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Xiaomi Mi Box spotted at Walmart with a price tag of $69

Xiaomi Mi Box

Mi Box

The Android TV based #Xiaomi #MiBox was expected to land in the U.S. soon, but the company never gave any specific launch details. However, this set-top-box has just been spotted on a shelf in Walmart, suggesting that Xiaomi might have launched the device without a formal announcement. The Mi Box is shown to be carrying a price tag of $69, which is pretty reasonable considering the kind of competition it will be facing in the market.

Bear in mind, it is very likely that the Mi Box has been put up by the retailer prematurely, so we suggest you reserve your excitement till the news becomes official. As Android Police suggests, it would probably help if you tried contacting your local Walmart retailer to check if the Mi Box is actually in stock or if all this was just an error.

The Mi Box with Android TV was announced by Xiaomi in May, coinciding with the Google I/O event. Although it’s slightly disappointing that it has taken the company this long to bring the device to the country, we’re glad the wait is finally over. Expect this to fly off the shelves pretty quickly once the launch is officially confirmed.

Via: Android Police

BlackBerry Priv now available for purchase via Walmart

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

The #BlackBerryPriv smartphone has received positive reviews from critics and users alike. The handset combines the classic BlackBerry keyboard with Android’s raw power, thus offering a truly great experience for the customers. Well, BlackBerry has now partnered with retail chain Walmart to showcase the handset in its retail locations across the U.S.

The handset is still priced at $699.99, so customers will have to pay the same amount as they would with other retailers in the country. To refresh your memory, the Priv comes with a 5.4 inch Quad HD display, a hexa core Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 200GB), an 18-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 3,410 mAh battery underneath.

The smartphone can be bought online and shipped directly to your home location or you can even opt to pick it up from one of your nearest Walmart outlets. Head over to the Walmart link below for more information on shipping and other details.

Source: Walmart

Via: Android Headlines

Black Friday 2015 Android deals: Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, Fred Meyer, and more

It’s undoubtedly stressful, time-consuming and outright annoying to devise a holiday shopping list nowadays, as so many retailers are struck with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday deal fever. But that’s where we come in.

Black Friday

No more worrying you’ll miss the bargain of a lifetime by getting an extra hour or two of sleep after gobbling down some traditional stuffed turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Mmm, pie! Wait, where were we?

Right, we wanted to lift the weight of scouring the web, foraging through stores and chaotically filtering out the actual steals from the duds off your shoulders. All with a couple of weeks to spare before Turkey Day.

Black Friday crowd

Forget crappy clothes, tacky jewels, overpriced TVs, unneeded home appliances, and falsely advertised discounts in general. If you’re interested only in the hottest consumer electronics, specifically Android-powered and Android-compatible gadgets and accessories, we have you covered, with the top Black Friday 2015 deals from Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax, and now, Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, Fred Meyer, Dell, Dollar General and Sears.

Black Friday Android promotions at Walmart

$150 savings and $100 gift cards on any AT&T or Verizon Samsung phone; additional free Bluetooth speaker ($99 value) for Galaxy S6

Fitbit Flex – $59

Fitbit Zip – $39

Fitbit Charge HR – $119

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $79

Nabi Nick Jr. kids’ tablet – $79

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S5 – $229

Walmart Black Friday

Straight Talk LG Sunset LTE – $76

Prepaid Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime – $49

Verizon LG Transpyre – $29

Kyocera Hydro Air for AT&T – $39

Pocket Juice 12,000 mAh portable charger – $14.88

Beats Pill wireless speaker – $149

Philips ShoqBox Mini wireless speaker – $19

JBL Flip 2 portable speaker – $59

Skullcandy Bluetooth Hesh headphones – $54

LG Tone Pro wireless Bluetooth headset – $32

JayBird BlueBuds X Premium wireless earbuds – $79

Jabra BT2046 Bluetooth headset – $14

Otterbox Defender case for Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6 – $29 a pop

Samsung Galaxy S5

Let’s start things off with a sincere “whoa!”. That’s a big list of items to be marked-down, and you can’t find any of the products at lower prices right now. Trust us, we’ve checked. You have tens of solid reasons therefore to visit a Walmart shop on November 26, and you may want to sit in line several hours ahead of the official Thanksgiving Day door opening at 6 PM.

Better yet, load up on caffeine, and just go online in the early AM on Thursday. As early as possible, with prepaid Galaxy S5s, for instance, likely to see their inventory depleted in no time. No-contract doesn’t mean unlocked here, but a completely no-commitment S5 costs $340 over on Amazon.

Speaking of commitments, you’ll want to sign up to a customary contract or payment plan, and score the amazing trio of S6 promos. There’s $150 bill credit to be had, a $100 coupon and a complimentary external speaker.

Don’t neglect wearables either, with the Flex going for roughly $90 at the moment, or other prepaid phones. Like the massive Galaxy Grand Prime, valued at $150+ unlocked.

Best BJ’s Wholesale Black Friday Android deals

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $220

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $78

BJ's Wholesale Black Friday

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $110

Fitbit Charge with bonus charger – $90; Charge HR with bonus charger – $120

LG Tone Pro – $35

iDance Party Cube Bluetooth speaker with disco lights – $40

Ion Flash Cube Bluetooth speaker – $60

Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 wireless headphones – $50

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

Not a member yet? You’d better hurry and join the club, if not for anything else but a series of super-cool and/or retro audio accessories at unrivaled prices. The archaic Tab 3 Lite also doesn’t sound half bad, typically fetching $110 or so, while the cheapest Fitbit Charge still sets you back $115, i.e. 25 bucks more than what BJ plans to demand on November 20. Yes, 20, with most deals slated to run through the 30th provided supplies last.

Fred Meyer

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $180 with free $10 gift card

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230 (+$10 gift card)

Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120 (and $10 gift card)

Fred Meyer Black Friday

Nabi 2S tablet – $80

Polaroid 9-inch quad-core tab – $48

Polaroid selfie stick – $7.49

Beats Solo 2 wireless headphones – $220

Fitbit Charge HR – $120 and $25 gift card

Pebble smartwatch – $100 + $25 gift card

iLive Bluetooth headphones or earbuds – $20

Galaxy Tab A 9.7

This is hardly the largest superstore chain stateside, with retail locations only in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, but the above collection of discounts looks surprisingly robust. The original Pebble is clearly too old and rudimentary to consider, the Nabi and Polaroid tabs are better off snubbed in favor of a $50 Amazon Fire 7, yet the two A tabs and 7-inch Tab 4 seem worth the effort of finding a Fred Meyer outlet near you with those bundled gift cards.

Keep in mind a Tab 4 normally costs $150, a smaller Tab A $230 and a larger model $300.

Dell Home & Home Office

Venue 10 5000 Series tablet – $149

Sony MDR ZX770BT wireless Bluetooth headset – $73 (50 percent off)

Bose SoundTrue in-ear headphones – $49.95

Dell Black Friday

Windows, Windows, more Windows, and finally, a $100 exempted 10-inch Android with pre-installed Lollipop software, Intel Atom inside, 2GB RAM, and up to 9-hour battery life. That’s Dell’s Black Friday flyer in a nutshell. Wait, those SoundTrues are pretty attractive themselves, slashing $80 off their “market value” and $50 off their real price.

6 PM EST on Thanksgiving Day is when “doorbusters” go live, with the blowout due to continue all day Friday from midnight.

Dollar General

Tracfone Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glitz – $1

Net10 Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon – $29

AT&T ZTE Maven prepaid – $19

ZTE Maven

What did you expect from the masters of ultra-low-cost merchandise? Galaxy Note 5s and LG G4s and LG Watch Urbanes? Sorry, but you’ll have to settle for a little known Maven handheld that Amazon charges $63 for. Or the cringe worthy 3.5-inch, 3G-limited, dual-core and 512MB RAM-powered Pixi Glitz. Or sit this one retailer out.

Sears

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – $400 ($20 back in points for members)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120 (+$20 in membership points)

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Come on, Sears, that’s honestly the best you can do for us Android fanatics after cashing in revenues of over $8 billion last year?! We’re immensely disappointed, and the Galaxy Tab S2’s much heftier $500 MSRP doesn’t entirely make up for the letdown. And to think the Black Friday pamphlet is a whopping 64 pages long…

Sources: Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, BF Ads

T-Mobile Increases Data Limits For Walmart’s Mobile Plans

T-Mobile Store

For those unaware, at Walmart you can get select prepaid T-Mobile plans that aren’t available anywhere else. Starting tomorrow, April 18th, those prepaid plans will get a little bit better.

For starters, the $29.88 monthly plan currently comes with unlimited talk, text, and only 500MB of 4G LTE data. Tomorrow, that plan will have the data doubled to 1 GB at no additional charge.

The other plan that costs $39.88 per month currently comes with unlimited talk, text, and 2.5 GB of 4G LTE data. Your data won’t be doubled, but you will get an extra 500 MB to round up to 3 GB of data.

As it currently stands, customers who opt for family plans will get an additional savings of their bills of $5 every time a new line is added after the first. This will not change tomorrow and will still be offered.

So if you are a prepaid T-Mobile customer through Walmart, make sure to look at your plans tomorrow and make sure you’re getting the new data limit instead of the old one. If you’re a new customer through these plans, they are only available in Walmart stores. If you go to a T-Mobile store, they will set you up with other plans and not these.

Via: AndroidHeadlines

Black Friday 2014 Android deals early roundup – Best Buy, Walmart, Target

Considering we’re still more than two weeks away from the formal opener of the busy holiday shopping season, we already know a lot about what’s coming. And for the most part, we like what we’re seeing.

Android sales

Three high-profile retailers have had their Black Friday deals revealed in full, one of which officially previewed the discount extravaganza by giving us a taste of its “doorbusters”. We mean, of course, Best Buy, although the sample they put out is nothing compared to the cards they keep close to their chests.

Unfortunately for them, we’ll always have your backs when it comes to potentially hefty savings on Android gear, and we’ll spare no effort in helping you make the best, most informed possible decisions.

Black Friday

Without further ado, we’d like to give you an assortment of Black Friday 2014 promotions from Best Buy, Walmart and Target, handpicked and carefully analyzed after being spotted in leaked ads we have every reason to believe are legit.

Best Buy

Good deals:

  • Boost Mobile LG Realm – $20
  • 25 percent off all Galaxy Tab 4 models (7.0, 8.0 and 10.1)
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 – $200
  • Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition – $130
  • Samsung Gear Fit – $100
  • Sprint prepaid Samsung Galaxy S3 4G – $80
  • Asus Transformer Pad TF310 – $180
  • T-Mobile prepaid Alcatel One Touch Evolve 2 – $25
  • Pebble smartwatch (compatible with Android) – $80
  • Jawbone UP24 – $80

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Where to even start? Let’s look at the above list this way. Come Thanksgiving, you can buy a phone, tablet and smartwatch for less than $300. Not to mention the cheapest slate there can also seamlessly turn into a laptop. So basically, you cough up $280, and score four pieces of outstanding Android gear.

And yes, we realize the OG Pebble wearable doesn’t run Android per se. But it’s a gizmo that’s best suited for use in combination with an Android handheld, so it’s definitely worth mentioning to our Google-addicted readers.

By the by, how does it feel to see a classic like the GS3 drop to sub-$100 contract-free? Isn’t that something to remember this Black Friday by?

Amazing deals:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 – $1 with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint contracts
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $400
  • Amazon Fire HD 6 – $80
  • Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 510 – $30
  • Fitbit Charge – $100
  • Pebble Steel – $150
  • Misfit Flash – $25

Galaxy S5

You didn’t think things could get better? Oh, but they can. The Fire HD 6, for instance, is barely a month old. The S5 needs no introduction, and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is hands down the best Samsung tab in history. And don’t even get me started on how cool those ultra-affordable Android-compatible wearables are.

So-so deals:

  • Asus MeMo Pad 7 – $100 with case and 8 GB memory card
  • Tracfone LG Ultimate 2 – $30
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra – $200
  • LG G3 – $1 with carrier activations
  • Fitbit Flex – $80

Fitbit Flex

A big meh goes out to the microscopic Fitbit Flex discount, and, while the LG G3 is a must-buy at a buck, Amazon already has that particular deal in place. The Xperia T2 Ultra? It’s nice, large and cheap, but it’s likewise available on Amazon for a competitive price.

Bad deals:

  • DigiLand 10 – $70
  • DigiLand 7 – $40

I don’t… I wouldn’t… I’m not… Well, you get the idea. Don’t come near these no-name crap-packages. Under no circumstances! Not even if Best Buy lets you have them for free. Okay, maybe free they’re worth picking out from the trash. Otherwise, no! Just no!

Weird deals:

  • Free Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 with Samsung appliance purchases over $649

Buy a refrigerator, get a tablet for free. What kind of a moron conceived that sales pitch? I honestly don’t know if we should laugh or cry seeing it.

All in all though, there’s no question about it. Best Buy is stepping up its Black Friday savings game, and you’d better pay them a visit in a couple of weeks. Online, offline, whatever suits you best. They’ll be waiting.

Walmart

Black Friday shoppers

Smart buys:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $99
  • Nabi 2 Nickelodeon Edition – $99
  • AT&T GoPhone LG Tribute – $39
  • Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S4 – $249
  • Verizon Moto G – $39
  • Misfit Flash – $24

That’s not bad, Walmart, although we can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. At least compared to what Amazon has in the pipeline. Oh, well, maybe we don’t have the full story yet. Probably. Hopefully.

Based on what we do know so far, Walmart seems to focus its efforts on devices that are fairly cheap to begin with. The Tab 3 Lite, LG Tribute, Moto G, Misfit Flash, they can already be had for reasonable prices.

But maybe you want to buy them at unreasonable prices. $39 for a Moto G? Somebody pinch me. $24 for a Misfit Flash? I might get into sports just to use that snazzy little activity tracker. But wait, there’s something for fans of higher-end tech too. The no-contract S4, sadly available only with Straight Talk prepaid plans.

Not so smart buys:

  • RCA Pro 10 – $79
  • Straight Talk LG Access – $49
  • RCA 7 – $29
  • Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Ace Style – $29
  • Galaxy S4 with AT&T or Verizon contracts – $0.97
  • LG G Vista with AT&T or Verizon pacts – $0.97
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with contracts – $99

Walmart

Repeat after me. Never buy gadgets from manufacturers Google has never heard of. What’s an RCA? As for the S4 and G Vista, they’re as cheap as they come on Amazon, so why wait and why bother? The S5? Pft, did you see what Best Buy is planning to charge for it? Nothing, exactly. Nada. Come on, Walmart, you can do better than $99 with two-year contracts for an aging flagship.

Special offers:

  • $100 gift card with select Android smartphone purchases
  • Up to $200 gift cards on trade-in

Sound good, but let’s wait and see what “select” smartphones the gift cards will be offered with. The Galaxy Note 4 perhaps? LG G3? If so, maybe we misjudged Walmart’s stinginess.

Target

  • Fuhu Nabi 2 – $130
  • RCA 8 – $70
  • RCA 7 – $40
  • Virgin Mobile Kyocera Hydro Vibe – $30
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 – $0.01 with contracts

Target lines

That’s it, Target? That’s not enough deals for us to even break down into categories. Please, pretty please, tell us you have more on the way.

Still, the S5 promo is undoubtedly one of the very best you can hope to find this holiday season all around the interwebs, and the Kyocera Hydro Vibe sounds fairly affordable at $30 considering Amazon currently sells it for $107. The RCA 7, RCA 8? Let’s not go there… again.

Let’s instead rejoice upon seeing one of the most compelling kid-centric tab efforts in history at $130, nearly 50 bucks less than the best Amazon can do.

As a preliminary conclusion, we’re off to a pretty good start. Stay tuned however, because exactly like last year, we plan to round up the most lucrative deals from a dozen sellers you can trust with your hard-earned money. Amazon, Sears, RadioShack, GameStop, Office Depot, Staples, TigerDirect, Newegg, Micro Center, Fry’s, OfficeMax, your time will come. Soon.

T-Mobile Teams Up With Walmart To Bring Affordable 4G Tablets To Everyone

When most consumers are given the chance to choose between an Android tablet with Wi-Fi only or one with an extra 4G LTE connectivity they will often choose the former over the latter. This is because tablets that come with 4G LTE are usually expensive and are often tied to a contract with a US-based carrier. T-Mobile aims to change this by offering consumers affordable data-enabled tablets with the help of Walmart.

T-Mobile Walmart

According to Doug Chartier, senior vice president at T-Mobile, “The vast majority of tablet owners today are trapped in the Wi-Fi zone. First there’s the extra cost of a cellular-enabled tablet. Then there’s the added cost of the big three carriers’ expensive data plans and the danger of overages. It doesn’t have to be this way. With these great connected tablets, you get free 4G data for the life of your tablet on the blazing fast T-Mobile network – and the freedom to live your life beyond the Wi-Fi zone – at an unheard of price.”

This new offer of T-Mobile not only gives its customers an affordable tablet but also free 4G data of 200MB per month for life. This may not seem large but it’s already good enough to check emails, update social networks, and read about the latest news. Customers who need more than 200MB of data can simply avail of any of the affordable plans that the carrier is offering.

The first tablet being offered and is currently available is the Apollo Brands Trio AXS Quad Core which sells for $179 at Walmart. This is a 4G-powered tablet that comes with a 7.85-inch display and uses a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It’s got decent specs and should be able to easily handle light to moderate tasks.

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2GHz MediaTek MTK 8389 Quad Cortex processor
  • 1GB DDR of system memory
  • 7.85″ touchscreen, 1024 x 768 resolution
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0
  • Back 5MP webcam and front 0.3MP webcam with microphone, auto-focus and digital zoom
  • microUSB 2.0 port
  • 16GB onboard storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
  • 2 rear speakers
  • GPS, accelerator
  • Up to 6 hours of run time on a full charge

This coming June a second tablet will be added to the lineup which is going to be the HP Slate 7 HD. This tablet costs a little bit higher than the first one at $229. This tablet comes with a 7-inch display, comes with Google Play access, and uses a dual core processor.

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2GHz Marvell SOC PXA986 Dual-Core processor
  • 1GB DDR3L of system memory
  • 7.0″ touchscreen, 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v3.0 + HS
  • Back 5MP webcam and front 2MP HD webcam with auto-focus
  • microUSB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 16GB on-board storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
  • Integrated speakers
  • GPS, e-Compass, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyro, proximity sensor
  • Up to 7 hours of run time on a full charge
  • Weighs 0.72 lbs; 7.9″ x 0.4″ x 4.7″ dimensions

According to Kevin Pate, vice president of electronics for Walmart U.S., “We know many of our customers want to be constantly connected but often end up purchasing tablets with just Wi-Fi due to the cost. The new T-Mobile tablets with Free Data for Life will not only provide our customers with the technology and cellular access they want but also an unmatched value.”

Customers who get these tablets from Walmart will be able to get exclusive access to T-Mobile’s high speed data passes which consists of the $35 for 3.5GB of high-speed data or $50 for 5GB of high-speed data.

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RCA Internet Music System Is Powered By Android 4.2, Costs $178

The Android operating system is usually being used in mobile devices and rarely in home appliances. RCA however decided that a stereo system would have better features with Android on-board which is why we now have the RCA Internet Music System. It looks like any ordinary home audio system with 20 watt Bluetooth speakers which can be used by other devices, a CD player, and an FM radio. What’s unique about this stereo is that it uses a 7-inch Android tablet   as its touchscreen controller.

RCA Internet Music System

The RCA Internet Music System is currently available at Walmart and is selling for $178. The 7-inch Android tablet that’s built-in the audio system is where all the action occurs. Consumers will be able to stream music from Google Play Music, Pandora, or any other online music provider. Videos coming from YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play Movies can also be viewed from the touchscreen display.

Technical Specifications

  • 1.2GHz Dual Core processor
  • 1GB of system memory
  • 7″ touchscreen, 800 x 480 resolution, virtual keyboard
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Front 0.3MP webcam
  • 4GB on-board storage memory, additional memory via SD card slot
  • 2 speakers
  • Up to 4 hours of run time on a full charge
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Android browser and Google Play (for applications)
  • Android Music Player

The 7-inch tablet can also be detached from the stereo itself and used as a stand-alone device. Compared to other similar tablets in the market today the one used by RCA isn’t that great at all having a resolution of only 800 x 480 pixels. It does have one important feature that most tablets don’t and that is it can be used as a controller for a home stereo system.

Navigating the menus of the Internet Music System is easy since consumers will only need to touch the display.  It even has access to the Google Play Store which allows for the downloading of apps. For those who don’t want to constantly go to the audio system to change the FM station or skip to the next CD track then the tablet can be detached and used as a remote control using Bluetooth connection. You can also use the included 27 button IR remote control but then it isn’t able to control some Android specific activities.

For those who love to watch movies on a larger screen there’s an HDMI port which can be used to hook-up a larger TV.

In terms of sound quality the stereo system provides a relatively loud sound from its 20 watt speakers. Since the speakers have a Bluetooth feature a smartphone, tablet, or laptop can connect to it and use it as an output device.

Overall, the RCA Internet Music System is interesting equipment that aims to bring Android functionality to stereo systems. It may not be the best Android device or the best stereo system available n the market but by combining both it is able to provide a unique experience to consumers.

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Black Friday Android Deals Are Live Now, Here’s a Quick Rundown (Best Buy, Walmart, Target and More)

D-Day is here, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s finally time to put our money where our mouths are. We turned dozens of leaked Black Friday 2013 ads and brochures upside down, analyzed them thoroughly and then analyzed them again, but today it’s a totally different ball game.

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As expected, most reputable retailers kept at least some cards close and didn’t let everything slip ahead of time. So without further ado, I give you the best Black Friday deals on Android gadgets live at the time of this writing across six major retail chains: Best Buy, Walmart, Target, RadioShack, Newegg and GameStop.

Best Buy

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 – free with two-year Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contracts in all color combos, including the exclusive “blue arctic”
  • HTC One for Verizon, AT&T or Sprint – $29.99
  • No-contract Samsung Galaxy S3 with Boost or Virgin Mobile – $299.99 ($100 off)
  • Unlocked 4G Samsung Galaxy S4 – $599.99 ($200 off)
  • No-contract LG Optimus F3 for Virgin Mobile – $89.99 (down from $180)
  • Prepaid AT&T ZTE Avail 2 – $34.99 ($45 off)
  • 16 GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $99.99
  • 8 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $149.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – $399.99 plus $10 gift card
  • Insignia Flex 8 tablet – $79.99 ($120 off)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99
  • Double Power 9-inch tab with Android 4.1 – $89.99

Best Buy

Note that some of the promotions may already be gone online, but visiting a Best Buy physical store could still be worth a shot. Unless, you know, you have a terrible headache following that wild Thanksgiving rave (read quiet, torturing dinner with family), and don’t feel like getting out of bed earlier than 2 pm today. In which case forget about it.

As for early risers, don’t forget to check out Best Buy’s surprise in-store doorbusters, available starting 10 am Black Friday.

Walmart

  • RCA 7-inch tablet with Jelly Bean – $59
  • Trio Stealth G2 10-incher – $99
  • Prepaid Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 – $299
  • RCA 9-inch dual-core slate – $99
  • HP Mesquite 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1 – $89
  • Funtab 7-inch kid-friendly tablet – $69.99
  • Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Centura – $29
  • Virgin Kyocera Event – $19.99
  • Fuhu Nabi 2 kid-friendly slate – $99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 with Verizon pacts – $0.97 plus $100 gift card

Walmart

No judging here and I don’t mean to tell you how to go about your holiday shopping, but please, pretty please, ignore the dirt-cheap no-name tablets. You know, the RCA, Trio Stealth and so on. Instead, that exclusive, limited HP Mesquite thingy looks awesome. And the GS3, the Kyocera Event, Galaxy Centura, etc., etc.

Target

  • LeapFrog LeapPad 2 learning tablet – $89.99
  • InnoTab 3S learning tablet – $79.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – $249.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – $349.99
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z – $449.99
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition – $579.99
  • No-contract LG Optimus F3 – $149.99

Target

Nothing to write home about in the smartphone promotions department, but that’s because Cyber Monday is coming and Target would rather play it cool until then. You do get some solid savings on tablets however, plus store coupons for 20% off to be used between December 1 and 7 if you spend at least 75 bucks. Not too shabby, eh?

RadioShack

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – $0.99 with Verizon contracts
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon contracts – $49.99 plus $50 online VISA card
  • HTC One for Verizon – $19.99 with pacts
  • No-contract Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy Ring – $49.99 ($100 off)
  • No-contract Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro – $29.99 ($50 off)
  • No-contract HTC Desire C – $49.99
  • Kyocera Hydro Edge – $69.99 outright (down from $150)
  • Verizon LG Optimus Zone – $39.99
  • Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Rush – $79.99
  • Virgin Mobile ZTE Reef – $79.99 with prepaid plans
  • Trio Stealth Pro 7-inch tablet – $49.99
  • Ematic EGS004 7-incher – $59.99
  • Ematic FunTab Pro tablet for kids – $99.99

RadioShack

Massive savings on ultra low-end no-contract handhelds, a few dirt-cheap tablets from manufacturers I’ve actually heard about (Ematic) and the GS4 mini for free. You know what to do.

GameStop

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99
  • Buy 2, get 1 free on any pre-owned electronics, with the selection including $120 Kindle Fire, $230 Asus Transformer Pad TF300T, $220 Kindle Fire HD 8.9, $240 Asus ME301, $250 Acer A200

GameStop

I know, I know, buying pre-owned, refurb slates is not quite your idea of getting the perfect Black Friday deal. But think about it. You can score a Transformer Pad, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Asus ME301 for $470 in total. And all three will come to you in mint condition, guaranteed.

Newegg

  • Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 – $559.99 with promo code 1127BF29
  • Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note – $269.99 with promo code 1127BF27
  • Unlocked Blu Life Play – $204.99 with promo code 1127BF51
  • Blu Tank 4.5 phone – $119.99 with promo code 1127BF56
  • Ainol Novo 10 Hero 2 tablet – $184.99
  • Blu Dash 4.0 – $79.99 with promo code 1127BF48
  • Cube U18GT 7-inch quad-core tablet – $94.99
  • Cube U25GT 7-incher with Android 4.2 – $79.99
  • Dell Venue 8 – $159
  • Moto X with Verizon and Sprint contracts – $0.99 plus $50 gift card
  • HTC One for Verizon and Sprint – $19.99 plus $50 gift card
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – $9.99 on Verizon, $19.99 on Sprint plus $50 gift card
  • LG G2 – $49.99 with Verizon and Sprint pacts and $50 gift cards

Newegg

They warned us theirs is going to be “the only Black Friday sale you’ll need this year” and, while I wouldn’t quite go that far, it’s pretty obvious Newegg is one of the more generous retailers this holiday season. Ready, set, shop!

HP Mesquite 7-Inch Android Tablet Available Exclusively At Walmart This Black Friday For $89

Are you still looking for a budget tablet to buy this coming Black Friday, November 29th? HP and Walmart might just have the model for you as both companies have partnered to bring the HP Mesquite. This 7-inch Android tablet will be available exclusively at Walmart for only $89.

hp mesquite

One interesting feature of the HP Mesquite is that it uses an Intel Medfield Atom processor. This is a low cost chip that does not deliver the applications or graphics performance of the latest Intel Bay trail Atom processor. It can however provide basic functionality which is what most impulse buyers are looking for in budget devices.

HP Mesquite Technical Specifications

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor
  • 1GB DDR2 of system memory
  • 7″ touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution, virtual keyboard
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
  • Additional Features of the HP Tablet:
  • Front VGA webcam with omni-directional microphone
  • microUSB port
  • 8GB on-board storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
  • Built-in speaker
  • Accelerometer
  • Up to five hours of run time on a full charge
  • Weighs 0.83-pounds; 7.6″ x 4.92″ x 0.4″ dimensions
  • Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • Google Search, Google Voice Search, Gmail, Google Sync, Google Talk, Chrome browser, Google+, Google Maps, Google Street View, YouTube, Widevine digital content manager and Google Play

This sub-$100 model shows that not only ARM based tablets can have a low price point as Intel proves with this device that it too can penetrate this segment of the market. If this device proves to be popular then we might be seeing more models using Intel based processors in the near future.

If this 7-inch device is just too small for your tastes then Intel has other options available for sale this Black Friday.

Some of the choices include

  • Dell Venue 8 tablet running Android for US$99 with the purchase of a PC valued at US$599.99 or more from Costco
  • Dell Venue 8 for US$129.99 from Dell.com, a $50 savings from its original price
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro (with Windows 8) for US$279.99 from Staples or through Dell.com for $299.99
  • A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 sporting a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor for US$299.99 from Best Buy or Office Depot

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Black Friday 2013 Android Deals Early Roundup – Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, Best Buy

‘Tis the season to be jolly, everybody knows that, but how about we don’t wait for Santa Claus this year to fill our stockings with gifts and get a head start on the holiday shopping? After all, you never know if you’ll end up on the naughty list or not and, if you do, you’ll only find out about it when it’s far too late to change anything.

Black Friday

Bottom line, let’s allow Santa to take a vacation for a change and, instead of working his ass off when everyone else is chugging gallons of egg nog, go somewhere sunny and get a nice little tan. God knows he’s earned it.

But now comes the hard part. What to spoil yourselves with for Turkey Day and Christmas and what to get your loved ones to show you care? That’s hard? Pfft, then you must have not figured out yet that each and every self-respecting major retailer in the great US of A tends to slash prices on everything that runs Android around the winter holidays. And who doesn’t love a snazzy Android-based smartphone or tablet? Exactly.

Discounts

All that being said, let’s see what Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart and Best Buy have in store for us Android geeks (and non-geeks) between now and the beginning of December. Most importantly, we’ll try to sift the lucrative promos from the ones that aren’t so advantageous in the end to ensure you have nothing else to do but pay up. Here it goes:

Sam’s Club

The first retailer to have (unintentionally) come forward with Black Friday 2013 promo details is one that’s not quite accessible for everyone. That is to say Sam’s Club stores are open only to members, so if you’re not one yet, it might be a good idea to get it all sorted with ASAP.

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The awesome thing about Sam’s Club’s special BF offers is they’ll be kicked into gear earlier than the competition, namely on November 23, so you can take advantage of them and then regroup and buy some more from other sellers.

Studs:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 with two-year contracts on Verizon, AT&T or Sprint – $0.96
  • HTC One with Sprint pacts – $0.96
  • AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – $24.88

Duds:

  • Motorola Droid Ultra with Verizon carrier agreements – $98

Target

No memberships, no strings attached, close to 2,000 locations all over America and a Black Friday pamphlet that, believe it or not, stretches to 36 pages. Of course, there aren’t only Android deals in there, so here’s what we recommend you to get via Target come November 28 and 29 and what not to touch with a ten-foot pole:

Studs

  • On-contract AT&T and Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 – $0.01
  • Outright Virgin ZTE Awe – $19.99
  • Nook HD 7 with 8 GB storage – $79 (technically not running Android, but still based on our favorite OS)

Black Friday Target

Duds

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 with AT&T or Verizon contracts – $39.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 for Sprint – $49.99

Side note: The two GS4 deals are not bad per se, but why pay a premium when Sam’s Club is to offer them practically free of charge?

Walmart

You don’t get to be the biggest private employer, as well as the largest retailer in the world by chance and Walmart proves it knows how to conduct business and continue to attract millions of customers courtesy of sizzling hot Black Friday promotions.

The special sale starts at 6 pm Thanksgiving Day (November 28) and runs through December 1, albeit some of the discounts are bound to expire sooner than that deadline as stocks will undoubtedly be limited.

Walmart Black Friday

Studs:

  • Prepaid Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Centura – $29
  • Samsung Galaxy 3 10.1-inch tablet – $299
  • Fuhu Nabi 2 7-inch kid-friendly slate – $99
  • $100 gift cards with every Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Moto X and Galaxy Mega on-contract purchase
  • No-contract Virgin Mobile Kyocera Event – $20
  • Straight Talk prepaid Samsung Galaxy S3 – $299
  • No-contract Verizon Samsung Galaxy Legend – $35

Walmart

Duds:

  • 7-inch RCA tablet – $49 (dirt-cheap, but not worth it given the cringe worthy specs and no-name manufacturer)
  • Trio Stealth 10.1-inch tablet – $99 (the same as above)

Best Buy

At first glance, Best Buy is unusually chintzy with Android gadget savings, especially considering their Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday history. But what BB probably knows best is to keep its card close and not reveal every trick up its sleeve beforehand.

Thus, you should watch out for the midnight mystery blockbusters, which are as unbelievably attractive as they are hard to get access to, plus occasional doorbusters that usually last for no more than an hour or so.

best-buy-black-friday

Also intriguing is the exact date and time promotions will be underway is kept under wraps, making the entire affair a game of patience, ambition and composure. Then again, won’t the end result be that much sweeter?

Studs (for now):

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (old version) – $99.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 – free with Verizon, Sprint or AT&T activations, including in exclusive blue arctic color
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 in black with 8 GB storage – $149.99
  • No-contract Virgin or Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 – $299.99
  • HTC One with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T contracts in exclusive metallic blue paint job – $29.99
  • HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook – $229 (not running Android, but instead Chrome OS, so close enough)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99
  • Prepaid Boost Mobile HTC One SV – $179.99
  • No-contract Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 – $89.99

Best Buy

Duds:

  • 8-Inch Insignia Flex tablet – $79.99 (no-name OEM, not worth it)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 first edition – $399.99 (old, outdated, not cheap enough)
  • Digital2 7-inch tablet – $39.99 (Digital who?)
  • LG G2 with contracts – $49.99 (likely to be found cheaper elsewhere)

That’s a wrap, dear friends and readers, but be sure to keep in touch with The Droid Guy for updates to the story and extra deals from these retailers and many, many others. And don’t forget to spend sensibly, no matter how lucrative the offers might look.

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Best Sub-$100 Android Tablets From Companies You’ve Actually Heard Of (Or Should Have)

The whole world revolves around money. But money can’t buy happiness. What we have there is two universally accepted old sayings that contradict each other without leaving much room in the middle. So which one’s true after all?

piggy-bank

How about neither? If you’re a geek like me (and you won’t be here otherwise), I’m sure you can find pleasure in things that don’t require to pay an arm and a leg and therefore make you, pardon my French, money’s little bitch.

At the same time though, the tablets I’m going to tell you about, which can make you happy beyond your wildest dreams, can’t be scored without a little bit of dough. Namely, a Benjamin, give or take.

Without further adieu, I thus give you the top five Android tablets up for grabs for 100 bucks or less. Top five tabs that are manufactured by companies you’ve actually heard of or should be hearing of starting now.

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And I don’t mean obscure China-based clone makers that are trying to start over and build a new reputation, but instead genuine businesses legitimately on the rise or already among the industry’s top dogs.

5. Hisense Sero 7 Lite

I know, the name Hisense probably doesn’t ring many bells or inspire a lot of trust, especially upon hearing the company works out of China. But so do Lenovo, Huawei or ZTE and I don’t see you giving them such a hard time.

Besides, Hisense has never had any sort of involvement in Shanzhai, aka the booming pirated brands and goods Asian business, and its $13 billion 2012 revenue proves the company is here to stay. Plus, they have quite the reputation in Europe when it comes to white goods and they’re a state-owned enterprise.

Hisense_Sero_7_Lite

Now, about one of their first meaningful Western tablet efforts. This is called the Sero 7 Lite and its one fatal flaw is it’s only available via Walmart stateside. Other than that, I dare, nay double dare you to find anything wrong with this 7-inch beauty.

Up for grabs for a measly 89 bucks, the Sero offers everything you could hope for in that budget: a dual-core CPU (clocked at 1.6 GHz), 1 gig of RAM, microSD support, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, full Google Play access, Wi-Fi and mini HDMI connectivity.

4. Ematic EM63

Only launched roughly 24 hours ago, the EM63 looks a lot like the Sero 7 from a technical standpoint, but it’s both cheaper, at $85, and easier to score, through Amazon and soon enough a number of other retailers.

ematic-em63

Plus, if you’re still not comfortable with buying a slate from a relatively low-profile Chinese manufacturer, you’ll be ecstatic to hear Ematic is based in California and has an expertise in the tech world of close to two decades.

Bottom line, this is another name you probably haven’t heard of yet, but should remember it for time to come. As for the EM63, it’s equipped with a run-of-the-mill 7-inch 1,024 x 600 pix res screen, runs Android 4.1 out the box and packs dual-core speed and 1 GB RAM.

3. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

It may be older than its two contenders so far, having seen daylight two full years ago, but it definitely has the edge when it comes to brand recognition and awareness, coming from a suffering yet respected name in the tech game.

NOOK-Tablet

In terms of hardware, the Nook Tab is lacking in a number of departments, like connectivity, where HDMI is missing, but in others it completely blows the Hisense and Ematic out of the water. For instance, it comes with 16 GB of on-board storage in a version that only costs $99.95 nowadays.

Remember though, the Nook doesn’t technically run Android, but a fork of Google’s OS, which is a little clunky and dusty, as it’s based on 2.3 Gingerbread.

2. Lenovo IdeaTab A1000

Now don’t tell me you’ve never heard of Lenovo. And while the IdeaTab A1000 is pretty obviously light years behind what they call powerhouses, it at least comes with the company’s guaranteed solid build and fairly premium looks.

On the not so bright side, it’s only been a few months since Lenovo rolled this bad boy out, so it’s a little difficult to find it for under $100. Amazon, for instance, currently sells it for $99.99, but my guess is that’s part of a limited-time deal only and it will all go back up to $120 in no time.

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What’s clear is that if you’re in the market for a dirt-cheap 7-incher and happen to find this thing around the $100 mark, you should go for it. Granted, it only packs 8 GB of on-board storage and the dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU is not that hot. Yet the looks, pre-loaded Android 4.1 (upgradeable to 4.2), 3,500 mAh battery and 1 GB RAM make it a great overall buy.

1. Asus MeMo Pad ME172V

And the award for best sub-$100 Android tablet goes to the first-gen MeMo Pad, cooked up in the same laboratories as Google’s Nexus 7. Included on our list of best all-around small slates, the ME172V probably needs no introduction, with the sole catch blocking a possible purchase being the cheapest model, available for $90, is… pink.

Asus ME172V

Meanwhile, the white and grey versions go for $105, which is not all that expensive when you think about it. More specifically, when you pit the Asus slate against the IdeaTab A1000 and see the former has an extra 8 gigs of storage, much bigger battery and even better looks, with a skinnier profile and obvious N7 design nods. Bottom line, you can’t do much better than this at such a low price.

Did we forget anything? Include something on the list that wasn’t worth the recognition? What’s your personal top five? Or top three? Let us know down below.

iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S price dropped in Walmart

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iphone

Normally iPhone prices don’t drop until the release of the next edition of the smartphone by Apple, but Walmart has made a big statement by dropping the prices of both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 will come at $129 with a two-year contract and the iPhone 4S will start at just $39 with a two-year contract. This is a $70 drop on the prices normally and it seems like Walmart has some insider knowledge or is preparing for a new iPhone release in the coming weeks.

However, Apple’s next event isn’t until October, so the only other possible outcome could be Apple reveal the iPhone 5S without an event, something that is unlikely to happen. The iPhone 5S will not feature a new design or big increases on the iPhone 5, but anything new is worthy of an Apple event.

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Hisense Launches Two Walmart Exclusive Tablets, Price Starts At $99

Hisense might not be a popular brand but the company has been releasing several affordable consumer electronic products which include televisions, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air-conditioners, beverage coolers and freezers. The company has just recently launched two new Android tablet models exclusively at Walmart which will definitely appeal to the budget conscious shopper.

sero 7

The first model is the Hisense Sero 7 LT which only costs $77. While it doesn’t have fancy specifications it is a Google certified device making it able to easily access Google’s services. This makes it one of the best models in the sub-$100 tablet market.

  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage
  • Mini HDMI, micro USB, microSD
  • Wifi

Given the specification of this device it definitely is much better than the expensive Asus Memo ME172V and HP Slate 7.

The second model offered by the company is the Hisense Sero 7 Pro which costs $149. It is also a Google certified device and its specifications is similar to the Nexus 7, the only difference is that the Sero 7 pro is $50 cheaper.

  • 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display
  • 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage
  • 5.0MP rear camera with auto-focus and flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • mini HDMI, microSD card slot, micro USB port
  • Wifi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • 10 hour battery life

Some of the impressive features of this device is its use of a quad core processor and its long lasting 10 hour battery life.

Aside from having Google’s services both tablets be sold pre-installed with VUDU, walmart.com, sams.com, Nook eReader, Pandora Internet Music, Facebook and NVIDA’s TegraZone applications.

According to Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA, “Hisense is proud to introduce cutting-edge tablet technology that is accessible to the broadest demographic, with unmatched performance in the current market landscape.  ”Our new Hisense Sero 7 tablets provide Walmart customers with an attractive, robust and highly powerful entertainment, communication and productivity tool.”

He further added that “Driven by enthusiastic, technology-loving consumers combined with dynamic and progressive app stores, the tablet has quickly evolved from a standalone computing device into a highly connected, eminently-useful component of the home ecosystem. As one of the largest and most advanced true CE manufacturers — with offerings in entertainment, communication, HVAC and white goods — it’s fitting that Hisense makes a strong showing in the tablet sector and today’s introduction of Sero 7 comprehensively achieves this goal!”

If you’re looking for an affordable tablet with decent specifications then you might want to check out these two models over at Walmart.

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Huawei W1 Running On Windows 8 to Arrive At Walmart This Month

Huawei has just announced that it will be releasing its very first smartphone running on Windows 8 in the United States this month. The Huawei W1 will be sold later this month at Walmart’s retail and online stores. This particular model is popular among budget consumers overseas and is better known as the Huawei Ascend W1.

huawei w1

No pricing information has been announced as of this writing however the company said that it will be competitively priced. It’s going to be sold at a no contract prepaid plan and will come in one color which is black.

Huawei W1 Technical Specifications

  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4 GB Flash memory
  • Expandable up to Up to 32GB using micro SD
  • 4-inch IPS LCD 480 x 800 touch screen with OGS Technology, WVGA( 800×480 pixels)
  • 5.0-megapixel AF rear-facing camera with flash LED and 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • HSDPA 900, 100
  • HSDPA 850, 1700, 1900, 2100
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 1950 mAh battery

If you’re planning to try out the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem but don’t want to spend a lot the purchased of a smartphone then the upcoming Huawei W1 will make a great choice. While it doesn’t come with a polycarbonate body of some of the Lumia models it is still a solid device that can provide you with a good experience on the Windows Phone 8 environment.

The W1 has a solid and sturdy design despite being made of plastic. What you will initially notice is the ridge of its glass display that goes all the way around. It makes it look like it was slapped on top of the chassis which reminds us of the HTC One V. The back portion has a removable cover which you can take out to gain access to the battery, micro SIM and microSD.

One of the remarkable features of this model is that it has an amazing battery life. You’ll get two days at most on average usage before needing a recharge. Of course the battery life drains much quicker if you go on long gaming sessions with it or watch full length movies. If you run out of battery you can always pop in a spare battery if you have one since it has a removable cover or just plug it in your charger.

Overall this is going to be one of the cheapest smartphones available that will introduce you to Windows Phone 8.

via techradar