Now that the Galaxy S 5 is officially outed and set for launch on April 11, retailers and carriers are preparing to get units moving as soon as they’re available.
Following AT&T, US Cellular and T-Mobile, Sprint has announced that it will begin taking pre-orders on the device, and has released its pricing and shipping information as well.
Pre-orders will begin today, and customers will have to pay $199.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) and sign a new two-year contract. You’ll also be able to get the device through Sprint’s Easy Pay plan, in which you get the device for nothing upfront, while you’re charged 24 monthly installments of $27.09, coming out to a total of $650.16 after two years.
Sprint will also be making the new Galaxy Gear line available, and pricing is the same as AT&T’s. The Gear 2 will be offered for $299.99, and the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will be sold for $199.99 each.
Want to test out the Galaxy S 5 and the new Galaxy Gear line before release date?
Starting today, Best Buy will be making sample units of the devices available to the public in its stores, weeks before their respective launch dates.
This would mark the first time a retailer has ever showcased a phone before its launch. The deal is part of Samsung’s year-old partnership with Best Buy, which brought nearly 1,400 Samsung “experience shops” within select Best Buy locations.
Best Buy’s goal here is preorders, and we’re expecting that number to be pretty high in anticipation for the launch of Samsung’s newest line of Galaxy devices.
Slow down there, Nokia. Over in China, it was announced that more than one million pre-orders were made for the upcoming Nokia X. But now it looks like that it was all a sham. Reportedly, retailer JD.com in China did not require any money to be laid out when pre-ordering because it was actually a contest being held. Hitting ‘pre-order’ was an entry into the contest; therefore, it looks like the Nokia X was not an automatic pre-release hit in China just yet.
Now that it is no secret that the Galaxy S 5 will be unveiled this Monday, the big question still remains on if there will only be one “Standard” version or will there also be a “Prime” version as well. Rumors indicate that Samsung is readying a higher-end “Prime” version, but many are speculating that it won’t launch until possibly the summer.
If you’re looking for another clue, you might want to check out the Spigen cases for the upcoming flagship on Amazon. The description clearly reads, “Premium Protection SF Coated Non-Slip Matte Hard Case for Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Prime (2014).” This not only confirms a “Prime” version, but it might mean that we will see it sooner rather than later.
A few days ago, a German online retailer posted the price for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE and 3G model on its site which was a bit unrealistic compared to its bigger brother (Galaxy Note 3). The LTE model was priced at € 529.90 ($713.5) while the 3G model was priced at € 499.00 ($673).
That said, an Indonesian retailer just posted the price for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo which is priced at a much affordable rate compared to the German retailer. The smartphone is priced at $555 (IDR 6,799,000), though it hasn’t specified whether the price tag belongs to the LTE+/3G model or the Dual-SIM version. The same Indonesian retailer is selling the Note 3 for IDR8,880,000.
Retail packaging for the Moto G leaked along with a Best Buy memo stating that it shouldn’t be sold until January 9. The best of all this is the price. According to the tipster, the price will be $99 off contract, which is absolutely incredible. The Moto G has been selling for $179, so this is a little surprising, but perhaps it is a sale price for a limited time? Hit the break for the memo.
While it is possible to find plenty of cases in pink to wrap around your smartphone, sometimes buyers prefer to just get their device in pink without the need for a bulky case. To help those potential buyers, at least in the U.K., Samsung has a pink version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will be sold exclusively by retailer Phones4u. The device is scheduled to be available for pre-order starting in January 2014 for free with a contract on Vodafone, E, Orange or T-Mobile.
According to Phone4u, they will also be throwing in a wireless speaker valued at £120 ($197 USD). If the Galaxy S4 is not what you are looking for, buyers can also get their hands on a pink Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S4 mini.
via: GSM Arena
Rumors about the possible release of an Amazon smartphone have been around for a while now, but it seems we’re getting a lot closer to a possible release. According to Digitimes, Primax Electronics has received orders from Amazon for compact camera modules for smartphones to be launched in the first half of 2014.
Such smartphones feature floating touch technology, with each to be equipped with six CCMs for sensing, and Primax will supply more than 50% of the CCMs, the sources said. Primax declined to comment on the sources’ claims.
This report also supports the rumor that Amazon will be using multiple front facing cameras in order to push a 3D display that will track users and their movements. A smartphone also would make sense for the company given the success of the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Haven’t gotten your hands on a Chromecast yet? Well, now is probably the best time to do so. At Amazon and Best Buy, Google’s HDMI dongle is available for just $29.99, down from the usual $35 price. And if you are a member of Amazon Student, you can take off an additional $5 so you just have to pay $24. If you are on the fence, take a look at what Google plans on doing with it in 2014. And for now, it seems that more developers are jumping at the opportunity to develop for the cheap, yet powerful device.
Source: Amazon, Best Buy
Office Depot has the 2013 Nexus 7 WiFi 16GB model for $179, which is a savings of $50 and a smoking hot deal. Back on Cyber Monday, refurbished models were selling for $169, so this is only $10 more for a brand new unit. They also have the 32GB version for $229, which is a $40 savings.
The best part of this deal is that it’s available online and in stores and NO coupons or coupon codes to deal with. The deal ends on December 21, but we can’t guarantee their inventory will last that long.
Unfortunately, if you desire the white 32GB version, you will have to pay full price from the Play Store, but don’t forget, Google has that Chromecast combo deal as well.
source: Office Depot – 16GB or 32GB
This is certainly not the first time that Amazon has slashed prices on their Kindle Fire line, and we have no idea if it’s the last. If you’re looking to grab a Kindle Fire, than I would head over to Amazon today and grab one because it could be your last chance. For today only, they are slashing prices by 20% on the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB ($182.20 vs $229), Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16GB ($229 vs 269), Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB ($135.20 vs $169), and basic Kindle ($56 vs $69).
sources: Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB / Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB / Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16GB / Kindle
Android users sure want to take a bite out of that Apple. According to more than 90,000 Black Friday receipts from Android and iOS users collected by InfoScout, about 40% of them were Android smartphone owners that bought an iPad. This means that about 36,000 Android users bought an iPad. This is an interesting figure because it shows that although Android is an excellent experience on a smartphone, those consumers aren’t feeling the same way about it on tablets. And with the launch of the new iPad Air, consumers are certainly going to be driven to buy something new with excellent specifications.
Google, on the other hand, has yet to announce their plans for a new Nexus 10 or even a Nexus 8. While some would say it is really up to OEMs to produce great tablets, I would argue that Google needs to shape the tablet experience into something fresh with their Nexus devices. The Nexus line is nowhere near as popular as Samsung’s Galaxy brand, but it certainly is evolving into something mainstream.
Source: InfoScout Blog
Via: Cult of Android
You can never have enough cloud storage right? Well if you are about to drop some coins on a new smartphone, you will be happy to know that Amazon will give you 50GB of their Cloud Drive service for free. A ton of phones are part of the deal, such as the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 3, Moto X, HTC One, LG G2, and more. A couple of catches though…you have to be in the U.S., you must purchase your phone through Amazon Wireless, and the free storage expires in one year.
You have until December 31st to buy your phone, and it will take about 10 days for the storage to be added to your account. Hit the source link to see the full list of phones that are part of the deal.
If you happen to be one of the very few people in the world that is in the market for the LG G Pad 8.3, then look no further than Newegg. They have it on sale for $249 as part of their Cyber Monday celebration. It’s available in black or white, and you have to enter one of the promo codes below to get the full discount. If you want something a little less expensive, you can opt for the Dell Venue 8 for only $129. Again promo code is below. These deals are only for today, so hurry.
LG G Pad 8.3 – Black (promo code CYBERMND9)
LG G Pad 8.3 – White (promo code CYBERMND16)
Dell Venue 8 (promo code CYBERMND3)
It’s Cyber Monday, so get ready for some hot deals on your favorite technology. Amazon is kicking things off by discounting two of their most popular tablets by $50. The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ is going for $179 (regularly $229) and the Kindle Fire HD 16GB is only $119 (regularly $169). This is only for today, Cyber Monday, so don’t hesitate. Full presser and links after the break.