Huawei has been patiently waiting to have an impact on the U.S. market for smartphones and wearable devices. The upcoming 2015 holiday shopping season looks like it may finally be time for that move and Huawei is getting ready for it with some special Black Friday deals and some special offers for the following week that kicks off with Cyber Monday. The focus of the specials for the U.S. market will be the Huawei Watch and the Huawei P8 Lite.
Same day delivery is a service that is just beginning to catch on in the UK, with Argos’ Fast Track Delivery being the most widely available option, as opposed to Amazon’s Prime Same Day service which, up until now, has been limited to Greater London and select Berkshire and Hertfordshire areas. That is about to change, though, as Amazon has announced that its Same Day service is now available in a number of new locations in England and Scotland.
With Black Friday fast approaching, it seems many retailers are trying to steal a march on their competitors by cutting prices early on electronic goods. In the UK, it doesn’t get much better than the HTC manufactured Nexus 9 16GB (white), which can be found heavily discounted from Argos for just £149 ($226), which is basically half price.
BlackBerry is enjoying a sort of renaissance thanks to the positive publicity generated by its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv. Featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out, the Priv has seen demand outstrip supply, with direct orders from BlackBerry only shipping from November 30th. In the UK though, it’s possible to order the BlackBerry Priv SIM-free from Carphone Warehouse (CPW) with next-day shipping for £559 ($849).
What would you regard as a cheap smartphone? It all depends on your circumstances, some would consider the Moto G 2015 to be a cheap handset, whilst others would be looking at a price in double figures as a good start. What about under $10? You may think its crazy, but LG’s TracFone Lucky LG16 costs just $9.82 from Walmart. Really. And if that isn’t enough of a bargain for you, shipping is included free of charge.
If you are in the UK and have found it difficult to justify the £79 price tag to join Amazon Prime, perhaps £59 would be more tempting? If so you are in luck because Amazon is discounting its Prime service in the UK to just that (£59) for the next 3 days.
Joining China and Hong Kong, the U.S. is now an official market for LeTV thanks to their online LeMall site. U.S. consumers may not be familiar with LeTV, but they are quickly rising as a popular electronics retailer in China. LeTV makes a wide variety of electronic devices available through the online store, including their own smartphones in the Chinese market. However, neither phones nor televisions are currently available through LeMall in the U.S.
TalkTalk, the MVNO carrier in the UK that was hacked back in October (the third attack suffered by TalkTalk in 2015), has today detailed its plans to recover from the online attack that saw the personal details of over 150,000 customers stolen in the incident. The plan is basically to offer free upgrades to all of its customer, including those that weren’t affected by the hack, to help quell the anger caused by charging a termination fee to customers wishing to end their contracts early because of the hack.
European carrier, Telefonica, has joined up with Spanish handset manufacturer, BQ, to offer Europe’s first handset running Cyanogen OS. The handset will be known as the Aquaris X5, and will run Cyanogen OS 12.1 which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
At IFA 2015, Acer inserted itself into the conversation as a go-to for mobile gaming. The company’s Predator 8, like NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet, is all about maximizing gaming on a tablet. With an 8-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, Intel Atom processor, and four front-facing speakers, Acer believes it has a winning formula. But like any mobile device, price is very important. Acer seems to have appropriately priced the Predator 8, with the 32GB model going for $299. And starting today you can pre-order that model of the tablet from Newegg.
The online electronics retailer will be the exclusive seller of the Predator 8 for these next two weeks. Newegg doesn’t have the 64GB model listed on its site at the moment.
The BlackBerry Priv has generated a good amount of positive publicity and excitement, which is understandable considering it it BlackBerry’s first Android-powered smartphone, and it’s also the first slider we’ve seen in the Android world for a long time. It would seem that the handset is so popular that BlackBerry has had to push the shipping date back for new orders.
HTC fans in the US will be glad to find out they can save up to 30% off their orders today, courtesy of HTC’s Holiday Deals promotion. The savings apply to all products available on HTC’s US-centric online store.