Part of what makes Motorola’s Moto Z line of smartphones so cool are the Mods, and recently, the phone maker has decided to unveil a couple of new additions to the magnetic modules. Meet the new 3,000 mAh Mophie JuicePack, which comes with a USB Type C port for independent charging, priced at $80, and a car dock (made in collaboration with Incipio) that allows users to charge their Moto Z handsets and at the same time open mobile apps (sort of like Google’s Android Auto).
Back in September earlier this year just days before Apple was about to officially launch its newest iPhone models (the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus), the tech giant revealed that the jet black colored editions of the iPhone 7 had sold out.
During its Capital Markets Day earlier this month, Nokia confirmed that, yes, it will be returning to releasing smartphone devices beginning next year. A few industry watchers are even starting to predict that the Finnish company will making full use of an appearance in the 2017 Mobile World Congress (to be held either in late February or early March) in order to officially announce its newest smartphone offerings.
Yikes. Apple has disclosed that there is a defect in the batteries of certain iPhone 6s units that causes them to shut down all of a sudden. According to the tech giant, the likely affected devices are those iPhone 6s units manufactured between September and October of last year.
This year, it appears that mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless is not too keen on Black Friday. Instead, the carrier will be unleashing Taco Tuesday, which will see the MVNO offer a range of special deals November 29th (the Tuesday right after Black Friday, hence the name). It might turn out to be a wise decision, especially for somebody like Republic Wireless, who might be better off choosing its battles carefully.
Its fiercest rival has already done it, so Samsung might as well give it a shot. The South Korean phone maker’s upcoming flagship device for next year is the highly awaited Galaxy S8, and according to a report published by Korean news website The Investor, the device could feature a pressure sensitive display screen, the same way that Apple’s recent iPhone models have 3D Touch technology.
HTC has joined forces with major US wireless carrier Sprint in releasing its newest high end smartphone offering, the Bolt. At a price of $599 (or $25 a month over a period of a couple of years), the HTC Bolt is actually being offered as a Sprint exclusive, and will be arriving in the carrier’s outlets starting this weekend.
Strictly speaking, there is still over a couple of weeks to go before Black Friday arrives, but HTC has decided to launch its special offers early. This is clearly an effort by the Taiwanese phone maker to get a jump on the competition, and in the process, further fuel the excitement of consumers who can not wait for Thanksgiving weekend to start.
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