T-Mobile and Sprint's plan prices may chase Verizon and AT&T, as carriers ditch the discount model

We hate to be a harbinger of bad news, but not only are phone prices going up with no end in sight, but affordable carrier plans will be few and far between going forward, it seems. After their merger failed, Sprint and T-Mobile will now have to focus on expanding their networks, and boosting profitability on their own, which will be affecting their plan pricing, and their heretofore “affordable carriers” mojo. 

Sprint, which reported a much larger customer churn than the other three carriers, due to its promos expiring en masse, already said last …


Unknown Honor model receives regulatory approval in China; this could be the Honor 7C

The Honor LND-AL30 has been discovered after passing through China’s TENNA regulatory agency. Considering that the Honor 5X and 6X led to the release of both the 5C and 6C, this could be the Honor 7C, although that is not official at this point. The Honor 7X launched last December. Unfortunately, TENNA only disseminated photos of the device and did not include any specs. But the images do tell us a lot about this new phone.  

If this model is the Honor 7C, it will have dual cameras on both the back and front. That is one more camera than the Honor 7X; the latter features a 16MP …

New Nokia 7 model with better CPU and Android Oreo may be launched soon

Nokia 7 is one of the smartphones launched by HMD that are exclusive to China. However, rumor has it, the Finnish handset maker plans to release the Nokia 7 (or the Nokia 6 2018) in the United States in the coming months.

The phones HMD will launch in the US will feature support for major carriers in the country, but it’s unlikely they will support CDMA networks. Moreover, HMD may introduce or remove specific features to make its products compliant (and competitive) with the US market.

Recently, an improved version of the Nokia 7 was spotted at Geekbench, a benchmark tool with an …

LG rumored to launch V30 model with improved AI features at MWC 2018

According to a new report, LG might be preparing to unveil an upgraded version of its V30 model at MWC 2018. Sources of The Korea Herald suggest that the enhanced handset will come with “improved AI features” and will possibly be called “V30+ α”. The Korean media outlet is rather vague as to what these AI features will be, but it does mention that LG has likely developed them in direct collaboration with Google.
While we do recommend that you take this information with a pinch of salt, LG Mobile’s recent change of strategies does make the story seem a bit probable. …

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime (2018) leaked specs point to minor upgrade over previous model

Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy On series is available for purchase in just about every region in the world. Even in North America, you can find the Samsung Galaxy On7 up for purchase on Amazon or at T-Mobile (as Galaxy J7 Prime).

The same will probably apply to the upcoming Galaxy On7 Prime (2018) model, which hasn’t been made official yet. The smartphone has been recently spotted at GFXBench where it’s listed along with some of its specs.

Based on the information provided by the benchmarks’ database, it’s clear that the Galaxy On7 Prime (2018) is just a small upgrade over the previous …

OnePlus CEO says the company is looking to talk to U.S. carriers; next model to be released Q2 2018

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said today that the next new OnePlus handset, possibly named the OnePlus 6, will be released late in the second quarter of this year and will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. OnePlus set sales records late last year with the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which is now the company’s fastest and best-selling phone. Those records previously belonged to the OnePlus 5, which was launched late last June.

In addition, Lau said that OnePlus would start talking with U.S. carriers this year about selling its devices through one or more stateside wireless operators. The company …

Tweet from HTC teases new Vive model to be unveiled this coming Monday at CES


A tweet from HTC that was disseminated on Friday, hints that a new version of the HTC Vive VR headset is due to be unveiled this coming Monday. The tweet says “New Year’s Resolution” on top. The manufacturer cleverly had “New Year’s” out of focus with the word Resolution printed as sharp as a tack. This indicates that the new Vive will have a higher resolution display than the original model. Very smart, HTC.

Considering that Monday is the opening day of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we’d say that everything is coming together, pointing toward the unveiling of a new …

New "Sandstone White" OnePlus 5T model surfaces

A new OnePlus 5T model is coming: a “sandstone white” version of the OnePlus 5T has leaked out on Chinese retailer JD.com and rumors say the company will officially unveil the phone on January 5th. Initially, the new model will likely be headed to China only and we do not know if and when OnePlus plans to bring this to Western markets.
The new OnePlus 5T in sandstone white pays tribute to the original OnePlus “sandstone” designs and features the same textured finish on its back that makes it different from all other phones out there.
Curiously, …

Sony's mysterious 6-inch H4233 model is the Xperia XA2 Ultra, here's what to expect

The H4233 Sony smartphone model is actually next year’s Xperia XA2 Ultra, according to Slashleaks. A recent post on the tech leaks platform reveals that the information has been confirmed by NBTC AND SIRIM, the official regulatory agencies of Thailand and Malaysia. 
You might remember that the H4233 model was tested on benchmarking site GFXBench back in September. The listing supposedly revealed some of the most important specs of the device, including a 6-inch display with full HD (1080p) …

Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (international model) now costs just $730


Buying an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in the US (or anywhere
else) is a costly affair, as the handset is normally sold for at least $900. But
what would you say about an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 that’s offered for only $729.99?
This is exactly the price that a top-rated eBay seller is currently asking for the
international, dual SIM variant of the smartphone, and we don’t remember seeing
such a low Note 8 price ever (though this certain deal was pretty close).

 

The $729.99 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that’s available on eBay
is “brand new in sealed box,” and is compatible with GSM/LTE
carriers …