The Essential Phone now has new (and more expensive) limited color editions

Essential just announced that it’s launching three new color versions of its very first smartphone – the Essential Phone. While we’ve already seen two of these colors (Stellar Gray and Ocean Depths), the third one – Copper Black – was never revealed before today.
All these are limited edition colors, only “a small batch of each” has been made, so they might not be available for long. Essential explains this by the fact that it’s difficult to develop custom colors for the ceramic back of its handset. 
Interestingly, …

Google adds more channels to YouTube TV, but service gets more expensive

YouTube TV is a relatively new service that’s been launched in some regions in the the United States. We’ve been reporting about YouTube TV since its launch and the service is now available in more than 40 markets in the US.

In order to benefit from YouTube TV, customers must pay a $35 monthly fee. Then, they will get access to live TV from major broadcast networks, popular cable networks, as well as premium networks. On top of that, the service enables subscribers to watch various shows from YouTube creators and YouTube Red Originals.

To make it easier for subscribers to watch their …

Phone shipments mark 'the biggest annual fall' on record, expensive flagships to blame

Buried in the latest industry reports that witnessed quite a few movers and shakers, is the fact that Q4 actually saw the largest quarterly drop on record in smartphone shipments. That’s right, research firm Strategy Analytics showed that shipments were 9% down in Q4 2017, compared to 2016, or “the biggest annual fall in smartphone history.”
The culprits? Longer upgrade cycles, particularly in China, due to midrangers becoming “good enough,” while average selling prices for flagships are getting ever higher with no “wow” factors attached to their ballooning costs. …

Galaxy S9 price and release date tipped for Korea, more expensive than the S8

Hot on the heels of the rumor that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be the most expensive duo in the history of the Galaxy S line now comes a report out of Samsung’s home country that reiterate that speculation, albeit for the home turf of South Korea. The two phones will be available on all three major carriers in Korea, but “although the domestic price of the Galaxy S9 will increase, it will be decided at a level where consumers do not feel burdened,” divulged a source from inside one of those carriers.

How much is that level, compared to the Galaxy S8 starting price in Korea? Well, …

Galaxy S9 and S9+ may be the most expensive Samsung S-line phones ever

Not that it comes as a huge surprise, given that we just had the most expensive year on record in terms of average smartphone prices, but a leaker with a good track record tips that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will fit comfortably into that trend, and become the most expensive phones in the history of Samsung’s flagship S-line. As you may recall, the Galaxy S7 started at $650, its successor Galaxy S8 at $750, and we shudder to think what this might mean for the Galaxy S9. 

Are we looking at an $800 starting price here? Please let Ricciolo be wrong, but, when it comes to pricing, …

New shot-on-iPhone short film Vortex shows you don't always need expensive cameras for great video

Shooting a cinematic video on just a phone is a bit of a cliche these days: we know that it’s possible and we know people do it more and more, but this latest one is worth sharing because it pushes the boundaries with shooting technique.
Vortex is a new, 1.5-minute short movie that is shot entirely on an iPhone with the help of some tools and with a lot of creativity, and it exemplifies novel camera movement that gives an exciting new perspective on New York City.

Watch a phone camera perform 360° barrel rolls!

The …

Huawei's ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design now on sale in China, more markets to follow

Looking to spend a hefty sum of money for a new smartphone? If that’s the case, we have good news for you. Huawei’s ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design is close to its international release. 
Today, the special edition handset officially went on sale in China, carrying a startling ¥8,999 (about $1,358) price tag. For comparison, the 256GB version of Apple’s new iPhone X costs $1,149, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 respectively stand at about $950 and $840.
As you might know, Huawei devices …

The OnePlus 5T will be more expensive than the OnePlus 5

Ever since the first rumors of a OnePlus 5T started circulating, a couple of questions have been on our minds — what kinds of hardware upgrades should we expect over the OnePlus 5 and are we going to see another price hike?

The OG OnePlus One launched with a $299 price tag, but every consecutive model has seen a small increase in cost. That’s how we ended up with a $479 price for the OnePlus 5, which, to be fair, is still an amazing deal, considering the current climate in the smartphone world.

Last year’s OnePlus 3T had a base price increase of $40, …

Will the OnePlus 5T be more expensive than the OnePlus 5? New report says no


The OnePlus 5T will be announced on November 16 and released
on November 21 – OnePlus itself confirmed these details yesterday. The company
also said that the phone would bring “a new view” – most likely, this
is a vague confirmation of the fact that the handset has a 6-inch screen with 1080
x 2160 pixels and thin bezels, an obvious departure from the 5.5-inch, 1080 x
1920 pixels screen of the OnePlus 5.  


We recently assumed that the OnePlus 5T would be more
expensive than the OnePlus 5 – not just because of its new design and larger
screen, but also because OnePlus has …

Tim Cook: Stop drinking that expensive coffee and you'll be able to afford an iPhone X

While some consumers might be turned off by the price of the Apple iPhone X ($999 for 64GB, $1,149 for 256GB), yesterday during the launch of the device, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it sound within reach for many. Cook said that the iPhone X can be found priced at $33 a month using an installment plan. The executive added that this is cheaper than buying a coffee at “at one of these nice coffee places.” He also pointed out that iPhone X buyers can save as much as $350 by trading in their current iPhone.

During yesterday’s launch of the tenth anniversary model, Cook visited an Apple Store …