Monthly Archives: February 2016

T-Mobile Galaxy S7/S7 edge pre-orders shipping already

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While Samsung’s newest flagships – the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge – are officially scheduled to go on sale starting March 11, looks like a few lucky people in the US will have their pre-orders delivered before that date.

One of the country’s “big four” carriers, T-Mobile, has already started shipping the pre-orders – many of those who pre-ordered the device(s) are getting their shipment notifications. Last year too, a few lucky ones got their T-Mobile Galaxy S6 pre-orders delivered before time.

In case you missed, the South Korean company’s mobile chief Koh Dong-jin recently revealedthat the Galaxy S7 flagship will be available in 60 countries in the first wave of its global launch.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 now available for less than $30 in US

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The Microsoft Lumia 640 has received yet another price cut in the United States, where retailers including Best Buy and Walmart are now selling the device for $29.99. The model on offer (color option: black) is available via AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid service.

A quick look at the Microsoft’s US Store website reveals that the Redmond, Washington-based company is offering the black-colored AT&T variant for $29, but sadly the handset is currently out of stock. If you recall, an official price cut earlier this month saw the device coming down to $49.

For those who aren’t already aware, the phone is in the list of Lumia devices that are set to receive the Windows 10 Mobile update – in fact, T-Mobile Poland already started rolling outthe update to Lumia 640 units on its network last month.

Source (Best Buy) | Walmart | Windows US Store

Microsoft Band 2 receives an official price cut, now available for $175

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If you recall, Microsoft was offering a $50 discount on its Band 2 fitness wearable until February 20. However, if for some reason you failed to take advantage of that promo, here’s a new deal: the device is now officially available for $174.99.

Yes, the new deal is an even better one, as the total discount in this case comes out to be $75 – Microsoft usually sells the wearable for $249.99. The promo runs through March 26 9pm PST, and is available for purchases made through online as well as retail Microsoft stores in the US.

Aside from Microsoft, third party retailer Best Buy also has the device listed for $174.99.

Source (Microsoft US) | Best Buy

Teaser confirms camera-centric Oppo R9

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Oppo has released a new teaser that confirms the existence of the rumored R9 smartphone. It seems to be a camera-centric device given that the Chinese text in the teaser translates as “This time, it is worth and other ‘9’ point. #OPPO New camera phone R9 #.”

Sadly nothing else was revealed, but given that the Chinese company has finally confirmed the handset, we expect to see more teasers and leaks in the coming days. A leak last year suggested that the device looks almost identical to the iPhone 6s Plus.

Specs-wise, from what all has been rumored until now, the Oppo R9 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and sport a 6-inch (1440 x 2560 pixel resolution) display. It will come with 3GB or 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable internal memory.

In terms of camera, the handset will feature 21MP rear unit and a 13MP front shooter. Packing in a 3,700 mAh battery, the R9 will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 scores over 14 million registrations for its first sale

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Xiaomi announced its newest flagship – the Mi 5 – at MWC last week. The device is all set to go on sale in China starting March 1 – tomorrow. In case you’re wondering how many people have registered for tomorrow’s sale, the figure stands at over 14 million. This was revealed by the Chinese company itself.

That’s quite impressive, and is even said to be a new record for the company as the milestone was achieved in less than a week after the $300 handset was unveiled.

As for the sale, it begins 10AM China time, and will see the company offering only the white color variants of the 3GB/32GB and 3GB/64GB models. There’s currently no word on when other versions, including the higher-end ceramic back variant will be available for purchase.

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WhatsApp ending BlackBerry and Nokia support

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WhatsApp recommends upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.

 

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“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use,” said WhatsApp.

By the end of 2016, it will end support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” said WhatsApp.

If you use one of these affected mobile devices, WhatsApp recommends upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.

Makro South Africa launches leap year sale with big tech discounts

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Makro has unveiled its leap year specials, offering big discounts for one day only.

 

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Makro’s leap year sale discounts are available in-store during normal trading hours, and online until 23:59 on 29 February.

Some of the standout tech deals include a 17% discount on a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, and an 18% discount on a 49-inch smart UHD TV from LG.

Makro is also offering a 25% discount on the Apple 13.3 inch MacBook Air Core i5 Notebook, and a 28% price cut on the Samsung 27-inch Curved LED Monitor.

The full list of Makro One Giant Leap Sale items are available here: Makro leap year sale

Leap Year Sale – Tech Deals

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