Asus already has three different versions of the ZenFone 3 planned in fast food-style denominations: vanilla, Deluxe, and Ultra. The Deluxe is the highest-specced version ("Ultra" is about a bigger screen, not better specs), as it's equipped with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 processor. Of course that's no longer the latest and greatest: Qualcomm announced the even faster Snapdragon 821 just yesterday. Not to be outdone, a new version of the ZF3 Deluxe has been announced via a Taiwanese press release. Read More
As part of Prime Day, NVIDIA is offering the Shield and Shield Pro on Amazon for $50 off their respective MSRPs, in addition to throwing in a free second gamepad (Shield's gamepad is, by the way, excellent). Normally, the cost of a Shield 16GB console with two gamepads would be $259 - today it's just $149. The 500GB Shield Pro with a second controller would normally be $359, but for Prime Day, it's $249. That's a heck of a deal, and while Shield promotions aren't exactly rare, they're usually either a flat discount or a free remote - this deal hasn't happened before, and offers the greatest net discount on the console and its accessories we've seen yet. Read More
Google announced today on the official Android blog that Project Fi's international data roaming speeds will be up to 10-20x faster than before. "Before" was previously advertised as around 256kbps, so this brings speeds up to or around 2560-5120kbps (2.5-5Mbps, basically), which is pretty much in line with what you can expect on 3G in most countries. This should take Fi's international data from "usable in a pinch" to "usable."
The same pricing applies as always: you pay for the data you use abroad at the same rate you'd pay for that data in the US. The new data speeds come courtesy of the addition of Three to the Fi network. Read More
Let's be real here—the HTC One M9 was not a good phone, but the HTC 10 is. The only problem is that it's very expensive at $700. Now, HTC is knocking $100 off the price through the end of July, but the deal is only valid through HTC's online store. This probably would have been a better starting price. Read More
Far be it from me to tell you what smartphone to own, but if you were looking at getting a Nexus device, I'm going to go on a limb and advise you to skip the Nexus 6 and 5X and even the 32GB Nexus 6P, and go straight to one of these 64GB or 128GB Nexus 6P deals on Amazon.
As part of its Prime Day Deal, Amazon is discounting these models of the Nexus 6P by 26%. If memory serves me right, the biggest discount we've seen on the Nexus 6P is $80 off plus a $50 gift card from B&H. Read More
In my opinion, the Huawei Watch is the best Android Wear watch available on the market now, and that hasn't changed in the many months since its introduction. While we're still waiting for the next generation of Wear devices to be released, prices on Huawei's beautiful watch have been dropping increasingly. And we might be seeing them at an all-time low today with Amazon's Prime Day Deals.
To cut to the chase, here are the models you can buy on a discount today:
The only model not being discounted is the rose gold stainless steel plated with brown leather strap. Read More
The 5.5-inch Huawei Honor 5X Marshmallow update is finally rolling out, solving one of the major issues we had with this device in our original review. With only 16GB of on-board storage (which we figured closer to 8GB after counting the OS and bloatware), Android 6.0 Marshmallow's SD card capabilities make this a much more attractive offering, especially considering the price! We saw the 5X on eBay for $159.99 back in March, but this is by far the best deal yet: $119.99 on Amazon for an unlocked device that will work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
Just to recap our initial thoughts:
A $200 smartphone with a fingerprint scanner, a decent camera, solid battery life, and LTE...
The Honor 8 is Huawei's newest offering announced yesterday from China. It seems to compete with Huawei's own recent flagship, the P9, on every dimension except two: build quality (glass back vs. unibody construction) and price (this one is about 30% cheaper). We covered the P9 back in April, and the Honor 8 really is almost identical as you can see from the specs:
| ||Honor 8||P9
|Processor||Kirin 950 (4 x Cortex A72 2.3GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)||Kirin 955 (4 x Cortex A72 2.5GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)
|Memory & Storage||3GB/32GB, 4GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB
|Screen||5.2" 1920x1080 LTPS LCD (423 PPI), 96% NTSC color reproduction
|Camera (rear)||12MP, F2.2, dual lens (1 B&W, 1 RGB)
|Camera (front)||8PM, F2.4
|SD Card||Hybrid microSD (dual nano SIM or nano + SD)
|Software||EMUI 4.1 on Android 6.0
|Measurements||145.5 x 71 x 7.44 mm, 153 g||145 x 70.9 x 7 mm, 144 g
|Build||"2.5D" glass front and back, metal frame||All metal unibody construction
|Colors||White, Gold, Black, Pink, Blue||White, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Gray
As far as I can tell, except for being ever so slightly slower, bulkier, and cheaper with the glass back, these two phones are almost identical. Read More
Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon 821 processor this morning, and with it there has been growing speculation about just which phones will be among the first to feature the new alleged king of the chipset hill. Based on information from multiple and reliable sources, we believe it is extremely likely both of Google's upcoming Nexus phones, Sailfish and Marlin, will be using the Snapdragon 821.
The chipset, internally known by its model designation MSM8996 Pro, is claimed to be up to 10% faster than the outgoing 820. Such a modest speed increase points to a less significant chip release for Qualcomm, one likely focusing on honing and optimizing overall performance and efficiency than in seeking to introduce new technologies. Read More
The Factory images and OTA ZIPs for July 2016 are now available for the full line of supported Nexus hardware (still waiting for the Pixel C). They're a little behind schedule this month, possibly because it was Independence Day in the United States on Monday, or possibly to leave time for some late-breaking security patches that may have been added in the eleventh hour. The Android Security Bulletin covers the list of vulnerabilities addressed with this set of updates, and for the first time it includes two separate lists: one dated July 1st and the other dated July 5th. Read More