It appears the Amazon smartphone is getting closer and closer to reality. We now have the best picture yet of the device, which means it will probably be announced within the next month or so. From the picture obtained by BGR, the phone appears to have influences from the iPhone and Samsung. That home button has Samsung written all over it. Both the power button and volume rocker are on the left side, which is unusual, but not a big deal.
The phone is expected to sport a 4.7-inch 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and six cameras to support its 3D capabilities. Amazon also might offer their own data service through AT&T called Amazon Prime Data.
Is anyone looking forward to this phone? It’s definitely intriguing, but will it set the world on fire? No pun intended.
This one is a little tricky, so listen up. Motorola’s Moto X is getting a price drop through two different locations. The first is from Motorola’s very own store and it only applies to one model. The Moto X for Republic Wireless can be customized through Moto Maker and the total cost comes in at $349. Whether or not this is permanent, we will will have to wait and see.
The other option is with Amazon. You can get the GSM model of the Moto X for $349 as well. This means for $349, you can take it to any GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile.
Unfortunately, it does not seem as if Verizon or Sprint models are involved in any deals. But if you have an education email address, ending in “.edu,” Moto Maker has the Moto X available for $339. So there is a way to take advantage of some sort of Moto X deal regardless of your carrier.
Source: Amazon, Motorola
Here is an intriguing option for MetroPCS customers. Today, the carrier has announced it will begin selling the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The device does carry a rather hefty price tag, though, when buying through MetroPCS. To go with plans starting at $40, MetroPCS is selling the Galaxy S 5 for $649 plus tax. But then again, it does cost that much just about everywhere else without a two-year contract.
Everyone is waiting for Amazon to finally release its smartphone, Project Aria. As recent as last month, there were reports that the device is coming this year. And now a report out of The Wall Street Journal says that Amazon’s smartphone will be revealed in June. And shortly after in September, it will be ready for consumers. It has been reported that Amazon has let developers in San Francisco and its hometown Seattle test prototypes over the course of the last few weeks.
LG devices have not been afraid to pose for the camera lately. This time around is the LG L70. On Twitter, @evleaks posted the image above of LG’s little device. This one is for MetroPCS. On the back, carrier branding is nothing intrusive. The front is very calm as well.
LG L70 specifications:
- 4.5-inch IPS Display (800 x 400)
- 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor with 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of memory
- 8MP or 5MP rear camera
- Front facing camera (depending on market)
- 2,100mAh removable battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- G (HSPA+21Mbps)
Samsung has started opening dedicated retail space today in locations throughout the U.K. Similar to Apple stores, the locations give consumers the ability to get some hands on time with a wide variety of Samsung devices. In a special treat, Samsung is making the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Samsung Gear devices available in the new “Samsung Experience” stores before the official launch on Friday. The stores are actually being operated by Carphone Warehouse, a Samsung partner in the U.K. Locations include London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bradford, Bristol, Manchester, Bournemouth and Cardiff.
Not able to take advantage of Verizon’s BOGO offer for the Samsung Galaxy S 5? Target is running a deal of their own. If you bring a qualifying device in for a trade, Target will sell you Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for just $100 with a new two-year contract. The carriers eligible with Target’s deal are Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
The deal runs from April 11 through April 19, so check the source link below to see if your current device is eligible for a trade in. The whole process can be done online or in a Target store.
Samsung’s newest wearables are now up for pre-order through Amazon. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches along with the Gear Fit smartband can all be pre-ordered today. The Gear 2 costs $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit both carry a $199 price tag.
Hit one of the source links below to pre-order yours.
Source: Amazon [Gear 2] [Gear 2 Neo] [Gear Fit]
Need a good reason to get your hands on the new HTC One (M8)? Best Buy is offering deals for both this year’s new model and last year’s One (M7). For last year’s device, the HTC One (M7) is available for just $1.00 with any carrier at Best Buy. But for this year’s HTC One (M8), Verizon’s variant is the only one that looks like it has received a discount. If buying the Verizon variant, it will cost $149.99; however, additional carriers may be added to the deal at some point.
Be sure to give our HTC One (M8) guides a look.
Source: Best Buy (M8), (M7)
After months and months of rumors, Amazon finally took the wraps off of their Fire TV set-top box. As one would expect, it’s a Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV competitor, but priced at $99, will it be compelling enough?
Fire TV is based on Android and will include a number of apps. The top of the list is Amazon Instant Video, which will probably never ever be officially available to the Chromecast. It will also offer a slew of other apps, most of them coming soon. These include Pandora, MLB.tv, NBA, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and Crackle. The interface seems basic enough. The home screen shows your watchlist, movies, and TV shows along with search. It can also predict what you want to watch and an ASAP feature will start playing your selection instantly once you click on the Play button.