The newest HTC flagship, the One A9, separates itself from any of the company’s previous handsets by having a somewhat low off-contract price with respectable specifications. Consumers interested in the One A9 can buy it directly through HTC for the limited time price of $399 that will soon increase. But HTC hasn’t forgot about working with carriers to enable subsidizes and maximize exposure. Customers with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon will all have the chance to purchase the One A9. Today, AT&T becomes the first carrier to make the One A9 available.
Xiaomi has said in the past that they have plans to expand globally, but they would do so in a strategic fashion. The next step in their transition is going to take place on the African continent as Xiaomi prepares to start selling smartphones in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. In addition to the new continent, Xiaomi is also breaking with their business practice of selling direct to consumers by partnering with Mobile in Africa Group, MIA Group, to handle all sales, marketing and customer support in these new markets. Read more
ASUS today announced the ZenFone 2 Laser’s arrival in the US after seeing some very successful sales in India. ASUS’ ZenFone line of smartphones has been met with much popularity, announcing back in early September that it received over 30,000 pre-orders. The ZenFone 2 Laser was the most popular of its lineup, receiving a whopping 10,000 pre-orders alone.
The latest retailer to list the BlackBerry Priv for pre-order is B&H Photo. The product page says the Priv is expected to be available on November 20, but does not have a time frame for actually shipping the device just yet.
OnePlus took the wraps off its latest handset, the OnePlus X, last week, and now the upstart smartphone manufacturer has announced its extended warranty plan for its European customers. The cover is called On-Guard and is available for the OnePlus 2 as well as the new OnePlus X. Read more
Huawei recently announced its schedule for updating its Honor brand of smartphones to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and now it’s revealed via its Weibo account when it will launch its latest flagship handset, the Mate 8. Read more
It’s always good finding out when your phone’s manufacturer is planning on rolling out the latest version of Android to your handset, and today it’s the turn of Huawei’s Honor brand of smartphones. According to a tweet by @HiHonorIndia, the company will begin pushing out the final version of its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to selected handsets in February next year. Read more
Daniel Craig can be seen in cinemas in his latest Bond flick, Spectre, and here we have some behind-the-scenes news regarding the product placement and marketing side of things. According to some leaked emails, it would appear that Sony initially wanted its Xperia Z4 (or should it rather be the Z3+ as it is known outside of Japan) to be James Bond’s choice of smartphone, a move that both Bond director Sam Mendes and actor Daniel Craig had reservations about. Read more
HTC has made commitments in the past to quickly update their devices and the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been no different with the company releasing a planned schedule that included devices in this quarter like the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8. One of the devices on that list, the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, has suffered a delay after it was thought HTC might get the update out before the end of October. Read more
The LG V10 is now available on Verizon’s network, and those who purchase the smartphone on a device payment plan will be able to get the LG G Pad X8.3 for just $49.99 on a new two-year contract.