products.
Lucky Samsung fans in the US who are looking to upgrade their TV system to a Smart TV... Samsung has a new promotion that offers a Galaxy S6 32GB bundled for FREE with selected Samsung SUHD TVs models.
Samsung's high-end SUHD TVs are the ones with 4K resolution. The high-end TV sets boot Tizen-based operating system. The offer applied to these models only (JS9500, JS9100, JS9000, JS8500, JS850D, or JS8600).
AT&T has a plan for its customers which technically will allow you to own two Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphones for the price of one. However, as is always the case with carriers in the US and around the world, there's the fine print that you should read and consider carefully before buying into any plan. Read the excerpt from AT&T's own website below to get an idea of how the "free" device scheme will work out for you, if you opt for it.
"You will need to pay tax for the retail price of both devices at sale and low monthly instalment payments will be added to your bill.
You will need to make up to your first 2 instalment payments for the free device before your credits start. However, don't worry, just remain active and in good standing and keep your free device on its instalment agreement and, on your 2nd or 3rd bill, your monthly bill credits will start. When the credits start, you will receive credits for the up to 2 instalments you have already paid."
If a customer deactivates the chosen service before all bill credits are paid out, he/she will have to pay the remaining price of the second Galaxy S7/S7 Edge.
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We have heard of it many times earlier and once again, another report from Korea is indicating the same thing; a 6-inch or bigger model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to the latest report, both versions of the S8 will sport dual curved displays this time around, but the S8 Plus will have a 6-inch display instead of the 5.5-inch one we are used to seeing on the larger models of Samsung's S-series every year. The regular S8 will sport the 5.2-inch form factor just as its predecessors, albeit with a curved display.
The report also states that the S8 Plus, in spite of having a larger display than the Galaxy Note 7, will sport similar dimensions. This brings us to an almost established rumor about the Galaxy S8; the edge-to-edge bezel-less display. As you can imagine, the 90% or above screen to body ratio will allow the 6-inch S8 Plus to be just as manageable as the Note 7 was, by cutting out almost all bezel. Rumor also has it that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be launched at a higher price than its predecessors in April, at an exclusive event in New York.
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If you want the real thing, you will have to wait till the end of April to get your hands on one, but China already has something cheaper for you. We are not exactly sure how much this would cost, but it should be under $100. That's the price you will have to pay if you want your friends to be jealous of you for having the world's most anticipated phone that isn't even out yet! Of course the jealousy will only be temporary as a closer look will reveal the handset to be the fake it is.
If all of that got you interested, here's an unboxing video of the S8 clone, courtesy of EverythingApplePro on YouTube. We also have multiple images for you from SamMobile. While they are definitely not the same device the actual internals might just be similar. Take a look and decide for yourself.
The best thing about this phone is that in spite of being a knock off, it actually looks pretty good with that curved dsiplay! We are sure that the Quad HD 5.2-inch display isn't really true, along with the rest of the features that you will find printed out on the back of the box. But even then, this doesn't look like a cheap clone at all. If this leak got you excited for the original S8, you will just have to wait for three weeks now, because that's when (March 29) Samsung will officially unveil the S8 and the S8+. In the meanwhile, take a look at this leaked video which almost certainly shows the real thing.
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If you have been following the buzz circulating around the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, then you probably already know that Samsung does indeed have a 6GB RAM variant of the larger Galaxy S8+ up its sleeves, just like the rumors had suggested before the news was confirmed by Samsung officially. However, many of us were disappointed when it was revealed that the 6GB RAM variant, which also has 128GB of internal storage, is going to be exclusive to South Korea for now.
Nevertheless, a new report out of Samsung's home nation is saying that this could change. The 6GB/128GB S8+ will likely make its way into at least a few other regions as well, if Samsung feels that enough customers in the area want the device. China is probably the most prominent example of a country which loves their smartphones with more memory and internal storage. Samsung's first and only 6GB RAM phone, the Galaxy C9 Pro was released there first. We will soon find out whether or not Samsung decides to bring it to any European countries or the US. However, the question remains; if it does indeed come to a store near you, would you be willing to shell out more than a thousand dollars for the extra storage and RAM?
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Yes you read that right and no this isn't one of those eye-catching clickbait titles either. You can actually buy a Galaxy S8 in its home nation for a price lower than $180 ($177)/200,000 Won, but it wouldn't be "legal" as per Samsung's stipulations.
Reports have confirmed that certain online and offline retailers are providing their customers with subsidies worth a minimum of 600,000 Korean Won or $530 roughly! This effectively cuts down the S8's marked price of 935,000 Won ($825 roughly) to a selling price of 335,000 Won or about $295. Mind you, that's the "least" amount of subsidy on offer here. Legally, the retailer cannot sell the phone below 753,000 won or about $665.
If you are wondering why the retailers would do that, it is supposedly a ploy to keep their customers according to the reports. If you are wondering how they would make a profit out of virtually giving away such expensive smartphones, we have no clue either! Whatever the reasons are, I bet you are feeling pretty jealous right now.
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Mother's Day is for appreciating our mothers for the crucial roles they play in all our lives and what better way to make them feel appreciated than giving them the gift of Samsung's latest bezel-less wonder! At least that's what T-Mobile thinks anyway as they just announced the "Buy One Get One Free" offer for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, citing Mother's Day in the promotion. Whatever your reasons may be, it definitely sounds like a good deal to get two of the new flagship smartphones for the price of one.
As always, it isn't as simple as it sounds and T-Mobile won't exactly be giving you two brand new Galaxy S8/S8+ handsets for the price of one like one may think. You will have to pay for both the phones with instalments, but once the cost of both the smartphones is covered, T-Mobile will give you a $750 prepaid rebate card. Also, you will have to maintain two connections from T-Mobile as well. This is not to say that it's a bad deal, it's just not "exactly" what it sound like. Then again, when is it ever!
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You can now officially buy the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8+ in the US and that's definitely good news for those of you who like Samsung's own 10nm Exynos 8895 chip more than Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 835. Keep in mind though that both the chips provide near-identical performance when it comes to benchmarks and indiscernible performance when it comes to real life usage. Even then, it's worth knowing that the Exynos version has a more powerful GPU; the Mali-G71 MP20.
You can either buy the device unlocked at full price or from a few carriers that are offering monthly plans for the expensive smartphone, just like the Snapdragon variant. Unfortunately, since the SM-G955FD works only with GSM networks, it won't work on CDMA networks like the ones used by Verizon and Sprint. AT&T and T-Mobile users on the other hand will easily be able to sue the Galaxy S8+ Exynos variant on their networks.
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T-Mobile had already launched its Galaxy S8 bogo offer a week or so ago and now Samsung joins in with one of their own. However, T-Mobile still has a role to play in this one as well, since at least one of the two smartphones needs to have an active T-Mobile line in it for the user to avail the offer. You can use the other one with whatever network you wish though; something that is not a part of the bogo deal offered by T-Mobile earlier. However, the activation of the T-Mobile line has to be done through the official Samsung.com website.
The deal is valid for both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ and once you have activated the T-mobile line, Samsung will refund you $750 within 7 - 10 business days via the same mode of purchase as used by you. As far as I know, the offer can only be availed via Samsung.com as of now. In case you are wondering what's the catch here, surprisingly enough, there doesn't seem to be any really! Samsung will not refund you the money through monthly rebates or via a prepaid card of any kind; instead they will return up to $750 directly to your credit card/bank account, depending on how you bought the two phones form their website. It's a great offer and will possibly last for a very short time.
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The Galaxy Note 8 is due to be launched in roughly two and a half weeks, but that does not mean that you would be able to buy it right away. What it does mean is that on August 23rd, we will all get our first official look at the Galaxy Note 8 at an exclusive Samsung event in New York. Also, Samsung will reveal information at the launch event, regarding when the much awaited smartphone will go on sale. However, according to leaked news by ETNews from South Korea, the release date is no longer a secret.
If the reports are right then the Note 8 will be available for purchase in South Korea from September 15. This sale will begin only via the local carriers initially. However, the online pre-orders will likely begin much before that; two weeks to be precise. This means that the LG V30 will directly compete with the Galaxy Note 8 next month in Korea. Although no other information was leaked concerning the Note 8's release date in the US, we are guessing it should be roughly around the same time.
Saikat Kar (the-enthusiast)
If you thought that tablets are way too flimsy, Samsung has just released the Galaxy Tab Active 2 which can take a hit and then some! Exclusive to the US, the device is internally the same as any other Galaxy Tab 2, but on the outside, it's quite literally a beast. The MIL-STD 810 certification guarantees that the Galaxy Tab Active 2 can survive through high pressure, extreme temperatures (hot or cold), rapid vibrations and even drops from heights that would shatter other lesser tablets. Additionally, it also sports a standard IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
While we all would like our devices to be a bit sturdier than they generally are, this may seem a bit excessive to many, until they realize that Samsung has a specific crowd in mind for the Galaxy Tab Active 2. Apparently, this is tablet for employees who must work in the harshest of conditions. While targeted primarily at businesses, those that love camping, trekking and mountaineering might have use for the tab Active 2 as well.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB variant costs around $949.99 according to the official price list from the Apple US Store. This is the most expensive iPhone Apple ever released to date... The Question is "What Android products you can get with the same price ?".
Well, If you choose to go with Android Open-Source World, for a [$949.99] you can get a Smartphone (Nexus 5) $349 + 7" Tablet (Nexus 7) $229 + HD Streaming (Chromecast) $35 + Smartwatch (Moto 360) $249 + you'll still have a $87 left in your pocket.
So, You can get 1 iOS device or a whole Tech-set of Android devices with unlimited customizing options. Your Call!
People in the past would have never thought that there will be something called a "car" that would help them travel from one place to another without crossing miles and miles on feet. But then technology played its part and we had cars and bikes and whatnot. However, a few years back even this generation never thought of a gadget that could take them from one place to another swiftly and smoothly without using a car and consuming any petrol. Here by the term gadget, we are referring to none other than a hoverboard. Yes, you read it right, hoverboards are a sign that yes technology has now gone too far and now with every passing year our lives are being upgraded by such amazing inventions. You can find more info in our guide on Petagadget.
Just for a while imagine that you are moving swiftly from one location to another without hopping in the car. Isn't it amazing and exciting to even think about it? Well, if you find it wonderful then why not turn this all into a reality by investing a little into a hoverboard?
Now, if you are someone who yet has some doubts on the advantages of a hoverboard then stick a little longer to this article because today in this article we will give you proper reasons on why you should get yourself a hoverboard right now.
1-No Fuel Consumption
We all know how important it is for us to save money at this age because we never know when we fall victim to a financial crisis. Now, on the other hand, we also know the fact that we have to spend a big figure on our traveling too because of the fuel consumption. Now at such point, we are pretty sure that you would love to save a few dollars and cut down the fuel cost and that can be done only if you are ready to invest a little in buying a hoverboard. You see, a one-time investment in hoverboard can save you hundreds of dollars every month and especially you will be able to go on short commutes without spending even a single penny. The best part about hoverboards is that if you charge it fully, it can take you on a ride of almost 15 kilometers which will save you a lot of fuel.
2-It Is Eco-friendly
The need of the hour is that we all start using those products and gadgets that are eco-friendly because we all know how much harm we have done to the climate and to our environment by using and releasing poisonous gases. Now, in such a situation, products like hoverboards are pretty useful because they don't work on any kind of fuel or gas, it's just that you have to charge them with electricity and they will be on the go for you. This is another major reason why you should invest in buying a hoverboard because first, it will save you a lot of money and secondly it causes zero harm to your environment and the overall climate.
3- It Is Portable
Another amazing reason why you should go for this gadget is that it is completely portable and compact too. Like if you have to reach a place where you would need a hoverboard then yes you can carry this miraculous gadget without any problem. Hoverboards seem like something very heavy but in reality, they are extremely light in weight and you can carry them anywhere you want to. The only thing you have to be careful about is that you have to handle hoverboards with care, like if you are carrying them to a place then make sure you are using a handle bag or a car to take them to another place.
4-It Is Fun To Ride On Them
The major reason why you should say yes to a hoverboard is that they are fun to use. Like you can go out to the park with your family and children and enjoy riding on a hoverboard. Once you use it, you will actually know how entertaining it is to take a tour down the street and enjoy the view and the nature around you. Especially if you've got kids who don't like to spend much time outside then you can use a hoverboard to build interest in them and motivate them to play outside. Moreover, you can have a fun time teaching your little one how to ride this gadget, it can be a little tricky to maintain the balance and ride with perfection but once you practice it, you will know how amazing of an activity it is.
5-Hoverboard Is Easy To Learn
If you are someone who is confused on whether he should buy a skateboard or a hoverboard then know the fact that hoverboarding is a lot easier to learn than skateboarding. The only thing and the only effort you have to make with hoverboarding is that you have to learn how to maintain a steady balance and how to move in the right direction. Once you've mastered the art of balancing on a hoverboard, you will then love to take it everywhere with you because yes, it is that fun and addicting.
6-They Are Safer
People usually think that hoverboards are dangerous but the reality is the other way around. Basically, the features with which it comes make it a completely safe option. You see, hoverboards are safe because they come with movement sensors, gyroscopic motors and foot pads too that make sure that you don't fall or get hurt. With all these features you will have a perfect and steady grip on the board so don't be afraid to buy it because again, hoverboarding is fun and entertaining only if you learn it properly.
7-They Use Better Technology
The most advanced and latest technology is used to make a hoverboard, you just need to be able to stand steady on the foot pads and consider your job done here. The best part about this gadget is that it comes with a sensor receiving signals from the foot pad that sense the direction in which the rider wants to go. Once you ride it, you will feel like it's a magic wand that knows the direction which you desire to go on.
These are the few reasons that justify why you should buy a hoverboard for yourself. Also, you can gift a hoverboard to your loved ones and we assure you that they will love this gift. Especially if you have a teen around in your house then buy him this amazing product on his birthday or on his special day and honestly, he or she will be crazy happy with this gift of yours. Don't wait any further and get yourself and your loved ones a hoverboard and have fun at a whole another level.
There is just something about large screen TV sets that the world loves and there's no denying it, but would you spend $15,000 on one? Well, that's the price you will have to pay if you want to buy the 85" Samsung Q900R QLED 8K TV that the company just unveiled. There will also be lower-priced options available at the 65", 72" and 75" categories, but the prices for the smaller TVs has not yet been confirmed by Samsung. Keep in mind that this is only the base price for the US, and if you live in India or any other country with exorbitant "luxury taxes" and import fees, you are probably looking at a much higher price tag for sure!
The Q900R will be capable of advanced HDR because the peak brightness level goes up as high as 4,000 nits (which is pretty insane)! The Samsung AI-powered software is all set to upscale the source images to 8K according to the announcement and that's where the real question pops in; what will you watch on your new super expensive 8K TV that will justify the price you just paid for it? 4K is not even a universal standard yet, so rest assured that aside from enthusiast grade content, you will likely have nothing to make use of those pixels. Given that 8K has four times as many pixels as 4K and 16 times the pixel count of full HD content, it would be fair to say that you will need an insanely fast internet connection, supported by ungodly amounts of data consumption allowance to stream 8K content, even if you find it anywhere!
Everyone now wants to be using an iPhone. One of the most luxurious and flamboyant phones one can ever get. The one thing that beats people is, why an iPhone is the most expensive phone there ever is and people still strive to get it when there is an abundance of mobiles that one can pick from.
So if you are one of those people sitting on a fence on why you should buy an iPhone x and not go for the Samsung S9 plus then we are here to put things on the clear for you. Give us this opportunity not to convince you but to tell you why you should go for an iPhone.
If it wasn't about looking expensive then what is it? An iPhone is that one phone that speaks sophistication, flashy and the high life. Everyone wants to live the life we see on the telly. And what better way to do it, by buying an iPhone.
This is one brand that will promise you value for your money and deliver. The last thing you want is to buy a phone and later on have problems with parts of the phone. Then you have to dig into those reserve funds ear-marked for online gambling sites.
With some phones, you have to thank the phone gods if it makes it through the morning without the phone's battery dying. But then come to the territory of iPhones when you can see through the day with the intense use and still be charged up.
Battery life is very important to invest in. Once it is dead then you are forced to get a new one. But that should be the least of your worries. And when you are using an iPhone that is on your worry list.
You cannot talk of a phone and not mention the picture quality. If you have an iPhone then there is no need for you to buy a camera with your sportsbetting winnings. This is just not a cliché line to make you buy it but, one of its greatest inventions is the awesome camera no one has been able to beat.
Apple introduced iPhone 11 last week as the successor to the iPhone XR. With the iPhone XR prices going down. The iPhone XR was introduced last year alongside the iPhone XS and XS max. Essentially, it was a phone with X-style bezel-less design with an affordable price. The iPhone XR features an LCD Liquid Retina display with a 1792×828 resolution at 326 pixels-per-inch. One thing to note is that due to the LCD display used here instead of OLED, the bezels on the iPhone XR are slightly larger than those on the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro.
The iPhone 11 looks very similar to the iPhone XR - displaying a 6.1-inch display with a glass and aluminum cover. On the rear side you will notice an ugly camera bump, which people feel hard to adjust. The iPhone 11 comes with IPV8 water-resistance rating which means it can withstand a maximum depth of 2-meters up to 30-minutes. The display is similar to what was in iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 offers 2x optical zoom out, unlike the iPhone XR. Both phones have a faceID although iPhone 11 claims to have the faster one.
The iPhone XR is best for people who want the iPhone X-style design, but is more affordable. But you will get a comparatively slow processor as the latest phone comes with the more powerful A1 bionic processor and new colors. If you care about the photography, optical zoom, and night mode, it could be worth the upgrade - especially with the price difference being $100 instead. The iPhone 11 comes with 256GB of storage. So basically these are very much similar phones except for processing power and optical zoom. The front camera is 12MP with 4K video and slow motion feature whereas the iPhone XR doesn't have these features.
In roughly a few weeks' time, the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones are going to come in with the latest processors, not to mention a whole range of others from different manufacturers will be launched as well. But what about now? Is it a good time to buy a gaming phone right now, or should you hold on to your money for a bit longer? Well, holding on to your money for a bit longer is definitely advised, but for those that need to buy a phone right now, here are a few models that won't let you down.
Galaxy Note 9
It's the latest flagship smartphone from the world's leading smartphone manufacturer with the latest SoC, a huge battery and a gorgeous 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display; it's hard to beat all that to be honest, especially once you factor in the included S-Pen stylus and the fantastic cameras.
Xiaomi Black Shark
The Black Shark is due to get an update this year with Black Shark 2, but till then, this one is a beast of a smartphone and by far, the most dedicated gaming phone on this list. In addition to all the bells and whistles like a 4,000mAh battery, SD 845 SoC with liquid cooling and a separate image processor, the Black Shark can also be fitted with Joy-Con like controllers on its sides, just like the Nintendo Switch. The controller compatibility makes the Black Shark arguably the best gaming phone in the market.
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT
Finally on this list, we have the only phone with the SD 855 SoC in the world right now. While others will catch up soon, as of now, Lenovo has the most powerful smartphone in existence and it's called Z5 Pro GT. Aside from the next gen SoC, the GT also has 12GB of RAM and a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, making it an incredibly lucrative package. However, the 3,350mAh battery on the phone is a bit of a let down.
As mentioned earlier, waiting is advised, but if you are in a hurry and need a phone right now that can take care of all your gaming needs, these are the three to choose from.
Sony has released five teasers on Instagram within a span of only two days that hint an upcoming Xperia device to be revealed on the 12th of this month. What is interesting is the fact that they have also stressed on the device's availability in pink. When we say "stressed" what we mean is that every one of the teasers had a pink image in them; ranging from spilling pink nail polish and pink flowers to pink balloons and pink paint! In light of the recent rumors, the mobile world is expecting a pink variant of Sony's current flagship aka the Xperia Z5, but nothing is official yet.
Apart from the more popular theory about a pink Z5 being introduced on January 12, there is another rumor which theorizes the introduction of a new phone altogether. The Xperia C series is supposedly a new range of upcoming Sony phones that had been leaked a while ago. According to rumors, the Xperia C line will come in a Rose-Gold color variant, allegedly inspired by the iPhone series last year. Many tech theorists are of the opinion that the Sony Xperia C series is what the teasers are about and the Japanese company will be unveiling this new line of smartphones on January 12.