Sony’s Xperia XA and X are now available to pre-order in Europe

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Sony announced its new X series of smartphones at MWC 2016 yesterday that consisted of three 5-inch handsets with a varying level of specification. While the Xperia X Performance has Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 820 processor providing the grunt, the Xperia X carries a Snapdragon 650 chip, with the Xperia XA making do with a MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor. Sony’s new range may only be officially launching in the summer, but the Xperia X and XA handsets are already available to pre-order from Amazon (Germany).

Carriers, retailers to start selling the Samsung Galaxy S7 on March 11

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Finally, Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to the world. Now millions of people are wondering when and where they can get Samsung’s new flagship. So carriers and retailers have moved quickly to share availability details in hope of converting buzz to sales. Everyone from the biggest carriers to retailers like Best Buy and Walmart plan to offer the phones to customers in-store and online next month.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be up for pre-order on February 23 before actually being sold starting March 11.

Hit the break for details.

Carriers and retailers sign on to offer the LG G5

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Various products were launched by LG earlier today at the company’s MWC 2016 event. Announcements included the LG G5, LG Cam Plus and LG Hi-Fi Plus modules, LG 360 VR and LG 360 Cam, and Rolling Bot. So a lot of shiny new things are coming from LG later this year that you want to get your hands on. Although the company didn’t explicitly state pricing and release dates, carriers and retailers have already started saying when you should be able to buy any of the aforementioned devices.

Hit the break to see what carriers and retailers are saying about availability for LG’s new devices.

Galaxy S7 Edge retail packaging leaks ahead of launch event

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Just because today is the official launch day for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for yet another leak. While we’ve previously seen renders, images of the actual handsets, and had sources talk about how Samsung has cleaned up TouchWiz for its latest flagships, now we have leaked images of the retail packaging for the S7 Edge that also confirms a couple of specifications.

Three UK announce plans to block ‘excessive and irrelevant’ mobile ads on its network

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Talking about advertisements often results in polarizing opinions. While many of us like using free services such as Google’s services, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or even technology blogs such as TalkAndroid ,without being subjected to a pay wall, the ads that pay for such services and websites are often intrusive and annoying. The UK carrier, Three, has decided to tackle the issue by implementing a network-based block on “excessive and irrelevant mobile ads”

[Deal] AT&T hosting BOGO promotion with Samsung’s high-end phones

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Samsung’s next two flagships are on the way, and that means carriers and retailers want to burn through existing inventory of last year’s devices. First up to start dumping Samsung phones is AT&T with a new promotion that includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Active, and even the Galaxy Note 5.

[Deal] HTC takes 40% off the Nexus 9 and throws in a free keyboard

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The Nexus 9, which was launched in late 2014, is still being sold as Google has positioned the Pixel C as a high-end tablet belonging to another line that is just getting started. So, for people wanting an premium-yet-affordable tablet with stock Android, the Nexus 9 remains the most logical choice (unless you’re a gamer).

When the tablet hit the market, pricing started at $399 for a base model with 16GB of internal storage. And the 32GB model raised the price up to $479. Need a LTE signal for use away from a WiFi connection? The LTE model that comes with 32GB of internal storage is priced at $599. Today, though, you can save big on any model of the Nexus 9. Through HTC’s weekly Hot Deals promotion, the Nexus 9 has a 40% discount and a free Logitech keyboard is being included if you get the LTE model.

Huawei, Best Buy, and Newegg join Amazon in selling the GX8

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At the end of last week, Huawei’s somewhat new GX8 became available in the United States through Amazon. Now, the phone, which costs $349 off-contract, can be bought through an additional three retailers as Huawei is expanding their reach in the country. Huawei itself along with Best Buy and Newegg are joining Amazon in selling the GX8 to U.S. consumers.

OnePlus 2 is permanently discounted to $349/£249

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If you’ve thought of buying a OnePlus 2, but the $389 price tag was a little too rich for you, today could be the day you have been waiting for. OnePlus announced a little earlier today that the OnePlus 2 will be permanently reduced in price to $349/£249/€345, giving a saving of $40/£40/€54. And, if you purchased the handset at the higher price in the last 15 days, don’t fret, OnePlus has promised to refund the difference.