OnePlus 8T has dropped to $569, Google Pixel and Nokia phones are also on sale

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Today’s best smartphone deals come from OnePlus and Amazon, where you will find the OnePlus 8T, the Google Pixel 4 and more on sale

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Nokia X50 with 108MP camera, 120Hz display could be in development

HMD Global recently announced the launch of two Nokia 5G smartphones, namely, Nokia X10 and Nokia X20. Now, it is being reported that the company is planning to launch another 5G smartphone. It is aiming to announce the device in the third quarter of 2021.

While we wait for the Nokia 9 PureView successor, this phone might pack flagship specifications but under the hood, you are likely to get a Snapdragon 7-series processor. It could be a Nokia 8.3 5G successor and is said to be in the works for quite some time.

The latest development comes from Nokia Power User, which reports that Nokia could be developing a Nokia 8.3 5G successor but it might be named differently. Lately, the Nokia smartphones have moved to X-series instead of the number series in naming scheme. Hence, the upcoming 5G phone is said to be the Nokia X50. However, it isn’t confirmed.

The Nokia X50 is speculated to be powered by an unannounced Snapdragon chipset. It could come equipped with a Snapdragon 775 / 775G chipset, which is yet to be launched. The SoC is rumored to be a significant upgrade over Snapdragon 765G. It could have the model number SM7350.

Moreover, the upcoming Nokia X50 is tipped to sport a penta rear camera setup, which could be led by a 108MP primary camera. The 108MP sensors aren’t uncommon now. We have seen this flagship spec trickle down to the mid-range segment, thanks to the likes of Redmi and Realme. Other cameras onboard could be ultra-wide, depth, macro, and telephoto sensors. Further, the Nokia phone is said to feature Zeiss optics and OZO Audio tech just like Nokia 8.3 5G.

The Nokia X50 might come with a 6.5-inch QHD+ display with PureDisplay V4. It might have support for a 120Hz refresh rate. Plus, it is said to pack a 6,000mAh battery with support for 22W charging. As for the launch timeline, the Nokia X50 is tipped to be announced in the second half of 2021.

 

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Motorola RAZR 5G, Razer gaming controllers and more devices are on sale right now

The Moto RAZR 5G has been getting a $200 discount at Motorola.com for quite a while, leaving this cool foldable available for $1,200. However, you can now get this device for less if you head over to Amazon.com. The latest RAZR has received a $224.85 discount, meaning you can get your hands on one for just $175.14 if you go for the Polished Graphite color variant. Other color options are selling for the same $1,200 rate found at the company’s online store.

If you’re looking for more smartphone options, you can also choose to pick up a new Motorola Edge, as it is now selling new for $487.22 after receiving a $212.77 discount. Both the RAZR 5G and the Moto Edge come equipped with 256GB storage space, but you will get more RAM on the foldable, as it comes with 8GB RAM under the hood, while the Edge packs 6GB RAM. Finally, if you’re looking for a more affordable phone, you can get the Moto G Stylus for $200 with $100 savings and the Nokia 5.4 for $190 after a $60 discount. Both phones are unlocked, and they feature 128GB of storage space.

Suppose you’re looking for new controllers to improve your gaming experience on your PC, Xbox One, or the Xbox Series X &S. In that case, you can grab a new Razer Wolverine Ultimate Officially Licensed Xbox One Controller with six remappable buttons and triggers for $140 after receiving a $20 discount. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, consider the PowerA FUSION Pro, which is getting a $19 discount, meaning you can get yours for just under $61.

And if you’re more into smartphone gaming, you can grab the Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller. The iPhone model is currently selling for $85 with $15 savings, and it will be compatible with the latest iPhone X, iPhone 11, and iPhone 12 lineups. If you’re an Android user, you can get the Android model for $70 after a $10 discount.

 

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is still $325, more Android phones are also on sale

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Last week we saw some cray deals over at Samsung.com. We thought that they’d be long gone by now, but we were wrong. You can still get a new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $325 if you’re ok with getting a locked device on Verizon or AT&T. If you want an unlocked device, you can get one for $750 or grab the unlocked vanilla variant for $350.

Now, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series has returned to its regular savings, as you can get up to $700 off your new device. The entry-level variant can be yours for just $100. Add $200 more and get the Galaxy S21 Plus, or go for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra that’s now selling for $500; just remember that you need to trade-in an eligible device to get these awesome discounts. They all come with 128GB of storage space, but remember that only the Galaxy S21 Ultra features S Pen support. And if you’re still looking for a Galaxy S20 FE, you can get yours for $400, with an eligible trade-in as well.

And for those of you looking for a new Android device that won’t break the bank and won’t require you to trade-in your current phone, we have found the OnePlus 8 with 128GB of storage space and 8GB RAM selling for $499 after a $200 discount.

The next option comes as the Nokia 8.3 5G, which’s currently getting a $129 discount, meaning that you can grab one for $570. If you’re looking for a more affordable Nokia phone, you can also consider the Nokia 3.4, which is now available for $149 with $30 savings. And finally, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is $150 off, which means you can grab one for $450.

 

You can also find Amazon Echo speakers on sale. The latest Echo is getting a $30 discount, leaving it available for just $80, the Echo Dot can be yours for $35 with $15 savings, and you can also score the previous-gen for $30 with $5 savings. And if you don’t want to share your tunes, you can also get a new pair of Beats Flex for $40 after a $10 discount.

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This is what happens when an ecosystem dies

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Windows Phone 8 is another lesson we’re learning the hard way. You know, it’s been a while since Marilyn Monroe’s now-famous quote was uttered: “if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best”. You can debate whether that resonates with most people or not, but when your “worst” is basically “useless”, there’s nothing you can really do about it.

More recently, the HUAWEI-Google drama taught us the importance of services in the success of a product. It’s not all about hardware, of course, but when services, or, to be more specific, lack of services, render a product that’s still capable hardware-wise useless, we tend to realize how much we rely on said services. 

It’s not just only for our usage scenario or particular apps. Sometimes the entire existence (or extinction) of a product (or entire generation), otherwise still capable hardware-wise, depends on it. This is what happens when you kill an ecosystem.

When I was at my best: Lumia 1020

I’m showing you the Lumia 1020 because this model happens to still be in my drawer. Long-time Windows Phone users (OGs) know that there are many other Nokia Lumia models in the same situation. 

These are phones that didn’t get the Microsoft update treatment to Windows Phone 10 and were stuck on Windows Phone 8 (my particular one is on Cyan). And, as we know, Microsoft has killed off support for Windows Phone 8. To my surprise, this went way beyond the inability to get updates (for the OS or for apps). This rendered the Lumia 1020 useless. It’s basically a camera that is able to make phone calls and send texts. It’s that bad.

This is the Lumia 1020 at its best:

When I’m at my worst (read: useless)

One would think that, even without software or app updates, you’d still be able to use a capable phone. One would be wrong, at least in this particular case.

With services gone, the first thing out is the Store. You are not able to access it, since it’s no longer there. This means that your apps don’t get updates. This also means that if an app is already on your phone (Skype) as a placeholder, tapping it to go to the store and downloading it will fail.

Windows Phone 8

How about email? While back in the day, you had plenty of e-mail options to choose from, believe me, that none can be set up. I can’t log in with a Microsoft Account. I can’t log in with a Yahoo account. And, I can’t log in with a Google account. Needless to say, all those accounts are active; Microsoft seems to have pulled the plug and stopped allowing users to add those to their phones.

With that, e-mail, calendar, and contacts don’t work.

Facebook came preinstalled, and it launches alright. The problem is you can’t log in with a valid Facebook account. I think you know where I’m getting at with this.

What works? You can still edit Office documents locally, but what’s the point if you can’t share them or access incoming ones? The calculator still works, if you’re out and want to calculate the amount of the tip you want to generously hand out. Of course, I’m being sarcastic: apps baked into Windows Phone 8 that don’t require services or connectivity will work. Maps are still working and Internet Explorer is still alive.

Windows Phone 8

I’m just a camera that can make calls

What was once a true statement of stellar hardware on a platform that had the potential to grow is now sadly just a camera (still a damn good one at that) that can make phone calls and send texts.

And, this should serve us as a valuable lesson, in case we didn’t learn from the demise of Symbian, BlackBerry OS, and others before it. You can’t help but wonder about the potential disaster that could hypothetically happen if a company like Google pulls the plug. I know, it’s highly unlikely to happen, but the most important takeaway, at least for me, personally, is how important it is for a company to be in charge of both hardware, and software.

Apple is pretty much the only one among the top players whose hardware products don’t depend on third-party services, or at least not existentially. HUAWEI might try to (is being forced to) mirror that, but it’s a sad pill to swallow for all the Windows Phone fans of yesterday.

In the case of Windows Phone, the ecosystem did not die out. It was killed and leaves nothing behind but pages of tech history and memories to fuel your nostalgic tech conversations.

Have a classic phone from yesteryear that was rendered useless due to its ecosystem dying out? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

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Apple’s iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and more are on sale

We start today’s deals with the iPhone XS that’s currently selling for just $350 at Woot.com. Now, before you get too excited, we have to say that this is a ‘Grade A Refurbished’ device. Still, paying just $350 for a 64GB iPhone XS is, without a doubt, a great deal. And since we’re already talking about Apple products, we must also remind you that the latest M1 powered Macs are on sale, and you can check them out here.

If you own an iPhone 12 Pro Max, and you’re looking to protect your investment, the Apple Leather Sleeve with MagSafe in Saddle Brown is getting a $38 discount, which means you can get one for just under $91. The Baltic Blue and Pink Citrus color options are also on sale, but they’re only getting around $4 and $7 savings.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is also getting some nice savings, as you can grab the 40mm version with GPS connectivity for just $374 after a $235 discount. And to make your device look even better, you can get an Anwaut Solid Stainless Steel Wristband for $14.40 with $5.50 savings. You can get this replacement band for any model of Apple Watch you can think of, and you also get six color options to choose from to match the case of your device.

 

Now, moving on to Samsung devices, we find the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ getting a massive $480 discount over at B&H, which means you can grab yours for just $620. Now, this deal is almost as good as the ones available at Samsung.com, where you can get the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series starting at $350. If you go for the entry-level variant with 128GB of storage space or the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, that can be yours for just $750 after trading-in an eligible device.

Further, you can also get a new Samsung Galaxy S21 for as low as $100 with an eligible trade-in. If you want the higher-end variants, you can get your hands on a Galaxy S21+ for $300 or the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $500; it will all depend on the phone you have to trade-in. The best part is that you can also get up to $100 instant credit to use towards Samsung’s online store devices and accessories. And if you’re really looking for another device that won’t break the bank, you can also consider a new Nokia 5.4 with Dual SIM support and 128GB of storage space that’s now available for $200 after getting a $50 discount.

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Several iPad models and more Android devices are on sale right now

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We keep finding some great deals for you. The latest ones come from Amazon.com, where we find the latest 10/2-inch iPad that’s once again getting a $30 discount, which leaves the 32GB storage option selling for $299 in its Gold color option. Now, if you want to get more storage, the 128GB storage option is also on sale, and you can get one for just $395, which translates to $34 savings. And while you’re at it, you may also want to get a new gen-1 Apple Pencil, as it will work with your new iPad, and it’s now selling for just $94.88.

If you want more power, you can also get a new Apple iPad Air with 256GB of storage space. It is currently getting a $69 discount, which means you can grab yours for $680 or get the 64GB storage option that starts at $559 with $40 savings, but prices will vary depending on the color option you go for.

 

Earlier today, we posted several smartphone options from Samsung and OnePlus, but that doesn’t mean that those are the only deals available. We have also spotted the Google Pixel 4 XL that’s currently selling for $580 after a $40 discount in its Just Black color option, or get the Clearly White version that’s now going for $645 after a $254 discount. Both of them are factory unlocked, and they feature 64GB of storage space. However, if you’re looking for a more affordable phone, you can get your hands on a new Nokia 7.2 with 128GB of storage for $210 with $140 savings.

 

 

Finally, you can get a new Lenovo Smart Tab M10 Plus with a 10.3-inch FHD with a dock that features dual speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos and dual 3W speakers, meaning that it will easily double up as a smart display. It is currently getting a $25 discount, which means you can get one for $155. if you only want the tablet, you can get it for $129 with $20.99 savings.

You can also get a new Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light that’s currently selling for $180 after a $40 discount. Govee’s Led Floor Lamp is also on sale, and you can get this adjustable lamp for $29 shipped if you add the on-page coupon that will get you $5 savings and add the code E87BQD3R at checkout.

 

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OnePlus 8, the Pixel 4a and more Android phones are also on sale today

Earlier today, we saw some awesome deals on Samsung devices from Amazon. Still, those aren’t the only devices on sale. We have continued to search for the best deals available, and we’ve found the OnePlus 8 selling for $699 after a $100 discount. Now, to make things better, you can also get 50 percent of your second device, meaning that you can get two new devices for just $898, which would translate to $500 savings. This device comes with 12GB RAM, 256GB storage space, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, a 90HGz Fluid Display, and a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor.

Next up, we have the OnePlus 7T that’s currently getting a $250 discount over at B&H. This 128GB unlocked version can be yours for just $350, and you have two color options to choose from.

We also have deals on Google devices. We will start with the Google Pixel 3XL, which’s currently getting a $500 discount. This leaves the Just Black Unlocked version with 64GB storage space for $300. The 64GB Google Pixel 3a is available for $349, as it’s getting a $50 discount on its Purple-ish color variant. However, you can get even better savings when you grab the Just Black or Clearly White color options, as they sell for $339 and $332, respectively. Finally, the Google Pixel 4 is getting a $250 discount, which leaves it up for grabs at just $549. This phone is also equipped with 64GB storage space and one of the best cameras available in the market.

We then move onto Nokia devices, as the Nokia 8.3 5G is currently selling for $530 after a $169 discount. This device comes with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor. You can also add a quad-camera setup to the package, which features a primary 64GB shooter. The Nokia 5.3 is also on sale. You can grab one for $177 with $23 savings. This Dual-SIM phone comes with 64GB storage space, 4GB RAM, and a quad-camera setup with a 13MP primary shooter.

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Nokia 1.4 debuts with a €99 price tag, modest specs, and a gift-for-grandpa appeal

HMD Global has today launched its latest budget phone – the Nokia 1.4 – that is targeted at the entry-level segment. The latest Nokia-branded offering starts at just €99 (~ $120) and will be up for grabs globally starting today in three color options – Fjord, Charcoal, and Dusk – and an equal number of memory configurations.

A decent first smartphone for kids and boomers alike

While the internal hardware is modest, the phone doesn’t look bad either and is targeted at first-time smartphone users. Nokia promises three years of security updates for its ultra-affordable phone and has also baked in built-in parental controls in the near-stock Android experience.

Talking about the specs, Nokia 1.4 offers a 6.51-inch HD+ display with a teardrop notch at the top, while a 4000 mAh battery has been fitted inside to keep the lights on. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 215 SoC keeps things running in tandem with up to 3 gigs of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage with scope for memory expansion up to 128GB via a microSD card.

Nokia says its latest budget phone is ready for Android 11 upgrade

Notably, the Nokia 1.4 comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor, a feature that was missing from its predecessor. And oh, there is a dedicated Google Assistant button as well. At the back, you’ll find an 8MP main camera sitting alongside a 2MP macro lens, while the selfie department will be handled by a 5MP front camera.

You also get access to camera tricks such as portrait mode and a dedicated Night mode as well. The phone runs Android 10 (Go Edition), but the company says it is ready to get the Android 11 update that will arrive soon.

Nokia 1.4 specifications

Display6.517-inch HD+
20:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 215 SoC
RAM1GB, 2GB or 3GB
Storage16GB, 32GB, or 64GB
Expandable up to 128GB via microSD
Rear Cameras8MP primary with AF
2MP macro
Front Camera5MP
Battery4000 mAh
5W charging
ColorsFjord, Charcoal, Dusk
Dimensions166.42 × 76.72 × 8.7 mm
Weight178 g
SoftwareAndroid 10 (Go edition)

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Nokia 8.3 5G starts receiving Android 11 update

Nokia 8.3 5G was launched last year in March and hit the shelves in the US in the second half of 2020. The device still runs Android 10. However, that’s changing now. The company is finally rolling out the Android 11 update for its Nokia 8.3 5G. A Nokia staff member confirmed the development through an official community post. The update is being dispatched in waves to ensure a smooth rollout. It is rolling out in 27 countries in Wave 1.

According to an official community post by Nokia, the company is rolling out Android 11 update for its Nokia 8.3 5G in these countries: Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macau, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Tunisia, the UAE, the US, and Vietnam.

The post says that 10% of the devices included in Wave 1 will receive the Android 11 update immediately. Further, 50% of them will receive the update by February 5, 2021, and 100% of the markets listed are expected to receive the update by February 7, 2021. The update brings the usual Android 11 goodies to the Nokia 8.3 5G. The phone receives features such as screen recording, conversation bubbles, improved media controls, and one-time-permission improvements among other privacy upgrades.

It features a 6.81-inch FHD+ punch-hole display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC paired with up to 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. There is a quad rear camera setup that consists of a 64MP primary snapper, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera. It comes with ZEISS lens.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 bundles, Pixels, and more are on sale today

We start today’s deals with some awesome picks we found over at Amazon.com. First, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 sells for $1,000 after a $270 discount from its regular $1,270 price tag. Now, you may be wondering, how is this possible? The thing is that it comes bundled with a 44mm Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. This means you would be paying $219 less than what you would regularly pay for these devices if you got them separately. You can also get the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $1,150 after a $150 discount, but this one doesn’t come with a Galaxy Watch. Now, if you’re looking for a less expensive option, you can also grab a new Samsung Galaxy A51, since it’s now selling for $350 after a $50 discount. All of these devices are factory unlocked, and they come with 128GB of storage space.

However, you can also choose to get these devices directly from Samsung.com. Remember that they have some amazing trade-in deals that can get you the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series starting at $450 or the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $750 if you have an eligible device to trade-in. You can also get a new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE for just $425. All of these devices also arrive with 128GB of storage space in their base models. You will also get four months of YouTube Premium and six months of Spotify premium for free upon purchase.

Now deals don’t stop there. We also found the Google Pixel 4 XL on sale. It is currently selling for $610 after a $280 discount. This unlocked device comes with 64GB of storage space and a killer camera. You can also choose to go for the Google Pixel 3a that’s currently getting a $79 discount, which leaves it up for grabs at just $320. Finally, the Nokia 7.2 comes with twice as much storage space as the Pixels, packing 128GB, and it can be yours for just $299 with $50 savings.

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More Android smartphones from OnePlus, Google and more are on sale

Well, we have recently listed some of the best deals available for anyone looking to get a new Samsung Galaxy S21 phone or for those who are also interested in the Galaxy Note 20 series. Now, we have also selected some excellent options from other OEMs. First, we find that OnePlus is giving some amazing discounts over at its online store. You will find that the OnePlus 8 Pro is currently selling for $700 with $200 savings, but that’s not all. Depending on how much you spend, you can get up to $200 off on purchases over $1,000. Buying $800 in OnePlus products will get you a $100 discount, $70 off on purchases over $500, and $40 off purchases over $300.

We then move over to B&H, where the Nokia 8.3 Dual-SIM smartphone with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM is currently selling for $380 after a $320 discount. Now, this deal will be available until January 31 at 11:59 EST, so you may want to hurry. If you’d rather get this phone from Amazon, you can also get it and save some cash, as it’s selling for $570 with $129 savings.

    Nokia 8.3

    Now, for those Moto fans, the Motorola RAZR 5G is also on sale, and you can get one for $1,001.02 after a $398.97 discount. This is the Polished Graphite version that comes with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor under the hood. You can also add a 2,800mAh battery, a dual-camera setup featuring a 48MP and a 12MP sensor, and a 20MP selfie shooter.

    Suppose you’re looking for a more affordable Moto phone, then you should consider the Motorola Edge that comes with 6GB RAM and 256GB storage space for $494.07 with $205.92 savings. The Moto G7 Plus is also an option to consider. You can get yours for $123 after its latest $127 discount. This will get you an unlocked device with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

    Finally, we have several Google Pixel devices on sale. We will start with the latest Google Pixel 4a 5G that’s available for $459 after a $50 discount. If you’re looking for the 64GB storage option of the Google Pixel 4, you can get one for $519 with $280 savings or get the Pixel 4 XL for $609 after a $198 discount. Last but not least, the Google Pixel 3a is up for grabs at just $349 after a $50 discount.

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