Unlocked Galaxy Note 3 coming to Best Buy on September 19?

Galaxy_Note_3_Unlocked_Best_Buy_Inventory_02According to a leaked inventory shot, Best Buy is going to offer an unlocked Galaxy Note 3. Not only that, they will offer it on September 19, which is only two days away. The Note 3 isn’t supposed to be available in the U.S. till early next month, so this is quite surprising.

Also very interesting is the model number of N9000, which  happens to be the Exynos 5 variant. Now before you go jumping up and down, keep in mind that it won’t support LTE  or 4K video. Of course, the price of $999 doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy either.


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Kindle Fire press render leaks

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Last week we got a good look at the upcoming Kindle Fire HD refresh, and today we have a press render of the new Kindle Fire. You won’t see a front-facing camera, which is why we believe it is the non-HD version of the Kindle.

It shouldn’t be too long till Amazon unveils the new Kindles. Last year, they did it on September 6th, so obviously they are a little late this year. Invitations could go out this week for an event later in the month. Stay tuned.

source: @evleaks

2013 Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet gets pictured

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We already got an idea of what the specs will be for the upcoming Kindle Fire HD so why not some pictures? These pictures represent the 7-inch model, but the 8.9-incher will look the same. As you can see, Amazon has redesigned these tablets with changes to the buttons and placement of the speakers.

Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models will include a 2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, you choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and a forked version of Android 4.2.2. The 7-inch display will have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 while the 8.9-incher will come in at 2,560 x 1,600. More pics after the break


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Wal-Mart announces plan to accept smartphone trade-ins at U.S. stores

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Wal-Mart has announced they are joining several other retailers like Apple, Best Buy, Target and Radio Shack, in accepting trade-ins of smartphones for a credit toward the purchase of a new device. Possible credits will range from $50 to $300 for smartphones in working condition and not damaged. The credits can be applied toward the purchase of a new smartphone on two-year contracts with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, as well as some prepaid plans. Wal-Mart indicates a working, nondamaged Apple iPhone 5 will be good for a $300 credit while a Samsung Galaxy S III will pull in $175.

Steve Bratspies, executive vice president for general merchandise with Wal-Mart says, “more and more, customers are choosing where they purchase new smartphones based on where they’ll get the best value for their trade-ins.” Analysts appear to have a positive impression of the move and think it will help Wal-Mart’s performance in electronics sales. Even with some weakness in that area, Wal-Mart claims it was the number 1 handset retailer for the quarter that ended June 30th.

Wal-Mart says the new program will start on September 21st at 3,600 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the U.S.

source: Bloomberg

PSA: Chromecast is back in stock at Bestbuy.com

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I know a lot of our readers are still waiting to get their hands on a Chromecast, but today might be your lucky day. It’s available right now at Bestbuy.com. It has literally been out of stock at Best Buy’s website since the launch, although some stores have been getting small shipments. However, trying to be at the store at the right time usually ends up seeing an empty case.

So click on the source link below and get your order in. Right now the estimated delivery date is between August 30 and September 4, and it looks like you will still get the 3-month Netflix deal. Let us know if you were able to grab one, or a few.

Update: Now showing sold out as of 1:07pm EST. Keep trying though as some orders might get cancelled.

source: Best Buy

Google might rent space at Best Buy for Google Glass

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Back in May, we heard that Google might be opening their own stores specifically for Google Glass. Of course, opening a bunch of new stores costs a lot of money, so instead, Google might attempt to partner with Best Buy since they already have a large presence all over the country.

According to Robert Scoble, he heard a rumor that Google is planning on renting about 6,000 square feet inside every Best Buy Store. Yes, it’s just a rumor, and we are probably a year away from seeing Google Glass available, but this makes a lot of sense. Google has placed Google reps in Best Buys for the Chrome Pixel so this seems like the next logical step.

Let’s just hope they price Google Glass right and they are able to actually supply the demand.

source: +Robert Scoble

Rumor: Sony ‘Honami’ to go by the name “Z1″ in retail stores, expected launch date of Sept. 4

 

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We’ve heard the code-name ‘Honami’ so many times that at this point, most would have expected that Sony come right out and announce it as the official name for their next flagship.

However a well-known XDA-developer, “DooMLoRD,” says that the Honami very well may be known as the Sony Z1 (Z One) in just a few short weeks, as the device’s official retail name.

There are so many One’s, Z’s, X’s, etc. that it’s almost getting hard to keep track of the latter part of the alphabet at this point…

Either way, we would tell you to take this rumor with a grain of salt for now, but as soon as “DooMLoRD” posted the rumor on XDA’s forums, Sony’s Mobile PR division followed him on Twitter— that counts for something, right?

More to come soon as we approach the rumored September 4th unveiling date.

Source: GforGames

 

[Deal] Staples offering coupon deal on 16/32GB 1st-generation Nexus 7 models

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It looks like Staples wants to clear out stock of their first-generation Nexus 7′s before the mad rush for the new Nexus 7, as they’re offering a coupon deal which expires this Sunday, August 18.  By ordering online, on the phone, or at the store, you can use the coupon code to get a 1st-generation 16GB Nexus 7 for $139.90, or a 1st-generation 32GB Nexus 7 for $179.90. If you plan on taking advantage of the offer, now is the time to do it because it expires soon! Official coupons after the break.


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Amazon could launch an Android-based gaming console by the end of the year

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I was just thinking the other day that Amazon should probably come out with their own console since they refuse to offer their Prime Instant Video streaming app to all of Android. Now today, news is coming out of Game Informer that Amazon is readying a gaming console for later this year. This is according to sources so nothing is official, but if you think about this, it makes a lot of sense for Amazon. Amazon is all about their ecosystem and if they pair it with multimedia capabilities such as the Prime Instant Video, it could be pretty successful. Sources say that it will include a gaming controller as well.

With companies like Ouya, BlueStacks, GameStick, and Mad Catz, this should be an interesting battle. Lets also not forget that Google will likely release their own gaming console as well.

Thanks Michael!!

source: Game Informer

 

Next generation Kindle Fire HD specs leak

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The fall is usually the time when Amazon shows off their new Kindle tablets. It was two year’s ago that they introduced the original Kindle Fire for $199 changing the tablet scene forever. Last year, they upped the ante with three varieties, again at very competitive pricing. For 2013, expect more of the same. Let’s start with the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet. It will have a 1,920 x 1,200 display and it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. It will have 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, WiFI, and optional cellular connectivity. Storage sizes will be aplenty, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Next up is the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. It’s display will have a resolution of 2,560 X 1,600 and have the same specs as the 7-inch version, but with an added 8MP rear-facing camera.


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