We've heard a lot of back and forth about the Snapdragon 810, the first high-end 64-bit ARM processor from Qualcomm. First there were rumors that overheating caused Samsung to drop the chip from its Galaxy S6, then LG said the 810 was fine in the G Flex 2. Now, however, Qualcomm says the 810 will not be powering "a large customer's flagship device" this year. That almost certainly means Samsung.
Motorola's super-cheap Moto E was a crowd favorite in the sub-$150 smartphone segment last year, so it'd only make sense that the company is working on a sequel. Here, we think we have it caught in the press-shot flesh - mostly because we're not sure what else it could be.
This isn't a Moto G, as it lacks a second speaker grille on the front, and the proportions are all weird in terms of the screen:body ratio. Read More
Evan Blass, better known around these parts as the well-regarded leaker @evleaks, has taken to Twitter (despite being retired) with a leaked thumbnail of what may be renders of the upcoming HTC One M9. We've seen purported images of HTC's next flagship surface already, but word on the street says these were dummy shells the manufacturer produced while developing the device (here's what Blass himself has to say on the matter). Read More
ZTE has announced the Blade S6, a mid-range handset boasting a 5-inch screen and a physical design that, while hardly original, still looks slick. The 4G LTE-enabled device should handle lightweight use just fine thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and Adreno 405 GPU. With Android 5.0, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear-facing camera (5MP on the front), it's packing enough to hopefully keep buyers happy, especially considering its $249.99 price tag. Read More
The Nexus 6 is a very expensive phone compared to the last few Nexus devices. However, it also makes fewer compromises. If you are close to pulling the trigger now that supply is starting to (kind of) catch up with demand, T-Mobile has a deal going that might push you over the edge—it's brought back the $48 discount code for both storage options.
Sony has been releasing new flagship smartphones every 6-8 months recently, but that comes at a cost. Now the Nikkei business daily says Sony is planning to scale back its workforce. After cutting 1000 employees in October, Sony is expected to announce a new round of 1000 job cuts in the smartphone division to be completed by March of next year.
Samsung's Pro series tablets are getting a little long in the tooth these days, but it's hard to pass on the deal being offered at Groupon today. You can get a refurbished Tab Pro for as little as $174.99, but you have mere hours to decide.
The G3 may be LG's favorite child at the moment, but the G2 remains a compelling piece of hardware. Anyone in the market for one would do well to take a glance over at eBay, where unlocked AT&T models with 32GB of storage are going for $209.99 with free shipping, and the only people who have to pay taxes are those living in California. These are new units discounted to a lower price than refurbished ones went for back in August. Read More
T-Mobile bought up some spectrum licenses in the 700MHz block A space in 2013, and has started upgrading its towers just recently to take advantage of it. However, there are only a few devices available that can connect to Tmo's 700MHz (band 12) network. That's about to change, according to an updated webpage on T-Mobile's site. The Nexus 6, Sony Xperia Z3, and other phones will be getting an update to add support soon. Read More
Update: After posting this, we heard from employees who work for authorized retailers, as well as customers who verified that this was not a freak thing. These Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE models for Verizon were, in-fact, sold in very limited quantities.
From the evidence available, it seems that some indirect, non-corporate retailers received stock around the 2014 holiday season and were almost always selling the tablets for $99 on contract. Read More