Samsung intros the affordable Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 (2018) in the US

Samsung has just announced the Galaxy J3 and J7 (2018) will be available for purchase in the United States through select retailers and carriers starting in early June. Both affordable smartphones come with Samsung Knox on board for extra protection, as well as direct access to Samsung’s Customer Care service.

The South Korean company hasn’t yet revealed any info on prices and availability, but carriers and retailers in the country are supposed to make their own announcements before the smartphones go on sale.

The Galaxy J3 (2018) comes with a 5-inch HD (720p) …


Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

One of China’s biggest smartphone makers, Xiaomi, today unveiled its latest flagship lineup to commemorate its 8th-year anniversary. Consisting of the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, it’s quite an adequate answer to all the iPhone X, LG G7, Huawei P20, and OnePlus 6 devices of the world.

Xiaomi Mi 8

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is almost a carbon copy of the iPhone X with its mostly glass body, vertical dual camera, and wide notch which houses a slew of sensors, the front-facing camera, and the earpiece. Aside from a notch, the phone …

Qualcomm brings high-end features to more affordable phones with the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform

Late Wednesday, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform. The first chipset in the Snapdragon 700 tier, the SoC is built using the 10nm process and includes a multi-core AI engine and neural network processing. The Snapdragon 710 allows more affordable handsets to offer features that up to now, were seen only on pricey flagship phones. Compared to the Snapdragon 660 chipset, the new chip provides twice the improvement in AI applications.

The octa-core CPU is made up of two high performance custom Kryo 360 cores running at 2.2GHz …

OnePlus 6 hands-on: the affordable flagship returns

Four years, that time certainly doesn’t seem all too long ago when you think about it. For Chinese smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, it undoubtedly feels substantially longer when you think about the amount of flagship smartphones the company has produced during the company’s history. It was just back in 2014 when we all feasted our eyes on the so-called flagship killer, the OnePlus One, which was only the start of a storied history.

And now, the company that continues to follow its strategy of never settling, is about to unleash its latest flagship model – the OnePlus 6. During …

Affordable LG K30 goes on sale at T-Mobile for $225 outright

As expected, US carrier T-Mobile has just added the entry-level LG K30 to its portfolio. Although we assumed the smartphone will go on sale for under $200, it appears that T-Mobile and LG decided otherwise.

If you want to buy this affordable smartphone, you’ll have to come up with $225. There’s also the option to purchase the LG K30 for no upfront payment and $9 per month for 24 months.

In case you didn’t read our previous report, the K30 ships with Android 7.1 Nougat on board and, surprisingly, comes with fast charging capability.

Also, the smartphone has a 5.3-inch HD (720p) …

Affordable LG Stylo 4 leaks in official render, stylus and all

It looks like Cricket Wireless is about to launch yet another affordable Android smartphone, the LG Stylo 4. Some of you might be familiar with the name since this is the sequel to the LG Stylo 3, which made its debut in the United States about one year ago.

The first press render of the Stylo 4 shows a good-looking smartphone that lacks a home button but has thin bezels. The main characteristic of the Stylo lineup – the stylus isn’t visible in the picture, but you can be sure there’s one included.

No details about the phone’s specs have been leaked until now, but we expect the LG …

Moto G6 Plus, G6 & G6 Play are now official: Affordable entry-level troopers

With the hopes of continuing its strong presence in the entry-level segment of the market, Motorola today announces meaningful refreshments to its G- and E-series.

The new G6 Plus, G6 and G6 Play, just like their predecessors, are looking to deliver great value for the money. Of the three, the G6 Plus is positioned as the most powerful handset, while the G6 Play is the most affordable one.

Design-wise, the phones are mostly similar in terms of aesthetics and feature a gradual, meaningful evolution over the G5 and G5 Plus. We get smaller bezels, a trendy tall device footprint thanks …

The affordable champions are back: meet the Moto E5 Plus, E5, and E5 Play

The Motorola Moto G series are usually often mentioned in conversations about no-nonsense midrangers that balance affordability with performance well. However, it’s not the cheapest line Moto has in store. That would be the Moto E family — the most basic Motorola phones that still have a distinct Moto flavor to them, plus a special feature or two to set them apart.

The new members of the Moto E line are the Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 and Moto E5 Play. Of the three, the Moto E5 Plus is the highest end proposition, followed by the E5 and E5 Play, the latter being the cheapest one.

Design …

The Bluboo S3 is a very affordable midranger with an insanely large battery

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Bluboo is one of those China-based manufacturers that produce smartphones with looks and hardware specs well beyond what their price-tag suggests. The latest offer here is the Bluboo S3, which is currently on sale for $149.99. And, for that amount of money, it looks like it could be a real bargain. Let’s explore it further!

The Bluboo S3 rocks …

Casio WSD-F20A is a new Wear OS watch that's (somewhat) affordable

Casio today announced a brand new smartwatch that’s a bit more affordable than the company’s recent offerings in this class. Called WSD-F20A, the new watch is part of Casio’s Pro Trek series, thus being made for outdoor enthusiasts. 
Running Google’s Wear OS, the Casio WSD-F20A features built-in GPS and full color maps that can be used offline. The watch sports a 1.32-inch display with 320 x 300 pixels, and comes with various features that help in outdoor and water activities – including digital compass, barometer, altimeter, and activity tracker. 
According …