You and your wallet may have barely recovered from Amazon Prime Day, but what you really need is another healthy dose of consumerism. Thankfully, it's Black Friday today, which has crept up on us with all the stealthiness of an elephant in a mouse costume. Assuming you haven't already had enough, you can spend yourself silly with some of the deals below, representing the best of what we've been able to find for our UK readers.
OnePlus isn't just stopping at a Cyberpunk-themed phone. According to a recent leak from @StationChat, the long-rumored OnePlus watch will also offer a Cyberpunk 2077 edition. But according to reliable OnePlus leaker Max Jambor, the OnePlus Watch won't run WearOS.
I've always been really interested in fun products — even if the product isn't remotely practical or "good" in the traditional sense. Sometimes a truly bleeding-edge device can give us a glimpse of the future, regardless of its flaws. That's what made me interested in the new Bose Frames when they were released a few weeks ago.
The idea of Bose Frames is to combine sunglasses and earbuds into one product by putting directional speakers in the temple of the shades right above the ear. They are the most unusual audio gimmick I've seen in a long time, and the interesting design and genuine enjoyment I get from this product makes it hard to regret my purchase.
OnePlus has been managing a series of crises in recent times — it has split from Carl Pei, arguably its most influential co-founder, and is facing stiff, price-competitive adversaries against its newest flagship devices. Now, we can add another one to the pile: the OnePlus Watch.
In the era before modern smartwatches, Fitbit's name became synonymous with wearable fitness trackers. Full-fledged smartwatches have become the norm as consumers have demanded more and more from wearables, and Fitbit stepped in with the Ionic and Versa smartwatches a few years ago. I had high hopes that Fitbit would continue to improve and provide Android users a viable alternative to the increasingly frustrating Wear OS experience, but the Sense has some of the same shortcomings and bugs I remember from the Ionic. The Sense also has its own raft of new glitches that I find equally annoying. At the same time, Fitbit promises this watch can do so many things!
If you're on the market for a smartwatch and WearOS isn't your thing, Samsung's timekeepers are a good option. Sadly, the brand's Galaxy Watch 3 cost a whopping $400 when it came out, which was a bit too pricey compared to the competition. Thankfully, it's now selling for $70 off on eBay, making the purchase a bit easier on your wallet.
Xiaomi's Mi Band series has won fans by offering a lot of fitness features for not a lot of money. That formula isn't changing with the latest entry, the Mi Band 5. It looks almost identical to its predecessors but makes some notable improvements: There's finally magnetic charging so you don't have to pry the device out of the band anymore, the screen is a little bigger, and the tracking is a bit more accurate.
The Mi Band 5 might not compete with high-end trackers and smartwatches from Garmin or Fitbit, but it doesn’t have to.
Samsung already spent enough time talking about $400 smartwatches, $650 tablets, $1,300 slabs last month. Just yesterday, it brought out another $2,000 folding phablet. But the company knows that top-line items a good holiday season does not make. So, we're now looking at the Galaxy Fit2, Galaxy Tab A7, and Galaxy A42 5G — functional pieces of tech for less cash.
OnePlus has grown popular by making affordable phones and has more recently started designing accessories, such as its $80 buds. The company is reportedly continuing to work on releasing more than just handsets, as a new listing has appeared referring to a product called the OnePlus Watch.
Singapore's IMDA regulatory body lists a device called the OnePlus Watch on its Telecoms Licensing System, which doesn't reveal much, besides the model number being W301GB. Despite the lack of information, it's likely for the smartwatch to run Google's Wear OS and be powered by Snapdragon's new Wear 4100 SoC. In fact, the new chip and Google's upcoming Wear OS update might have convinced the OnePlus team the platform was mature enough for them to launch a smartwatch.