Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.” » Read the rest
For those wondering when the LG G Pad 8.3 was going to be available in the U.S., look no further. It’s been roughly about a month since its announcement at IFA in Berlin and we’ve seen hints of the device here and there since, but LG is now making the U.S. release official. As you can tell, the device is sporting an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display and will be available at your local Best Buy beginning November 3rd for in store purchase. However, if you want to jump the gun and get one now you can head over to Best Buy’s website and grab yours in either white or black for $350. Hit the break for the rest of the specs, pics and PR info and feel free to leave your comments about the tab in the comments section below.
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Processor: 1.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 Display: 8.3-inch, Full HD IPS (1920×1200 pixels/273 ppi) Memory: 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC ROM; microSD Slot up to 64 GB Camera: 5MP AF BSI Battery: 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm Weight: 338g
It wouldn’t have been hard to guess, but a photo of a new Google display at a Best Buy has been confirmed to be for the upcoming Nexus 5 phone. More and more leaks of both the phone itself and advertising information have been coming out over the past few days, leading up to the inevitable release of the device, which will take place very soon.
Motorola may now have even more places to distribute the Moto X. According to Phone Arena, Motorola is shipping displays to Best Buy stores across the country to promote the use of MotoMaker. The displays should start appearing over the course of the next several weeks. Upon customizing a Moto X at Best Buy, “customers will be able to buy the voucher for a Moto X and complete their purchase on the MotoMaker website at home.” A benefit of having MotoMaker in Best Buy stores would be the amount of people coming into the store to look around, especially with the holiday season approaching.
The timing of the Best Buy displays could lead us to believe that Verizon will join MotoMaker in-store as well. Last week we learned that Verizon could receive MotoMaker on November 11. Until it becomes official, AT&T’s variant of Motorola’s flagship is the only one that can be customized at this time.
Were you waiting for the price of the Moto X to drop so that you could get it direct from your carrier? No need to wait any longer, as Best Buy currently has a deal for the phone, offering it for only $99.99 on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. It’s obviously still on-contract, but this deal will certainly save you some bucks if you were planning on getting the phone.
Korea Times is reporting that Samsung is “progressing in its talks with Best Buy”. What exactly those talks are is unknown, but there have been reports that Samsung might invest in Best Buy. Let’s not forget that Samsung is also planning on opening “Experience Shops” in over 1,400 stores. Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Kun-hee didn’t get to specific on what the topic was, “I recently met with senior executives at Best Buy and discussed pending business issues.’’
There is no question that the existence of Best Buy is crucial to Samsung’s success in the U.S. so they could also be exploring other opportunities to help the struggling retailer. ”Samsung has been considering increasing subsidies paid to Best Buy in a strategic move to help the retailer and also increase the exposure of its products,’’ said Kim Young-woo, an analyst at HMC Securities.
While Verizon’s LTE Nexus 7 is still awaiting certification, AT&T’s may be on its way. Retailer Best Buy has posted a listing on their website for the device and much like the LTE edition on Google Play, the Nexus 7 is priced at $349.99 for 32GB. Where things become interesting is under the device’s description. It reads “Tablet sold inactivated. Activation done in-store. Carriers Offered: AT&T.” As to when this LTE Nexus 7 could become available is unknown, but we’ll be sure to let you know.
According 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.
You have seen the leaked images and read the rumors about a blue HTC One coming to a store near you. HTC USA has made it official now, the Metallic Blue HTC One will be available starting this Sunday, September 15th, exclusively at more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores or online through BestBuy.com. Even better, the award-winning HTC One will be available with 4G LTE service from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The new Metallic Blue version of HTC’s flagship joins Silver, Black and Red as an available color option.
Verizon Wireless is going to look to mix it up a bit by adding a blue version to their current offering of HTC Ones. Pricing is still expected to be $199 on contract, and have the same specs as the regular model. The only catch is that this blue version may be a Best Buy exclusive, but nothing is confirmed yet.