Deal: Sony Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact are on sale

The high-end Sony Xperia XZ Premium is currently on sale on Amazon. The device, which launched in the US back in June with a price tag of $799.99, can now be yours for around $585. However, the deal is only valid for the Pink and Chrome color options, while the Black variant of the flagship currently retails for $699.99. The device is unlocked and compatible with GSM carriers.

Additionally, the Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are also on sale on Amazon. The former retails for around $615 (was $700), while the Compact model can be yours for $539.99 (was $600) if you decide to go with the Twilight Pink color option.

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As a refresher, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium sports a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. It has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which you can expand for an additional 256 GB with the help of a microSD card.

The smartphone is equipped with a 19 MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a selfie snapper that has a 13 MP sensor. It packs a 3,230 mAh battery, has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and ships with Android 7.1 Nougat on board.

The Xperia XZ Premium is a powerful smartphone, but it’s not without faults. One of the biggest issues is that the US version lacks a fingerprint scanner in the US. Additionally, the handset looks a bit dated due to its typical Sony design we’ve seen so many times so far. To learn more, check out our review of the Xperia XZ Premium.

The Xperia XZ1 is also a high-end device and comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, the Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, and Android 8.0 Oreo. One of its biggest features is the 3D Creator app that allows you to map a 3D image of pretty much anything with the help of the camera.

The Xperia XZ1 Compact, on the other hand, is smaller due to its 4.6-inch HD display and is also powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. Other specs include 4 GB of RAM, a 19 MP camera, IP68 rating, and a 2,700 mAh battery. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

Interested in getting one of Sony’s devices that are on sale? If the answer is yes, head over to Amazon’s website via the buttons below.

There’s no word on when the deals will end, so we advise you to place your order sooner rather than later in order to secure the discounts.

Galaxy Note 8 deals: take $150 off Verizon and AT&T models

Update (10/17): If you’re planning to buy a Note 8 from either Verizon or AT&T, we’ve got some good news. Best Buy is running a promotion that will take $150 off the price of the Galaxy Note 8 if you buy the phone on a monthly installment plan.

The Verizon Galaxy Note 8 can be yours for just $32.75 per month for 24 months (down from $39/mo), and the AT&T Note 8 is now available for $33.33 per month for 24 months (down from $39.59/mo).

A few things to note — the deal isn’t offered if you buy the device outright. Also, Best Buy doesn’t mention when this deal ends, so you might want to take advantage of the deal sooner rather than later.

Oh, and as a reminder, T-Mobile’s BOGO Galaxy Note 8 deal ends today, October 17. If you’d like to take advantage of the deal, here’s what you need to know:

When you buy a Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, or Galaxy S8 Plus on an EIP and activate at least one new voice line on T-Mobile ONE or select Simple Choice Unlimited plans, you’ll get your choice of a Note 8, S8, or S8 Plus for free after rebate. This means you’ll need to purchase both Samsung devices at the same time with a finance agreement, then submit your request for rebate on the T-Mobile Rebates website and use the promo code 17SAMN8BOGO within 30 days of your purchase.

If you’re interested, check out the full details here.

Original post: The return of the beloved Note brand to store shelves shapes up to be a triumph for fans and a return to form for Samsung. We’ve got all the information you need to know if you plan on picking one up.

Don’t miss: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review  |  Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs  |  Samsung Galaxy Note 8 color comparison

The Note 8 is now available in stores, and there’s a variety of order offers to entice you: either a free Gear 360 camera (valued at $229.99) or a 128 GB Samsung EVO+ memory card and Fast Wireless Charging Convertible (valued at $189.99). These offers are available for orders placed between August 24 and September 24, but only while stocks last, so act fast.

The Galaxy Note 8 release date is set for today, September 15 in the US and 41 other countries. In the US, it will be available via Best Buy, Target and Walmart, as well as through Samsung and carriers including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Xfinity Mobile, C Spire, Cricket Wireless and Straight Talk Wireless. See below for carrier deals as they are announced.

The US will only get two colors. For now, the US market will only get the Midnight Black and Orchid Gray colors for carrier and unlocked versions, and Samsung has not yet confirmed which markets will get the Maple Gold and Deep Sea Blue color options. Check out our Galaxy Note 8 color comparison to see which one you like.

The unlocked Galaxy Note 8 price starts at $929. That’s one expensive phone. The UK Galaxy Note 8 is going for £869.00 unlocked, and multiple US carriers have announced similar pricing structures below.

There’s a new Gear VR with controller too. It costs $129.99 and can also be pre-ordered starting August 24 via, Amazon and Best Buy as well as through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular. It’ll officially go on sale on September 15 at these outlets as well as through T-Mobile and other select retailers at that time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 carrier and retailer deals:


Unlocked: The unlocked Galaxy Note 8 is now on sale on Samsung’s website. I’ll run you $929.99 unlocked, or $38.75 a month for 24 months.

Verizon: The Note 8 is now available from Verizon in Midnight Black and Orchid Grey color options. For the 64 GB model, pricing starts at $40 a month for 24 months on a payment plan, or you can pick it up off-contract for a whopping $960.

Verizon customers will also be able to receive up to 50 percent off their new device with an eligible trade-in. Also, you can get $100 off the Samsung Gear S3 with a two-year activation with the purchase of a Note 8 or Galaxy S8/Plus.

AT&T: The Galaxy Note 8 from AT&T will run you $950 outright, or $31.67 for 30 months on an AT&T Next plan. Customers who purchase a Note 8 on AT&T Next with a DirecTV subscription will also get to take advantage of a BOGO deal.

T-Mobile: You can now order the Galaxy Note 8 in Midnight Black and Orchid Grey color options on T-Mobile’s network. Pricing starts at $930 full-retail, or for $210 down and $30 a month on an EIP, or for $0 down and $39 a month on JUMP! On Demand. T-Mobile has also just launched a “buy one, get one free” offer, which will allow people who buy the Note 8 on an EIP a way to get a second Note 8, or either a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, for free via a mail in rebate.

Sprint: The Note 8 on Sprint will run you $960 full retail, or $40 a month with a Sprint Flex 18-month lease.

Sprint has one of the best Galaxy Note 8 deals going on right now. Customers switching to Sprint get 50% off the Note 8 without paying anything up front. You’ll pay for this bad boy monthly to the tune of just $20 for 18 months. Even better, if you jump on this offer before September 24, you’ll get the Galaxy Foundation Kit on the house. For more details on this deal, head here.

US Cellular: Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 8 on US Cellular start at $32.10 a month for 30 months, or you can buy the prepaid model for $899.99. If you switch to US Cellular, you’ll also get a $100 promo card.

Best Buy: You can now order the Galaxy Note 8 from Best Buy. The retailer is selling Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and unlocked Galaxy Note 8 models for a variety of different prices. With a qualifying activation, you can also pick from a free 128GB card + wireless charger and a free Galaxy 360 camera.

Sam’s Club: Sam’s Club is offering a bunch of free goodies along with a gift card to anyone who purchases the Galaxy Note 8. Those who buy the device by September 24 can take advantage of Samsung’s accessory offer that gets you a free Gear 360 ($229.99 value) or a 128 GB microSD card as well as a wireless charging pad ($199.99 value). Additionally, you’ll also receive a $200 Sam’s Club gift card if you activate the Note 8 on a Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint installment plan or a two-year contract (US Cellular). Activation fees of up to $40 will be waived for those who activate the device before September 17.


Unlocked: The Galaxy Note 8 is available from Samsung UK unlocked for £869.00 in Midnight Black and Maple Gold color options.

EE: You can order the Note 8 in Midnight Black and Maple Gold color options from EE starting at £89.99 down and £57.99 a month on the cheapest 4GEE Plan, which will get you 5 GB of data per month.

Vodafone: The Note 8 is available for order from Vodafone starting at £44 a month (with a £300 upfront cost), which includes 500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500 MB of data.

O2: Galaxy Note 8 porders are live at O2 starting at £49.99 down and £66.00 a month, 

Carphone Warehouse: The Note 8 is now up for order at Carphone Warehouse starting at £869 SIM-free. There are also a number of great deals through Carphone Warehouse depending on which carrier you choose.

Sky Mobile: Sky Mobile has probably the best Note 8 deal in the UK. Note 8 prices start at just £38 a month (with no upfront cost) with a Swap24 plan, which gets you 500 MB of data and free unlimited calls and texts for Sky TV customers. And, for an extra £12 a month (and £99 upfront), you can sign up for the Swap12 plan and be eligible for a trade-in after only 12 months. That’s a good way to ensure you’ll get the Note 9 when it comes out.

Mobile Phones Direct: If you’re looking to activate your Note 8 on Vodafone or EE, perhaps has a deal for you. You can buy the Galaxy Note 8 on Vodafone for £0 upfront and £54.00 a month on a 24-month contract, which gets you 32 GB of UK data, as well as unlimited calls and texts. If you’d rather buy through EE, the Note 8 will cost £0 upfront and £48.00 a month for 24 months, which gets you 4 GB of data per month and unlimited calls/texts.


Telus: You can order the Note 8 in Midnight Black or Deep Sea Blue from Telus for a ridiculous $1,299 outright, or for $550 down and $95 a month or for $750 down and $85 a month with a two-year agreement.

Bell: The Note 8 is now up for order from Bell for… gulp… $1349.99 unlocked. If you don’t have that kind of money lying around, you can also purchase the device on a two-year agreement in two different configurations:

  • $549.99: Two-year agreement required, requires a minimum of 2 GB ($25/month) of data per account plus a minimum of $70/month per user.
  • $749.99: Two-year agreement required, requires a minimum of 2 GB ($25/month) of data per account plus a minimum of $60/month per user.

Rogers: You can order the Note 8 from Rogers for $1,299.00 off-contract in Midnight Black and Deep Sea Blue color options. Term pricing starts at $549.00 with a two-year agreement on a Share Everything Premium+ plan, while pricing for a Share Everything Premium plan starts at $749.00 with a two-year agreement.

Korea Samsung has officially launched Galaxy Note 8 on sale in Korea. The model with 64 GB of storage starts at 1.09 million won (~$966), while the beefier 256 GB model is going for 1.25 million won (~$1,108).

Over 850,000 customers ordered the Galaxy Note 8 in South Korea. That’s a record for the Note series!

Stay tuned in the hours, days, and weeks to come as we’ll expand this post with more carrier specific and region-specific Galaxy Note 8 pricing and release date information as it hits.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is already receiving its first update

In case you missed it, it didn’t take long yesterday for attendees at Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro launch to notice the device was running a little hot and that the battery was draining unusually quickly for a device fresh out of the box. Huawei spokespeople at the event identified it as a “Google bug” and left it at that. A patch was promised and Google acknowledged it was working on something.

Here we are less than 24 hours later and the update is now being pushed out. An email from Huawei PR simply states that the Google bug affecting Mate 10 Pro performance has been fixed in the update. While some noted excessive Google Play Services battery drain on the Mate 10 Pro, I didn’t see the same results (although my unit was running hot last night). Either way, all evidence pointed to an issue with Gapps.

Now, typically, a pre-release bug wouldn’t be terribly newsworthy. After all, what do you care if review units have a bug (other than that the reviews might be unfairly skewed because of it)? The reason it’s worth mentioning here is because Huawei addressed its less-than-ideal update track record during yesterday’s festivities and vowed to do better.

Huawei also told Android Authority in Shenzhen recently it is working on improving its update reputation, not just by issuing updates faster thanks to Project Treble and Android Oreo, but also through a closer partnership with Google on security patches. Considering this issue was flagged a day ago and has already been addressed shows just how quickly issues can be resolved when all parties put their minds to it.

Not all bugs will be this easy to fix, but the fact 24 hours was enough to identify, address and resolve this one bodes well for the future. I wouldn’t hold my breath just yet (and this was clearly more Google’s problem than Huawei’s), but if a company wants to change people’s minds about its attitude to updates and fixing bugs, this is how you go about it. Now, if only all bugs had the pressure of imminent reviews looming to get them on the top of the to-do list…

ZTE Axon M is Official: 6.75″ Dual Screen Foldable Smartphone!

Amidst a sea of increasingly bezel-less smartphones, ZTE is looking to differentiate itself from its competitors. The company’s flagship smartphone of 2017 may not pack the top-tier hardware specifications we’re seeing in the latest flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, or Google but it has one particular hardware feature to make up for it—a second screen. Indeed, ZTE is attempting to do what Kyocera failed to do with its Echo device back in 2011. The company is hoping to beat Samsung to the market with the first truly functional, foldable smartphone. Can the ZTE Axon M live up to expectations?

ZTE Axon M
Display 2 x 5.2″ @ 1920×1080.  (1920×2160 “single screen” when folded)
Size & Weight 150.8 x 71.6 x 12.1mm, 230g
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Adreno 530 GPU
Battery 3,180 mAh
Internal Storage 64GB
MicroSD Slot Yes (up to 256GB)
Rear Camera 20MP f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, dual-image stabilization, dual LED flash
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes
Fingerprint Scanner Yes (integrated into power button)
Software Android Nougat 7.1.2 (promised update to Android Oreo)
Price $725
Availability U.S: AT&T ($24.17/month on AT&T Next) this Holiday 2017

Japan: NTT Docomo

China: China Telecom and in Q1 2018

Europe: Q1 2018


Before we talk about the Axon M, we need to talk about its predecessor, the Kyocera Echo. The Echo was released far ahead of its time when Android was still in its pre-Holo days. Not only was the ecosystem inadequate for the Echo (the device had a “tablet mode” before Google started its tablet push with Android Honeycomb), but it was clunky to use.

When folded together, the Echo measured approximately 17mm in depth which is far thicker than the average device today. Furthermore, the large bezels contributed to the feeling that the device was huge (keep in mind that 4.7″ was large for a smartphone back then). For these reasons and some more we haven’t listed, the Kyocera Echo failed to capture the market and the foldable smartphone concept died with it.

The 2011 Kyocera Echo

But this is 2017 where the industry has been improving on every aspect of smartphones down to nearly eliminating bezels in some cases. Thus, the time is ripe for the foldable smartphone concept to be revived, and it seems that ZTE is the first to take a crack at it. Meet the ZTE Axon M. With a strong hinge connecting two regular smartphone displays and software trickery via Android’s splitscreen functionality plus some home-baked tricks, Axon is pushing a flexible design ahead of the advent of foldable and bendable smartphones in the coming years.


Both of the Axon M’s displays measure 5.2 inches in their diagonal, both featuring the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio as well and they are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Above the “back” display you’ll see the camera – a single camera for both selfies and regular pictures –  and the device closes like a flip phone giving you a screen on each side. At 1080p resolution, they aren’t the sharpest displays out there, but the relatively small size of each pushes the pixel density to 426 ppi, and you’ll end up seeing twice as many pixels as in other FHD displays once you enter the signature modes that make this device so special.


There are three modes that the Axon M can be used in: Extended ModeDual Mode, and Mirror Mode. In Extended Mode, applications can be stretched across both displays to fill up the combined screen area. In Dual Mode, you can run two different applications at the same time on each display. Finally, in Mirror Mode the Axon M can mirror the same app across both displays.

On stage, ZTE demonstrated a few uses cases of each mode. For Extended Mode, the company showed a user scrolling through their Facebook feed that stretched into the other display. The company stressed how this results in reducing the amount of overall scrolling that a user needs to do. In Dual Mode, ZTE showed off watching a video while also sending a tweet at the same time (and also spoiled a certain Game of Thrones episode in the process). Finally, in Mirror Mode the company showed off a chess game being played between two players on opposite ends. They attempted to show off Google Duo video conferencing, though the person who was being called never picked up so we didn’t get to see that in action.

The device launches with Android Nougat 7.1.2 on board, but ZTE is promising a prompt update to the latest Android Oreo. They also promise regular software updates for the device.

Developers looking to optimize their applications can head to to learn more, though ZTE states that most applications will not need to be optimized for use on the Axon M, and they made sure that the top hundred Play Store applications work without a hitch on this device as well.

Internal Hardware

Powering the device is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GBs of RAM. Though the Snapdragon 821 was last year’s premiere SoC, it’s by no means inadequate. Some of the fastest phones out there including the first generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL are based on this processor, and at the same top clockspeeds of 2.15GHz. By itself, the Snapdragon 821 shouldn’t pose a problem in terms of performance, though some of you may understandably be disappointed by the lack of the latest offering from Qualcomm.

Even with the Snapdragon 821 SoC, the ZTE Axon M isn’t guaranteed to be a smooth performer. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delivered embarrassing real-world performance when compared to its contemporaries, after all, though Samsung did clean up its act with its Galaxy Note 8. ZTE doesn’t have room for mistakes, however, since I can’t see users giving dual screen smartphones a second chance if this generation is inadequate. Do keep in mind that the phone is essentially powering up two FHD displays, so we’ll have to run it through its paces in order to see just how well it can keep up and perform in the real world.

It’s been 6 years since the Kyocera Echo, but this time we hope it’ll only be one year for the next Axon M. We’ll let you know how the Axon M performs in our hands-on review!


ZTE has embedded a 3,180 mAh capacity battery into its dual screen Axon M. Whether this will be enough for the Snapdragon 821 and two TFT LCD displays is something we’ll have to find out through day to day usage in the coming weeks.

ZTE Axon M Pricing & Availability

The company states that the phone will retail for $725 exclusively at AT&T, and for $24.17/month on AT&T Next. The company has also announced a partnership with NTT Docomo in Japan. In China, the M will be available through China Telecom and in Q1 2018. Finally, the company states the M will launch in Europe during Q1 2018, but no further information was given about which countries it will be available in.

Axon Passport M program will come for free for all purchases of the Axon M.

What are your thoughts on the ZTE Axon M? Let us know in the comments!


Secret Google Pixel 2 chip will be activated with Android 8.1 in coming weeks

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are already known for having excellent photography capabilities, and their unreleased sequels are already making headlines based on their photography chops. The Pixel 2 camera situation may be even better than we first thought, however.

In a press release the company issued earlier today, Google has revealed its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL include an octa-core chip specifically designed to assist with photography processing. The Pixel Visual Core chip, which happens to be Google’s first ever custom SoC, is said to run HDR+ “5x faster” and use “less than 1/10th the energy” compared to running it on a typical application processor, though neither the Pixel 2 nor Pixel 2 XL are making use of it yet.

Apparently, come the Android 8.1 Developer Preview arriving in the next few weeks, users will have the choice to enable it.

HDR+ is a photography technology that Google has been working with for some time now and can be taken advantage of to improve both low-light and shots with high dynamic range. Google says the Pixel Visual Core chip has been designed to “expand the reach of HDR+, to handle the most challenging imaging and machine learning applications, and to deliver lower-latency and even more power-efficient HDR+ processing.”

Why the Pixel Visual Core chip won’t be available at the Pixel 2 launch in a couple of days isn’t known, but The Verge speculates that Google probably just didn’t have time to finish its implementation ahead of release.

The Pixel Visual Core’s focus is firmly on HDR+ for now, but Google has stated that this is only the first application to make use of the chip, and it is already “preparing the next set of applications” to make use of it. Further, Google intends to update the Android Camera API to provide access to HDR+ for third-party developers down the line too, opening up the Pixel 2’s HDR+ tech to other apps.

While owners of the original Pixels might be disappointed to learn that they don’t have a sweet Google chip waiting to be unlocked in their handset, this looks like it could be very exciting news for prospective Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers.

Next: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL unboxing and first impressions