It’s been a bit over a month since Apple launched the latest version of the iPhone SE. This new budget-friendly device arrived with an aggressive price tag, and it would definitely be one of the best options for anyone looking for a new iPhone. However, you could also go for the iPhone XR, since Apple has begun selling certified refurbished devices for a great price.
You can now get a refurbished iPhone XR on Apple’s website for the first time in the United States. Prices will vary depending on the amount of storage you choose. The 64GB option will cost you $499, the 128GB version is $539, and the version with 256GB storage can be yours for $629. The base model lets you save $100 from its regular price, while the 128GB and 256GB versions are $110 and $120 down, respectively. Keep in mind that this device is still more expensive and less powerful than the iPhone SE, but at least you get Face ID.
Today’s deals include powerful gaming computers, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and more
Deals. The Razer Blade 15 is currently $470 off, meaning you can get the 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $2130. B&H also has the 12.9in 2018 iPad Pro for $250 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only, 256GB of storage variant for $899. The Sony Xperia 1 is also $152 off, leaving that at $798 for the 128GB of storage configuration. We also have more deals on Acer Predator PCs, Samsung QLED TVs, Soundbars and more in the links in the description.
Samsung Money by Sofi will come to the US later this summer
Samsung just launched a new mobile money management system which pretty much competes with the Apple Card. It’s called Samsung Money by SoFi but unlike the Apple Card, it isn’t really a credit card. It’s actually more of a bank account or credit union where you get a MasterCard debit card that doesn’t show any of your information and it works with the Samsung Pay app. Your Samsung Money account will be FDIC insured for $1.5M and users benefit from Samsung’s “defense-grade” security from Samsung Knox. It’ll be available later this summer exclusively for US customers who own a Galaxy smartphone, Samsung promises a secure experience with no account fees.
The iPhone 11 is now the most popular smartphone in the world
We got some quarter results from Omdia and it just confirms that Apple made a big dent on the market with the iPhone 11. Last year the iPhone XR was the number 1 smartphone for Q1 with 13.6M units shipped, but this year the iPhone 11 surpassed it with 19.5M units, despite the pandemic. The phone that follows is the Samsung Galaxy A51 which sold 6.8M units and the iPhone XR is still in the top 5 with 4.7M units. Omdia still anticipates however, that smartphone sales will be down for the rest of the year due to the pandemic so numbers might change for Q2.
Google reveals Android 11 Beta Launch Show schedule on June 3. Here’s how to watch
Google is finally releasing the first Public Beta of Android 11 on June 3rd during their Beta Launch Show. If you want, you’ll be able to attend via YouTube through the Android Developers channel. The event will focus on the different announcements related to all the new features coming with Android 11, as well as Q&As with Google experts and more. We were also expecting to hear something about the Pixel 4a but with the recent delays that apparently won’t be the case. You can check for the events details in the links in our description. It’s not clear which devices will support the public beta on day one, but if you’re not using a Pixel, yeah that’s gonna be a tough one.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be launched in August, as it reportedly enters mass production
There’s been several rumors that we’ll finally be getting the Galaxy Fold’s successor with the Note 20 this year. Now we got a new report from a South Korean publication that claims that the Fold 2 has just entered mass production. This means we could start getting some official details as early as June. According to the Insiders, the Fold 2 will bring Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass and it will cost less, despite upgrading to a 120Hz display. Recently we got some patents from Samsung which described how Samsung plans to make Foldables water resistant but it’s not clear if the Fold 2 will bring this feature. The company is expecting to sell 2.5-3M units this year, surpassing the original Fold.
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We may have to wait until November for the iPhone 12 series
It looks like we will have to wait for the iPhone 12 line-up after all this year. According to a new report, this year’s iPhones might be launched until November due to the pandemic. The report also predicts that Apple has 35M units in production for Q2 of 2020 which is 13% lower than what they had last year, but giving the time, we’re not sure if they’re talking about iPhone 12 production, which would be kind of early, or iPhone 11 production which is likely to take a dip. Regardless, we’re expecting 4 different iPhones, all 4 with OLED displays, 5G connectivity, a smaller notch and a boxier design which is reminiscent of the iPhone 4. We’re also hearing of different spec bumps like up to 6GB of RAM in the Pro models and the base storage at 128GB.
According to a recent study, the iPhone 11 has become the most popular smartphone in the world, a title that was taken away from the iPhone XR.
Omdia has recently posted the results of a study conducted during the first quarter of 2020. Results show that the iPhone 11 has been the most popular device, despite the coronavirus pandemic. It seems that Apple has managed to sell 19.5 million units around the globe.
“For more than five years— even amid shifting conditions in the wireless market and the global economy— one thing has remained consistent in the smartphone business: Apple has taken either the first or second rank in Omdia’s global model shipment ranking. Apple’s success is the result of its strategy to offer relatively few models. This has allowed the company to focus its efforts on a small number of products that appeal to a broad selection of consumers and sell in extremely high volumes.”
Jusy Hong, director of smartphone research at Omdia
The device that follows the iPhone 11 is Samsung’s A51, which sold 6.8 million units globally, while the previous champ dropped to the 5th spot.
We have a massive selection of Memorial Day deals for you
Deals. We have some memorial day deals for you guys and we’ll have some more on our website over the weekend if you want to check them out. Let’s start out with Amazon which has the Google Pixel 3a for $120 off. This leaves the 64GB variant for $279 and it gets better, the 3a XL is $160 off, leaving the 64GB variant for $319 shipped. The Marshall Kilburn 2 speaker is also $90 off, leaving it at $210 shipped. Finally, the second generation AirPods are $50 off, leaving those at $150 shipped with the wireless charging case. As always we have more deals in the description that you can check out.
Here’s your first official look at the VIVO X50 and X50 Pro
Oh so you thought the Galaxy S20 had a big camera hump? Well, vivo has been teasing their new X50 Pro which brings a gimbal like main camera. The company just released a new poster of the phone which shows the quad camera module with the huge main sensor. This main camera is a Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN1 Sensor which comes with Dual Pixel PDAF tech for faster focusing, it basically rotates on it’s axis like a gimbal for better stabilization. The other cameras include a periscope, and most likely a wide angle and a macro camera. We’re expecting the vivo X50 lineup to launch on June 1.
ASUS ROG Phone III and ZenFone 7 to debut around July: Report
Back in February Qualcomm gave us a list of phones that would bring the Snapdragon 865 and, that list included two ASUS phones. It looks like both of those phones are ready to launch according to a new report from Taiwan which claims that the ROG Phone 3 and the ZenFone 7 will either in Q2 or early Q3 of 2020. Going by last year’s launch date, if they do launch in July or August they will be late by a couple of months when compared to their predecessors but, the market isn’t in the same state as it was last year. The company is currently targeting a 30-50% growth in sales for the ROG Phone 3. We’ll keep you posted in case we get more leaks.
Second-gen Moto Razr foldable phone could be launched in September
We all know how excited I was for the Moto RAZR last year, and we all know how that turned out. Well, according to Lenovo’s South African GM, the company is already working on a second generation device and it is supposed to come out in September. He actually mentioned the words “generation two” twice during a podcast while talking about the RAZR. Leaks will most likely start coming in soon and we hope it brings better specifications for the price tag, nostalgia can only go so far.
Apple may have started the production of the new AirPods Studio
A new DigiTimes report claims that we’ll be getting Apple’s AirPods Studio sooner rather than later. The report mentions the fact that Apple will be dropping the wired earphones from the iPhone 12’s box like we covered yesterday. It also mentions that Cupertino will resume regular shipments of the AirPods 2 in the second half of this year, which we wonder if it has anything to do with the move of production to Vietnam, but that does match the timing of the possible AirPods Studio. The company has apparently already started production for these and we could see an announcement at WWDC and they might cost $350.
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We may get a Periscope camera in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could’ve appeared in some hot looking renders
We recently got some sketches for the Galaxy Note 20′s design from Ice Universe. Now we got the first renders which were made based on that leaked design. The phone looks pretty similar to the Note 10 from the front with the very boxy design but it does bring some changes. The camera on this one has a larger hump, like the one on the S20 Ultra, the buttons are also on the right side and the S Pen was moved to the left. Like seriously, common sense changes. Now, these aren’t the official renders just yet but, this gives us a pretty good idea of what it might look like according to the sketches. Galaxy Club just found some new information and they claim that the Note 20+ will most likely bring a periscope camera. It isn’t clear if it will be the same one on the S20 Ultra and some other rumors claim that it won’t bring 100X zoom, but it pretty much explains the large camera hump for this phone as well.
We will be posting Memorial Day deals through the weekend, so you may want to keep tuned to see if there’s any that may catch your fancy. We start today’s offers with the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL for an all-time low from $279 for Memorial Day.
The regular Google Pixel 3a is available for $279 after a $120 discount. It comes with 64GB in storage, and this price is possible in its Just Black and Clearly White color variant. The Google Pixel 3a XL with the same 64GB in storage is getting a $160 discount, meaning you can get yours for $319. These are all factory unlocked devices so that you won’t have carrier restrictions.
Next up is the 35-inch ASUS ROG Strix curved gaming monitor with a $149 discount, which means you can get one for a little under $600. This monitor comes with a 100Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync/free Sync for immersive, smooth gaming with DisplayPort, HDMI connectivity, and ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB lighting and LED lighting to make it stand out.
If you’re looking for a new Smart TV, the 55-inch Hisense 55H8G Quantum series Android 4K ULED Smart TV is available for $500 after a $100 discount. The 65-inch version is also $100 off, leaving it at $700, while the 75-inch model is $200 off, meaning you would have to pay $1,300 for yours.
The Marshall Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker is also on sale. You can find it for $210 after a 30 percent discount. This Bluetooth speaker usually goes for $300, but right now, you can get one and save $90.
Yes, we also find Apple deals today, as the latest AirPods with a wireless charging case are available for $150 after a $49 discount. If you still want to save more and you don’t really mind wireless charging, the latest AirPods with a regular charging case can be yours for $130 after a $29 discount.
If you want to track your workouts, the Fitbit Charge 3 is available for just $99. This translates to a $50 discount and its lowest price to date. However, you can only choose between the Rose Gold/Blue Grey and the Graphite/Black color variants.
Finally, you can get a new iPhone XR and Free Unlimited Everything with the Memorial Day deals over at UNREAL Mobile.
The first deal gives you three months of service on any plan for the price of one, and these start at $5 a month. The second deal gets you a new iPhone XR for $549, and you also get three months free of 3GB Unlimited Everything, which has a $75 value. These plans renew at the regular 3-month bundle price listed in here.