Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact now costs $505 (or $549 with a $50 Best Buy gift card included)


About a month after making its US debut, the Sony Xperia XZ1
Compact – one of the world’s first smartphones to run Android 8 Oreo out of the
box – is now almost $100 cheaper.

 

Amazon is currently offering the Xperia XZ1 Compact starting
at $504.99 – $95 off the phone’s launch price ($599.99). Only the black version
of the XZ1 Compact is available for $504.99, while the other three color
verstions – pink, blue, silver – cost $549.99.

 

Best Buy is discounting the Xperia XZ1 Compact, too, selling
the phone for $549.99, regardless of color. Best Buy is throwing in a $50 gift
card …


Someone made an Android phone the size of a credit card and it costs less than $100

Despite the fact that phablets have become the standard in the smartphone industry these days, some people don’t like their smartphones to be very large. Luckily, there are still plenty of average-sized smartphones out there, although when it comes to flagships the offer is kind of limited.

Even though there are a plethora of average-sized handsets available on the market, we can’t say the same thing about small smartphones. And when we say small, we mean credit card-sized small.

A Japanese company unveiled its rather niche product (hence the name) called …

The reason for Apple's record profit forecast? Apparently, the iPhone X costs $358 to make

“We expect revenue to be between $84 billion and $87 billion.” This simple sentence mentioned on the fly by CEO Tim Cook during a conference call with investors discussing Apple’s current quarter forecast, have sent the stock on an upward trajectory since Friday, the day the iPhone X was released. If this revenue number pans out, and Apple is usually conservative with estimates, this will mark the most bountiful quarter for any company… in history.

Given the rumors that the iPhone 8 lags in sales compared to the iPhone 7, and is even overcome by the iPhone 8 …

T-Mobile's new Unlimited Talk and Text plan comes with no data and costs $25 a month

So let’s say that for some reason you need a voice and text plan, but no data. Perhaps you use a second phone just for calls and texts. Maybe you have a grandparent on your plan who thinks that live operators are handling Google search requests. Even better, you might have a Wi-Fi connection that you can use for data, which means that you won’t have to shell out for wireless internet connectivity. For you, T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Talk and Text plan is available starting today. 

The price of T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Talk and Text plan is only $25 a month including all taxes and fees. …

Deal: Unlocked Moto G4 16GB costs just $110 (40% off)

The Moto G4 is one of the smartphones that Motorola will not upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. However, the one-year-old smartphone will continue to receive security patches at least until the end of 2018.

The Nougat-powered Moto G4 is once again on sale in the United States for the lower price to date. For a limited time, B&H offers the smartphone for just $110, which is about 40% less than the phone’s usual retail price.

More importantly, B&H sells the unlocked version of the Moto G4, which is fully compatible with GSM and select CDMA carriers in the …

Would you rather get rid of glass backs, even if it costs wireless charging?

Over the past few years, wireless charging has been all the craze in the smartphone world. Most major manufacturers have steadily been moving towards making the feature a standard and are working on making it work faster.

But since the current version of wireless charging — that’s inductive charging — doesn’t work then the phone’s exterior is pure metal, manufacturers have turned to glass backs.

And glass looks nice, sure — it’s shiny, it’s cool to the touch, it just reeks of “premium”. But it’s also a magnet for fingerprint grease and feels particularly …

Shortages of all-screen displays likely to increase smartphone manufacturing costs in 2018

Bezel-less smartphones have already become a trend in the industry. Few major smartphone brands have yet to launch an almost bezel-less handset, but come 2018 those few will probably embrace the new trend as well.

Unless there won’t be enough all-screen displays that these smartphones require. In fact, there’s currently a shortage of smartphone panels, which is expected to continue into 2018. The main cause is the strong demand for “customized all-screen panels” and not enough manufacturers to fulfill it.

Apparently, the all-screen panel size requirements …

Twitter Lite app is made for countries where connectivity costs a fortune or is hard to find

Twitter is testing a new “lite” version of its Android app. This is an app version of a mobile web site it launched earlier this year called, quite appropriately, Twitter Lite. It requires less mobile data to work. The idea is to allow mobile users to employ Twitter in emerging markets where data is expensive or hard to find. The app has been added to the Google Play Store, but only in the Philippines where mobile data is expensive and slow.

Identical to the mobile web version of Twitter Lite, the app is an “experiment” according to Twitter, and the company is considering bringing the app …

Deal: Unlocked Moto E4 Plus costs just $145 (20% off) on Amazon

The Moto E4 Plus hit the shelves in the United States about a month ago, but the entry-level smartphone is already on sale. The 4th generation Moto E Plus usually sells for $180 outright, but Amazon has decided to discount it by 20%.

The unlocked Moto E4 Plus is available for purchase on Amazon for just $145. The best thing about this deal is the fact that the smartphone works on just about all major carriers in the US, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

It’s also worth mentioning Amazon has only slashed the price of the standard version …

This super cool leather Apple Watch band costs just $18, 8x cheaper than an Apple Leather band

The Apple Watch is clearly the most popular smartwatch out there, but when you start shopping for bands you will quickly realize that it’s also very expensive. An Apple-made leather band costs a whopping $150, be it the leather loop or the modern buckle variation.
But worry not: we have just stumbled upon a leather band of high quality, a vintage brown look and an even better price of just $18.
The Benuo leather band for the Apple Watch features a top grain leather surface, with soft microfiber lining and handmade …