In a bit of a change of pace as far as “leaks” go about new devices, this one comes to us courtesy a big box retailer. In this case, Best Buy has established the product page for the LG Spectrum 2 smartphone. It is not clear whether this is some mistake on the part of Best Buy or a sign that they are getting a jump on Verizon. The product page confirms many of the hardware specs we thought would be present in the LG Spectrum 2. These include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch, 1280×720 HD display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and 4G LTE capability. This is not surprising as the Spectrum 2 is mostly a rebadged LG Optimus LTE II. Read more
Last weekend we reported that Best Buy was gearing up to launch its in-house Insignia Flex Tablet with a 1GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. New information suggests that the world’s biggest retailer plans to launch the device for $239 to $259, slating the 9.7-inch tablet in between competitors like Amazon’s line of Kindle Fires, Google’s own Nexus 7 and Apple’s upcoming iPad mini.
Best Buy has used its Insignia brand to provide cheaper alternatives to customers looking for HDTVs, Blu-Ray players, speakers, as well as various other consumer electronics. Having been an owner of an Insignia television, I can’t necessarily vouch for its build quality, as it only lasted for a few months before completely self-destructing. However, that’s not to say that Best Buy hasn’t upped its efforts with the new tablet, but we won’t know until the device makes its debut on November 11th.
In an announcement made earlier today, Best Buy has revealed plans to launch its first in-house tablet. The company unveiled the Insignia Flex Tablet in a photo on its Facebook page, noting that the slate would launch with a a 9.7-inch display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next month.
Unfortunately, the big-box retailer failed to mention any specifics, including pricing or storage capacity. Although, considering it’s being branded as an Insignia product, it will most likely be marketed at the lower-budget tablet market. The device is set to launch November 11th in brick and mortar Best Buy stores across the globe.
Source: Insignia (Facebook)
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the hottest Android phone right now, and I know a lot you are looking to pick one up before the holidays. Well here’s your chance to grab a Black Friday like deal without dealing with the crowds. For one day, this Sunday, Best Buy will have the Galaxy S III on sale for $99. That’s this Sunday, October 14 and only that day. We actually could have posted this yesterday, but I was awaiting information from Best Buy PR as to which carriers and if upgrades were accepted. They told me that only the Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint version will be on sale and the good news is that upgrades are allowed as long as your are eligible and willing to sign the new 2-year agreement. I’m not sure why T-Mobile is left out of this one, but you can certainly head to your local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store this Sunday to see if this information is wrong. You will have your choice of Pebble Blue or Marble White. Unfortunately the AT&T Garnett Red is not included. Let us know if you pick one up.
A “supposed” snapshot photo of a Best Buy computer screen has implied that the retailer could start selling the unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy S III in stores. In the photo, the “model” is clearly shown as the I9300, which of course is the unlocked variant of the Galaxy S III. While I think it would be great if this were true, there’s several aspects of the photo that says otherwise. The “begin” date for the sale shows May 25th of this year, which of course has already passed. Also, in the “inventory” section everything is shown as “0”, even the “on order” is shown as 0, thus assuming that they’re not expecting any device units to be shipped to them.
Last but not least, the hefty price tag of $799.99 before taxes is far too steep when it’s cheaper on other online retailers. What do you guys think about this? Does this look valid or is it just “much ado about nothing?”
source: Android Central
Here at TalkAndroid we’re counting down the days until we can get our hands on the Nexus 7 and the Jelly Bean goodness that comes with it. With around a week to go before the world can grab the latest and greatest Android tablet direct from Google’s Play Store, a number of high street retailers will also be joining the party. Best Buy, Future Shop and Staples have all added pre-order pages to their respective websites. Curiously only the 16GB variation is available at this time and it remains to be seen as to whether or not the 8GB model will make a belated appearance. At $259.99 the price is identical to the price you pay if you buy direct from Google however it doesn’t appear that you’ll get your hands on that $25 Google Play credit sweetener. If you’re itching with anticipation then you might want to order from Staples who claim stock will arrive on July 14th. Both Best Buy and Future Shops list August 10th for stock.
Have you got your pre-order in already? Will you be going direct through Google? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Best Buy has discounted T-Mobile’s HTC One S to $99.99 for new and upgrade-eligible accounts. How long do you have to jump on this deal? All we know is it’s available at this price “for a limited time” so if you want a piece of the action, you should act soon. Most Best Buy locations don’t carry T-Mobile devices so this will mostly be an online affair.
Hit the source link to take advantage of this deal now.
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While we are still waiting for a firm date as to just when you can expect to take delivery of a Galaxy S III in the US, Best Buy have given us some hope that it will be before the month is out.
Customers who pre-ordered the device from Best Buy have been furnished with a sales agreement suggesting that the device should be in stores from June 28th. One such customer took the time to scan the document and send it on the team over at Droid Life who shared it with the rest of the tech world.
It’s worth baring in mind that Best Buy have a real hit and miss track record when it comes to launch dates so I’d suggest holding fire before booking that Thursday off work to hit the shops. That said, stranger things have happened so keep your fingers crossed.
Source: Droid Life
Now that we know that all five of the major U.S. carriers are getting the Galaxy S III, I can only imagine a large sum of you are just dying to get your hands on one. With as much demand as there will be for the device, it would behoove you to get your pre-order in a as soon as possible to help fend off any possible delays from getting your precious new toy. For those of you who have been throwing money at your computer screen we’ve got one better for you. Best Buy today started taking pre-orders for the GSIII as offered from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. That’s right, you can walk into a Best Buy store right now and claim one for your very own. As it stands right now, you are going to have to go into an actual brick and mortar store to place your pre-order, no sign of online pre-orders as of yet.
So those of you that are still with us, who’s getting one and from which carrier?
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Surprise surprise. I knew it the moment we posted it. It simply had “garbage news” written all over it. To recap, the U.S. Customs is preventing shipments of both the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE and the AT&T One X from arriving at their respective destinations. The result forced Sprint to cancel today’s anticipated launch with no timetable on when we can get our hands on the next EVO.
Supposedly Best Buy had the inside track with a “new and improved” release date of May 23. Folks, until you see news that the U.S. Customs has released the shipments, don’t believe any release dates. Sprint can’t schedule the release date until the product is released because they have no way of knowing how long this will take. We hope it will be sooner rather than later, but do you think Apple won’t try to drag this as long as they can? Anyways, Best Buy is now sending out the above email to customers, correcting their snafu.