Huawei Mate 10 Pro now available to pre-order in the US, $150 gift card included

Officially unveiled stateside last month at CES 2018, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro won’t be released via any US carrier. However, Huawei USA is launching an unlocked version of the smartphone (1-year warranty included), and pre-orders for it are available as of today, February 4.
At this very moment, you can pre-order the Huawei Mate 10 Pro from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and Newegg, all of which will properly release the handset on February 18. The new phone costs $799.99, and, for a limited time, it comes with a $150 Gift card. Interestingly, Huawei says the Mate 10 Pro …


Galaxy S9 and S9+ pop up on dbrand's site, vinyl skins available for pre-order

Vinyl skin manufacturer dbrand is usually pretty quick to update its portfolio with vinyl skins for all the hot new flagships, but in the case of the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+, it’s extra quick.

And rightly so, as the upcoming high-profile flagships from Samsung’s camp are definitely the most anticipated phones for the first half of the year with literally nothing coming close to them. 
Thus, don’t act surprised when we tell you that dbrand has already primed up its neat combo skin builder with support for the upcoming devices, allowing soon-to-be users …

Apple HomePod: how to preorder and buy Apple's first smart speaker

Apple’s first smart speaker, the Apple HomePod, is finally here. It is loud, equipped with 7 tweeters and 1 woofer spreading sound in all directions. It is smart, powered by Siri and capable of intelligently adjusting its output to its surroundings. But most importantly, it is going on sale today; at least in some parts of the world, that is. 
So, how do you buy Apple’s latest gadget? How to get your hands on Apple’s first smart speaker? Allow us to explain.

How to preorder the Apple HomePod?

Want a HomePod? Pre-orders begin …

Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2 now up for pre-order in the US

Unveiled last week at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2018, Sony’s new lineup of Xperia smartphones is already available for pre-order in the United States. All three smartphones – Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2 – are now listed at Best Buy as unlocked devices.

The most expensive of the three, Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is available for pre-order in four colors (Blue, Black, Silver, and Gold) for $450. The smartphone is expected to hit shelves in about from now, on February 16.

Next in line, Sony Xperia XA2 costs $350 and comes in Silver, Black, Blue, …

Super mid-ranger Honor 7X up for pre-order on Amazon, see when you can get it

Honor 7X on Amazon (pre-order)
Honor 7X, one of the top value for money phones of early 2018, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.  The super mid-ranger is classified as “#1 New Release” in Amazon’s “unlocked cell phones” category, and the e-commerce site says that units will officially start shipping on January 25, 2018.
The units sold by Amazon are unlocked and compatible with GSM carriers. You won’t have trouble using them on AT&T and T-Mobile, but LTE won’t be available if you’re on Sprint or Verizon. They are covered by the standard …

You can now pre-order the U.S. version of the GSM BlackBerry Motion from Amazon

Earlier today, we told you that the BlackBerry Motion, TCL’s latest handset branded with the BlackBerry logo, will launch on January 12th via Amazon and Best Buy. This is the GSM model of the phone which means that it will only work in the states on AT&T and T-Mobile. If that is okay with you, Amazon is now allowing consumers to reserve the Motion by pre-ordering it from the online retailer’s website.

There are some nice features on the Motion that no BlackBerry has ever had before, including an IP67 certification rating. This means that the handset can be submerged in water as deep …

The Vernee Active: rugged, good-looking, affordable, and it's available for pre-order

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The world of rugged smartphones is a sparsely populated one. Usually, the phones that are meant for active folk are kind of underpowered, kind of ugly, yet weirdly costly. In other words, they have a tough time drawing buyers considering that one can achieve the same effect with a “normal” phone and a rugged case.

This is how the Vernee …

Unlocked LG V30+ (128 GB, premium headphones) now available to pre-order in the US


One week after it started selling its unlocked V30
smartphone in the US,
LG is now almost ready to launch an unlocked variant of the V30+, too.

 

While it’s not as fancy as the V30 Signature Edition recently
released in South Korea,
the LG V30+ is still superior to the regular V30. That’s because it offers
double the storage space (128 GB vs. 64 GB), and comes with premium LG QuadPlay
headphones in the box (while the normal V30 has no headphones at all).

 

If you’re interested in getting the unlocked LG V30+, for
now, the handset can be pre-ordered only via B&H, one of LG’s …

The iPhone X pre-order shipping availability slips to December

While you were sleeping, Apple opened the spigots on the iPhone X preorders for fans around the world, and the shipping date started slipping in the first two minutes or so. In-store pickup availability held out a bit longer, but now no matter where you look, from Florence, Italy to Georgetown in Washington D.C., the iPhone X is “not available”. 

To add insult to injury, while the initial shipping times where “1-2 weeks,” these are now “5-6 weeks,” extending the actual availability of the iPhone X for those who didn’t get through all the way to …

Late to preorder? No worries, the iPhone X is already being flipped at double the price

Just as we thought, anyone who wished to get an iPhone X come next Friday, will be able to do so… depending on the price they are willing to pay. In the few short hours since Apple’s preorders went live, eBay was literally flooded with “any color, any carrier” offers, complete with screenshots of the order confirmation as a proof. 

Our top-notch favorite (pun intended) is the guy that is asking nearly three grand for his 256 GB silver model preorder, and is generously throwing in $125 shipping for all those poor chumps abroad that couldn’t get …