Huawei Ascend P7 will be out in the UK on June 16 for £329.99
Jun02

Huawei Ascend P7 will be out in the UK on June 16 for £329.99

The Huawei Ascend P7 was announced at the beginning of May, and it started rolling out to certain countries and territories before the end of last month. In the UK, though, it’s due to arrive on June 16. That date has been confirmed by two online retailers – both Amazon and Clove. So we assume it’s legit. The Ascend P7 can be pre-ordered from those companies for the same amount: £329.99. This will net you a SIM-free and unlocked handset, of course. The pricing is in line with the Ascend P7’s specs, which make it an upper-midrange offering in this day and age. That said, Huawei mentioned €449 as the phone’s recommended retail price, and the UK amount is only about €406 at the current exchange rates. If you like your smartphones extremely thin and good looking, then this may be the one for you. The Huawei Ascend P7 comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, an 8 MP front camera, a 1.8 GHz quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4...

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HTC One Mini 2 pre-orders start in the UK for £498.85, shipping on June 30
May23

HTC One Mini 2 pre-orders start in the UK for £498.85, shipping on June 30

After having been announced last week, the HTC One Mini 2 is now up for pre-order in the UK. However, despite its midrange specs, it’s anything but affordable. In fact, its pre-order price is only about £16 lower than what the One M8 goes for. That’s insane, given the huge difference in hardware between the two, so we’re hoping that things will change once it actually gets released. Amazon is the retailer that is currently offering the One Mini 2 for pre-order, and it’s asking for £498.85 for the privilege. On the same website, the HTC One M8 starts at £515 at the moment, so unless you absolutely must have the metal design in a smaller package there’s absolutely no reason for you to go for a One Mini 2. The One Mini 2 isn’t a smaller version of the One M8, it’s an entirely different device (though it does look similar). It comes with decent specs, yes, but not top of the line. And when you’re hovering around the £500 price point, you should really be a high-end smartphone, and nothing else. The HTC One Mini 2 will become available in the UK on June 30, according to Amazon’s listing, so you have plenty of time to make up your mind on whether it’s really worth all that...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note tablets get discounted by Amazon
May06

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note tablets get discounted by Amazon

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro tablets that were unveiled back in January at CES have all received some price cuts courtesy of Amazon, alongside the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition that got official last year. The Pro tablets received their official US pricing in February, but now Amazon has undercut those by $50 to $100. So if you’re in the market for some incredibly high-end Android tablets, you can now get these with some healthy savings attached. The Tab Pro 8.4 is $349.99 at Amazon, $50 less than what the recommended retail price (RRP) is. The Tab Pro 10.1 can be bought from Amazon for $429.99, which makes it $70 cheaper than the RRP. The Tab Pro 12.2 now retails for $549.99, which is $100 less than the RRP. The Note Pro 12.2 is priced at $649, once again saving you $100 compared to the RRP. Finally, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition can now be had for $479.99, which is $70 less than before. In all of the cases above we referred to the entry-level model in terms of built-in storage. Obviously you can choose to get more storage space in exchange for a bump in...

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Upcoming Amazon smartphone gets leaked press renders, finally shows itself in full detail
May02

Upcoming Amazon smartphone gets leaked press renders, finally shows itself in full detail

An Amazon smartphone has been rumored for what seems like decades now (a testament for how fast-moving the mobile world feels sometimes), but this year it’s looking more and more like it could actually be launched. A couple of weeks ago we brought you the first ever images showing it, though at that point it was still enclosed in a protective case, so we couldn’t actually see the full details of its design. Until now, that is. BGR has gotten access to a couple of leaked press renders depicting the Amazon smartphone. So here it is, finally showing everything: What you see above was apparently created “for internal use by graphic designers at Amazon”, and has been confirmed as the real deal by multiple sources. This will be just the first in a series of smartphones that will be announced by Amazon. This particular device is expected to be made official in late spring or early summer. The smartphone reportedly comes with a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, six individual camera modules for enabling 3D-like effects, and it will run a heavily modified version of Android, much like what’s happened with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. The device should be available to order sometime during the third quarter of this year, so between July and...

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Amazon’s first smartphone smiles in leaked photos, has some specs outed and 3D effects confirmed
Apr15

Amazon’s first smartphone smiles in leaked photos, has some specs outed and 3D effects confirmed

For years, Amazon has been rumored to be working on its own smartphone, though 2014 may just be the year when it finally becomes reality. In fact, it could be announced in June and released by the end of September. The device has been photographed for the first time, as you can see below. Though what we do see isn’t much, because Amazon’s first smartphone is secured tightly inside a protective shell that’s meant to keep its exact design from prying eyes like ours. That said, don’t expect it to look incredibly different to any other high-end smartphone, with the screen dominating its front fascia and so on. The device will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen. It will have a 13 MP rear camera, and a secondary front-facing camera for video calls and selfies and whatnot. Its distinctive feature will be powered by another four cameras, that are present in each of the four corners on the face of the phone. As has previously been leaked, these will be used solely to enable a number of 3D-like software effects, ones that you won’t need any special glasses to see. The extra cameras are in fact low-power infrared units, and they’ll track the position of your face and eyes in relation to the handset, which allows the smartphone’s software to constantly adjust the perspective of the visuals it shows on its screen – thus, a 3D-like effect, sans any actual 3D. It’s unclear how successful this will turn out to be, but it’s obvious that it will be the main differentiating feature for Amazon’s first foray into the smartphone space. The 3D effects will be used in many places in the UI of the phone, which will once again make do with a forked version of Android, one similar to what can be found on the Kindle Fire tablets. Expect to see special wallpapers, as well as 3D effects applied to app icons, and apps such as Maps taking advantage of the wizardry. Amazon’s product stores will use the 3D-like effects to show you 3D images of what you’re interested in buying, complete with surfaces that can’t be seen in 2D photos. Amazon will make APIs available to interested developers who will also be able to take advantage of these 3D effects in their own apps. After this device, Amazon will launch a second smartphone at some point. This will be a low-cost offering, with entry level specs. Via BGR and...

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HTC One M8 for Verizon and Sprint now just $149.99 with contract
Apr11

HTC One M8 for Verizon and Sprint now just $149.99 with contract

Ever since it launched not long ago, the new HTC One M8 has been priced by US carriers at $199.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s nothing to be angry about, as it’s basically the standard price for a high-end smartphone, and it’s been so since the iPhone arrived on the market many years ago. But if you wanted to save a few bucks on the purchase and haven’t yet bought your very own One M8, Amazon has prepared a nice offer for you. If you have nothing against choosing either Verizon or Sprint as the carrier for your brand new HTC One M8, then you can get the phone right now for just $149.99. So you save a cool $50. Yes, you still obviously have to commit to a two-year relationship with a carrier, and that must be Sprint or Verizon. But if you do fit this profile, then why not order from Amazon and save some money? Even if you’re already at either carrier and want to add a new line or upgrade an existing phone, the price will be the same – just $149.99. It’s a very fast price drop, that’s for sure. Not that we don’t expect Amazon to go even lower in the future, but if you don’t want to wait head on over to the retailer right now and make an order (the relevant links are below). HTC One M8 for Verizon | HTC One M8 for...

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LG G Flex for AT&T and Sprint now just $99.99
Mar28

LG G Flex for AT&T and Sprint now just $99.99

Both AT&T and Sprint launched the LG G Flex for $299.99 with a new two-year contract, but subsequently Sprint lowered that asking price to a more reasonable $249.99. More reasonable than before, that is – not actually reasonable. Well, if you’re looking to buy the G Flex and use it on either of these carriers, we have some good news. It turns out that you don’t actually have to shell out that much cash to get one. Amazon is offering both AT&T’s and Sprint’s LG G Flex for only $99.99. Those are some great savings to be had, though naturally you’ll still need to sign a new two-year contract for it. Regardless of which of the two carriers you choose to do business with, the $99.99 price applies only to new customers or existing customers that add new lines. If you want to upgrade an existing device on an existing line, you’ll need to pay $119.99 for the G Flex. That’s more, but still a lot less than what you’d need to come up with if you went directly to the carriers. The LG G Flex surely isn’t for everybody, with its niche-y curved screen and all, but if you want one, you can now get one much cheaper than before. The Amazon listing is here for AT&T’s model and here for Sprint’s. Via Android...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 now just $329
Mar12

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 now just $329

While the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 gets ready to launch, Samsung’s mainstream 10-inch tablet remains the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 launched last summer. This is by no means a high-end offering, mind you – that part of the market is now being covered by the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. The Tab 3 10.1 is basically a midrange tablet, one destined for those who don’t care much about spec sheets but want a 10-inch tablet and want it to be affordable. And affordable this is, having launched with a base price of $399.99 (for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model). At that price, it was $100 cheaper than the comparable iPad, so it certainly had that going for it. Now, though, it’s become even cheaper. Both Amazon and Walmart are currently offering the 16 GB Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 for just $329, which is $70 less than it used to be. This is a pretty good deal for a 10-inch tablet, despite this one not coming with any earth-shattering specs. Speaking of which, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has a 10.1-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, a 3 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and a 6,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly...

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Sony Xperia M2 priced in Europe
Feb25

Sony Xperia M2 priced in Europe

Yesterday at MWC Sony introduced three new devices to the world, though the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet seem to have grabbed all the headlines. Alongside them, the Xperia M2 made its debut as an unashamed midranger. The flagships got priced in Europe mere hours after their announcement, but the M2 took a bit longer – until today, that is. Amazon Germany decided to put the Xperia M2 up for pre-order, and it’s using the handset’s recommended retail price for that country – which is €279. This is around what you should therefore expect the Xperia M2 to cost throughout the Eurozone. Obviously though certain retailers at one point or another may decide to go below the RRP, which would be good news indeed for prospective buyers of the Xperia M2. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t yet list a shipping date for the device, but as usual pre-ordering should ensure that you’ll be among the first people (at least in Germany) who get their hands on it. The Sony Xperia M2 has a 4.8-inch 540×960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Via Xperia...

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact now available in the UK and Germany
Jan30

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact now available in the UK and Germany

The Z1 Compact, Sony’s smaller flagship smartphone that was announced at the beginning of this month, is now available for purchase in both the UK and Germany. The release comes a few days earlier than we expected given the information available at launch, but hey, no one’s complaining, right? The Xperia Z1 Compact is now out in the UK at O2 – and only there at the moment, so if this isn’t your operator of choice you may have to wait a few days longer to get your mitts on the handset. If you want to get it from O2 on Pay & Go, the price you need to pay is £479.99. Alternatively, there are of course contracts to consider. So do go through all the options before you make up your mind. If you’re in Germany, on the other hand, you can already pick up the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact in SIM-free and unlocked form, straight from Amazon. The retailer is asking for €499 of your hard earned cash for the privilege, but it does throw in free shipping. At this rate, we’re expecting the Xperia Z1 Compact to reach mass availability in Europe within the next few weeks – good news for those of you who’d like premium specs in a smaller...

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