As far as budget friendly smartphone options are concerned, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus that Motorola had released last year were considered by many as one of the most impressive. This is one of the reasons why there is some excitement brewing for this year’s two upgraded versions -- the Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus.
Google has very recently revealed that the Android One powered edition of Motorola’s newest smartphone, the Moto X4, is now made available for preordering from the official website of its Project Fi wireless service. For those not familiar with Android One, it is essentially a super basic version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system, which means it does not come with the usual bloatware added not only by phone makers but also by mobile operators.
What we know (almost for sure) is that on October 4th, Google is very, very likely to unveil new generation Pixel devices, which should neatly expand upon the Pixel and the Pixel XL released last year. Google has appeared to have launched a marketing campaign, by way of a landing page with the text “Thinking about changing phones? Stay tuned for more on October 4.” Obviously, Google would not want to reveal everything until the official unveiling event.
It very much appears that Google is planning to unveil the follow up to last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th. The tech giant seems to have introduced a new marketing campaign, and it has even gone as far as setting up a landing page with the text “Thinking about changing phones? Stay tuned for more on October 4.” Apart from the simple text, the landing page also invites people to provide their email address so as to be notified with regards to any future updates.
The Essential Phone can now be purchased from Sprint outlets across the United States. Soon after the device was first unveiled by Andy Rubin’s startup firm Essential Products back in May earlier this year, Sprint had acquired the exclusive carrier rights to sell the handset (at least in America; in Canada, that honor goes to Telus). Sprint is selling the Essential Phone for $14.58 per month, with zero down payment, over a period of 18 months.
Samsung has recently revealed that the preorder numbers of its latest phablet device, the Galaxy Note 8, in the United States mobile market has managed to beat that of any previous Galaxy Note handset release. Moreover, the newest addition to the South Korean tech giant’s Galaxy Note lineup of smartphones has done this even with a higher starting price ($930).
Not content with officially announcing ing its newest flagship phablet offering, the Galaxy Note 8, around a couple of weeks ago, Samsung has also taken the opportunity to debut the Galaxy J7 Plus, albeit in Thailand for now. Basically, the new Galaxy J7 Plus comes with a dual camera configuration (which makes it the second Galaxy model to sport twin cameras on the rear side), a 5.5 inch display screen, and a price of about $390.
During this year’s IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) trade show being held in the city of Berlin in Germany, Alcatel (which is owned by TCL) took the opportunity to debut no less than four new Android powered smartphone devices, namely the Idol 5S, the Idol 5, the A7 XL, and the A7. American mobile users may already be familiar with the Idol 5S -- Alcatel, after all, first released the device in the United States back in June earlier this year. Just to be clear about everything, the Idol 5S being launched in IFA 2017 is the European edition.
Not too long ago, there were only a trio of smartphone devices that come with support for Netflix’s HDR streaming feature -- namely LG’s G6 and V30 flagship handsets, as well as Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium.
Sony has taken the opportunity to formally introduce a couple of new additions to its expanding XZ lineup of smartphones -- the Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact. The latest from the Japanese phone maker should basically serve as upgraded versions of last year’s Xperia XZ and XZ Compact.
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