Deal: Buy the LG G6 and get a free LG K8 (2017) in some European markets

As we noted earlier today, LG has begun to roll its new G6 smartphone out to consumers across Europe and in some markets, the company is throwing in its mid-range K8 for good measure. In Spain, Germany and Romania, some buyers of the LG G6 will also receive the LG K8 (2017), which could potentially be passed on as a gift or used as a backup handset. 

In terms of specs, the K8 (2017) is Bush League compared to its flagship cousin. There’s a 5.0-inch display with a 720 x 1280 resolution, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 SoC with 1.5 gigs of RAM …


Samsung considers launching the Galaxy S8+ with 6 GB of RAM in more markets

If you’re sad at the thought that a beefed-up Samsung Galaxy S8+ (with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space) will only be available in South Korea and China, we have good news. Samsung may actually release this variant of the phone in more markets.

According to Korean publication Yonhap News, Samsung this week said that “plans to expand the sales [of the S8+ 128 GB] to other countries will be considered depending on market’s demand.”

As reported yesterday, the Galaxy S8+ with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory costs about $1,000 in South Korea …

HMD Global to release new Nokia phones simultaneously in 120 markets in April-June period

With the MWC almost a month ago now, HMD Global has made a statement about possible release details for its Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 models. A recent announcement holds that the company is allegedly looking at a simultaneous launch of the devices in 120 markets. Nonetheless, HMD’s highly ambitious plan may see slightly different dates in different parts of the world, but still within the April-June period. However, we are in the know that it’s unlikely to see the handsets hit shelves before the second half of Q2. A couple of days ago, Clove UK confirmed this, publishing …

Apple too stubborn with iPhone pricing in emerging markets says the founder of Oppo and Vivo

Duan Yongping, the founder of a couple of China-based smartphone manufacturers (Oppo and Vivo) said during an interview with Bloomberg that the iPhone is losing steam in China because Apple won’t change its pricing to suit the China market. Mr. Duan points out that the non-installment price of the Apple iPhone 7 in China is equivalent to $780 USD, which is one month’s paycheck for some. Even the lower priced Apple iPhone SE can cost as much as the equivalent of $476 USD in China.

Apple had a rough 2016 in China as it is no longer one of the top three smartphone manufacturers in the country. …

Android 7.0 Nougat Galaxy S7 roll-out continues across several markets

Android 7.0 Nougat may be over six months old, but it has still yet to reach a number of the market’s most prized assets. The firmware’s roll-out to the Samsung Galaxy S7 series has been gradual to say the least, and while US customers have largely been taken care of in this regard, the same cannot be said for much of Europe. Still, Nougat is now making its way to unlocked variants of both the S7 and S7 edge in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. 

Many carriers across the aforementioned regions have already pushed Android 7.0 to those wielding …

Xiaomi to sell the Mi MIX in new markets

If you’ve been dreaming about picking up the gorgeous looking Xiaomi Mi MIX, but you don’t live in China, there is still hope for you yet. The manufacturer says that the 6.4-inch phablet will be available starting next month in the UAE. One Xiaomi executive, who was asked whether this is the start of a global roll out for the device, answered in the affirmative and added that the “Mi MIX will be making its way to other markets.”

The Mi MIX will be available in the UAE in March, priced at the equivalent of $816.50 USD. The phone will be offered by online and retail outlets Etisalat and Carrefour. …

Verizon to provide pre-commercial 5G service to customers in 11 markets by the middle of this year

Verizon, eager to take the lead in what promises to be a very competitive rollout of 5G service, announced today that it will provide pre-commercial 5G wireless connectivity to “select” customers in 11 markets. This will take place sometime in the first half of 2017. The markets involved include: Ann Arbor , Atlanta , Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Verizon says that it’s 5G Technology Forum partners are working on commercializing chipsets, infrastructure and consumer devices that will meet the 5GTF specifications. …

Huawei P8 lite (2017) to be known as Nova lite in select markets

Huawei promised last month that it would bring the P8 lite (2017) to some markets by the end of January, but that’s unlikely to have happened. The mid-range smartphone was supposed to make its debut in the UK, but carriers and retailers across the country have yet to add it to their portfolios.

Despite the apparent delay of the smartphone, it looks like Huawei has decided that the P8 lite (2017) might confuse customers in some countries. According to Evan Blass, the Chinese company will launch the phone with a different name in select markets, the Nova lite.

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Oppo R7 Plus hits international markets

Oppo might not be quite up to par with some of its more premium Chinese competitors, but the OEM has always had a distinct and unique approach to devices. There is nothing like a little twist to help sales along and the Oppo R7 and R7 Plus are no strangers to that strategy, boasting a futuristic edge-to-edge screen design inside a slick and clean body.

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The pair of devices have already been around for three months or so, but Oppo has been having some understandable troubles with international availability. The R7 actually hit international pre-orders around the end of June and has been a whopping success, especially in certain markets, like Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Now, its bigger sibling, the R7 Plus is following in its footsteps and is venturing into global sales with high hopes of sharing the same success. This ambition is pretty justifiable, given that the R7 Plus is a solid mid-range offer, just like its sibling and even better in many ways.

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Computing power on the R7 Plus comes courtesy of a Qualcomm 615 chipset with a 64-bit octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. Memory is set at 32GB, twice that of the R7 and a microSD slot is also available.

Another key difference between the pair is the display size. The R7 plus swaps the 5.0-inch AMOLED display for a spacious 6.0-inch one, while preserving the impressive AMOLED technology and the FullHD resolution. Naturally, the device is also bigger and heavier, although not a lot. It measures 158 x 82 x 7.75mm and tips the scales at 203g.

oth the R7 and R7 Plus come with a 13MP main camera behind an f/2.2 lens. Phase detection autofocus and a single-LED flash complete the picture on the R7, while the R7 Plus adds laser autofocus and a dual-LED flash. Additionally, the sensor inside the R7 Plus is of the RGBW variety, and the company claims 78% less noise and 32% better light gathering capability compared to conventional designs.

Last, but not least, least, the Plus model also has a whopping 4,100 mAh battery, backed up by Oppo’s patented VOOC fast charging technology and a fingerprint reader on the back. Now that is an impressive package.

We already had a quick meeting with the R7 Plus at its unveiling event, but the final retail unit is already in the office, so we’ll be as quick as possible to come up with one of our full reviews in the following weeks.